Kawasaki ZX-10R Quick Review



Kawasaki Ninja is the trademarked name of several super bikes , that started with the 1984 GPZ900R .Ninja ZX-10R is the most powerful track and road machine build by Kawasaki . Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R superbike continues to astound passionate motorcyclists with its level of technology, reliability, and the intense feelings that envelope anyone throwing a leg over this potent literbike. It showcases what can be achieved by the finest engineers when an appreciation of speed and design are applied to a motorcycle, without the desire to be anything other than the absolute best.

The Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R is a sports bike, it’s the follow up of Kawasaki Ninja ZX-9R. Kawasaki Ninja Zx-10R was born in 2003. Initially ZX-10R was the heavy weight sports bike destined for the skilled riders. With the racing purpose in mind it was compact , just little bigger than ZX-6R. with time it improved in all the aspects . and now it’s the best literbike one can buy. World Superbike Racer Tom Sykes with 447 points is a winner on ZX-10R this season, In his current interview he admitted “ ZX-10R is the great machine and is very much responsible for my victory”.

ZX-10R produces 200hp, which makes it an extreme performance bike. The potent ZX-10R engine is a 16-valve, DOHC, liquid-cooled inline-four displacing 998cc via 76 x 55mm bore and stroke dimensions. This power plant is designed to optimize center of gravity and actual engine placement within the chassis.


Kawasaki designers wrapped all this technology in bodywork as advanced and stylish as anything on this side of a MotoGP grid. The curvy edges and contrasting colored and black parts create a sharp, aggressive image. Line-beam headlights grace the fairing while LED turn indicators are integrated into the mirror assemblies. The rear turn indicators are well placed with tail lamp, which gives more slimmer look to the bike from rear. All together ZX-10R looks like huge monster from other planet. The instrumentation is highlighted by an LED-backlit bar-graph tachometer set above a multi-featured LCD info screen with numerous sections and data panels. A wide range of information is presented, including vehicle speed, odometer, dual trip meters, fuel consumption, Power Mode and S-KTRC level, low fuel, water temperature and much more. For track use, the LCD display can be set to “race” mode which moves the gear display to the center of the screen.
The ZX-10R’s ergonomics are designed for optimum comfort and control. A 32-inch saddle, adjustable footpegs and clip-ons mean that this is a hard-core sport bike you can actually take on an extended sport ride – and still be reasonably comfortable doing so.
The old saying, “power is nothing without control,” is certainly apt where open-class sport bikes are concerned. But when you factor in all the engine, chassis and ergonomic control designed in Ninja ZX-10R, you begin to realize you’re looking at one very special motorcycle.

ZX-10r is equipped with world class electronics. The highly advanced and customizable Sport-Kawasaki Traction Control (S-KTRC) lets riders harness and capitalize on the ZX-10R’s amazing blend of power and responsive handling. Exclusive to the ZX-10R, S-KTRC offers a level of performance that raises the ZX above the rest of the open sport bike class. There are 3 different modes of operation, which riders can select according to surface conditions, rider preference and skill level: Level 1 for max-grip track use, Level 2 for intermediate use, and Level 3 for slippery conditions. An LCD graph on the instrument cluster displays how much electronic intervention is occurring in real time and a thumb switch on the left handlebar pod allows simple, on-the-go mode changes.
The system also incorporates an advanced Power Mode system that allows riders to choose the amount of power – and the character of delivery – available from the engine. Besides the standard Full-power mode are Medium and Low settings. In Medium mode, performance varies according to throttle position and engine rpm; at anything less than 50 percent throttle opening, performance is essentially the same as in Low mode; at more than 50 percent, riders can access additional engine performance.


This is the no nonsense super – bike build with lot of research and analysis and is far ahead in design and engineering, it’s the master piece made by Kawasaki and the good news is now you can officially buy it in India . It got the price tag of 15,70,000 . Pricing is bit high , but overall it’s a good package.

Engine Four-stroke, liquid-cooled, DOHC, four valves per cylinder, inline-four

Displacement 998cc

Bore x Stroke 76.0 x 55.0 mm

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)

Transmission Six-speed

Final Drive Chain

Rake/Trail 25 Deg / 4.2 in.

Front Tire Size 120/70 ZR17

Rear Tire Size 190/55 ZR17

Wheelbase 56.1 in.

Front Suspension / wheel travel 43mm inverted Big Piston Fork (BPF), adjustable rebound and compression damping, spring preload adjust-ability / 4.7 in.

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 / 5.5 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

Fuel Capacity 4.5 gal.

Seat Height 32.0 in.

Curb Weight 436.6 lbs.

Overall length 81.7 in.

Overall width 28.1 in.

Overall height 43.9 in.