2021 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R ABS Guide

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Introducing the new 2021 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R ABS…

Based on the KRT race machine that has been amassing record after record in the Superbike World Championship, Kawasaki’s trio of litre-class supersport models allow a wide range of riders to experience the thrill of exploring their limits on the circuit.

Engine improvements offer increased power, with an even wider powerband –both advantages that will further increase their race-winning potential. This is as close as it gets to being part of the official Kawasaki World Superbike team. Ninja ZX-10R Get Closer.

The Ninja® ZX™-10R has carried its riders to six World Superbike titles and brings that championship-winning performance to consumers with an updated high-performance package that allows a wide range of riders to experience the thrill of exploring their limits on the track. The new model provides a high level of circuit potential with all-new styling featuring integrated winglets and other upgrades.

Kawasaki’s Ninja® line of liter class superbike motorcycles has been amassing record after record in the FIM Superbike World Championship (WorldSBK), including carrying Kawasaki to seven championship winning performances since 2013, The Kawasaki Racing Team (KRT) continues to set the bar high in the pinnacle of road racing around the globe and their unmatched success on the racetrack has allowed Kawasaki to continue delivering the racetrack precision of its sportbikes to the street.

The new 2021 Ninja ZX-10R, Ninja ZX-10R KRT Edition and Ninja ZX-10RR are built for those who rise to the challenge: all new aerodynamic body with integrated winglets, small and light LED headlights, TFT color instrumentation, and Smartphone Connectivity plus high-tech updates derived right from the KRT. Kawasaki engineers have made several changes to the engine and chassis for 2021.



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2021 Ninja ZX-10R Standard Features



PLUS 2021 Ninja ZX-10R Features

  • NEW Aerodynamic Body with Integrated Winglets
  • NEW Electronic Cruise Control
  • NEW Integrated Riding Modes
  • NEW Power Mode Selection
  • NEW All LED Lighting
  • NEW All Digital TFT Color Instrumentation
  • NEW Smartphone Connectivity via RIDEOLOGY THE APP
  • Ohlins Electronic Steering Damper
  • Kawasaki Engine Brake Control


Kawasaki changes the face of Superbike with the 2021 Ninja ZX-10R and Ninja ZX-10RR

Mirroring the methodical Ninja development approach of the Kawasaki Racing Team, the Kawasaki factory have delved deep inside the very core of the Ninja ZX-10R and Ninja ZX-10RR for a new model and racing season and taken another significant step in the evolution of these iconic machines.
Making full use of Team riders Jonathan Rea and Alex Lowes, the Kawasaki factory have tested numerous ideas across a season that saw Rea secure a historic sixth consecutive world Championship to add truly “race developed” features to both litre class Ninjas for 2021.

Concentrating on genuine performance and engineering upgrades and focusing on delivering a machine to win on track and set the Supersport standard on road, Kawasaki engineers have prioritised an innovative aerodynamic package for 2021 combined with handling and ergonomic upgrades supported by new engineering tech “under the skin”.

In terms of aerodynamics the target word is “downforce” with innovate integrated winglets incorporated into the structure of the cowling ducting the airstream and creating additional downforce which is approximately 17% greater than the current Ninja machine. Likewise, the design of the rear seat is subtly changed to create an area of low pressure behind the rider. When combined with a 40mm higher screen, a handlebar position that replicates that of Jonathan Rea’s race bike and 5mm higher foot-pegs, the aero and ergonomic package is just one of the “next step” WorldSBK features for 2021. Inside the new cowling innovations continue with a race style TFT dash (including Bluetooth connectivity), four handlebar button selectable rider modes and road rider features like electronic cruise control and optional heated handlebar grips.

Chassis updates include a 1mm lower swing-arm pivot point (adjustable on the RR), 2mm greater front fork offset and an 8mm increase in actual swing-arm length all contributing to increased stability and greater traction. Spring rates have changed too with the front now softer and the rear harder while a wider fork clamping area for the lower triple-clamp revises the rigidity balance for the fork outer tubes.

The job of slowing this agile beast on track and road for 2021 is ably handled by a suite of Brembo items encompassing M50 monobloc calipers, ø330 mm semi-floating front discs and a radial pump master cylinder (with race-quality steel-braided lines on the RR). And the “see and be seen” element for the new season is catered for thanks to all LED lighting utilising direct projection unit headlamps from Mitsubishi; their luminous optical modules being adopted for motorcycle use for the very first time.

