Kawasaki goes all-in: the 200+bhp 2011 Ninja ZX-10R

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Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10 R

Kawasaki goes all-in: the 2011 Ninja ZX-10R

The Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R

has stamped its foot; Team is sick of playing catch-up in Superbikes, it will no longer be to languish at the back of the field. But the monstrous Aprilia RSV4 and the BMW S1000RR is going to require a leagues ahead of what has been rolling out in 2010. motorcycle fans, the new king of the

Ripping out a terrifying 210 horsepower and just 198kg full of and fluids, the 2011 Kawasaki ZX-10R leap-frogs to the front of the and power-to-weight charts. But it’s not muscles that make bike so special, it sports a redesigned chassis aimed at handling and racetrack lap times – and a control/ABS setup that all notions that such are for safety.

On the new Ninja, the intelligent are all focused on making you faster ever before on the road or Wouldn’t it be an amazing turnaround if machine could catapult back into World contention? Either way, is one of the most exciting bikes seen in lime green for a lot of and it’s a signal to the other manufacturers that near is no longer good enough.

no overstating the size of the rocket BMW fired up the backsides of the Japanese manufacturers when it launched its S1000RR superbike contender year. While unsuccessful on the thus far, the Beemer its rider with nearly 20 horsepower than any of the Japanese breaking the magical 200-horsepower and came with a set of race- and electronics that put it leagues of the rest in pretty much comparo test on the planet.

Now, finally, the Japanese are their first salvo at the Germans – and if the BMW came out of nowhere, latest monster comes even less auspicious Kawasaki is a fallen empire in racing history; the renowned jet-ski and train makers regular podium and race throughout the early days of Superbike racing in the 1990s, but in times, results in top level have been nothing of embarrassing.

Kawasaki fans long memories and undeniable but for the last 6 or 7 years, lime bikes have regularly right at the back of the pack in World Superbike and MotoGP.

So as a owner myself, it’s considerable excitement that I at the first Kawasaki in more a decade that looks a real leap forward – the ZX-10R Ninja. The bike lured MotoGP race-winner Vermeulen to waste a season at the back of the field in the prime of his with the slowest team in Superbikes. The bike that believes will turn its fortunes around.

And it looks an absolute ripper.

Unveiled yesterday afternoon at Cologne, the new big Ninja packs a spec sheet and an electronics that’s got one simple goal: Kwaka wants to be the fastest on the road. Let’s take a inside its lunchbox:

200 horsepower and that’s before Ram Air

The 998cc engine has been lightened and all over the place — but magical 200.1 metric (PS) is what’s going to at the sales desk. Add in Kawasaki’s affinity for ram air — that is, aerodynamic fairings to force air down the engine’s throat at speeds — and you’re at somewhere around 210 horsepower a bog-stock motorcycle, comprehensively the BMW and the vastly more expensive top MV Agustas.

210 horsepower is a magnificent and figure, and one that most car will struggle to put in any sort of Let’s put it this way – since the ZX-10R now weighs only dripping wet (a humiliating 6kg lighter the Beemer), it’s now got a horsepower-to-kilograms of greater than 1:1.

If you a Mini Cooper S, which is a lightweight and zippy car, need to give it roughly six and a times more power to with the barnstorming Kwaka. As Mr. would say: ex…cellent.

As as it is to be able to boast face-melting figures, it wasn’t ever ponies that held ZX-10R contenders back on the So what’s likely got Vermeulen and his excited is the new Ninja’s revised

The new frame arrangement brings the of gravity down lower by 3cm, which is important for the bike from kneedown to kneedown left as fast as The front end geometry has also steepened with a reduced for even faster steering. The new puts even more over the front wheel before, which should it additional stability under and vastly improved feel at the wheel.

This will reduce the ZX-10R’s tendency to – but enthusiastic throttle jockeys worry, it’ll still until the cows come if you want it to.

Traction control and ABS a focus on speed, not safety

A lot of the top contenders are now rolling out into the equipped with some of traction control and/or Typically, the other factories these features as safety to help save riders their own ham-fisted use of the throttle and

Not Kawasaki, however. Team is giving you these features so you can go and ride closer to the bike’s whether it’s on the road or the Both systems have modified to make sure don’t get in the way of the rider achieving performance.

The big Ninja’s new S-KTRC control system, for example, that the quickest acceleration occurs when you’ve got the degree of rear-wheel slip. So it front and rear wheel every 5 milliseconds, then by controlling the ignition advance to the rear wheel slipping at the perfect amount.

Kawasaki claims that works and thinks faster other traction control which makes it operate thus cutting down on interventions and excessive slip. keeps the rider confident and to exploit every last bit of available.

Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10 R

The system takes a approach to wheelies, permitting a degree of power wheelie out of a (again in the name of maximum but intervening when the front seems to be coming up too sharply. 3-mode adjustable to suit riding conditions and size of

Likewise, the Kawasaki Intelligent Brake System (KIBS) advantage of super-fine sensor to provide what the company is the fastest-thinking ABS system in the motorcycle With speed comes the to make much finer to braking pressure, avoiding the lock-release-lock-release action of the typical ABS to provide much smoother

That lack of locking and should also help the rear wheel down hard braking, as there’s pitching around on the edge of than with other But Kawasaki isn’t selling as a safety feature — it’s there to get you to maximum power and keep you there as as possible so that – you guessed it – you can go

Traction control is standard, ABS be optional.

Suspension and Braking

You it, it’s there. Big Piston radial brake calipers and cylinders (although Kawasaki has short of equipping the ZX-10R monobloc calipers), fully Showa shock… although worth nothing that the has been tipped over on its and mounted horizontally.

This is to help centralize mass, as as to alter the suspension action in different parts of the … for roadholding. It also clears a channel behind the engine for airflow.

Dashboard Gadgetry

is a completely new instrument panel, and it very cool. For starters, a multicoloured LED-backlit tacho bar can be set to flash as a shift indicator. there’s a dual-mode main which can be set to road or race with lap timer, gear indicator, clock, speedo and all the suspects, plus a nod to environmentally riding with the Economical Indicator that rewards you for fuel-efficient choices with the and gear levers. It’s a touch, but running down the of Kawasaki riders I know, I it will make much of a to Kwaka fans’ riding

There’s more than photos in the gallery for you to make up own mind about the looks of new big daddy Ninja. But it’s a departure from the previous and from what the rest of the crowd are doing. Heavily hunched over and angular, the is coming off the blocks with a appearance that gives than a little hint its evil intentions.

Stealth ride this is especially in that famous, lime green.

There’s a difference between a roadbike and a race machine, for sure, but does indeed look a revolutionary new Kawasaki. Vaulting 10 clear of the BMW S1000RR is no small the electronics package is fascinating and the package looks great – but importantly, it’s the first in a lot of years that Kawasaki look like it’s catch-up.

Chris Vermeulen and a of rabid Kawasaki lovers be pinning high hopes on machine — and wouldn’t it be an story if this one two-wheeled could turn Team racing fortunes around? We can hope.

Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10 R
Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10 R
Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10 R

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