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2016 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R Edition
2016 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R Edition

2016 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R Edition
2016 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R Edition

2016 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R Edition
2016 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R Edition

2016 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R Edition
2016 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R Edition



2016 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R Edition Review

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The all-new Ninja ZX-10R motorcycle brings race-winning performance and World Superbike-derived technology…

With two World Superbike Championship titles under its belt, the Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R is already the most respected sportbike in the racing paddock, and now an all-new version builds on that reputation. The 2016 model is designed to deliver race-winning performance by utilizing the proven technology that propelled the Kawasaki Racing Team (KRT) to worldwide dominance. This new bike is the best platform for riders looking to set records on the track, as well as attaining the highest level of sportbike enjoyment on the road.

The new Ninja ZX-10R motorcycle takes state-of-the-art mechanical design with the very latest rider electronics suite. The result is the ultimate superbike with the mind-bending performance of a more powerful 998cc four-cylinder engine on the track, as well as legendary Kawasaki reliability both on and off the track.

The 2016 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R is the highest performing, most track-focused sportbike available today for homologated racing use. It boasts World superbike-derived Showa suspension and a user-friendly electronics package that is exclusive to Kawasaki and only available to Ninja ZX-10R riders. The electronics package is developed from Kawasaki’s World Superbike experience and includes 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.

WORLD SUPERBIKE TECHNOLGY

The Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R motorcycle has dominated the World Superbike Championship for many years – finishing second in 2012, first in 2013, second in 2014, and recently clinching first place in both the 2015 Riders’ Championship, as well as the 2015 Manufacturers’ Championship title by a healthy margin over its nearest rivals.

All this success has a direct impact on Kawasaki’s street products, with the technology being fed back to Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd. for integration into the 2016 Ninja ZX-10R motorcycle. This has helped to sharpen the motorcycle’s edge, resulting in better handling, improved lap times and a thrilling riding experience.

Participating in the most competitive arena in the world for production motorcycles, Kawasaki continually pushes its technology forward, not only in terms of engine performance but also handling and the suite of electronic rider aids thanks to the introduction of a ground-breaking Bosch five-axis Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) and Kawasaki proprietary software. Much of this technology is transferred from the World Superbike pit box to the 2016 Ninja ZX-10R motorcycle.


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The Kawasaki Racing Team and Kawasaki factory in Japan forged a performance partnership to develop the new Ninja ZX-10R. Tested, refined and approved by World Champion’s Jonathan Rea and Tom Sykes, this is as close as it gets to being part of the official Kawasaki World Superbike team. Ninja ZX-10R Get Closer.

 

 

 

 

 

2016 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R Edition www.Totalmotorcycle.com Key Features

World Superbike-derived Kawasaki Racing Team (KRT) technology has produced the most track-focused superbike ever
– NEW More powerful 998cc in-line four-cylinder 16-valve engine
– NEW Lighter crankshaft allows quicker revving and increased low-mid-range power
– NEW Head design, camshaft profiles and air box for better response and power
– NEW Computer-controlled electronic throttle valve gives precise control
– NEW Lightweight titanium-alloy exhaust system
– NEW Close-ratio, cassette-type transmission is ideal for racing and gives strong corner exit acceleration
– NEW Steering head position, swingarm rigidity and length, longer wheelbase create sharper handling
– NEW Front cowl improves aerodynamics, improves high-speed handling, reduces rider buffeting
– NEW Showa Balance Free Fork (BFF) and Balance Free Rear Cushion (BFRC) derived directly from World Superbike racing, used for first time on mass-production motorcycle
– NEW Brembo M50 monobloc front calipers and 330mm Brembo rotors provide increased braking power, feel and heat dissipation
– NEW Electronics suite including – KLCM Kawasaki Launch Control Mode, KIBS Kawasaki Intelligent anti-lock Braking System, Cornering Management Function, S-KTRC Sport Kawasaki TRaction Control, Kawasaki Engine Braking Control, KQS Kawasaki Quick Shifter, three-level Power Modes
– NEW Kawasaki Racing Team-inspired KRT Edition color scheme combining Lime Green and Ebony paint
– NEW Metallic Matte Carbon Grey finish
– Power Mode selector allows riders to select power level and power delivery to match riding conditions
– Slipper-type back-torque limiting clutch helps prevent rear wheel hop under extreme deceleration and improves corner entry handling

