The Ninja ZX-12R is the world’s only superbike to use an aluminium monocoque frame. Although complex to produce, benefits include light weight, impressive stiffness and a much narrower layout than conventional twin-beam frames. And because the frame doubles as an airbox and battery host, it’s very compact and counts towards great weight distribution and handling.
After more than a half century of building high-performance aircraft, Kawasaki knows a lot about aerodynamics.
Those little winglets that look like canards at the front of the fairing encourage laminar airflow at high speeds. For maximum efficiency, the Ram Air duct is centrally located at the area of highest pressure.
This is a bike for those who have experience and seek the ultimate in terms of design and performance. The sleek lines of the most powerful Ninja ever belie the technology that lays beneath. At peak power the dual throttle body, fuel injected motor produces 190ps with Ram Air driven through a six speed gearbox to the massive 200 section rear tyre.
Radial mounted front brake calipers demonstrate that this machine is as much about control as it is performance. And the Kawasaki immobiliser system fitted as standard shows thieves that the ZX-12R rider is serious about owning the ultimate expression of Ninja power and control.