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Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10 RR
Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10 RR

Review: Kawasaki Ninja

Driven October 2013

You the party in the litre class has been in full swing for five years now. The started with Yamaha us a taste of the YZF-R1 superbike. on the me-too brigade, Yamaha was joined in by Honda and Suzuki their respective 1000cc

The litre class party have started last but with the launch of the Kawasaki ZX-10R we can finally say – it’s now in swing.

What makes bike special is the fact it is a derivative of the ZX-10R used by the racing team, for their FIM World Championship, which it all the ingredients to make it one hell of a

In true Henry Ford you can have the ZX-10R in any colour as as it is lime green, and honestly, we not like it in any other colour. the front, the bike looks with its twin headlight and big gaping ram-air-duct sitting in the middle. While the sharply front fork, steeply visor and the exhaust give the a sporty stance in profile, the has a neat design element the brake light and turn all a part of a single assembly.

The unit is compact and sits below the pillion seat. by far give the ZX-10R a unique that is instantly recognisable as a

Coming to the crowning jewel – the of the ZX-10R. The in-line 4 cylinder, motor, makes around and 112Nm, and has a smooth power all though the rev range. The engine can be all the way to 13000rpm and that shows you a huge power band to with.

As in the case of most of these today, power to the wheel can be in three different settings – medium and full. The traction also comes with stages, depending on riding and riding skill.

But there is so much you can get by looking at the specs and staring at the bike. Swing leg over the saddle and things falling into perspective. The position is extreme, as you would from a bike of this

As this was our first stint the ZX-10R we decide to keep the setting low and the traction control Learning how the bike behaves is a quick process. The front give the right feedback and feels nimble enough to be into a series of corners. to the electronic steering damper, automatically adjust to the riders making the ZX-10R more in city traffic.

With the engine and the 10kg weight over the previous model, you get a that you are riding a 600cc rather than a full 1000cc bike.

Sure, you get a hang of it, it’s time to the adrenalin rush up a few notches. over the medium setting – as it very. medium. Jump for the experience instead, where the is quick and it climbs the rev range

Obviously you will love the in this state, as it sounds and responds faster. The higher on Kawasaki’s race derived traction control sees to it power is sent to the rear in acceptable fashion. Don’t about those unexpected wheelies to pop up when you twist wrist, S-KTRC will it for you.

Sure, if you want to happen, then there is an option of lowering the electronic by a notch or two.

With precise cornering ability and a top close to 300kph mark, are a few trade-offs. The bike’s horizontal rear suspension sees to it the bike feels great corners, but is stiffer to cope at higher speeds. If our roads like race tracks, we have even brought up.

Sadly they aren’t, and it can be a pain riding the ZX-10R a bad road, which will every now and then.

By now you might be that untamed desire to out exactly how much the ZX-10R to a litre? Sure, the Rs 15.7 (ex-showroom, Pune) bike is not for its fuel efficiency, and we did not treat it in manner either. If you still between top-ups the ZX-10R did a figure of 13.99kpl.

Efficiency can be further if you go easy on the throttle; but you are seated on that saddle, we are sure you won’t.

The numbers

Inline 4998cc 198bhp, 112Nm, top speed: (approx), 0-100kph: 2.93sec, 13.99kpl, weight: 210kg, Rs lakh (ex-Pune)

The verdict

The is as extreme as a litre class gets. With 197bhp on the performance is exhilarating. But with all the safety system on board, assured the Ninja is forgiving as

A sticker price of Rs 15.7 is not exactly cheap. But it’s well spent.


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