The Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R ABS has done well in the World Super bike Championship for a few years now. Naturally, Kawasaki decided to put the entire track tech into their latest big boy street bike by introducing the new 2016 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R. The 2016 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R ABS is the highest performing, most track-focused sport bike available today for homologated racing use, claims Kawasaki. There’s some H2/H2R tech featured on the bike, but nothing earth shattering like a supercharger. For instance, it has the same sensor for the quick shifter, as well as a similar fender and the same tires. The coolest shared piece of them all is the Kawasaki braking control, which was introduced on the H2. Bodywork has undergone some restyling, with the windscreen improved for better aerodynamics.
The new Ninja’s frame has also been redone, with the steering head moved rearward 7.5mm closer to the rider, while the swingarm has been lengthened 15.8mm, resulting in more front weight bias. Wheelbase is now listed as 56.7 in, almost a half inch longer. Suspension also shows Kawasaki’s WSBK experience, with an all-new Showa Balance Free Fork that features an external damping valve chamber. The design is similar to the Ohlins TTX/FGR concept, with the rebound and compression damping valves completely separated so that the oil only flows in one direction through the valves; in conjunction with nitrogen pressurization in the damping chamber, this keeps the pressure on both sides of the valves as consistent as possible, drastically reducing cavitations that results in inconsistent damping. The rear Showa Balance Free Rear Cushion shock uses the same concept in its damping valves, and the shock linkage has been revised to allow a broader range of adjustment. Brakes have also been fully upgraded, with Brembo M50 monoblock aluminium callipers with 30mm pistons holding on huge 330mm discs for awesome stopping power. A Brembo radial action master cylinder equipped with steel braided brake lines ensures positive and responsive feel at the lever.
Other than the previous engine’s bore and stroke, there’s not much more carried over between the old and new ZX-10R. A new lighter crankshaft provides quicker revving, with a correspondingly lighter balance shaft and rod journals that have a new coating for reduced friction at higher rpm helping in this regard. Up top there is more direct intake and exhaust porting and unlike previous models, where only the intake ports were polished, the exhaust ports are now polished as well. The combustion chamber has a new shape with 1mm bigger titanium exhaust valves, all for that top end power. With the new intakes comes a new cam with more overlap, again for more top-end power. The Ninja has an all-new cast, and the alloy pistons which are lighter weight and feature increased durability. Kawasaki increased the surface area of the filter by 60 percent and the intake box is 25 percent bigger than before. The throttle valves are electronically controlled, which Kawasaki says aids in the seamless integration of the electronics like launch control, as on the H2. It also has all of the trending electronic equipment's like the; KEBC Kawasaki Engine Braking Control, KLCM Kawasaki Launch Control Mode, KIBS Kawasaki Intelligent anti-lock Braking System, Corner Management Function, S-KTRC Sport Kawasaki Traction Control and KQS Kawasaki Quick Shifter.
There hasn’t been any official statement on its price list for the Indian market, but it should be available soon, Rumors doing rounds are that, possible rivals of the Ninja would be BMW S1000RR and the Yamaha R1. Since its a 2016 model, the price list should be out hopefully towards the end of 2015.
The new sport bike features a whole lot of upgrades, than the facelift.
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