2015 Ninja ZX-10R ABS SE
Scintillating engine performance, a world-championship level chassis and a suite of onboard electronic rider aids, the Ninja ZX-10R ABS is not only the most sophisticated production superbike Kawasaki has ever made, it’s also the most tunable, the most confidence inspiring, and the most rider-friendly.
Today, that much is expected in the one-litre superbike class. It is above and beyond these credentials that the ZX-10R ABS defines itself, including such premium standard features as Sport-Kawasaki Traction Control (S-KTRC), Kawasaki Intelligent anti-lock Brake System (KIBS) and an Öhlins electronic steering damper. Now celebrating Ninja’s 30th Anniversary, for 2015 the ZX-10R ABS is also available in a special anniversary edition that makes its bold credentials even more alluring.
The track focused 998 cm³ engine offers a blend of high power and manageability. Linear power delivery makes it easy to access the engine’s heady peak power, while engine tuning facilitates opening the throttle. The engine layout raises the centre of gravity, contributing to the Ninja ZX-10R’s nimble handling.
Öhlins electronic steering damper
New, high-spec Öhlins electronic steering damper offers increased stability at high speeds without sacrificing the precision and feel required for nimble handling at low speeds.
The multi-function instrumentation features the industry’s first LED-backlit bar-graph tachometer. A built-in light sensor automatically adjusts brightness levels plus there’s Standard and Race modes, allowing riders to display information most relevant to their riding situation.
Superb stopping power
310mm front discs up front are joined by a 220mm disc at the rear. The radial pump brake master cylinder and radial mount front callipers deliver superb stopping power and excellent control.
The curb mass of the 2015 Ninja ZX-10R ABS is just 201kg with a full tank of fuel. That’s 7kg lighter than the previous design.
The multi-sensing KIBS (Kawasaki Intelligent anti-lock Brake System) is ideally suited to supersport models, using high precision control to offer added braking reassurance in emergencies with minimal intrusion during hard sport riding.
The aluminium twin-spar frame offers an ideal flex character that contributes to the Ninja ZX-10R’s superb chassis control. The all-cast construction also enables a significant weight reduction.
The highly sophisticated Moto GP based S-KTRC (Sport-Kawasaki TRaction Control) system was designed to help riders push harder by maximising acceleration.
Big Piston front Fork
The BPF (Big Piston front Fork) offers greater control over the fork’s damping characteristics, contributing to greater composure under braking and increased chassis stability on corner entry.