Feel the WSBK on the streets

Towards the end of 2015, Kawasaki surprised everyone with the much-awaited upgrade to its litre class supersport, the Ninja ZX-10R. The motorcycle, which has always remained as one of the one of the most user-friendly and equally precise-to-use supersport in the world, received a thorough upgrade in each aspect, be its design, performance, mechanicals and set of electronics.

Within a year of its official launch, Kawasaki has mildly updated the motorcycle by giving in a few more equipment and mild changes to its powertrain. But instead of launching it as the ‘all new Ninja ZX-10R’, Kawasaki is terming this new version of the motorcycle as an additional variant of the same. Say hello to the new limited edition Ninja ZX-10RR then.

It promises to be sportier and more eager to roar than the standard ZX-10R with the Japanese Green team giving it WSBK hardware and software and has dropped all unwanted stuff to give you a competitive edge on the track and the streets. Here’s a quick look at what all changes do the new Ninja ZX-10RR is adorned with, over the standard ZX-10R:-

STYLING

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2016 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R 2017 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10RR

From a distance, you might feel that the new Ninja ZX-10RR hasn’t undergone any change over the standard Ninja ZX-10R, but a closer inspection will reveal the minute changes which Kawasaki has carried out for the new version of its litre class track tool. There are a couple of small cosmetic changes which have livened up the appeal of the motorcycle, with of course loosing the passenger footpeg mounts and a rear seat for weight reduction.

First of all, the Ninja ZX-10RR comes with the same curvaceous headlamps and revamped front fairing which made their debut on the latest Ninja ZX-10R, which mimic that of the bigger Ninja ZX-14R. The central air scoop between both the headlamps has been kept intact, so is the LED pilot lamp above it. Keeping in mind the customer feedback, the front windshield is now larger than before, and a bit swooped out at the rear to deflect wind blasts at higher speeds.

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It is the side profile where there are slight but noticeable changes on the motorcycle. The side fairing, as well as fuel tank, carry forward their respective designs from the standard Ninja ZX-10R, however, the wheels on both the ends are new lightweight Marchesini units, which look better than those of the standard Ninja ZX-10R. Also, the Ninja ZX-10RR comes with a different Winter Test paint scheme which is usually reserved for special edition motorcycles of Kawasaki. The revised tail section with new LED tail lamp and new fender which premiered with the standard Ninja ZX-10R has been retained on the Ninja ZX-10RR as well. The exhaust pipe too has been lifted off from the standard version of the Ninja ZX-10R.

Like the overall design language, the fully digital instrument console too has been shared with the standard Ninja ZX-10R. This particular unit comes with a rainbow shaped tachometer, below which sits a rectangular LCD panel which shows the readouts for speedometer, odometer, trip meters, engine temperature gauge, gear indicator, clock, selected ride mode, et al. The rear view mirrors are all new, but they still have integrated turn indicators in them.

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Though the Marchesini wheels and a new paint job definitely make it look more appealing than the standard Ninja ZX-10R, but to be honest, we would have liked to see more noticeable cosmetic changes on the new Ninja ZX-10RR.

Make Model 2017 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10RR Suzuki GSX-R 1000 Honda CBR1000RR SP
Length 82.3 in 81.7 in 81.3 in
Width 29.1 in 27.8 in 28.14 in
Height 45.1 in 45.1 in 44.30 in
Wheelbase 56.7 in 56.7 in 55.27 in
Seat height 32.9 in 32.5 in 32.2 in
Wet weight 454.2 lb 448 lb 429 lb
Fuel capacity 4.5 gal 4.2 gal 4.2 gal

POWERTRAIN

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Apart from a minor cosmetic change carried out for the Ninja ZX-10RR, the basic powertrain of the motorcycle too has undergone a couple of small changes as well. With inputs from the WSBK experiences, Kawasaki has updated the already potent ZX-10R engine with new engine enhancements and stronger, reinforced engine cases to uplift the performance package on the ZX-10RR.

