The 2016 Ninja ZX-10R ABS KRT Replica has clearly demonstrated its circuit potential through winning results in the Superbike World Championship (SBK). Kawasaki dominated both the 2015 championship and 2016 season with Jonathan Rea's consecutive World Superbike Championships and again winning the 2016 WSB Manufacturers Championship for Kawasaki. Feedback from the Kawasaki Racing Team and constant development research, the 2016 Ninja ZX-10R ABS KRT Replica is the closest available Kawasaki model to a highly advanced factory Kawasaki superbike. The 2016 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R is Pure Superbike.
Based largely on the sleek curves of its predecessor, the Ninja ZX-10R’s purposeful new styling is distinct, but easily recognisable. Fuller upper cowl and new screen, and a more voluminous rear section give the compact, mass-forward package a silhouette closer in appearance to Kawasaki’s factory superbike machine. High-quality fit and finish and superb attention to detail ensure the bike looks equally impressive up close.
KIBS, Kawasaki’s supersport-grade high-precision brake management system, uses high-precision control to regulate brake pressure during sport riding. KIBS is a multi-sensing system, using the input from numerous sources. In addition to front and rear wheel speed sensors (standard for any ABS system), KIBS also monitors front caliper hydraulic pressure and various information from the engine ECU (throttle position, engine speed, clutch actuation and gear position). (The 2011 Ninja ZX-10R was the first mass-production motorcycle system to feature communication between the engine ECU and ABS ECU.)
The centrepiece of the Ninja ZX-10R’s instrument panel is the highly visibly LED-backlit bar-graph tachometer – a mass-production first when introduced on the 2011 model. Additional functions on the multi-function meter include: gear position indicator,odometer, dual trip meters, average fuel consumption, instant fuel consumption, Power Mode (3 modes), S-KTRC (5 modes + OFF), low fuel indicator, Economical Riding Indicator, water/intake air temperature and a host of indicator lamps.
Offering the same blend of high power and manageability, smooth power deliver facilitates getting back on the gas, while updates deliver a stronger low-mid range for quicker acceleration out of corners on the track. Significant feedback from Kawasaki’s factory superbike ensures the engine’s immense power was maintained while meeting Euro 4 regulations.
Kawasaki’s fully electronic throttle actuation system enables the ECU to control the volume of both the fuel (via fuel injectors) and the air (via throttle valves) delivered to the engine. Ideal fuel injection and throttle valve position results in smooth, natural engine response and the ideal engine output. The system also makes a significant contribution to reduced emissions. The simple system enables more precise control of S-KTRC, and allows implementation of new electronic systems like KLCM and Kawasaki Engine Brake Control. Throttle valve diameter is 47 mm as before.
Exhaust header pipes, formed from heat-resistant titanium alloy, have almost the same length and diameter as their race-use counterparts. (This feature makes it easier for riders to increase exhaust performance (for track applications) without having to replace the entire exhaust system.) Connector pipe joins headers 3 and 4, contributing to smooth engine response. Header collectors (4-2 sections) are hydroformed, resulting in a simple, lightweight construction
The Ninja ZX-10R features a new front fork jointly developed with Showa in the Superbike World championship. Tested in world racing competition – and proving to be a great asset in Kawasaki’s championship bid – this technology, coming directly from Kawasaki’s factory race machine, is making its mass-production debut on the new Ninja ZX-10R.
A pair of massive φ330 mm Brembo semi-floating discs (previously φ310 mm) with a thickness of t5.0 mm deliver superb braking force. The stainless steel rotors offer high rigidity and contribute to excellent brake feel. To further improve the Ninja ZX-10R’s corner entry performance on the circuit, a high-spec Brembo front brake system was implemented. The Brembo system – very similar to the system used on the Ninja H2R – includes the best components available for a mass-production model. Special tuning at the Brembo factory ensures that all play has been removed from the system, so that when the brakes are called for, they respond immediately.
|Type||Liquid-cooled, 4-stroke In-Line Four|
|Bore and Stroke||76.0 x 55.0 mm|
|Length / Width / Height||2,090 mm / 740 mm / 1,145 mm|
|Seat Height||835 mm|
|Curb Mass||206 kg includes full fuel tank|
|Fuel Capacity||17 L|