Kawasaki ZX-10R: A superbike champion machine

Prepare yourself for an exhilarating ride on the Kawasaki ZX-10R. When it comes to the latest bikes for sale adrenaline junkies won’t be disappointed with the exhilarating performance of the ZX 10R. Put your riding skills to the test on this top performing bike.

An overview of Kawasaki and the ZX-10R

As a SA Bike of the Year Finalist, the Kawasaki ZX-10R takes street bikes to the next level. Fifteen bikes were selected for this year’s Pirelli South African Bike of the Year award and the ZX 10R was one of them. The Kawasaki ZX 10R was up against the likes of the BMW R1200 RS, Ducati Panigale 959 and Harley Davidson Dyna S for first place. The current champion is the Kawasaki H2.

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While the Kawasaki name has come to be synonymous with quality motorbikes, the company has its origins in the Kawasaki Tsukiji Shipyard Corporation. The corporation was founded in 1878 in Tokyo. Since then they have successfully manufactured a wide range of products including ships, aeroplanes, trucks and helicopters. In 1975 Kawasaki Motors started distributing Kawasaki motorcycles in Southern Africa. If you are looking for Kawasaki bikes, the ZX 10R might be worth your time.

Performance of the Kawasaki ZX-10R

True to the reputation of Kawasaki bikes, the ZX-10r delivers an excellent performance. Evidence of its circuit potential is the bike’s outstanding results in the Superbike World Championship. The Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10r has consistently proven itself by dominating both previous and current Supreme Bike Championships.

Most recently Jonathan Rea was awarded the rider’s title and Kawasaki received the manufacturer’s award. Input by the Kawasaki Racing Team and continuous research has led to the supreme design of the Kawasaki ZX 10r. Its improved performance means that this bike is set to continue its winning streak in the international arena.

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Image Source: Kawasaki South Africa Website.

Changes to the 2016 ZX 10R

The 2016 Kawasaki ZX-10R is similar to its predecessor however the latest model features detailed changes to its design. Stricter FIM rules are one of the factors which have contributed to these alterations. The 2016 ZX-10R is equipped with CNC-machined racing pistons as well as polished ports. Another highlight of these bikes are their titanium valves. The cassette gearbox can be changed without removing the oil. Changes have been made to the steering head as well as the swing-arm pivot. The electronic package has also been upgraded.

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A note-worthy feature of these bikes for sale is their intelligent braking. The intelligent braking ensures the perfect front brake hydraulic pressure. In addition to this feature, the cornering management function increases the handling capabilities of this bike and offers the rider additional support.

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Image Source: Kawasaki South Africa Website.

The fly-by-wire throttle is another highlight for these Kawasaki motorcycles. This bike has three drive models including full and low. Low mode is well-suited to riding in challenging circumstances as the maximum power is significantly reduced.

Frame and Specifications of the Kawasaki ZX 10R

The Kawasaki Ninja ZX 10r has a twin spar cast aluminium frame with 120 mm front wheel travel and 114 mm back wheel travel. The bike has an overall length of 2090 mm, width of 740 mm and height of 1145 mm. Its wheelbase is 1440 mm. The ground clearance of these Kawasaki bikes are 145 mm and it has a seat height of 835 mm. The bold frame of these bikes creates an aggressive stance on the road.

The Kawasaki ZX 10r is equipped with a liquid-cooled in-line 4 engine. It has a digital ignition with electric starting. This bike is equipped with a DOHC valve system which is comprised of 16 valves. For an overview of the ZX 10r’s specifications, take a look at the following table.

Displacement (cm3)998
Fuel capacity (litres)17
Bore x Stroke (mm)76 x 55
Maximum Power / Maximum Power with Air Ram147.1 kW / 154.4 kW
Max Torque (Nm)113.5
Transmission6-speed, return
Starting PriceR 285 000

The updates to the Kawasaki ZX-10R result in a bike that is the nearest to a World Superbike racer that you can buy. Do keep in mind that the alterations have also seen a drastic hike in the price of these bikes.

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