2004 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R
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2004 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R Review
2004 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R
Best power-to-weight ratio and best handling on the track. Great ready for the ride of your life!
Ultimate Supersport! Kawasaki storms into the litre-class with the uncompromising new Ninja ZX-10R, the machine everyone has been waiting for – everyone except the competition. Boasting a category-leading power-to-weight ratio, an awesomely powerful engine loaded with advanced technology and style evocative of the world of MotoGP, the new Ninja ZX-10R is the definitive expression of Kawasaki’s supersport DNA
Unlike most other Kawasaki machines, the Ninja ZX-10R design started with chassis simulations. The engineers wanted an extremely lightweight and compact chassis that would offer superb handling and stability. The combination of a short wheelbase with a long swingarm is a configuration also seen on the Ninja ZX-RR. An all-aluminium frame with 600-class dimensions mated to a long and highly rigid gull swingarm gives the ZX-10R category-leading handling performance on track and twisty roads.
No less impressive, the powerful and incredibly compact new In-Line Four is a showcase of advanced supersport technology. A number of considerations were made to avoid compromising the desired chassis dimensions; use of a one-piece cylinder/crankcase, a compact rear-mounted generator and “stacked” transmission kept the high-spec power unit lightweight and compact. Other engine features include a new fuel injection system, a close-ratio transmission with a back-torque limiter clutch, and magnesium engine covers – all of which contribute to the bike’s design aim of being the No. 1 machine on the track.
Those sitting on the ZX-10R for the first time will be amazed that despite its compact size and race-purpose ergonomics, it is by no means cramped. Thanks to an idealised seat/pegs/handlebar relationship and a concave tank top, which allows the rider to mould himself to the bike, the 10R puts the rider in a position to take full advantage of the engine’s awesome power and the superb chassis response.
The future of Kawasaki’s sportbike DNA in the form of the all-new 2004 Ninja ZX-10R motorcycle, serving notice to Superbike racers and sportbike enthusiasts that Kawasaki is committed to its heritage of building uncompromising, high-performance motorcycles.
Tom Orbe, vice president of marketing at KMC, said the ZX-10R is a sportbike worthy of Kawasaki’s image – and it sends a clear message to the motorcycling world that the green brand is pulling out all the stops to be number one on the race track.
“The 2004 Ninja ZX-10R is designed to have the best power-to-weight ratio and best handling on the track,” said Orbe. “It will provide riders with more than enough power and handling to take on the competition.”
The 2004 Ninja ZX-10R puts Kawasaki at the front of sportbike design and performance. From the overall shape to the smallest detail, the ZX-10R combines high technology with the latest innovations, including a new, high-output engine, ultra-narrow aluminum frame, ergonomic design and compact bodywork with a frontal area smaller than those of most 600cc sportbikes.
2004 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R Key Features
2004 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R – Specifications/Technical Details
USA MSRP Price: $10,999 USD
Canadian MSRP Price: See dealer for pricing in CDN
Weight 375 lbs.
Ground Clearance TBA
Wheelbase 54.5 in.
Seat Height 32.5 in.
Engine Four-stroke, DOHC, inline four, 16 valves, Electric Start, Liquid Cooled
Horsepower (PS) 184 (Maximum horsepower in top gear with Ram air – actual performance may vary)
Bore x Stroke 76.0 x 55mm
Compression Ratio 12.7:1
Fuel System Electronic fuel injection with four 43mm throttle bodies
Fuel Capacity 4.5 gal.
Ignition TCBI with digital advance
Transmission Six-speed, close ratio with multi-plate wet clutch and back torque limiter
Final Drive Chain
Brakes Front: Dual 300mm hydraulic petal disc with radial-mounted, opposed four-piston caliper
Rear: Single 220mm hydraulic petal disc with radial-mounted caliper
Tires Front: 120/70ZR17
Frame All-aluminum twin-tube backbone
Suspension Front: 43mm forks with 16-way compression and rebound damping, fully adj. preload
Rear: Gull-type aluminum swingarm, UNI-TRAK® linkage system, fully adj. gas-charged shock with stepless compression/rebound damping, adj. spring preload, adj. ride height
Colors Candy Thunder Blue
Pearl Blazing Orange
Suggested Starting Price shown does not include tax, title, or destination charge. Dealer prices may vary.