Liquid-cooled DOHC 998cc Inline-four Engine
– Design is compact, narrow and lightweight
– Over-square 76 x 55mm bore and stroke
– NEW Lighter crankshaft allows quicker revving for improved throttle response and acceleration plus increased low-mid-range power
– NEW Coating on crankshaft connecting rod journals for better performance at high RPM.
– NEW Crankshaft balancer is lighter and damps vibrations more effectively
– REVISED Cylinder head intake and exhaust ports are both polished, with straighter cross-section to allow better gas flow, increasing power
– NEW Larger coolant passageways in cylinder head aid durability
– NEW Long-reach spark plugs improve ignition efficiency
– Intake and exhaust valves are titanium to reduce reciprocating weight and stress at high rpm
– NEW Titanium exhaust valves are 1mm larger in diameter at 25.5mm, increasing high-RPM power
– NEW Combustion chamber shape improves high-RPM power
– REVISED Intake and exhaust camshaft profiles have more overlap to increase power at high RPM
– NEW Camshaft chain tensioner provides accurate valve timing and reduces mechanical noise
– NEW Cast pistons use a new heat-resistant material that increases durability. Piston skirts are shorter, reducing weight by 5g per piston
– NEW Increased cylinder wall thickness produces a more rigid engine block for increased durability
– One-piece upper crankcase and cylinder casting offers maximum rigidity
– NEW Larger air box volume with new air filter element provides 60% more surface area with less air resistance, improving engine response, corner exit acceleration as well as low-mid-range power
– NEW Computer-controlled electronic throttle valves previously used on the Kawasaki Ninja H2R. Valves allow precise control of the intake airflow and seamless integration of S-KTRC Sport Kawasaki TRaction Control, KLCM Kawasaki Launch Control Mode and KEBC Kawasaki Engine Braking Control
– REVISED Intake funnels match throttle valves
– NEW 32-bit Engine Control Unit uses aluminum housing to provide excellent heat dissipation
– NEW Titanium-alloy headers use special heat-resistant alloy for improved heat handling capacity, with thin wall thickness for less weight
– NEW Titanium-alloy exhaust silencer has nearly 50% larger volume for superior noise absorption while reducing overall weight.
– Exhaust system reduces weight of the bike and contributes to mass centralization
– Low-friction oil pump reduces parasitic power loss
– A lightweight radiator with tightly packed cores provides efficient engine cooling
– NEW the oil cooler’s water coolant pipe layout has been revised to flow through the water radiator instead of back through the water pump to increase cooling efficiency

Kawasaki Electronics System
– A full complement of electronics allow the rider to explore the motorcycle’s performance
– Kawasaki adaptive/predictive system utilizes Bosch Inertial Measurement Unit five-axis sensor with proprietary Kawasaki software developed in-house from World Superbike experience. The system includes the following:

S-KTRC Sport Kawasaki TRraction Control
– NEW Kawasaki TRaction Control system has five modes of intervention
– Modes one and two are designed for the expert racer on a track
– Mode three is designed for a dry circuit with grippy tires
– Mode four is for dry canyon roads or commuting
– Mode five is programmed to suit wet circuit or street use
– The sophisticated electronic system is designed to maximize forward acceleration on the track by allowing racers to ride closer to the edge of traction
– The system uses data including throttle position, wheel speed, engine RPM, wheel slippage and acceleration using speed sensors fitted to both wheels as well as the Bosch IMU
– Using complex analysis, the system is able to calculate when traction conditions are about to become unfavorable. By acting before slippage exceeds the range for optimal traction, the system can quickly and smoothly reduce power slightly so the wheel regains traction
– S-KTRC confirms conditions 200 times per second and governs ignition and air flow, which allows extremely quick response to changing conditions
– A meter on the LCD instrument panel displays how much electronic intervention the system is providing

KIBS Kawasaki Intelligent Braking System (ABS models only)
– Kawasaki Intelligent Braking System is available on models fitted with the optional ABS braking
– KIBS monitors front and rear wheel speed, throttle position, gear selection, engine RPM, caliper pressure, clutch actuation and more to help prevent wheel locking
– High-precision brake pressure control offers a number of sport riding benefits, including rear-end lift suppression, minimal kickback during operation and consistent lever feel
Cornering Management Function (ABS models only)
– NEW Using the five-axis Bosch IMU and Kawasaki chassis attitude software, the new Cornering Management Function helps to ensures the optimum hydraulic pressure is distributed to the calipers, based on the motorcycle’s lean/pitch angle. On the track it suppresses the motorcycle’s tendency to stand up when the brakes are applied in a turn, resulting in quicker lap times

KLCM Kawasaki Launch Control Mode
– NEW Kawasaki Launch Control has three modes with varying levels of intrusion via the ignition and intake air (throttle valves)
– The system works in conjunction with the S-KTRC and enhances the motorcycle’s acceleration times for best possible race starts on the track
– Three different modes are designed to suit different rider abilities
– Mode one offers less intrusion from the system but requires the rider to operate the clutch and throttle with greater sensitivity
– Mode three allows the electronics to do more of the work while the rider simply drops the clutch and pins the throttle wide open
– Mode two gives a setting between Mode one and three

Kawasaki Engine Braking Control
– NEW Kawasaki Engine Braking Control enables the amount of engine braking to be managed when the rider snaps the throttle shut
– It is intended for circuit use only and contributes to smoother braking and corner entry when in operation

Engine Power Modes
– NEW Power Modes allow the rider to select the power delivery to suit conditions
– Three levels are available: Full, Middle (80%) or Low (60%), selected via the rocker switch on the left handlebar