The beating heart of any Ninja is the engine and the ZX-10R and RR are no exception. Both continue to rely on finger follower valve actuation increasing power and efficiency while reducing valve train weight and gear ratios are refined with 1st, 2nd and 3rd lower to make best use of the Ninja’s prodigious power which is further enhanced by a new inlet port design. The 2021 machine has also been engineered to meet Euro 5 regulations, while keeping the lubricating lifeblood cool, a new KRT developed air-cooled oil cooler transfers straight from track to street reinforcing the link between race and road for Ninja fans.

Which leaves the ultimate 998cc Ninja, the ZX-10RR for 2021 (limited to 500 units worldwide). Complete with specially commissioned Marchesini wheels equipped with standard fit Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SP tyres. Safely revving 400rpm higher, the RR takes a big step toward the new race and track day season with existing Pankl precision lightweight connecting rods joined by Pankl low friction pistons and Pankl matched piston pins creating pure podium potential.

No wonder a Ninja has won the World Superbike crown six years in a row and no wonder the 2021 Ninja ZX-10R and ZX-10RR wear Kawasaki’s prestigious river mark emblem. Kawasaki has changed the face of superbike racing with the Ninja – with new features and a brand-new look Kawasaki now says #FaceYourself.



2021 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R ABS Totalmotorcycle.com Features and Benefits

Integrated Riding Modes:  Sport, Road, Rain, Rider (Manual)

All-inclusive modes that link S-KTRC and Power Mode allow riders to efficiently set traction control and power delivery to suit a given riding situation.

  • Riders can choose from Sport, Road, Rain or a manual setting (Rider). In the manual Rider mode, each of the systems can be set independently.
    • Sport: enables riders to enjoy circuit riding, or sporty riding on back roads.
    • Road: covers a wide range of situations, from city riding to highway cruising and rural roads.
    • Rain: offers rider reassurance when riding on a low traction surface.The riding mode can be changed while riding, using the button on the left handlebar.

 Electronic Cruise Control:          

  • Kawasaki’s cruise control system allows a desired speed to be maintained with the simple press of a button. Once activated, the rider does not have to constantly apply the throttle which reduces stress on the right hand when traveling long distances, enabling relaxed cruising and contributing to a high level of riding comfort.
  • Operation of the Electronic Cruise Control is done conveniently from the left handlebar. The system can be engaged with the touch of a button.
  • Once the desired speed has been selected, engine output is adjusted automatically via the Electronic Throttle Valves to maintain speed when ascending or descending grades. The set speed can be adjusted using the “+” and “-” buttons.
  • Operating the brake lever, clutch lever or rear brake pedal, or shifting gears causes the Electronic Cruise Control to be disengaged. Closing the throttle beyond the “zero-throttle” position is another way to disengage the system. The system also disengages automatically in the event of large traction control intervention.

Kawasaki’s cutting-edge electronics have always excelled on the track due to the highly sophisticated programming that gives the ECU an accurate real-time picture of what the chassis is doing using minimal software. Incorporating a Bosch IMU and the latest evolution of Kawasaki’s proprietary dynamic modeling software, the ZX-10R’s electronic management technology helps assist racers experience the ZX-10R’s full potential, on the track.

Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU)(KP)

  • The IMU measures inertia along 5 axes: acceleration along longitudinal, transverse and vertical axes; roll rate; and pitch rate. The yaw rate is calculated by the ECU using Kawasaki’s patented software to provide six-axis chassis attitude input of lean angle and acceleration/deceleration force for more precise management of the electronic riding aids.
  • Utilizing the IMU, S-KTRC incorporates abundant feedback to help maximize acceleration when exiting corners on the track.
  • Due to the information from the IMU, the Launch Control system on the ZX-10R is highly advanced.
  • The IMU enables KIBS-equipped models to utilize the Corner Management function.
  • Unlike competitors’ systems that have pre-set limits, Kawasaki’s proprietary race-developed software enables the ZX-10R to have a dynamic system that has a higher level of chassis awareness and adapts to changing track conditions such as vehicle attitude, pavement conditions and tires.


S-KTRC (Sport-Kawasaki TRaction Control)

S-KTRC, Kawasaki’s hybrid predictive/feedback-type traction control, is based on racing technology and helps riders push harder on the racetrack by maximizing acceleration.