On the new Ninja ZX-10RR, the overall engine and gearbox combination has been carried forward - the engine is the same four stroke, liquid cooled, inline four, 998cc engine, which pumps out 197bhp of power and 83.3 lb.-ft of torque. With the help of ram air input, the power can be bumped up to 204bhp as well. Nonetheless, riders can set their preferred power delivery modes ( Full: 100%, Middle: 80%, Low: 60%).

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The engine gets DLC (Diamond-Like Carbon) coating for reduced friction loss along with lightweight crankshaft for a quick revving and increased throttle response configuration. Electronic throttle valve and Kawasaki Engine Brake Control (KEBC) contribute efficient sync of electronic rider aids for that precise feel and control. The bike comes equipped with Kawasaki Quick Shifter (KQS) that facilitates upshifts without clutch activation for that insane build of acceleration.

Increasing the weight-reduction elements of the bike, Titanium-alloy exhaust system makes use of special heat-resistant alloy proprietary to Kawasaki. It helps in improving the power-weight ratio and heighten the motorcycle’s styling as well as the engine’s peak performance while giving you a cracking exhaust note.

Engine Specification

Make Model 2017 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10RR Suzuki GSX-R 1000 Honda CBR1000RR SP
Capacity cc 998 999.8 999
Bore/ Stroke in 76/55 76/55.1 76/55
Output 197 bhp 200 bhp @ 13500 rpm 189 Bhp @ 13000 rpm
Torque 83.3 lb.-ft 87 lb.-ft @ 10000 rpm 85.5 lb.-ft @ 11000 rpm
Type 4-stroke, Inline 4 cylinder, DOHC, 4-valve, Liquid-cooled 4-stroke, liquid-cooled, 4-cylinder, DOHC Liquid-cooled 4-stroke 16-valve DOHC Inline-4
Clutch type Wet- Multiplate with slipper assist Wet- Multiplate with slipper assist Wet- Multiplate with slipper assist
Transmission 6-speed, return shift 6-speed with Bi-directional Quick-shift System 6-speed with quick shifter and auto-blipper

RIDE AND HANDLING

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On the new Ninja ZX-10R SE, the new revised frame and suspension combination of 43mm fully adjustable balance free telescopic forks at the front and a horizontal back-link with balance free gas charged mono shock at the rear has been lifted off from the standard Ninja ZX-10R. The chassis has been completely re-modified with optimised geometry for ultimate feel and feedback. Both frame and the swingarm contribute to sharp handling and excellent cornering speeds. The steering stem and the swingarm can be adjusted as well to suit track and city riding conditions. Electronic Ohlins steering damper provides the optimum amount of damping based on the speed and steering inputs.

Showa’s WSBK tech makes its way into the bike with its 43mm Balanced Free Fork (BFF) suspension unit at the front benefit the rider with increased ride comfort and feel. Independently adjustable compression and rebound damping keep te bike planted when you hoon the track around with the ZX-10RR. At the rear, you will find the horizontal back-link suspension setup that also carries the Showa Balance Free Cushion (BFRC) shocks.

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Top of the line Brembo brakes features dual 330 mm semi-floating discs that replace the petal ones used previously. Radially mounted aluminium callipers are the best ones available in any store that give amazing braking force and feel to the rider. Confident stops are what they are all made of, and they deliver. Stainless steel braided lines provide the rider with a direct connection at the lever. Kawasaki’s Intelligent ABS (KIBS) system gives precision control to modulate brake pressures and ensure maximum traction to stop the beast.

Talking about electronics, this Japanese Green machine gets loads of it, all borrowed from the company’s WSBK stints. As expected, the new Ninja ZX-10R SE gets the same list of electronic aids as that of the Ninja ZX-10R. It includes a Bosch IMU that inputs 6 degrees of freedom to enable precise chassis orientation, corner management function, 3 level Kawasaki Launch control mode (KLCM), 5 level Kawasaki Sport Traction Control (S-KTRC), Kawasaki Engine Braking Control (KEBC), all of which work efficiently in making the riding as well as braking experience a bit more engaging in the part of the rider.