Six-speed Transmission
– Race-style cassette transmission allows simple trackside gearing changes to suit individual circuits
– The “cassette” is located high enough that it can be accessed without having to drain engine oil
– Primary and final reduction ratios minimize rear end movement (squat/lift) during acceleration and deceleration
– NEW Close-ratio, short-gearing is designed to suit racetracks, while delivering strong corner exit acceleration from low-mid RPM corners
– NEW slipper clutch is 130g lighter thanks to a thinner primary gear. Its back-torque limiting ability allows smooth downshifts, contributing to stability under heavy braking
– NEW Kawasaki Quick Shifter (KQS) is standard equipment and works on upshifts only, it helps to ensure seamless acceleration thanks to rapid upshifts for circuit riding
– NEW Dry-film lubricant coating on certain gears reduces friction, improving shifting speed

Chassis / Frame
– Aluminum-alloy frame offers optimal flex and rigidity characteristics for balanced handling on street or track
– NEW Steering head pipe has moved 7.5mm closer to the rider, placing more weight on the front-end, resulting in improved front-end feel, rider confidence, corner entry and in transitions
– NEW Frame has been internally profiled at the front to reduce induction noise, using an internal resonator chamber. This allowed the exhaust to be liberated, freeing significant horsepower while still meeting US noise regulations
– NEW Swingarm has been lengthened 15.8mm, resulting in a 12mm longer wheelbase
– NEW Swingarm is torsionally more rigid thanks to additional bracing, contributing to the motorcycle’s nimble handling and excellent behavior in corner entry as well as transitions

Showa Balance Free Fork (BFF)
– NEW Showa Balance Free Fork (BFF) has its first mass-production application following joint development between Kawasaki and Showa in Word Superbike racing
– Showa BFF hydraulic design eliminates pressure balance fluctuations typical in conventional forks because the damping valves are located outside the fork legs in the damping force chamber. This means the entire fork piston is pushing hydraulic fluid toward the valves
– Damping is adjusted for compression and rebound in the damping force chamber, resulting in a more focused design that greatly improves responsiveness
– System advantages includes better traction, improved low-speed comfort and high-speed performance
– There is a spring preload adjuster on the top of each fork leg

Showa Balance Free Rear Cushion (BFRC)
– NEW Showa Balance Free Rear Cushion (BFRC) rear shock is again the result of joint development in World Superbike competition
– Like the forks, the rear shock has a separate damping force chamber that house the compression and rebound damping adjusters
– There is external spring preload adjustment on the shock body
– REVISED Rear suspension linkage ratios allow a wider range of adjustment, making it easier for the rider to feel the changes. This is targeted more to circuit use than ever before

Öhlins-Kawasaki Electronic Steering Damper
– REVISED Öhlins Electronic Steering Damper settings help provide the ideal amount of damping force across a wide range of riding scenarios
– Maintains a high level of rider feedback by allowing lower damping forces under less taxing conditions, but quickly increases the damping effect to enhance high-speed stability when required
– Reacts to current speed as well as rate of acceleration or deceleration to help provide light steering feel at low speed, as well as superior damping at higher speeds
– Uses patented Öhlins twin-tube design to help ensure stable damping performance and superior kickback absorption

Brembo Front Brakes
– NEW Brembo M50 aluminum monobloc four-piston front calipers with 30mm opposed pistons
– NEW 330mm Brembo front rotors, cross-drilled with a circumferential groove in the outer edge to aid heat dissipation
– NEW Brembo radial master cylinder and brake fluid reservoir
– Brembo components are used for their power, precision and premium quality. They also offer strong initial bite for circuit use and great feel through the lever. To ensure there is minimal play in the brake lever, every part is inspected and adjusted prior to leaving the Brembo factory
– NEW race-quality stainless steel braided lines front and rear to help ensure direct feel when the brakes are applied
– NEW 220mm round rear rotor with two-piston Nissin caliper
– NEW Owners who purchase the 2016 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R will also experience the KIBS Kawasaki Intelligent anti-lock Braking System and new Corner Management Function

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Wheels & Tires
– REVISED The gravity-cast three-spoke aluminum wheels remain unchanged from the 2015 model year, but the brake rotor mounting areas have been revised to increase the rotor stability. Angled air valves make tire maintenance easier with the very large brake rotors fitted
– NEW Bridgestone Battlax RS10 tires are fitted. These are a very sticky street-legal compound in sizes 120/70 ZR17 front, 190/55 ZR17 rear

Advanced Aerodynamic Bodywork
– NEW World Superbike developed front cowl has a larger area to protect the rider from air flow. The windshield is fully supported to reduce vibration. Improved aerodynamic efficiency means reducing drag coefficient and improved high-speed stability on the track
– NEW Two small air intakes on either side of the windshield help prevent negative pressure forming in the cockpit, reducing helmet buffeting and increasing comfort on longer journeys
– NEW Headlight lenses are more compact to match the new front cowl design. The mirrors are mounted lower to integrate with the new cowl design
– NEW Front fender has a stepped design, helping to direct airflow to the radiator
– NEW Rear cowl is wider than before to create a visual balance with the front styling. It has a new passenger seat and LED tail light with separate turn signals as well as a new license plate holder