  • The quickest acceleration requires a certain amount of slip, so in order to optimize traction, S-KTRC actually allows slip. The ideal slip ratio varies according to conditions. The system monitors a number of parameters to get an accurate real-time picture of what is going on that are complemented by real-time feedback from the IMU, enabling highly precise management.
  • Conditions are confirmed every 5 milliseconds, at which time the system looks at each of the parameters as well as their rate of change. Control is via ignition, which allows extremely quick reaction, and the electronic throttle valves.
  • Using complex analysis, the system is able to precisely calibrate engine output to suit traction conditions. By acting before slippage exceeds the range for optimal traction, drops in power can be minimized, resulting in ultra-smooth operation.
  • Because the sophisticated software bases its dynamic analysis on the chassis’ orientation relative to the track surface rather than relative to a horizontal plane, it is able to take into account corner camber, gradient, etc, and adapt accordingly.
  • There are five available modes, which riders can set according to preference and skill level. Each mode is able to accommodate a range of riding conditions. Of course, engine manageability is such that riders can opt to turn the system OFF.

* Updates to Modes 4 and 5 (the most intrusive) result in a more rider-friendly character that facilitates making throttle inputs mid-corner or on corner exits. The benefits can be noticed when cornering on the circuit.

  • The system is also able to distinguish between wheel lift resulting from strong acceleration, which is smooth, and other types of wheel lift. The system allows torque-induced wheel lift in so far as acceptable acceleration is maintained. Other wheel lift triggers system intervention.
  • Designed to assist the racer by optimizing acceleration when launching from a standstill on the track, KLCM electronically controls engine output to optimize acceleration on the starts, help prevent wheelspin and minimize front end lift.
  • Riders can choose from three modes, each offering a progressively greater level of intrusion. Each mode allows the racer to launch from a stop with the throttle held open.

Kawasaki Engine Brake Control

  • The KEBC system allows racers to select the amount of engine braking they prefer. When KEBC is activated (by selecting “LIGHT” in the KEBC settings), the engine braking effect is reduced for smoother corner entries on the track.

Power Mode

  • Allows riders to choose from three power options: Full power operation Mid power – Variable operation depending on throttle position Low power – limited to approximately 50-60% of full power
  • Works independently from S-KTRC.

Corner Management Function

  • Corner Management Function uses both KIBS and S-KTRC to assist racers hold their intended line through a corner on the track by suppressing the tendency for the bike to stand up while braking in a turn. The IMU helps the system maintain optimum hydraulic pressure based on the bike’s lean and pitch angles.

Available Kawasaki Intelligent anti-lock Brake System (KIBS)(KP)

  • High-precision system with smooth feedback for added braking confidence.
  • The engine ECU communicates with the ABS ECU (which monitors wheel speed and front caliper hydraulic pressure) to regulate brake pressure. The high-precision control provides a more consistent lever feel than conventional ABS systems.
  • Back torque limiting clutch system suppresses ABS function during downshifts for optimum performance.

 Electronic Steering Damper (ESD)          

  • Settings match chassis dimensions and track handling characteristics.
  • Steering damping characteristics are changed electronically according to vehicle speed and the degree of acceleration or deceleration. At low speeds, the settings were chosen so that damping does not interfere with the bike’s intrinsic lightweight handling. At higher speeds on the circuit, damping increases to help riders set the bike on the line of their choosing. Using input from the rear wheel speed sensor (provided via the engine ECU) the electronic steering damper’s ECU identifies the vehicle’s speed as well as the rate the bike is accelerating or decelerating to fine tune damping.
  • The enhanced feeling offered by the electronic steering damper allows riders to relax more, contributing to reduced rider fatigue.
  • During strong acceleration or deceleration, damping is increased to enhance performance.
  • Features Öhlins’ special twin-tube design for consistent damping performance, even under harsh track conditions, plus superb kickback absorption.
  • The damper’s high precision construction and use of an integrated clamp help minimize friction as the damper piston moves so that initial motion is very smooth.


With development input from Kawasaki’s championship-winning World Superbike team, the engine of the ZX-10R has superb horsepower. While it maintains a very linear power delivery to help the rider open the throttle early when exiting a corner on the track, low-to-mid range power is exceptional for quick acceleration.

