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Kawasaki unveils the 2016 Ninja ZX-10R

Japanese motorcycle manufacturer, Kawasaki has unveiled the new 2016 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R in Barcelona, Spain. Widely regarded as Kawasaki’s answer to Yamaha’s stunning R1, the ZX-10R packs in a host of innovative features and trick electronics to get the bike on par with the competition.

Kawasaki adds that the new Ninja ZX-10R was developed in joint effort by the Kawasaki factory and the Kawasaki Racing Team. The 2015 World Superbike Championship (WSBK) winning team’s star riders, Tom Sykes and Jonathan Rea contributed majorly to the development of Kawasaki’s litre class challenger. The company says that it has tried to make the road legal ZX-10R as similar as possible to championship winning race ZX-10R.

What’s new for 2016 then? Well, the design looks a lot similar to the outgoing motorcycle, which is not a bad thing considering the fact that this Ninja always looked sinister, especially in Kawasaki Green. The design changes are subtle and the new bike sports a larger cowl as well a larger tail section that gets a new lamp. The exhaust is slender and points further up than the unit on the predecessor.

Kawasaki has focused majorly on improving the mechanical bits for 2016 and the changes are truly remarkable. The new Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R gets Brembo M50 monobloc brake callipers along with Brembo idle stroke checked radial master cylinder. The radial master cylinder offers brake force modulability, allowing the rider to adjust braking force to suit the riding conditions. The new ZX-10R also gets a WSBK inspired, adjustable Showa front forks.

The electronics package include a six-axis Inertial Measurement Unit, with five axis measurements in the Bosch IMU and the sixth axis using a unique programme that’s stored in the Kawasaki ECU. Yamaha has introduced IMU in its R1 for 2015. Besides the IMU, the 2016 Ninja ZX-10R gets launch control, traction control, engine power mode selection and brake management system that allows the rider to brake while hitting the apex.

The engine gets a new, lighter crankshaft with 20 per cent less inertia than the engine in the present ZX-10R. Kawasaki claims a boost in the mid-range without any effect to the 200PS peak power output. The new Ninja ZX-10R is also Euro 4 compliant.

The new Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R will be available in showrooms from the beginning of 2016. Expect the bike to be launched in India soon thereafter.

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Published Date: Oct 09, 2015 15:24 PM | Updated Date: Oct 09, 2015 15:24 PM