Advanced Electronic Instrumentation
– Instruments feature a high-visibility bar-graph LED tachometer positioned above a multi-window LCD info panel that offers riders a massive quantity of information
– The tachometer also functions as a shift indicator: LEDs flash when the preset RPM is reached, and riders can set shift RPM according to preference
– The multi-function LCD features two display modes: Standard and Race. Switching to Race Mode alters the Speed display by changing it to Gear Position, and by changing the Clock display to Speed
– NEW The LCD screen includes an IMU indicator, as well as Launch Control, Quick Shift and Engine Braking indicators
– Additional functions include odometer, dual trip meters, average fuel consumption, instant fuel consumption, Power Mode (x3), S-KTRC (x5), S-KTRC level indicator, low fuel indicator, Economical Riding indicator (shows most favorable fuel consumption), water temperature and a host of indicator lamps

Rider Interface
– NEW The rider is able to scroll through and select the electronic functions with a rocker switch mounted on the left handlebar. It also incorporates a “select” button to make quick, precise adjustments
– NEW Handlebar end weights have a detailed design

 

 

 

 

2016 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R Edition www.Totalmotorcycle.com Features and Benefits

ENGINE

For the 2016 model year, the architecture of the proven 998cc engine retains its 16-valve, DOHC, inline four-cylinder layout and its over-square 76 x 55mm bore and stroke dimensions. Known for its strong mid-range power delivery and ballistic top-end performance, Kawasaki has made a large number of improvements to continue its winning advantage by improving peak power output as well as the power delivery. Almost all of these are the direct result of Kawasaki racing development, which translates to the 2016 Ninja ZX-10R, creating a very competitive motorcycle.

These improvements start with a lighter crankshaft, which allows quicker revving for improved throttle response and acceleration. It also has increased low- and mid-range power output, which is appreciated when exiting a corner on the racetrack or on a favorite stretch of blacktop. Another advantage of the reduced reciprocating mass is better cornering turn-in and side-to-side transitions.

The crankshaft also has a new balancer, which is lighter and damps vibrations just as effectively. The crankshaft’s connecting rod journals have a new coating for reduced friction at high RPM.

The cylinder head has revised intake and exhaust ports. These have a straighter cross-section to allow better gas flow, contributing to the increased power output. Only the intake ports were polished on previous models, but the 2016 model also has polished exhaust ports to further increase power.

The cylinder head design incorporates larger coolant passageways to help provide engine reliability. Long-reach spark plugs are another part of the package, helping to boost ignition efficiency.

The combustion chamber shape is revised and the titanium exhaust valves are increased 1mm in diameter to 25.5mm, boosting high-RPM power output, while the combustion chamber shape is revised for the same goal.

Both the intake and exhaust camshaft profiles offer greater overlap to increase power at high RPM, without adversely affecting exhaust emissions. A new camshaft chain tensioner is also specified in order to help provide accurate valve timing and to reduce mechanical noise.

The all-new pistons are cast from heat-resistant alloy that improves durability, while overall weight is reduced by 5g per piston thanks to shorter skirts (37.7mm instead of 39.2mm). This superior construction and reduced mass means they are able to cope with the greater demands of the more powerful engine as well as improve engine response. Furthermore, a dry-film lubricant coating on the piston skirts reduces friction at low RPM and helps with the breaking-in process.

Kawasaki engineers also took the opportunity to increase the cylinder wall thickness in order to produce a more rigid engine block, contributing to the overall reliability.

The 2016 Ninja ZX-10R motorcycle has 25% larger air box volume and is fitted with a new air filter element that offers 60% more surface area and greater air flow. This upgrade contributes to better engine responsiveness, improved corner exit acceleration and better low- to mid-range power.

New electronic throttle valves allow precise control of the intake airflow, contributing to efficient power delivery and seamless integration of the electronic aids such as the S-KTRC Traction Control, the new KLCM Launch Control and KEBC Kawasaki Engine Braking Control.

The new throttle bodies necessitated the use of a new Engine Control Unit, which is mounted under the seat in an aluminum case to provide heat dissipation.

The titanium-alloy exhaust system, which helps with weight reduction and mass centralization as well as the power to weight ratio by removing significant weight from the bike.

New titanium-alloy headers use a special heat-resistant alloy, which is unique to Kawasaki in a motorcycle application and have a new connector pipe joining headers three and four to help smooth the engine response. The heat handling capacity contributes to durability, while the new alloy also allows thinner pipes thickness, reducing weight even more. The titanium alloy exhaust silencer offers nearly a 50% larger volume than the previous model, reducing sound levels and overall weight.

 

TRANSMISSION

Another feature directly derived from the racing success of the Ninja ZX-10R motorcycle is its cassette-type, close-ratio transmission. The gear ratios are idealized for circuit riding. Shorter ratios for second through sixth gear deliver strong corner exit acceleration. The closer ratios also give stable downshifts and works with a slipper clutch. The clutch is 130g lighter than in the 2015 model, thanks to a thinner primary gear.