  • No longer using coolant routed from the radiator to the oil cooler and back to the engine, a new oil cooler is air-cooled andhas an independent circuit. Oil is routed from the left lower crankcase to the oil cooler, where it is cooled, then returned on the right side. The increased cooling performance contributes to engine performance at all rpm
  • Light crankshaft and optimized moment of inertia for quick engine response and light handling to help make the bike turn-in quickly.
  • Light pistons enhance engine response while a Teflon resin coating helps reduce friction.
  • Long-reach spark plugs allow large coolant passages in the cylinder head for optimum cooling performance.
  • Straight, wide intake and exhaust ports enhance top-end power characteristics.

Finger-Follower Valve Actuation

  • Finger-follower valve train designed by Kawasaki’s multi- time World Superbike Championship winning engineers allows aggressive cam profiles so that valves can open and close rapidly for increased performance.
  • Finger-follower valve actuation reduces valve train mass by approximately 20 percent compared to tappet-style actuation, as well as reducing friction at the cam lobe. DLC (Diamond-Like Carbon) coating on the followers help prevent wear.
  • Lightweight titanium intake and exhaust valves reduce reciprocating weight.
  • Compact valve train reduces cylinder head height.
  • Camshafts are carved from forged chromoly billet, which is more than one-half pound lighter than cast cams. The cams and tappets are treated with soft nitriding to help prevent galling and seizing with the aggressive, high lift profiles.
  • Single valve springs with oval cross sections are light and lower to reduce overall cylinder head height.
  • Previously exclusive to the Ninja® ZX™-10RR, the cylinder head provides the clearance to accommodate race-kit high-lift cams. The race kit cams and valve springs offer increased high-rpm performance.


Ram Air Intake

  • Ram air duct positioned close to front of the bike for optimum air box filling efficiency.
  • Large 10-liter airbox helps boost engine response and low-mid range power for enhanced racetrack acceleration.
  • Resonator chamber built in to frame spars to help reduce intake noise.


Digital Fuel Injection

  • 47mm main electronic throttle valves (ETV) operate with high precision to help provide smooth engine response on the track. The simple system also enhances input to S-KTRC and accommodates the Kawasaki Launch Control and Kawasaki Engine Brake Control features.
  • High speed 32-bit ECU provides precise engine management and is housed in an aluminum case for efficient heat dissipation
  • Secondary fuel injectors contribute to top-end power output and power characteristics in the high-rpm range.

While the lower injectors operate all the time, operation of the upstream injectors is determined by the degree of throttle opening and engine rpm.

  • Accelerator position sensor has been relocated to the handlebar which eliminates the throttle cable for less maintenance and a tidier cockpit area. To ensure a natural feel, friction is used to simulate the feel of a throttle cable.


 Titanium Alloy Exhaust

  • Revised collector pipe arrangement helps maintain the engine’s powerful output while meeting the latest emissions standards.
  • One of the catalyzers was moved further upstream where it heats up more quickly and increases its effectiveness, contributing to cleaner emissions. To accommodate this, the exhaust pre-chamber volume is decreased, and silencer volume increased by extending it approximately five inches
  • Titanium alloy provides better heat resistance than pure titanium so the exhaust system can be made thinner, and lighter, without sacrificing durability.
  • Header pipe diameter and length very similar to race-use headers make it easy to increase circuit performance by adding competition-use only slip-on muffler.
  • Large-volume pre-chamber with exhaust valve at exit is placed under the engine to centralize weight, reduce exhaust noise and help minimize muffler volume.
  • Single, right-side muffler lowers the overall center of gravity and helps centralize mass.

 6-Speed Cassette Transmission

  • Revised gear ratios are more circuit specific. The 41-tooth rear sprocket is two teeth larger and combines with shorter ratios for 1st, 2nd and 3rd gears to maximize the strong low-mid range acceleration for quicker corner exits, as well as quicker off-the-line acceleration for strong launches on the track.
  • Non-contact, potentiometer-type sensor quick shifter to facilitate seamless acceleration.
  • Gear ratios help provide strong acceleration for circuit use and contribute to smooth downshifts.
  • Dry-film lubricant coating on certain transmission gears reduces friction so gears slide into place easily for quick, sure shifting.
  • Thin clutch primary gear is light to contribute to the quick engine response.
  • Cassette-style transmission facilitates quicker gear ratio changes to suit track conditions.
  • Primary reduction ratio, final drive ratio and fourth through sixth gear ratios minimize rear end lift and squat during acceleration or deceleration, allowing greater freedom with suspension settings.
  • A back-torque limiting clutch automatically disengages the clutch under hard braking and deceleration to help prevent rear wheel hop during corner entry on the track. Optional springs, spring retainers and shims are available to fine-tune the clutch for specific track conditions.

