Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10RR

Brand: Kawasaki Bike Type: Supersport

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THE CLOSEST THING TO A WORLD SUPERBIKE CHAMPION MACHINE

The 2018 Ninja ZX-10RR has clearly demonstrated its circuit potential through winning results in the 2017 Superbike World Championship (SBK). Kawasaki dominated the 2015, 2016 and 2017 seasons with Jonathan Rea’s 3 consecutive World Superbike Championships and again winning the 2017 WSB Manufacturers Championship for Kawasaki. Feedback from the Kawasaki Racing Team and constant development research, the Ninja ZX-10RR (ABS KRT Winter Test Edition) is the closest available Kawasaki model to a highly advanced factory Kawasaki superbike.

Designed to win races on the national level in standard trim, the Ninja ZX-10RR excludes any equipment unnecessary to quick lap times. The machine is also suited for street use.

Simply the Fastest on the Track

  • Refined In-Line Four delivers 147.1 kW (200 PS)
  • Max power maintained while meeting Euro 4 regulations
  • Strong acceleration on corner exits
  • Electronic Throttle Valves: Precise control of intake airflow
  • Titanium exhaust system
  • Specially Designed Marchesini Forged Wheels
  • High Performance Tyres
  • Special “RR” Features

Refined Track-focused 998cm³ liquid-cooled, In-line Four

Offering the same blend of high power and manageability, smooth power deliver facilitates getting back on the gas, while updates deliver a stronger low-mid range for quicker acceleration out of corners on the track. Significant feedback from Kawasaki’s factory superbike ensures the engine’s immense power was maintained while meeting Euro 4 regulations.

Bosch IMU (Inertial Measurement Unit)

The Ninja ZX-10RR compact IMU operates in 6 DOF (degrees of freedom): 5 measured + 1 calculated. Combined with Kawasaki’s proprietary dynamic modelling program, input from the IMU enables even more precise chassis orientation awareness, the key to bringing Kawasaki’s electronics to the next level.

The use of Bosch’s compact IMU allows an additional layer of precision to be added to the already high-level S-KTRC, KLCM and KIBS. A new cornering managment function uses KIBS and S-KTRIC to assist riders in tracing their intended line through the corner (ABS models only).

Instrumentation

The centrepiece of the Ninja ZX-10RR’s instrument panel is the highly visibly LED-backlit bar-graph tachometer – a mass-production first when introduced on the 2011 model. Additional functions on the multi-function meter include: gear position indicator,odometer, dual trip meters, average fuel consumption, instant fuel consumption, Power Mode (3 modes), S-KTRC (5 modes + OFF), low fuel indicator, Economical Riding Indicator, water/intake air temperature and a host of indicator lamps.

WSB Ready Cylinder Head

A number of changes offering enhanced performance and increased reliability care of feedback from Kawasaki’s racing efforts in the Superbike World Championship facilitate converting the Ninja ZX-10RR into a race machine. Modified cylinder head provides the clearance to accommodate race-kit high-lift cams.

luminium twin-spar frame

Geometry care of a steering head moved closer to the rider, and a longer swingarm put more weight on the front for increased corner entry stability and confidence on the circuit.

Swingarm with optimised rigidity

Designed using Kawasaki’s advanced dynamic rigidity analysis and a from-the-outside-in approach, swingarm with optimised rigidity contributes to nimbler handling

Aerodynamic bodywork

Large upper cowl cuts through the air more efficiently, and offers the rider greater wind protection, making it easier to shift position for corner entry when riding on the track

High Rigidity Crankcases

Reinforced, high-rigidity crankcase offers optimal reliability and performance for a race-tuned engine. The connecting passageways between the cylinders are narrower and wall thickness increased in that area.

Electronic Throttle Body

Kawasaki’s fully electronic throttle actuation system enables the ECU to control the volume of both the fuel (via fuel injectors) and the air (via throttle valves) delivered to the engine. Ideal fuel injection and throttle valve position results in smooth, natural engine response and the ideal engine output. The system also makes a significant contribution to reduced emissions. The simple system enables more precise control of S-KTRC, and allows implementation of new electronic systems like KLCM and Kawasaki Engine Brake Control. Throttle valve diameter is 47 mm.

Close Ratio Transmission/Back-torque Limiter

The Ninja ZX-10RR’s gear ratios were idealised for circuit riding. Short ratios for second through to sixth gears (especially the closer first, second and third gears) offer strong low-mid range acceleration for quicker corner exits. The closer ratios also contribute to more stable downshifting. Easily adjustable back-torque limiting clutch facilitates smooth downshifts. This highly acclaimed feature is one of the main contributors to the rear’s stable composure under hard braking.

