The 2017 Ninja ZX-10R 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 2017 Ninja ZX-10R KRT Replica is the closest available Kawasaki model to a highly advanced factory Kawasaki superbike.
The 2017 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R is Pure Superbike.
The 2017 Ninja ZX-10R 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 2017 Ninja ZX-10R KRT Replica is the closest available Kawasaki model to a highly advanced factory Kawasaki superbike. The 2017 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R is Pure Superbike.
Offering the same blend of high power and manageability, smooth power deliver facilitates getting back on the gas, while delivering a stronger low-mid range for quick 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.
Compact IMU operates in 6 DOF (degrees of freedom): 5 measured + 1 calculated. Combined with Kawasaki’s proprietary dynamic modelling program, input from the IMU enables even more precise chassis orientation awareness, the key to bringing Kawasaki’s electronics to the next level. The use of Bosch’s compact IMU allows an additional layer of precision to be added to the already high-level S-KTRC and KLCM.
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 (please see below), water/intake air temperature and a host of indicator lamps.
The race inspired steering geometry care of a steering head moved closer to the rider, and a long swingarm put more weight on the front for increased corner entry stability and confidence on the circuit.
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.
Crankshaft has a low moment of inertia. This is – one of the most significant changes brought about by feedback from Kawasaki’s WSB factory team – benefits the bike’s overall performance: acceleration, deceleration and cornering are all improved. Engine response is improved as the engine is able to spin up more quickly. Reducing the moment of inertia offers handling benefits as well.
The strength of Kawasaki’s cutting-edge electronics has always been the highly sophisticated programming that, using minimal hardware, gives the ECU an accurate real-time picture of what the chassis is doing. Kawasaki’s proprietary dynamic modelling program makes skilful use of the magic formula tyre model as it examines changes in multiple parameters, enabling it to take into account changing road and tyre conditions. The use of Bosch’s compact IMU allows an additional layer of precision to be added to the already high-level S-KTRC and KLCM.
A pair of massive 330 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.
Hybrid predictive/feedback-type evolution of the highly sophisticated traction control system helps riders push harder by maximising acceleration. 5 modes enable expert riders to get even more serious enjoyment on the circuit. With the addition of the IMU, S-KTRC changes from a purely predictive system to one that also incorporates feedback. The new hybrid predictive/feedback system offers even more precise management to help an even greater range of riders experience riding at the limit. The 5 DOF input from the IMU (plus the 6th calculated by the ECU) complements the numerous parameters monitored by S-KTRC system.
|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||204 kg Includes full fuel tank|
|Fuel Capacity||17 L|