Chassis Specifications

Make Model 2017 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10RR Suzuki GSX-R 1000 Honda CBR1000RR SP
Suspension / Front 43mm inverted Balance Free Fork, adjustable stepless rebound and compression damping, spring preload adjustability SHOWA BPF, Inverted telescopic, coil spring, oil damped Telescopic inverted fork with an inner tube diameter of 43mm, and an NIX30 Smart-EC (OHLINS) Front Fork with preload, compression and rebound adjustments
Suspension / Rear Horizontal back-link with Balance Free gas-charged shock, stepless, dual-range (low-/high-speed) compression damping, stepless rebound damping, fully adjustable spring preload SHOWA rear shock, Link type, coil spring, oil damped Unit Pro-Link with gas-charged TTX36 Smart-EC (Öhlins) damper featuring preload and compression and rebound damping adjustment
Brakes / Front Intelligent Braking (KIBS), Brembo dual semi-floating 330mm discs with dual radial mounted monobloc 4-piston callipers Dual 320mm Brembo, Disc, Brembo 4-piston, Disc, twin ABS Brembo dual semi-floating 330mm discs with dual radial mounted monobloc 4-piston callipers, Gyro-Assisted ABS
Brakes / Rear KIBS-controlled, single 220mm disc with aluminium single-piston calliper 220mm disc Nissin, 1-piston, Disc single and ABS 220mm dual piston Gyro-Assisted ABS
Tyres / Front 120/70 ZR17 120/70ZR17M/C (58W) 120/70ZR17 58W
Tyres / Rear 190/55 ZR17 190/55ZR17M/C (73W) 190/50ZR17 73W

PRICE

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While Kawasaki has priced the Ninja ZX-10R starting at $15099 (MSRP), the ultimate litre class motorcycle from the Japanese Green, the 2017 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10RR will cost at $18899 (MSRP). And only 500 of them will be made by Kawasaki.

The Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10RR will be only available in Flat ebony colour, and you can also get accessories and Race Kit parts to make your machine really yours.

COMPETITION

Suzuki GSX-R 1000 R

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Suzuki has regularly managed to update the GSX-R1000 time and again with a series of minimal cosmetic and mechanical upgrades. For this 6th generation, however, the folks at Suzuki are determined to restore the GSX-R1000 to its throne and become the top performing motorcycle to the world to see. Built by engineers with years of experience and dominations in production-based Superbike, Superstock and Endurance races worldwide, and most importantly the WSBK MotoGP technology, the 2017 GSX-R 1000 is touted to become the most compact, the most aerodynamic and the best-handling GSX-R 1000 ever.

All the models of Suzuki GSX-R1000 produced till date have always been in the middle ground in terms of design – they may not have been as exotic as the European or the new Japanese mongers of litre class motorcycles, but that doesn’t mean they were monotonous machines. Same goes with the new Suzuki GSX-R1000 – it has a clinical design.

The 4-stroke, 4-cylinder, liquid-cooled, DOHC motor retains the same 999.8 cc capacity, but that is where the resemblance ends with the previous generations. For 2017, the bike gets new bore and stroke along with new valve train developed in MotoGP and sheds weight wherever possible. Both intake and exhaust valves are made out of titanium thereby allowing higher rpm power. The engine belts out a 200 bhp @ 13200 rpm, and the peak torque it produced is 118 Nm @ 10800 rpm. The source of nightmares for its rivals. All this travels to the rear tyre through a Close-ratio six-speed transmission.

Boasting of having a powerful combination of acceleration, cornering, and braking doesn’t come cheap. This GSX-R 1000 gets the top of the line equipment in terms of suspension and braking units. Apart from the mighty engine to lurch this monster ahead quickly, this motorcycle has a huge gambit in terms of the electronics package it carries.

The GSX-R1000 R is a limited-production model and will come for $16,999 (MSRP) and will be available in Metallic Triton Blue and Glass Sparkle Black colour option. Well, no complaints there looking at the amount of work Suzuki has gone into making this the King of Superbikes.