RR Engine Covers

The Ninja ZX-10RR features black engine covers to enhance the “RR”s race-ready appearance.

Exhaust System

Exhaust header pipes, formed from heat-resistant titanium alloy, have almost the same length and diameter as their race-use counterparts. (This feature makes it easier for riders to increase exhaust performance (for track applications) without having to replace the entire exhaust system.) Connector pipe joins headers 3 and 4, contributing to smooth engine response. Header collectors (4-2 sections) are hydroformed, resulting in a simple, lightweight construction.

Horizontal Back-link rear suspension

The set-up on the high-performance Showa BFRC lite rear shock is suitted to the  Pirelli tyres and single-seat specifications.

Optimised Suspension Settings

Settings are matched to the Ninja ZX-10RR’s single-seat specification and the Marchesini wheels and tyres, front and rear suspension settings ensure smooth weight transfer during deceleration and acceleration on the circuit. Pitching is kept at a manageable level, resulting in composed behaviour.  Complementing the Pirelli tyres, the suspension settings contribute to the bike’s quicker lap times.  (Because these changes were accomplished by simply revising initial pre-set positions – a testament to the high performance offered by the Showa Balance Free Front Fork and BFRC lite rear shock – the same changes can be made on standard Ninja ZX-10R models.)

High-performance Brembo Brake System

A pair of massive φ330 mm Brembo semi-floating discs with a thickness of t5.0 mm deliver superb braking force. The stainless steel rotors offer high rigidity and contribute to excellent brake feel. To further improve the Ninja ZX-10RR’s corner entry performance on the circuit, a high-spec Brembo front brake system was implemented. The Brembo system – very similar to the system used on the Ninja H2R – includes the best components available for a mass-production model. Special tuning at the Brembo factory ensures that all play has been removed from the system, so that when the brakes are called for, they respond immediately.

High Quality Rear Brake

At the rear a Brembo 220 mm diameter disc is slowed by a single-piston caliper. The disc’s round shape complements the round shape of the front Brembo discs. Steel-braided line is used for the rear brake as well, contributing to greater feel.

KLCM (Kawasaki Launch Control Mode)

Designed to assist racers by optimising acceleration from a stop, KLCM electronically controls engine output to prevent wheelspin and minimise wheelies when launching. Riders can choose from three modes, each offering a progressively greater level of intrusion. Each mode allows the rider to launch from a stop with the throttle held wide open.

KTRC (Sport-Kawasaki TRaction Control)

Hybrid predictive/feedback-type evolution of the highly sophisticated traction control system helps riders push harder by maximising acceleration. 5 modes enable expert riders to get even more serious enjoyment on the circuit. With the addition of the IMU, S-KTRC changes from a purely predictive system to one that also incorporates feedback. The new hybrid predictive/feedback system offers even more precise management to help an even greater range of riders experience riding at the limit. The 5 DOF input from the IMU (plus the 6th calculated by the ECU) complements the numerous parameters monitored by S-KTRC system.

Kawasaki Engine Brake Control

The Kawasaki Engine Brake Control system allows riders to select the amount of engine braking they prefer. When the system is activated (by selecting “L” (Light) in the “KEBC” settings), the engine braking effect is reduced, providing less interference when riding on the circuit. When activated, the “KEBC” indicator light on the instrument cluster will be illuminated.

KQS (Kawasaki Quick Shifter)

Updated KQS system allows both clutchless upshifts and downshifts, contributing to race-ready performance. (On the standard model, clutchless downshifts are only possible with the race kit ECU.) Designed for effective sport riding, KQS can also be used on the street at rpm above 2,500 rpm.

Öhlins Electronic Steering Damper

Settings are matched to Ninja ZX-10RR handling characteristics. Öhlins’ special twin-tube design ensures stable damping performance even under circuit-riding conditions, and enables superb kickback absorption. The damper’s high precision construction and use of an integrated clamp help minimise friction as the damper piston slides back and forth. Initial motion is very smooth as a result. Steering damper body is finished with a highly scratch-resistant alumite1 coating.

Purposeful, Racy Styling

The Ninja ZX-10RR’s purposeful styling is distinct, but easily recognisable. The upper cowl and large screen, and voluminous rear section give the compact, mass-forward package a silhouette closer in appearance to Kawasaki’s factory superbike machine. High-quality fit and finish and superb attention to detail ensure the bike looks equally impressive up close.

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