A new dry-film lubricant coating has been applied to certain gears in order to reduce internal friction, improving shifting speed.

A brand-new feature for 2016 is the standard Kawasaki Quick Shifter (KQS). Working on upshifts only, it uses the same contactless sensor as the Ninja H2R motorcycle and helps to provide seamless acceleration thanks to rapid upshifts, which is especially beneficial for circuit riding.

 

KAWASAKI ELECTRONICS SYSTEMS

The 2016 Ninja ZX-10R motorcycle uses a full complement of electronics that allow the rider to fully explore its performance on the track. The Kawasaki electronic system uses a proprietary algorithm that optimizes the electronic stability systems. The Kawasaki system uses a Bosch five-axis Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) with software developed in-house, drawing on the experience of the Kawasaki Race Team’s World Superbike experience, making this application unique. For example, it takes the pitch and roll rate data measured by the IMU, and the ECU calculates the yaw rate, resulting in six-axis operation. It provides an additional layer of precision to the already high-level electronics package, giving the rider greater confidence on the track by allowing them to explore limits within the parameters controlled by the on-board computer.

Specifically, the IMU is able to measure longitudinal acceleration and braking, transverse or lateral forces when cornering, vertical acceleration such as when cresting a hill at steady speed, rotational roll rate (or lean angle) as well as the pitch rate such as during a wheelie or under hard braking. The Kawasaki software adds the sixth axis with yaw rate calculations, such as experienced during a powerslide where the rear wheel is out of line with the front.

The IMU input into the ECU works in conjunction with wheel speed, brake pressure, throttle position, engine RPM and throttle opening sensors. This high level of chassis orientation awareness means the ECU can adapt to changes in tires and even road camber. This gives the Kawasaki system an advantage because the S-KTRC Traction Control, KLCM Launch Control, KIBS Intelligent ABS and Cornering Management Function can respond to real-world conditions in real time, rather than relying solely on pre-set limits like some competitor’s systems.

 

S-KTRC KAWASAKI TRACTION CONTROL

The Sport-Kawasaki TRaction Control system now has five modes of intervention, compared to the three settings on the previous model. Modes one and two are designed for a racer on the track. Mode three is designed for a dry circuit with high-grip tires. Mode four is intended for dry canyon roads or commuting, while mode five is programmed to suit wet circuit or street use.

The inclusion of the IMU means that S-KTRC changes from being a purely predictive system to one that also offers feedback. The new predictive/feedback system offers even more precise management to help riders push harder on the racetrack by maximizing acceleration.

The highly sophisticated traction control system is based on racing technology and acknowledges that in order to accomplish the quickest acceleration, a certain amount of tire slip is required. In order to optimize traction, S-KTRC varies slip according to the prevailing conditions, taking information from a number of parameters to get a real-time image of what is happening. As such, it looks at front and rear wheel speed (slippage), engine RPM, throttle position, acceleration, etc. The system also looks at the chassis’ orientation relative to the track surface, rather than simply in the horizontal plane. Therefore, it is able to account for camber, gradient, etc. and adjust accordingly. It is also able to adjust for tire wear, tire profile, tire compound and numerous other factors.

Acting before the slippage surpasses the limit of adhesion, the ECU is able to minimize engine power reductions, resulting in ultra-smooth operation and maximum forward acceleration on the track.

 

KIBS KAWASAKI INTELLIGENT BRAKING SYSTEM

The Kawasaki Intelligent Braking System is available on the Ninja ZX-10R models equipped with the optional ABS braking. The multi-sensing brake management system uses high-precision control to modulate brake pressure during sport riding.

 

CORNERING MANAGEMENT FUNCTION

Using the five-axis IMU and Kawasaki’s original chassis attitude software, the Cornering Management Function helps distribute optimum hydraulic pressure to the calipers based on the motorcycle’s lean/pitch angle. The result is reduction of the motorcycle’s tendency to stand up when applying the brakes in a turn on the track. Instead, the Ninja ZX-10R motorcycle is better able to follow the rider’s intended line while slowing down for a difficult turn, rather than having the tendency to run wide.

 

 


KLCM KAWASAKI LAUNCH CONTROL MODE

Another new addition to the 2016 Ninja ZX-10R is the Kawasaki Launch Control Mode. It has three modes, which vary the level of intrusion via the ignition and intake air (throttle valves).

The three different modes are designed to suit different rider abilities. Mode one offers less intrusion from the system but requires the rider to operate the clutch and throttle with greater sensitivity. Mode three allows the electronics to do more of the work while the rider simply drops the clutch with the throttle wide open. Mode two gives a setting between the first and third.

The Kawasaki Launch Control assists racers by optimizing acceleration from a stop by controlling engine output to prevent wheelspin and minimize font-end lift when leaving the starting line.

Using an indicator on the digital instrument display, the rider selects KLCM with the Power Mode also on FULL.

 

KAWASAKI ENGINE BRAKING CONTROL

The Kawasaki Engine Braking Control was first seen on the Ninja H2R motorcycle and enables the engine braking to be managed when the rider snaps the throttle shut. This feature is intended for circuit use only and contributes to smoother braking and corner entry when in operation.