Honda CBR1000RR SP

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Honda made everyone sweat when they launched the CBR900RR in 1992 having huge power numbers and weighing lesser than the closest competitor. For the Fireblade’s 25th anniversary, Honda has gone big with the updated engine, chassis, electronic suspension and a whole bunch of rider aids package all combined with the hefty weight loss giving the rivals a run for their money.

This updated model from Honda is said to be an evolution rather than a revolution because close to 70 percent of the parts that make up this bike is completely new as opposed to the previous models. Although the overall geometry of the new blade remains similar to the previous model, the fairings have been thinned down by reducing the material around few areas while exposing the motor surfaces.

Honda has continued its weight loss program with the engine as well by overhauling the motor for the 2017 CBR. The in-line four pot uses, for the first time, a throttle by wire control helping the power gain to 185-190bhp (11bhp more) while the red line now goes all the way up to 13000rpm from the previous 12250rpmwith peak torque of 81.79ftlb @ 10,500rpm. The compression ratio is up to 13.0:0 from 12.3:1. The power to weight ratio has increased by 14 percent. The new slip-assist clutch system makes use of the quick shifter for those clutchless upshifts and electronically assisted downshifts with auto-blipper.

The CBR1000RR is one of the few bikes that don’t go wrong in the handling department. They have always been touted as the best handling bike by enthusiasts. This updated model, however, ups the game by introducing a wide range of electronics aiding the rider into a more aggressive rideability and at the same time keeping him/her safer than ever. The brand new five-axis Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) works tirelessly to keep the bike under control in all situations the rider is capable of manoeuvring. Other riding aids include traction control, ABS, slide control, engine brake control, rear lift control and wheelie control.

Honda has now officially launched this product in our country and is priced at a staggering $16,499 (MSRP) and this it sure to make other players have a grim on their sales ($24,999 lakh for the SP2 version).

VERDICT

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Kawasaki has left no stone unturned in improving its standard Ninja ZX-10R, the efforts of which can be sensed in this latest iteration of the motorcycle, the new Ninja ZX-10RR. Though the changes are very limited, as a periodic update, this has to be termed as quite praise-worthy, which explains the seriousness of Kawasaki towards modern engineering on two wheels.

With the bike dominating the WSBK championships, we can see the direct impact of this in their street products. With the integration of technology and electronics from their motorsport experience makes the rider feel the ultimate machine running on any tarmac across the world. Kawasaki has continuously pushed better handling, improved lap times and a thrilling riding experience with ground-breaking technology catering to the rider’s needs.

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The manufacturer has managed to improve the motorcycle in every aspect – be it performance, dynamics and electronics. With the new Ninja ZX-10RR, Kawasaki has really spiced up the game, and it is only going to lift the standards and benchmarks in the litre class supersport segment to new heights.


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2017 KAWASAKI NINJA ZX™-10RR

GETTING RIDERS EVEN CLOSER TO THE WORLDSBK CHAMPIONSHIP WINNING RACE

The Kawasaki Ninja® ZX™-10R motorcycle has solidly dominated the FIM Superbike World Championship (WorldSBK) with overall championship wins in 2013, 2015 and 2016.

With the unveiling of the all-new Ninja® ZX™- 10R supersport motorcycle in 2016, Kawasaki was able to bring riders even closer to the championship-winning race machine found on the WSBK racetracks. Now sharing more engineering advancements from this worldclass racing team, Kawasaki is able to trickle down technology to produce and even faster, stronger and more race-focused model— introducing the track-ready 2017 Ninja ZX™-10RR sportbike, getting riders closer. The 2017 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10RR:

 NEW race ready engine upgrades featuring increased engine case strength, increased
cam clearance, and DLC coated tappets to reduce mechanical power loss in race tuned engines
 NEW 7-spoke multi-directional forged aluminum Marchesini® wheels
 NEW updated KQS ( Kawasaki Quick Shifter) now allows for clutchless downshifting

Designed to give racers a competitive edge, the Ninja ZX-10RR has dropped any equipment unnecessary to quick lap times; however, the machine is also suited for street use. The Ninja ZX-10RR meets emissions regulations and featuring proper street lighting, and features an engine tune that’s
suitable for street riding.

