Kawasaki's ZX10R US Debut at AIMExpo - What You Need to Know

OCT 15, 2015 - Kawasaki had the honor of kicking off the Third Annual American International Motorcycle Expo on day one of media and trade day, using the opportunity to unveil some 2016 models.

Following some obvious motorcycle common sense, Kawasaki made note of two 2016 models released earlier this year which have won praise from different motorcycle publications.

The Versys 1000 LT and H2R have both enjoyed accolades from the press.

Considered the flagship model in the Versys lineup, the 2016 Kawasaki Versys 1000 LT motorcycle is the Japanese motorcycle manufacturer’s entry in the street adventure segment. The model seems to live up to Kawasaki’s promise of ‘proven reliability, back-road capabilities and superior performance’.

Kawasaki admitted from the very beginning of the presentation the company has the focus of re-emerging the brand seen most obviously in a set of iconic Kawasaki green stripes used universally across the powersports company.

One of the models shown was the ZX10R. The Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R ABS is already the most respected sportbike in the racing paddock, and the Japanese motorcycle manufacturer feels this all-new version builds on that reputation. According to the press release, the 2016 model is designed to deliver race-winning performance by utilizing the proven technology that propelled the Kawasaki Racing Team (KRT) to worldwide dominance.

‘This new bike is the best platform for riders looking to set records on the track, as well as attaining the highest level of sportbike enjoyment on the road,’ the press release states.


2016 Kawasaki ZX-10R ABS - Source Kawasaki

Highlights of the Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R are its new features;

  • More powerful 998cc in-line four-cylinder 16-valve engine
  • Lighter crankshaft allows quicker revving and increased low-mid-range power
  • Pistons, head design, camshaft profiles and air box for better response and power
  • Computer-controlled electronic throttle valve delivers precise control
  • Lightweight titanium exhaust system
  • Close-ratio, cassette-type transmission is ideally suited to racing and gives strong corner exit acceleration
  • Chassis with new steering head position, swingarm rigidity and length, longer wheelbase creates balanced handling
  • Front cowl provides better aerodynamics, improves high-speed handling, reduces rider buffeting
  • Showa Balance Free Fork (BFF) and Balance Free Rear Cushion (BFRC) derived directly from World Superbike racing, first-time used on a mass-production motorcycle
  • Brembo M50 monobloc front calipers, 330mm Brembo rotors and master cylinder provide increased braking power, feel and heat dissipation
  • Kawasaki Racing Team-inspired KRT Edition color scheme combining Lime Green and Ebony paint
  • Metallic Matte Carbon Grey finish

Kawasaki also points to the brains of the motorcycle. The motorcycle manufacturer continues to push its technology forward, not only in terms of engine performance but also handling and the suite of electronic rider aids thanks to the introduction of a ground-breaking Bosch five-axis Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) and Kawasaki proprietary software.

Much of this technology is transferred from the World Superbike pit box to the 2016 Ninja ZX-10R ABS motorcycle.

New 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 S-KTRC Traction Control, the new KLCM Launch Control and KEBC Kawasaki Engine Braking Control.

The new throttle bodies necessitated the use of a new Engine Control Unit, which is mounted under the seat in an aluminum case to provide heat dissipation.

How much will these legal-racing machines cost interested riders? The MSRP starts at $14,999 and $15,299 for the KRT Edition.

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