Kawasaki Quick Shifter (KQS)

  • Dual-direction KQS allows clutchless up and down shifting.


 Aluminum Twin Spar Backbone Frame

  • A 10mm longer wheelbase was achieved with 2mm greater fork offset and an 8mm longer swingarm for better overall performance. The revised fork offset results in a shorter trail, which facilitates changing direction, especially in the off-throttle phase of the corner after tip-in and before the apex.
  • The swingarm pivot is lowered 1mm to improve rear suspension action during corner exits.
  • The new geometry moves the front-rear balance slightly forward (0.2%), contributing to improved handling and turning performance
  • Optimized geometry for sharp circuit handling.
  • Steering head pipe position helps weight the front end for optimum feel, feedback and flickability.
  • All-cast aluminum construction requires fewer pieces to reduce weight and welds.
  • Direct line from head pipe to swingarm pivot for great cornering performance.
  • The engine is mounted strategically in the frame to raise the center of gravity and place more weight on the front end. Combined with the rake angle, it helps make the ZX-10R highly flickable side-to-side for great cornering performance.

Developed by Showa to Kawasaki’s specs in the World Superbike Championship, the Balance Free Fork (BFF) is complemented by Showa’s latest rear shock, the Balance Free Rear Cushion (BFRC), to provide track riders the best possible performance.

Showa Balance Free Fork (BFF)(KP)

  • Wider fork clamping area for the lower triple-clamp and revised rigidity balance for the fork outer tubes contribute to improved handling and turning performance.
  • More circuit-focused settings include a lower spring rate (21.5 N/mm to 21.0 N/mm), complemented by firmer compression damping and softer rebound damping.

The settings make it easier to weight the front wheel and contribute to lighter handling.

  • The damping valves are located outside the fork cylinder so that the hydraulic circuit does not generate the pressure balance fluctuations that typically occur in conventional dampers.
  • Compression and rebound damping are generated, and adjusted, completely independently from each other. By placing the valving in a damping force chamber, the whole surface of the fork piston can act on the oil, stabilizing internal pressure which results in a more compliant fork.
  • External compression chamber contains pressurized nitrogen that applies force to the oil, helping to maintain balanced pressure inside the fork tube.
  • Provides high ride comfort and performance under braking while enhancing front-end feel.
  • Fully adjustable preload and compression and rebound damping enables riders to fine tune the suspension for a wide variety of conditions.

Showa BFRC-Lite (Balance Free Rear Cushion) Shock Absorber(KP)

  • More circuit-focused settings include a stiffer spring rate (91 N/mm to 95 N/mm), complemented by softer compression and rebound damping. The revised settings make it easier to induce pitching motion even when on the throttle while maintaining a steady rear height.
  • Like the fork, damping valves are located outside the shock cylinder so that the hydraulic circuit does not generate the pressure balance fluctuations that typically occur in conventional dampers.
  • By placing the valving in a damping force chamber, the whole surface of the shock piston can act on the oil, stabilizing internal pressure which results in a more compliant shock.
  • Provides high ride comfort and traction and reduces weight.
  • Fully adjustable compression and rebound damping plus threaded preload enables riders to fine tune the suspension for a wide variety of conditions.



Horizontal Back-link Rear Suspension(KP)

  • Linkage ratios deliver a linear feel and offer a wide adjustment range, so that setting changes are easy for the rider to feel.
  • The swingarm has high rigidity to contribute to the nimble handling and help put weight to the front.
  • The linkage is placed atop swingarm to make room for the exhaust pre-chamber for better mass centralization.
  • Rear shock is further away from the exhaust so that its operation will not be affected by exhaust heat.Race-Spec Brembo Brakes (also available with Kawasaki Intelligent anti-lock Brake System(KP) (KIBS)
  • New rear brake pads offer better control and increased stopping power.
  • The rear brake master cylinder is moved further inward to allow greater freedom of movement.
  • Similar system to that used on the Ninja H2 and the World Superbike race machine.
  • Radial mounted 4-piston front brake calipers.
  • Front brakes feature Brembo M50 cast monoblock calipers with four opposed 30mm pistons that clamp on huge 330mm Brembo discs for superb braking force. The outer edges of the discs have grooves down the center of the outer edges to help dissipate heat.
  • Brembo radial pump master cylinder and reservoir are calibrated to require very little lever movement to achieve strong front brake force.
  • Stainless steel braided brake lines contribute to direct feel.
  • Available KIBS high-precision anti-lock brake system provides smooth feedback and minimal lever movement for added braking confidence on the circuit.