The Ninja ZX-10RR motorcycle doesn’t hide the fact that it’s a purpose-built machine, the purpose, even faster lap times. The Ninja ZX-10RR is designed as a single-seat model, keeping with its raceready priority. Lack of passenger footpeg mounts and a rear seat, along with a lightweight exhaust
mount, contribute to weight savings. The single-seat cover, which comes standard, also contributes to the bike’s racy image. The KRT (Kawasaki Racing Team) Winter Test snowflake logo on the cover matches the one on the windscreen.

Every model will feature a “RR” logo stamped/engraved into the side cover to further distinguish the Ninja ZX-10RR from the standard model. The ignition key is also adorned with a “RR” logo, adding another special touch. The 2017 Ninja ZX-10RR comes standard with ABS.

ENGINE
 Powerful 998cc in-line four-cylinder 16-valve engine
 Lightweight crankshaft allows for quick revving and great low-mid-range power
 Computer-controlled electronic throttle valve delivers precise control
 NEW Engine enhancements to create a motorcycle even closer to its WorldSBKwinning counterpart
 NEW Stronger, reinforced engine cases

Using the potent 2016 engine as the starting point, the Ninja ZX-10RR sportbike features added improvements, creating an even stronger performing platform. Changes offer enhanced reliability under racing conditions, the results of feedback from Kawasaki’s racing efforts in the Superbike World
Championship.

The Ninja ZX-10RR is a true race machine, keeping the performance features of its standard sibling, but with enhanced features true racers will appreciate. For instance, the cylinder head is redesigned to give clearance for race-kit high-lift cams, also the crankcase has high rigidity reinforcements. Another engineering development derived from Kawasaki’s WSBK racing efforts includes DLC (Diamond-Like Carbon) coating on valve tappets, which facilitates mid/long-distance engine break-in, and offers reduced mechanical loss and increased performance for a race-tuned engine (i.e. tuned for high performance).

The architecture of the proven 998cc engine retains its 16-valve, DOHC, inline four-cylinder layout and its over-square 76 x 55mm bore and stroke dimensions.

The Ninja ZX-10RR motorcycle features a lightweight crankshaft, which allows for quick revving and great throttle response and acceleration. It also has ideal low- and midrange power output, which is appreciated when exiting a corner on the racetrack or on a favorite stretch of blacktop. Another advantage of the reduced reciprocating mass is better cornering turn-in and easier side-to-side transitions.

The cylinder head design incorporates additional clearances for the accessory race-kit larger cams, as well as large coolant passageways like on the standard model, to help provide engine reliability. Longreach spark plugs are another part of the package, helping to boost ignition efficiency. Electronic throttle valves allow precise control of the intake airflow, contributing to efficient power delivery and seamless integration of the electronic aids such as the Sport-Kawasaki TRaction Control (S-KTRC), the new Kawasaki Launch Control Mode (KLCM) and Kawasaki Engine Brake Control (KEBC).

The titanium-alloy exhaust system helps with weight reduction and mass centralization as well as the power to weight ratio by removing significant weight from the bike. Titanium-alloy headers use a special heat-resistant alloy, which is unique to Kawasaki in a motorcycle application and feature a connector pipe joining headers three and four to help smooth the engine response. The heat handling capacity contributes to durability, while the alloy also allows thinner pipes thickness, reducing weight even more.

TRANSMISSION
 NEW Clutchless downshifts via KQS quickshifter The Ninja ZX-10RR features the same great cassette-type, close-ratio transmission as the Ninja ZX- 10R motorcycle. The gear ratios are idealized for circuit riding. Short ratios for second through sixth gear deliver strong corner exit acceleration. The close ratios also give stable downshifts and works with a slipper clutch

Formerly, the Ninja ZX-10R allowed clutchless, auto-blip downshifts only through fitment of race kit parts; now the Ninja ZX-10RR provides that as a standard feature. This allows quick upshifts and downshifts without the need of a clutch, nor does the rider need to match RPMs. This results in a more enjoyable experience and quicker lap times.

