|With two World Superbike (WSBK) Championship titles under its belt as well as the first ever WSBK Constructors’ title, Kawasaki has revealed its latest Ninja ZX-10R, intended for the 2016 WSBK and Superbike enthusiasts the world over.|
As the existing 2011-2015 editions are already the most respected Sportbike in the WSBK paddock, the newer version continues to build upon that reputation. The 2016 version 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 new Ninja ZX-10R motorcycle takes state-of-the-art mechanical design with the very latest rider electronics suite. The result is the ultimate Superbike with the mind-bending performance of a more powerful 998cc four-cylinder engine on the track, employing the btand’s proven reliability, both on and off the track.
The 2016 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R is the highest performing, most track-focused sportbike available today for homologated racing use. It boasts WSBK-derived Showa suspension and a user-friendly electronics package that is exclusive to Kawasaki and only available to Ninja ZX-10R owners. The electronics package is developed from Kawasaki’s WSBK experience and includes Engine Braking Control, Launch Control Mode, Intelligent anti-lock Braking System, Corner Management Function, Traction Control and Quick Shifter.
The Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R has all these highlights: a powerful 998cc in-line four-cylinder 16-valve engine, lighter crankshaft, new pistons, head design, camshaft profiles and air box, computer-controlled electronic throttle for precise control, lightweight titanium exhaust system, close-ratio and cassette-type transmission, chassis with new steering head position and rigid swingarm, longer wheelbase, new front cowl, Showa Balance Free Fork (BFF) and Balance Free Rear Cushion (BFRC), Brembo M50 monobloc front calipers (330mm Brembo rotors and master cylinder), full Kawasaki electronic suite, and the KRT Edition color scheme with Metallic Matte Carbon Grey finish.
The 2016 Ninja ZX-10R motorcycle uses a full complement of electronics that allow the rider to fully explore 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 in-house, drawing on the experience of the Kawasaki Race Team’s WSBK experience, making this application unique.
The Sport-Kawasaki TRaction Control (S-KTRC) system now has five modes of intervention, compared to the three settings on the previous version. Modes one and two are designed for a racer on the track. 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.
The inclusion of the IMU means that S-KTRC changes from being a purely predictive system to one that also offers feedback. The new predictive/feedback system offers even more precise management to help riders push harder on the racetrack by maximizing acceleration. It is also able to adjust for tyre wear, tyre profile, tyre 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.
Giving the 2016 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R ABS 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 WSBK competition. 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.
A direct consequence of Kawasaki’s WSBK involvement, the 2016 Ninja ZX-10R motorcycle has been fitted with a Brembo front braking system. This not only includes the very high specification M50 aluminum monobloc four-piston front calipers (with 30mm opposed pistons), but also larger Brembo front rotors, up from 310mm last year, to 330mm. The rotors are cross-drilled and have a circumferential groove in the outer edge to aid heat dissipation.