 

POWER MODES

Selectable Power Modes have been available on the Ninja ZX-10R motorcycle for several years but this new system now has three modes to allow the rider to select the power delivery to suit the prevailing conditions.

The available levels are Full, Middle (80%) or Low (60%). These reduce power by the stated amount and are easily selected via the rocker switch on the left handlebar, allowing riders to select the power delivery to suit their preference.


CHASSIS

On the frame, the steering head pipe is moved 7.5mm closer to the rider than the previous model, placing more weight on the front-end, resulting in improved front-end feel. This helps to improve the motorcycle’s stability on corner entry. It will also help in transitions, when flicking the bike from one side to the other, creating nimble handing and increased corner speed.

The front section of the main frame has been internally profiled to reduce induction noise, effectively using the interior as a resonator chamber. This has the effect of allowing the exhaust to be liberated, freeing significant horsepower from the engine while still meeting US noise regulations.

The swingarm is lengthened 15.8mm, resulting in a wheelbase of 56.7”, which is almost 0.5” longer than the previous model. The swingarm is also torsionally more rigid thanks to additional bracing. This contributes to the motorcycle’s nimble handling and excellent behavior in corner entry as well as transitions.

 

SUSPENSION

Giving the 2016 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R motorcycle a distinct advantage over its competition is the Showa Balance Free Fork (BFF). This is the first mass-production motorcycle application for the fork that was jointly developed with Showa in World Superbike competition.

The main feature of the Showa BFF is that the design of the hydraulic system eliminates the pressure balance fluctuations typically found in conventional forks. With the BFF, the damping valves are located in one place – outside the fork legs in the damping force chamber. This allows the entire surface of the fork pistons to push the hydraulic fluid toward the valves in the damping force chamber, with nitrogen gas in the compression chamber pushing back against the oil, helping to maintain the balanced pressure inside the fork tube.

Compression and rebound damping are generated (and adjusted) completely independently from one another by the compression and rebound adjuster screws on the damping force chamber at the bottom of each leg. Locating the adjustment in this single place has resulted in a more focused design that greatly improves responsiveness. Spring preload adjustment is located on the top of each fork leg.

Other advantages of this system include better traction, improved low-speed comfort and increased front-end feel. When combined with the benefits in braking, front-end feel and comfort, riders will truly appreciate this new fork on the racetrack.

The rear shock absorber is a Showa Balance Free Rear Cushion (BFRC) unit that also resulted from joint development in World Superbike competition. Just like the forks, the rear shock has a separate damping force chamber that houses the compression and rebound damping adjusters. By separating them, it again allows the entire damping piston to focus on hydraulic fluid movement. There is also external spring preload adjustment. The result is increased traction and superior shock absorption.

The horizontal back-link suspension has revised linkage ratios for 2016. This has allowed a wider range of adjustment, making it easier for the rider to feel the changes and causing the vehicle to be more targeted to circuit use than ever before.

 

BRAKES

As another direct consequence of Kawasaki’s World Superbike involvement, the 2016 Ninja ZX-10R motorcycle has been fitted with a Brembo front braking system. This not only includes the very high specification M50 aluminum monobloc four-piston front calipers (with 30mm opposed pistons), but also larger Brembo front rotors, up from 310mm last year, to 330mm. The rotors are cross-drilled and have a circumferential groove in the outer edge to aid heat dissipation.

The Brembo components offer strong initial bite for circuit use and great feel through the lever. Each part is inspected and adjusted by Brembo to eliminate and ineffective (idle) stroke, providing strong braking force from the initial lever stroke. As a further measure to help provide excellent brake action, race-quality stainless steel braided lines have been fitted front and rear to help ensure direct feel when the brakes are applied.

On the rear, the previous petal-shape disc is replaced by a similar-sized 220mm round rotor to match the front. The two-piston Nissin caliper used by last year’s model remains.

Riders who choose to purchase the 2016 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R motorcycle will also experience the Kawasaki Intelligent anti-lock Braking System (KIBS) described earlier in this release. It uses high-precision control to regulate brake pressure during sports riding.

The 2016 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R motorcycle also benefits from Cornering Management Function, which uses the five-axis IMU to allow riders on the track to brake into a turn, without the tendency for the bike to stand up and run wide.

 

WHEELS & TIRES

The wheels remain unchanged from the 2015 model year, although the brake rotor mounting areas are revised in order to increase the rotor stability. Angled air valves have also been fitted, identical to those used on the Ninja H2R and Ninja H2™ motorcycles, to make tire air pressure maintenance easier with the very large brake rotors that are fitted.

Another feature carried over from the Ninja H2 platform is the Bridgestone Battlax RS10 tires, which remain the same size as before: 120/70 ZR17 front and 190/55 ZR17 rear.

 

BODYWORK

More World Superbike-inspired development hits the street in the design of the front cowl. This time, it’s in the form of increased wind protection, thanks to a larger screen area, which allows the rider to change positions more easily thanks to reduced wind buffeting. The new cowl has also improved the aerodynamic efficiency, reducing the drag coefficient and aiding stability. The front windshield is also supported over its entire length by the cowl, reducing vibration over the previous model’s “floating” design.

