• Kawasaki adds electronic suspension to its new member of the ZX-10R class

  • The first production bike to get KECS Kawasaki Electronic Control Suspension
  • The SE also gets a bi-directional quick shifter For clutchless gear actions for aggressive riding situations above 2500 rpm
  • It is attached to the 43mm Balanced Free Fork (BFF) also developed by Showa
  • Adjusts the amount of damping every millisecond after calculating the vehicle’s speed and modulation electronically
  • Does so via a stroke sensor and a solenoid valve rather than using step-motors or pilot valves
  • Can be customizable through the three riding modes Road, Track, and Manual
  • Manual mode allows 15 levels of adjustments for the rebound and compression circuits
  • The SE also gets bi-directional quick shifter for clutchless gear actions for aggressive riding situations
  • Same 998cc inline-four does the job here pumps out 197hp of power (207hp with a ram air input) and 83.3 lb-ft of torque
  • Electronically, it gets packed Launch control, Traction control, ride by wire, power modes, ABS
  • Color: Pure-stealth Metallic Flat Spark Black/Metallic Matte Graphite Gray
  • Price: $21,899 That is $3,000 more than the ZX-10RR

I mean, how serious are the Japanese Green Team really?

With their bikes dominating the WSBK championships, we can see the direct impact of this on their street products. With the integration of technology and electronics from their motorsport experience, they have continuously pushed the limits for better handling and a thrilling ride experience along with ground-breaking technology catering to the rider’s needs.

One such addition is the semi-active suspension unit that the folks from Kawasaki have equipped their new 2018 ZX-10R variant. Suffixed as ’SE’, the bike sits right in the middle of the ’R’ and the ’RR’, and is ready to slay the competition.

Kawasaki adds electronic suspension to its new member of the ZX-10R class Exterior
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The first production bike to get KECS
Kawasaki Electronic Control Suspension

Developed by Showa, the new Kawasaki Electronic Control Suspension (KECS) will be the first such thing fancying a Kawasaki motorcycle, or any motorcycle in its segment for that matter.

Attached to the 43mm Balanced Free Fork (BFF), this semi-active electronic damper electronically adjusts the amount of damping after calculating the vehicle’s speed and modulation every millisecond. It does so via a stroke sensor and a solenoid valve with direct actuation rather than using step-motors or pilot valves.

Kawasaki adds electronic suspension to its new member of the ZX-10R class Exterior
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The SE also gets a bi-directional quick shifter
For clutchless gear actions for aggressive riding situations above 2500 rpm

It communicates using the bike’s IMU and ECU both and can be customizable through the three riding modes - Road, Track, and Manual. The Manual mode is what allows 15 levels of tuning for the rebound and compression circuits, adjustable via the dash.

Some fancy stuff there.

Apart from that wizardry, the SE also gets a bi-directional quick shifter for clutchless gear actions for aggressive riding situations above 2500 rpm. It also gets bestowed with the top-of-the-line 7-spoke Marchesini forged wheels that are lighter than the standard 3-spoke alloys used on the ZX-10R.

Kawasaki adds electronic suspension to its new member of the ZX-10R class Exterior
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It is attached to the 43mm Balanced Free Fork (BFF)
also developed by Showa

The powertrain and the electronic system are all carried forward from the current crop of ZX-10Rs’. The inline four, 998cc motor pumps out 197hp of power (207hp with a ram air input) and 83.3 lb.-ft of torque. Launch control, Traction control, ride by wire, power modes, ABS are all in full attendance.

The SE is only available in this pure-stealth Metallic Flat Spark Black/Metallic Matte Graphite Gray. Being a Kawa, you get green accents of course. Pricing and availability are TBD.

Reference

Honda CBR1000RR SP

2017 Suzuki GSX-R 1000/R
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Suzuki GSX-R 1000R

2017 Suzuki GSX-R 1000/R Exterior
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Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10RR

Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10RR Exterior
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Kawasaki adds electronic suspension to its new member of the ZX-10R class Exterior
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Does so via a stroke sensor and a solenoid valve
rather than using step-motors or pilot valves
Kawasaki adds electronic suspension to its new member of the ZX-10R class Exterior
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Can be customizable through the three riding modes
Road, Track, and Manual
Kawasaki adds electronic suspension to its new member of the ZX-10R class Exterior
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Manual mode allows 15 levels of adjustments
for the rebound and compression circuits
Kawasaki adds electronic suspension to its new member of the ZX-10R class Exterior
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The SE also gets bi-directional quick shifter
for clutchless gear actions for aggressive riding situations
Kawasaki adds electronic suspension to its new member of the ZX-10R class Exterior
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Same 998cc inline-four does the job here
pumps out 197hp of power (207hp with a ram air input) and 83.3 lb-ft of torque
Kawasaki adds electronic suspension to its new member of the ZX-10R class Exterior
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Electronically, it gets packed
Launch control, Traction control, ride by wire, power modes, ABS
Kawasaki adds electronic suspension to its new member of the ZX-10R class Exterior
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Price: $21,899
That is $3,000 more than the ZX-10RR
Kawasaki adds electronic suspension to its new member of the ZX-10R class Exterior
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Color: Pure-stealth Metallic Flat Spark Black/Metallic Matte Graphite Gray
Kawasaki adds electronic suspension to its new member of the ZX-10R class Exterior
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Kawasaki adds electronic suspension to its new member of the ZX-10R class Exterior
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Kawasaki adds electronic suspension to its new member of the ZX-10R class Exterior
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Adjusts the amount of damping every millisecond
after calculating the vehicle’s speed and modulation electronically
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