Kawasaki has launched a superbike for the street, the Ninja ZX-10R that provides 190 plus horsepower to send you along your way. Combine this motorcycle with a location where you can use all this power, Losail International Circuit. Toss in some Tom Sykes and you now have one of best product launches you could imagine.
Kawasaki’s latest flagship superbike the ZX-10R is lighter than last year’s model; the bike weighs in at 436 pounds. The 998cc, 16-valve, DOHC, liquid-cooled inline-four engine stuffed into the Ninja superbike develops 197 horsepower and 207 horsepower with the ram air. To help control all this power Kawasaki has provided a Power Mode selector with a variable Middle mode. In addition to Full power mode, the Ninja ZX-10R comes with two additional modes (Middle, Low), allowing riders to select power delivery to suit preference and conditions.
The mode options are:
Full - Full power operation
Middle - Variable operation depending on throttle application
Low - Limited operation (about 60% of full)
Keeping all this power to the ground is done through the Horizontal Back-link rear suspension and the BPF (Big Piston Front fork). The new rear suspension positions the shock unit and linkage above the swing arm. This new arrangement offers a number of benefits, including increased road holding and smoother suspension action. The new BPF with 43 mm inner tube is one of the great contributing factors to the new Ninja ZX-10R’s enhanced composure under braking. The larger surface area allows the damping pressure to be reduced; reducing the damping pressure allows the slide pipe to move more smoothly. The result is greater control when the motorcycle weight shifts forward when braking, giving more stability when entering a corner. To complete the package this motorcycle has a traction control system, the S-KTRC (Sport-Kawasaki TRaction Control) which is based on MotoGP racing technology.
Here are some interesting comments we found on twitter on the bike launch from @paulhood.
“Just finished 1st full session: maximum attack, full power mode. A-mazing. S1000R beater? I’d bet yes.”
“@iD4VE #ZX10R – think S1000R: but lighter, definitely more power (claim 200bhp) & brilliant traction control keeps it manageable.”
“Wow, the all-new ZX-10R #nextninja is a contender. Big time. New king? I say yes.”
“@Feners yes,it’s a good ‘un. The ‘wheel lift’ control rocks; it’ll hold a constant 10″ wheelie on the power, low enough to keep on it”
Sounds like @paul is a true believer of this new superbike.
Video of Tom Sykes on a 2011 Kawasaki ZX-10R – Losail, Qatar
Length: 5,380 meters
Width: 12 meters
Longest Straight: 1,068 meters
Total turns: 16
Right Corners: 10
Left Corners: 6
2011 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R
Full Bike Specs:
Engine: Four-stroke, liquid-cooled, DOHC, four valves per cylinder, inline-four
Bore x stroke: 76.0 x 55.0mm
Compression ratio: 13.0:1
Fuel system: DFI with four 47mm Keihin throttle bodies with oval sub-throttles, two injectors per cylinder
Ignition: TCBI with digital advance and Sport-Kawasaki Traction Control (S-KTRC)
Final drive: Chain
Rake / trail: 25.0 degrees / 4.33 in.
Front tire: 120/70 ZR17
Rear tire: 190/55 ZR17
Wheelbase: 56.1 in.
Front suspension / wheel travel: 43mm inverted Big Piston Fork (BPF) with DLC coating, adjustable rebound and compression damping, spring preload adjustability / 4.7 in.
Rear suspension / wheel travel: Horizontal Back-link with gas-charged shock and top-out spring, stepless, dual-range (low-/high-speed) compression damping, stepless rebound damping, fully adjustable spring preload / 4.9 in.
Front brakes: Dual semi-floating 310mm petal discs with dual four-piston radial-mount calipers
Rear brakes: Single 220mm petal disc with aluminum single-piston caliper
Overall length: 81.7 in.
Overall width: 28.2 in.
Overall height: 43.9 in.
Seat height: 32.0 in.
Curb weight: 436.6 lbs.
Fuel capacity: 4.5 gal.
Color choices: Lime Green / Ebony, Ebony / Flat Ebony
Warranty: 12 Months
Written by John Campbell, Courtesy of AllAboutBikes.com