Two small air intakes are strategically placed on either side of the windshield in order to help prevent a negative pressure area forming in the cockpit, reducing helmet buffeting and increasing comfort on longer journeys.

The headlights have been updated, receiving more compact lenses to match the new front cowl design and give the bike a more menacing demeanor. The mirrors are similar to the previous model but the stays have been lowered to integrate with the new cowl design. The new front fender has a stepped design, which helps to direct airflow to the radiator and is very similar to the fender of the Ninja H2R motorcycle.

In the rear, the new cowl is wider than before to create a better visual balance with the front styling. The new passenger seat is sportier and matches the design of the sharper new LED tail light, which now has separate turn signals. The license plate holder is also new and the modular design is easily removable for track use.

 

COCKPIT & CONTROLS

The main instruments on the 2016 Ninja ZX-10R motorcycle have been retained from last year, but the LCD portion is new and includes the option to change the background color from black to white. There is also an IMU indicator, as well as Launch Control, Quick Shift and Engine Braking activation, plus gear position indicator, Power Modes, S-KTRC mode (and Off), low fuel level, Economic Riding Indicator, intake air temperature, odometer, dual trip meters, average fuel consumption, instant fuel consumption and a host of indicator lamps.

To select these new functions, a rocker switch is located on the left handlebar that incorporates a “select” button to allow the rider to scroll through the functions.

There are new bar end weights, which have a more detailed design.

Other updates include revised settings for the Öhlins electronic steering damper to suit the new chassis setup. It is the same damper as used on previous models, which alters its damping characteristics according to speed and the degree of either acceleration or braking. The settings were chosen so at low speeds the damper does not interfere with the intrinsic lightweight handling, whereas at higher speeds, the damping increases to help enhance stability.

With the handlebar moved 7.5mm closer to the rider, thanks to the repositioned head pipe, the riding position is more compact than before. This allows riders more flexibility in choosing their position on the motorcycle.

In preparation for the addition of an aftermarket data logger by amateur and professional race teams, a CAN coupler is provided inside the cowl.

 

NINJA ZX-10R MODELS

There are four model variations available from Kawasaki’s nationwide dealer network. The Ninja ZX-10R motorcycle and its ABS-equipped version, the Ninja ZX-10R motorcycle, are both available in the new Metallic Matte Carbon Grey.

The Ninja ZX-10R motorcycle and Ninja ZX-10R motorcycles are also available in a KRT Edition. Both are available in the striking new Lime Green and Ebony color combination.

 

 

 

 


 

2016 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R Edition – www.Totalmotorcycle.com USA Specifications/Technical Details
US MSRP Price: $14999 USD

Engine 4-stroke, 4 cylinder, DOHC, 4-valve, Liquid-cooled
Displacement 998cc
Bore x Stroke 76 x 55mm
Compression Ratio 13:1
Fuel System DFI® with four 47mm Keihin throttle bodies, two injectors per cylinder
Ignition TCBI with digital advance and Sport-Kawasaki Traction Control (S-KTRC)
Transmission 6-speed
Final Drive Chain
Electronic Rider Aids Kawasaki Launch Control Mode (KLCM), Kawasaki Intelligent Braking System (KIBS), Sport Kawasaki TRaction Control (S-KTRC), Kawasaki Engine Braking Control, Corner Management function, Electronic Throttle Valve (ETV) and Kawasaki Quick Shifter (KQS)
Front Suspension/Wheel Travel 43mm inverted Showa Balance Free Fork, adjustable stepless rebound and compression damping, spring preload adjustability / 4.7″
Rear Suspension/Wheel Travel Horizontal back-link with gas-charged shock, stepless, dual-range (low/high-speed) compression damping, stepless rebound damping, fully adjustable spring preload / 4.5″
Front Tire 120/70 ZR17
Rear Tire 190/55 ZR17
Front Brakes Dual semi-floating 330mm discs with dual 4-piston radial-mounted calipers
Rear Brakes Single 220mm disc with aluminum single-piston caliper
Frame Type Aluminum perimeter
Rake/Trail 25°/4.2″
Overall Length 82.3″
Overall Width 29.1″
Overall Height 45.1″
Ground Clearance 5.7″
Seat Height 32.9″
Curb Weight* 449.8 lb
Fuel Capacity 4.5 gallons
Wheelbase 56.7″
Color Choices Metallic Matte Carbon Gray, Lime Green / Ebony (KRT Edition)
MSRP: $14,999 / $15,299 (KRT Edition)
Warranty: 12 Months
Kawasaki Protection Plan (optional): 12, 24, 36, and 48 month plans are available

 

 



 

 

 

 


 

2016 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R Edition – www.Totalmotorcycle.com Canadian Specifications/Technical Details
Canada MSRP Price: $ See Dealer for pricing in CDN

