Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R Review
One of the Best Engineered Bikes by KawasakiWednesday, October 23, 2013
Design and Style
Bajaj has finally launched the much-awaited superbike Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R in India. It is priced at INR 15.70 lakhs (ex-showroom Pune).
Design and Style
Kawasaki has intentionally added visual bulk to this bike to make it look premium and aggressive. The front end styling of this bike wins your heart at first sight. The twin extended headlights are separated by a false air-inlet which makes this bike looks extremely sharp when seen from the front. The dual colored front fairing also sports its black colored rear view mirrors integrated with LED indicators. The up-raised transparent visor of this bike complements the front styling of ZX-10R. The short front fender has noticeable lines on it and looks edgy with its extended sides. The black colored three spoke alloy wheels looks sporty with racing strips and big disc plates. Move to the side of this bike and you will notice great combination of colors. The dual colored fuel tank and side fairing gels well with each other. The mounted bolts and racy decals on the side fairing looks extremely sporty while air-outlets and integrated engine cowl indicates towards the aerodynamic styling. The combined twin mufflers and up-swept rear cowl further enhances the visual appearance of this bike. The bike features split seats on the top of its rear cowl which also houses its LED tail light at the back. The gap between the rear tyre and cowl looks naked while its compact rear fender carries the number plate and side indicators of ZX-10R.
Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R features a fully digital instrument console. It has an angular bar type LED tachometer which is positioned just above the multifunction LCD which displays its digital speedometer, odometer, clock, trip meter and fuel gauge. It’s a two way adjustable LCD with blue back lit which also displays gear position indicator, fuel consumption and power mode indicator. All essential LED indicators are also placed in this instrument console.
Engine and Gearbox
Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R uses a four cylinder, 4-stroke 998cc engine. This liquid-cooled, DOHC engine pumps out a massive power output of 197 bhp at 13000 rpm. The utmost torque output of this 16 valves engine is of 112 Nm which arrives at 11500 rpm. This engine is served with a six-speed manual gearbox with one gear down and five gears up-shift pattern.
Acceleration and Performance
The light weight of this bike helps it to achieve the class leading power to weight ratio which is also evident in its performance. The bike reaches 0-100km/hr in 3 seconds and does 0-160km/hr in less than 6 seconds. The bike gets off to a flying start and without any effort can cross the speed mark of 100km/hr in its first gear. It’s a highly refined DOHC engine with an air intake which reduces the noise and improves it high speed performance. If you want to push this bike to its limits then it can reach the speed of 280-290km/hr. The immediate throttle response of ZX-10R amazes you on highways. The engine lacks any kind of refinement issues and performs brilliantly. The tall gear ratios help you to get maximum power out of this engine. The heavy amount of torque plays a vital role at slow speeds and gives early momentum to this bike. The light clutch and gearbox of ZX-10R also requires least effort from your side and gives you stress free rides.
This high speed performance bike only manages to return you a mileage of around 10km/ltr.
Comfort while Driving
The low positioned handle bar of ZX-10R requires you to bend in an aerodynamic position to grab it. The steering damper also takes away your stress and gives you proper feedback. This vibration less handlebar offers you firm palm grip. You can also adjust the foot-pegs of this bike to get optimum comfort. Its well-padded seat feels best for long journeys as Kawasaki has stuffed this seat with high quality of fabrics. The curvy fuel tank offers proper space to your inner thighs to stick around it which is very useful when you drive this bike around corners.
Storage Space and Safety Features
Don’t look for any kind of storage space in this bike. Its powerful headlight, pass button and radial mounted brake callipers are some of its vital safety features.
Suspension and Brakes
Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R has inverted 41mm telescopic forks at its front which are fully adjustable while it features horizontal back-link with gas charged, adjustable mono shock at the back. The bike features petal disc brakes on its both wheels. The front wheel has dual disc brakes of 310mm and it has a rear disc brake of 220mm. The bike also features an adjustable ABS for precise braking.
Ride and Handling
The bike has a ground clearance of 135mm which improves the aerodynamics of this bike at high speeds and enables it to turn easily at slow speeds. The wheelbase of 1425mm makes it stable at extremely high speeds while you are changing lanes frequently. The bike never loses road grip thanks to its wide tyres and 3-way adjustable Kawasaki advanced traction control system. The adjustable suspension system performs as per requirement and gives you confident and comfortable rides. The electronic steering makes it easy to handle this bike accurately at the speed of 280km/hr thanks to the steering damper which also affects its handling at slow speeds. The braking system ensures safe and precise braking at high speeds. The bike is quite confident and responsive in this department.
Tyre Size, Shades and Variants
The front and rear tyre size of ZX-10R is 120/70 R17 and 190/55 R17 respectively. Kawasaki may launch two variants of Ninja ZX-10R in two dual tone colors.
It’s a premium sports bike which features one of the best engineered 1000cc engines available worldwide. Kawasaki has launched the bike in India with a price tag of INR 15.70 lakhs, which definitely makes it a complete value for money bike. Moreover, the list of premium features proves to be an additional advantage for this bike.