KAWASAKI ELECTRONICS SYSTEMS

The 2017 Ninja ZX-10RR motorcycle uses a full complement of electronics that allow the rider to fullyexplore its performance on the track. The Kawasaki electronic system uses a proprietary algorithm that optimizes the electronic stability systems. The Kawasaki system uses a Bosch five-axis Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) with software developed inhouse, drawing on the KRT World Superbike experience, making this application unique. For example, it takes the pitch and roll rate data measured by the IMU, and the ECU calculates the yaw rate, resulting in six-axis operation. It provides an additional layer of precision to the already high-level electronics package, giving riders greater confidence on the track by allowing them to explore limits
within the parameters controlled by the on-board computer.

Specifically, the IMU is able to measure longitudinal acceleration and braking, transverse or lateral forces when cornering, vertical acceleration such as when cresting a hill at steady speed, rotational roll rate (or lean angle) as well as the pitch rate such as during a wheelie or under hard braking. The Kawasaki software adds the sixth axis with yaw rate calculations, such as experienced during a powerslide where the rear wheel is out of line with the front. The IMU input into the ECU works in conjunction with wheel speed, brake pressure, throttle position, engine RPM and throttle opening sensors. This high level of chassis orientation awareness means the ECU can adapt to changes in tires and even road camber. This gives the Kawasaki system an advantage because the S-KTRC, KLCM, Kawasaki Intelligent anti-lock Brake System (KIBS) and Cornering Management Function can respond to real-world conditions in real time, rather than relying solely on pre-set limits like other systems.

S-KTRC Sport-Kawasaki TRaction Control
The Sport-Kawasaki TRaction Control system has five modes of intervention. Modes one and two are designed for an expert racer on the track who prefers some degree of slip control, albeit with minimal intrusion. Mode three is designed for a dry circuit with high-grip tires. Mode four is intended for dry canyon roads or commuting, while mode five is programmed to suit wet circuit or street use. Full power and full slip can be attained by simply switching the TC “OFF’ for those victory lane burnouts! The inclusion of the IMU means that S-KTRC changes from being a purely predictive system to one that also offers feedback. This predictive/feedback system offers even more precise management to help riders push harder on the racetrack by maximizing acceleration.

The highly sophisticated traction control system is based on racing technology and acknowledges that in order to accomplish the quickest acceleration, a certain amount of tire slip is required. In order to optimize traction, S-KTRC varies slip according to the prevailing conditions, taking information from a number of parameters to get a real-time image of what is happening. As such, it looks at front and rear wheel speed (slippage), engine RPM, throttle position, acceleration, etc. The system also looks at the chassis’ orientation relative to the track surface, rather than simply in the horizontal plane. Therefore, it is able to account for camber, gradient, etc. and adjust accordingly. It is also able to adjust for tire wear, tire profile, tire compound and numerous other factors. Acting before the slippage surpasses the limit of adhesion, the ECU is able to minimize engine power reductions, resulting in ultra-smooth operation and maximum forward acceleration on the track.

KIBS Kawasaki Intelligent anti-lock Brake System
The Kawasaki Intelligent anti-lock Brake System is fitted on the Ninja ZX-10RR sportbike as standard equipment. The multi-sensing brake management system uses high-precision control to modulate brake pressure during sport riding.

Cornering Management Function Using the five-axis IMU and Kawasaki’s original chassis attitude software, the Cornering Management Function helps distribute optimum hydraulic pressure to the calipers based on the motorcycle’s lean/pitch angle. The result is reduction of the motorcycle’s tendency to stand up when applying the brakes in a turn on the track. Instead, the Ninja ZX-10RR ABS motorcycle is better able to follow the rider’s intended line while slowing down for a difficult turn, rather than having the tendency to run wide. Corner Management Function is only available on models with ABS.