  • Revised clip-on handlebar position is 10mm farther forward and at a straighter angle, contributing to a more circuit-focused riding position. More space between the handlebars and the seat offers the rider greater freedom of movement – a benefit for both track and street riding.
  • The windshield is 40mm taller and set at a steeper angle, and combined with the large upper cowl contributes to the

aerodynamic performance of the machine-rider package. The increased wind protection helps to reduced stress from wind blast, enabling riders to change positions more smoothly as they set up for corner entry when riding on the track.

  • The rear of the seat is higher, allowing riders to elevate their hips when in a full race crouch which helps minimize drag when the rider is tucked beneath the windscreen on the track.
  • Repositioned footpegs are 5mm higher, contributing to the more aggressive, circuit-focused riding position and making it easier to weight the pegs when cornering.



The Ninja ZX-10R’s new styling package was designed for maximum aerodynamic performance. The sleek, racy lines help reduce drag by approximately seven percent, provides roughly 17 percent increase in downforce, and provides better wind protection for the rider.

  • Aerodynamic upper cowl contributes to simple race-bike looks while maintaining a distinct Ninja identity and is designed to work with the taller windshield to significantly reduced drag.
  • The cowl’s “reverse slant” design positions the new Mitsubishi direct-projection LED headlights on the underside of the upper cowl so that they are not visible from the rider’s point of view. The uninterrupted surface provides a more race-like perspective for the rider.
  • The LED headlights are bright, compact and lightweight, weighing nearly one pound less than the halogen units on the previous model.
  • Flush fit of the centrally located LED position lamp contributes to the cowl’s aerodynamic performance.
  • Reshaped Ram Air intake is more compact, but the redesigned cowl directs air toward the intake so its efficiency is unchanged.
  • Integrated winglets in the upper cowl generate downforce to help keep the front wheel planted on corner exits and during hard acceleration on the track.
  • Side cowl openings help dissipate engine heat, directing hot engine air away from the rider’s knees.
  • Lower cowl helps direct air to the oil cooler, increasing its efficiency, while its low-profile design contributes to reduced drag.
  • Cowl-mounted mirrors feature new-design integrated LED-type turn signals that are connected via couplers for easy mirror removal for trackday use.
  • Slots incorporated in the new tail cowl design contribute to the aerodynamic styling.




In recognition of its achievement in the Superbike World Championship, special permission to use the prestigious Kawasaki River Mark on the Ninja ZX-10R was granted, its first use on a non-supercharged mass- production model.

  • A 3-D River Mark emblem is proudly displayed on the upper cowl, and the River Mark is also displayed on the upper triple clamp.

Color TFT Instrumentation

  • High-grade full color display features TFT (thin-film transistor) technology, delivering a high level of visibility. The screen’s background color is selectable in black or white, and screen brightness adjusts automatically to suit available light.
  • Display functions include: digital speedometer, digital bar-style tachometer, gear position indicator, throttle application, odometer, dual trip meters, current and average fuel consumption, volume of fuel consumed, low fuel indicator, average speed, total time, coolant temperature, intake air temperature, clock, battery voltage, Kawasaki service reminder, oil change reminder, call/mail reminders, and Economical Riding Indicator.
  • In addition to scrollable multi-function windows, two display modes offer riders a choice of how they want their information presented.
    • Type 1: Designed for ordinary use with an easy-to-read, calm layout offers a substantial amount of information at-a-glance.
    • Type 2: Designed with circuit riding in mind, important information like tachometer, current and best lap times, and gear position is prioritized and presented graphically for easy digestion.
  • External race-style shift lamp provides the rider with a highly visible signal to shift up when riding on the circuit.




