2016 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R has been heavily revised as the inputs have been taken from WBSK, where it keeps winning races in the hand of top two riders
Kawasaki is in berserk mode right from making single cylinder motorcycles to the fastest accelerating motorcycles on the planet. All this technology and learning go from here to there, north to south and this time, it has helped one of the most popular and iconic motorcycles they ever make, the ZX-10R! The ZX-10R was last changed in the year 2011 and was launched in India in the year 2014.
If you remember, we were first to tell you in the country that the new ZX-10R is on its way and its finally here. The 2016 ZX-10R is here to challenge the likes of Yamaha R1, a litre Japanese motorcycle that has taken the crown from the Ninja. Litre class bikes category has seen a tremendous change all around and its the Yamaha that has taken the BMW down as well. The H2 and H2R is what you are thinking about, well that was Kawasaki’s way of showing we can do anything but it’s not a race prep bike for the street and WBSK.
So what are the change done to the motorcycle. Starting of from the engine, the motor makes similar horsepower and torque figures remain the same but with RAM air intake it makes 210 BHP. Engine is now ported, has an improved cassette type gearbox (makes entry again after a long time) ride by wire throttle, new conrods, cylinder head, titanium exhaust, and lighter throttle valves. Inertial measurement unit, traction control, launch control, ABS, engine braking control and a quick shifter along with cornering management system has been added to the electronics package. A new 32-bit ECU handles all the electronics.
Hardware wise, the biggest change is the gas charged front forks from SHOWA which is always seen on bikes which are racing. It’s very rare to see gas charged front forks on street bikes, last we remember it was on an Italian street naked bike. Revised frame and swingarm along with re-worked rear suspension, which is also gas charged.
Suspension at both ends is balance free units which is also something that makes the jaws drop. All of this, however, has made the kerb weight of the bike heavier by 5 kgs. Kawasaki says “Get close” with the new 2016 ZX-10R. However, it reminds of a tagline that we heard somewhere from the brand, “Everything’s Changed, Yet Nothing’s Changed. Counting on it and waiting for it, the Ninja ZX-10R!