KLCM Kawasaki Launch Control Mode
The Kawasaki Launch Control Mode has three modes, which vary the level of intrusion via the ignitionand intake air (throttle valves). Mode one offers less intrusion from the system but requires the rider to operate the clutch and throttle with greater sensitivity. Mode three allows the electronics to do more of the work while the rider simply drops the clutch with the throttle wide open. Mode two gives a setting between the first and third.

The Kawasaki Launch Control assists racers by optimizing acceleration from a stop by controlling engine output to prevent wheelspin and minimize font-end lift when leaving the starting line. Using an indicator on the digital instrument display, the rider selects KLCM with the Power Mode also
on FULL.

Kawasaki Engine Brake Control
The Kawasaki Engine Brake Control was first seen on the Ninja H2™R motorcycle to work when the rider snaps the throttle shut. The rider can adjust the level of engine braking or turn the system off completely, via handlebar controls. This feature is intended for circuit use only and contributes to smoother braking and corner entry when used.

POWER MODES
The available levels are Full, Middle (80%) or Low (60%). These reduce power by the stated amount for street riding and are easily selected via the rocker switch on the left handlebar, allowing riders to select the power delivery to suit their preference.

CHASSIS
The front section of the main frame has been internally profiled to reduce induction noise, effectively using the interior as a resonator chamber. This has the effect of allowing the exhaust to be liberated, freeing significant horsepower from the engine.

SUSPENSION
Giving the Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10RR motorcycle a distinct advantage over its competition is the Showa Balance Free Fork (BFF). This is the first mass-production motorcycle application for the fork that was jointly developed with Showa in World Superbike competition. The 2017 Ninja ZX-10RR features revised front and rear suspension settings to match the single-seat configuration and new wheels and tires, and ensure smooth weight transfer during both deceleration and acceleration.

The main feature of the Showa BFF is that the design of the hydraulic system eliminates the pressure balance fluctuations typically found in conventional forks. With the BFF, the damping valves are located in one place – outside the fork legs in the damping force chamber. This allows the entire surface of the fork pistons to push the hydraulic fluid toward the valves in the damping force chamber, with nitrogen gas in the compression chamber pushing back against the oil, helping to maintain the balanced pressure inside the fork tube.

Compression and rebound damping are generated (and adjusted) completely independently from one another by the compression and rebound adjuster screws on the damping force chamber at the bottom of each leg. Locating the adjustment in this single place has resulted in a more focused design that greatly improves responsiveness. Spring preload adjustment is located on the top of each fork leg. Other advantages of this system include better traction, improved low-speed comfort and increased frontend feel. When combined with the benefits in braking, frontend feel and comfort, riders will truly appreciate these forks on the racetrack.

The rear shock absorber is a Showa Balance Free Rear Cushion (BFRC) unit that also resulted from joint development in World Superbike competition. Just like the forks, the rear shock has a separate damping force chamber that houses the compression and rebound damping adjusters. By separating them, it again allows the entire damping piston to focus on hydraulic fluid movement. There is also external spring preload adjustment. The result is increased traction and superior shock absorption.

WHEELS, TIRES AND BRAKES

 NEW Seven-spoke forged Marchesini® aluminum wheels
 NEW Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SP tires
The Ninja ZX-10RR features seven-spoke, multi-directional forged aluminium wheels, which were jointly developed with Marchesini. These wheels contribute to lighter handling – especially when changing direction. They offer a balance of high rigidity and a significantly reduced moment of inertia (thanks to a design that centralises mass at the hubs). Their machined finish also contributes to their high-quality appearance.

These Marchesini wheels can also be fit on standard Ninja ZX-10R models. Parts necessary for compatibility, such as front brake discs and speed sensor ring, will be made available as Kawasaki

Genuine Accessories.
The Ninja ZX-10RR is outfitted with premium Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SP tires, which greatly contribute to quicker lap times with additional grip feeling. As another direct influence of Kawasaki’s World Superbike involvement, the Ninja ZX-10RR motorcycle has been fitted with a Brembo® front braking system. This includes the very high specification M50 aluminium monobloc four-piston front calipers (with 30mm opposed pistons) and Brembo front rotors.