 RIDEOLOGY THE APP Smartphone Connectivity†            

† Do not operate smartphone while riding

  • A Bluetooth® chip built into the instrument panel enables riders to connect to their motorcycle wirelessly. Using the smartphone application “RIDEOLOGY THE APP,” a number of instrument functions can be accessed, contributing to an enhanced motorcycling experience.

Available functions:

  • Vehicle Info: information such as fuel gauge, odometer, maintenance schedule, etc can be viewed via the smartphone.
  • Riding Log: GPS route information as well as vehicle running information can be logged and viewed via the smartphone.
  • Telephone notices: when a call or mail is received by the smartphone, this is indicated on the instrument display.
  • Vehicle Settings: Riding Mode (Road, Sport, Rain, Rider) can be set in advance on the smartphone and uploaded when paired with the bike, as can riding support systems (like KQS) and the payload mode.
  • General Settings: general instrument display settings (such as preferred units, date, date format, etc) can be adjusted via the smartphone.
  • Vehicle Settings: Riding Mode (Road, Sport, Rain, Rider) can be set in advance on the smartphone and uploaded when in proximity of the bike, as can riding support systems (like KQS) and the payload mode.
  • Once vehicle information has been downloaded to the app, it can be viewed on the smartphone. Available information includes: odometer, trip A, trip B, fuel gauge, remaining range, average gas mileage, average speed, max lean angle (right/left), battery voltage, Kawasaki service reminder, oil change reminder, etc.
  • Detailed riding logs including GPS information and vehicle running information can be recorded. While riding, the app tracks vehicle speed, rpm, gear position, throttle position, front brake fluid pressure, acceleration/deceleration, current mileage, and coolant temperature from moment to moment. Once the riding log has been saved, riders can review these items in a graphic-style display at any point along the route. The app can also display a ride summary, with information that may include: route travelled, total distance, total time, gas mileage (best/average), speed (best/average), max lean angle (right/left), etc. For either display mode, riders can select which items are displayed, and can arrange them in their preferred order.
  • When riding with the app ON† the bike and smartphone are always connected. When the engine is turned off, the latest riding information stored by the app may be viewed on the smartphone. Any vehicle setting changes made via the app while the engine is off, or while out of range, cannot be uploaded until the ignition is turned on and the smartphone is in range with the app ON. General settings can only be updated via the app when the bike and smartphone are connected.

†While RIDEOLOGY THE APP needs to be ON (running in the background) to be connected to the bike, it was not intended to be operated while riding. Rider interaction with the app should be limited to when the vehicle is not being operated and it is safe to do so.



2021 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R ABS – Totalmotorcycle.com USA Specifications/Technical Details
US MSRP Price: $ 16699 USD
Canada MSRP Price: $ See Dealer CDN
Europe/UK MSRP Price: £ See Dealer GBP (On The Road inc 20% Vat)

Engine Type 4-Stroke, 4-Cylinder, Liquid-Cooled, DOHC, 4 Valve Cylinder Head
Displacement 998 cc
Bore & Stroke 76.0 x 55.0 mm
Maximum Torque 83.9 lb.-ft @ 11,300 rpm
Compression Ratio 13.0:1
Fuel Injection DFI® with Mikuni 47mm Throttle Bodies (4)
Ignition TCBI with Digital Advance
Transmission 6-Speed
Final Drive Sealed Chain
Rake/Trail 25° / 4.1 in.
Front Wheel Travel 4.7 in.
Rear Wheel Travel 4.5 in.
Front Tire Size 120/70 ZR17
Rear Tire Size 190/55 ZR17
Wheelbase 57.1 in.
Front Suspension 43mm Inverted Cartridge Fork with Adjustable
Preload, Stepless Rebound and Compression Damping
Rear Suspension Horizontal Back-Link with Adjustable Preload,
Stepless Rebound and Dual-Stage Compression Damping
Front Brake Type Dual Floating 330mm Discs with
4-Piston Radial-Mount Calipers, Available KIBS
Rear Brake Type Single 220mm Disc, Available KIBS
Fuel Tank Capacity 4.5 gal.
Seat Height 32.9 in.
Curb Weight= 456.4 lb. (ABS); 452.0 lb. (non-ABS)
Warranty 12 months
Kawasaki Protection Plus 12, 24, 36 or 48 months




2021 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R ABS – Totalmotorcycle.com  Canadian Specifications/Technical Details