ENGINE
Displacement 998cc
Type 4-stroke, In-Line Four
Bore and stroke 76.0 x 55.0 mm
Cooling Liquid
Compression ratio 13.0:1
Valve system DOHC, 16 valves (4 valves per cylinder)
Fuel system DFI with 47 mm Keihin throttle bodies with oval sub-throttles, two injectors per cylinder
Ignition Digital
Lubrication Forced lubrication, wet sump with oil cooler
BRAKES
Front: type Dual semi-floating 330 mm petal discs
Front: calipers Dual radial-mount, opposed 4-piston
Rear: type Single 220 mm petal disc
Rear: calipers Single-bore pin-slide, aluminium piston
DIMENSIONS
Overall length 2,090 mm
Overall width 740 mm
Overall height 1,145 mm
Wheelbase 1,440 mm
Ground clearance 145 mm
Seat height 835 mm
Curb mass** 204 kg
Fuel capacity 17 litres (3.7 gal.)
DRIVETRAIN
Transmission 6-speed, race-style cassette
Final drive Chain
Primary reduction ratio 1.681 (79/47)
Gear ratio: 1st 2.600 (39/15)
Gear ratio: 2nd 2.214 (31/14)
Gear ratio: 3rd 1.944 (35/18)
Gear ratio: 4th 1.722 (31/18)
Gear ratio: 5th 1.550 (31/20)
Gear ratio: 6th 1.391 (32/23)
Final reduction ratio 2.294 (39/17)
Clutch Wet multi-disc, manual
FRAME
Type Twin spar, cast aluminium
Wheel travel: front 120 mm (4.7 in.)
Tire: front 120/70-ZR17M/C (58W)
Wheel travel: rear 140 mm (5.5 in.)
Tire: rear 190/55-ZR17M/C (75W)
Caster (rake) 25º
Trail 107 mm (4.2 in.)
Steering angle (left/right) 27º/27º
PERFORMANCE
Maximum Torque‡ 114.6 N.m {11.7 kgf.m} @ 11,500 rpm
SUSPENSION
Suspension, front 43 mm inverted Balance Free Front Fork with external compression chamber, compression and rebound damping and spring preload adjustability, and top-out springs
Suspension, rear Horizontal Back-link with BFRC lite gas-charged shock, piggyback resevoir, compression and rebound damping and spring preload adjustability, and top-out spring
DETAILS
Warranty 12 months warranty

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

2016 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R Edition – www.Totalmotorcycle.com European Specifications/Technical Details
Europe/UK MSRP Price: £ See Dealer GBP (On The Road inc 20% Vat)

Engine
Engine type
Liquid-cooled, 4-stroke In-Line Four
Displacement
998 cm3
Bore x stroke
76.0 x 55.0 mm
Compression ratio
13.0:1
Valve/Induction system
DOHC, 16 valves
Fuel system
Fuel injection: ø47 mm x 4 with dual injection
Ignition
Digital
Starting
Electric
Lubrication
Forced lubrication, wet sump with oil cooler
Frame
Frame type
Twin spar, cast aluminium
Rake/Trail
25o / 107 mm
Wheel travel, front
120 mm
Wheel travel, rear
114 mm
Tyre, front
120/70ZR17M/C (58W)
Tyre, rear
190/55ZR17M/C (75W)
Steering angle, left / right
27o / 27o
Performance
Maximum power
147.1 kW {200 PS} / 13,000 min
Maximum power with RAM Air
154.4 kW {210 PS} / 13,000 min
Maximum torque
113.5 N.m {11.6 kgf.m} / 11,500 min
Transmission
Transmission
6-speed, return
Final Drive
Chain
Primary reduction ratio
1.681 (79/47)
Gear ratios: 1st
2.600 (39/15)
Gear ratios: 2nd
2.214 (31/14)
Gear ratios: 3rd
1.944 (35/18)
Gear ratios: 4th
1.722 (31/18)
Gear ratios: 5th
1.550 (31/20)
Gear ratios: 6th
1.391 (32/23)
Clutch
Wet multi-disc, manual
Brakes
Brakes, front
Dual semi-floating ø330 mm discs. Caliper: Dual radial-mount, opposed 4-piston
Brakes, rear
Single ø220 mm disc. Caliper: Single-bore pin-slide, aluminium piston
Suspension
Suspension, front
ø43 mm inverted Balance Free Front Fork with external compression chamber, compression and rebound damping and spring preload adjustability, and top-out springs
Suspension, rear
Horizontal Back-link with BFRC lite gascharged shock, piggyback reservoir, compression and rebound damping and spring preload adjustability, and top-out spring
Dimensions
Dimensions (L x W x H)
2,090 x 740 x 1,145 mm
Wheelbase
1,440 mm
Ground Clearance
145 mm
Fuel capacity
17 litres
Seat height
835 mm
Curb Mass
206 kg

 

 

 



*Starting at MSRP is the manufactured suggested price and excludes delivery, setup, tax, title, license, and additional fees and expenses. Bikes may be shown with optional accessories. Final sale price determined by an authorized dealer. Specifications and MSRP are subject to change.

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