The rotors are cross-drilled and have a circumferential groove in the outer edge to aid heat dissipation. The Brembo components offer strong initial bite for circuit use and great feel through the lever. Each part is inspected and adjusted by Brembo to eliminate any ineffective (idle) stroke, providing strong braking force from the initial lever stroke. As a further measure to help provide excellent brake action, race-quality stainless steel braided lines have been fitted front and rear to help ensure direct feel when the brakes are applied.

BODYWORK
 NEW Single seat
 NEW Rear aerodynamic seat cover
 NEW Special RR designation
Aiding in the ZX-10RR’s race-driven look is the paint scheme: Kawasaki Racing Team: Winter Test Edition. The Ninja ZX-10RR sportbike will be offered in the same paint scheme that the Kawasaki WorldSBK team uses for their off season test sessions, giving the vehicle a performance look very similar to its racing brother. The imposing flat black scheme features minimal white graphics, including a snowflake with the Japanese symbol for “winter” inside. Used for development test sessions only, once sponsorships are secured the livery changes to Kawasaki Racing Team colors and full promotional sponsor logos for race events.

The 2017 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10RR features the same wind tunnel proven body work as its Ninja ZX- 10R brother, but with more race-focused touches. The Ninja ZX-10RR includes special RR designations throughout the bike. The rear seat is replaced with an aerodynamic seat cover. The RR designation is stamped on the side engine cover as well as the ignition key, for little added touches of refinement.

COCKPIT AND CONTROLS
The main instruments on the Ninja ZX-10RR motorcycle’s LCD portion include the option to change the background color from black to white. There is also an IMU indicator, as well as Launch Control, Quick Shift and Engine Braking activation, plus gear position indicator, Power Modes, S-KTRC modes (and Off), low fuel level, Economic Riding Indicator, intake air temperature, odometer, dual trip meters, average fuel consumption, instant fuel consumption and a host of indicator lamps. To select these functions, a rocker switch is located on the left handlebar that incorporates a “select” button to allow the rider to scroll through the functions.

ACCESSORIES

A wide variety of Kawasaki Genuine Accessories will be available for purchase through Kawasaki’s nationwide dealership network. These include Kawasaki Genuine Accessories Race Kit parts, to get your Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10RR even closer.

PRICING:
2017 Kawasaki ZX-10RR ABS - $18,899

AVAILABILITY
For a full spec sheet on the 2017 Ninja ZX-10RR, visit www.kawasaki.com. To download highresolution images or to view the full-length MY2017 press releases, log on or register for the Kawasaki media site at http://kawasakimedia.com.

ABOUT KAWASAKI
Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd. (KHI) started full-scale production of motorcycles over a half century ago. The first Kawasaki motorcycle engine was designed based on technical know-how garnered from the development and production of aircraft engines, and Kawasaki’s entry into the motorcycle industry was driven by the company’s constant effort to develop new technologies. Numerous new Kawasaki models introduced over the years have helped shape the market, and in the process have created enduring legends based on their unique engineering, power, design and riding pleasure. In the future, Kawasaki’s commitment to maintaining and furthering these strengths will surely give birth to new legends.
Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A. (KMC) markets and distributes Kawasaki motorcycles, ATVs, side x sides, and Jet Ski® watercraft through a network of almost 1,100 independent retailers, with close to an additional 7,400 retailers specializing in general purpose engines. KMC and its affiliates employ nearly 3,100 people in the United States, with approximately 260 of them located at KMC’s Foothill Ranch, California headquarters.

Kawasaki’s tagline, “Let the good times roll.®”, is recognized worldwide. The Kawasaki brand is synonymous with powerful, stylish and category-leading vehicles. Information about Kawasaki’s complete line of powersports products and Kawasaki affiliates can be found on the Internet at
www.kawasaki.com.
Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A.
26972 Burbank, Foothill Ranch, CA 92610
Tel: 949-770-0400 I www.kawasaki.com

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