Engine 998cc, liquid-cooled, 4-stroke, DOHC 16-valve in-line four
Bore x Stroke 76.0 x 55.0 mm
Compression Ratio 13.0:1
Fuel System Fuel injection: ø47 mm x 4 with dual injection
Ignition Digital
Starting Electric
Lubrication Forced lubrication, wet sump with air-cooled oil cooler
Transmission 6-speed, return
Clutch Wet multi-disc, manual
Final Drive Chain

Frame Twin spar, cast aluminum
Front Suspension / Wheel Travel ø43 mm inverted fork (BFF) with external compression chamber, compression and rebound damping and spring preload adjustability, and top-out springs / 120 mm (4.7 in)
Rear Suspension / Wheel Travel Horizontal Back-link, BFRC lite gas-charged shock with piggyback reservoir, compression and rebound damping and spring preload adjustability, and top-out spring / 115 mm (4.5 in)
Rake / Trail 25.0° / 105 mm
Rake 27° / 27°
Front Tire 120/70ZR17M/C (58W)
Rear Tire 190/55ZR17M/C (75W)
Front Brakes Dual semi-floating ø330 mm Brembo discs with radial-mount, Brembo M50 monobloc, opposed 4-piston calipers
Rear Brake ø220 mm disc with single-bore pin-slide caliper

Dimensions (L x W x H) 2,085 x 750 x 1,185 mm (82.1 x 29.5 x 46.7 in)
Wheelbase 1,450 mm (57.1 in)
Road Clearance 135 mm (5.3 in)
Seat Height 835 mm (32.9 in)
Curb Mass** 207 kg (456 lb)
Fuel Capacity 17 litres
Instrumentation Race-style shift lamp + full-colour TFT screen with digital speedometer, digital bar-style tachometer, gear position indicator, throttle application, odometer, dual trip meters, current and average fuel consumption, volume of fuel consumed, low fuel indicator, average speed, total time, coolant temperature, intake air temperature, clock, battery voltage, Kawasaki service reminder, oil change reminder, call/mail indicators, and Economical Riding Indicator
Warranty 12 months
Kawasaki Protection Plus 12 / 24 / 36 / 48 months





2021 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R ABS – Totalmotorcycle.com European Specifications/Technical Details

Engine type Liquid-cooled, 4-stroke In-Line Four
Displacement 998 cm³
Bore x stroke 76 x 55 mm
Compression ratio 13.0:1
Valve system DOHC, 16 valves
Fuel system Fuel injection: Ø 47 mm x 4 with dual injection
Ignition Digital
Starting System Electric
Lubrication Forced lubrication, wet sump with oil cooler
Gear Performance & Transmission
Maximum power 149.3 kW {203 PS} / 13,200 rpm
Maximum power with RAM air 156.8 kW {213 PS} / 13,200 rpm
Fuel consumption TBC l/100 km
CO2 emission TBC g/km
Maximum torque 114.9 N•m {11.7 kgf•m} / 11,400 rpm
Transmission 6-speed, cassette
Final drive Sealed chain
Primary Reduction Ratio 1.681 (79/47)
Gear Ratios 1st 2.600 (39/15)
Gear Ratios 2nd 2.158 (41/19)
Gear Ratios 3rd 1.882 (32/17)
Gear Ratios 4th 1.650 (33/20)
Gear Ratios 5th 1.476 (31/21)
Gear Ratios 6th 1.304 (30/23)
Clutch Wet multi-disc, manual
Suspensions Brakes & Suspension
Brakes, front Dual semi-floating 330 mm Brembo discs. Caliper: Dual radial-mount, Brembo M50 monobloc, opposed 4-piston
Brakes, rear Single 220 mm disc. Caliper: Single piston
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 reservoir, compression and rebound damping and spring preload adjustability, and top-out spring
Dimensions Frame & Dimensions
Frame type Twin spar, cast aluminium
Trail 105 mm
Wheel travel front 120 mm
Wheel travel rear 115 mm
Tyre, front 120/70ZR17M/C (58W)
Tyre, rear 190/55ZR17M/C (75W)
Steering angle, left / right 27° / 27°
L x W x H 2,085 x 750 x 1,185 mm
Wheelbase 1,440 mm
Ground clearance 135 mm
Fuel capacity 17 litres
Seat height 835 mm




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