Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R is the bike to have

Kawasaki came to India through Bajaj. After years of partnership, both companies went their separate ways. Today, Kawasaki India acts as a wholly-owned subsidiary of Kawasaki Heavy Industries Ltd. How has this affected the company’s product portfolio? Today, the company assembles its most powerful super sports bike, the Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R in India, benefitting from reduced duties that Completely Knocked Down (CKD) products attract. It is perhaps the most inexpensive litre-class super sports bike one can buy today at Rs 12.80 lakh (ex-showroom). Why is it being talked about today? What makes it worth a buyer’s consideration?

Specifications Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R
Price Rs 12.80 lakh (ex-showroom)
Engine DOHC, 16-valve, liquid-cooled, inline four-cylinder 998cc petrol
Power 200HP (210HP with ram air intake)
Torque 113.5Nm
Transmission 6-speed return-type manual
Front Suspension 43mm Showa Balance Free Fork, adjustable for compression, rebound, and spring preload
Rear Suspension Link-type Showa Balance Free Rear Cushion monoshock, adjustable for compression, rebound, and spring preload
Front Brake Dual 330mm discs with Brembo M50 monobloc 4-piston calipers
Rear Brake Single 220mm petal disc with single-piston  caliper
Mileage N/A
Fuel Tank Capacity 17 litres

What’s new about the Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R?

The current Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R was last updated in 2016. Don’t consider the bike to be old though. It is far from it. The ZX-10R has been quite successful in the World Superbike Championship (WSBK) racing series, helping Kawasaki bag constructors’ and riders’ championships in the series from 2015-2017 seasons (three straight years).

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It may have the years on it, but the Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R is still in top shape (metaphorically) The design and styling of the bike convey this feeling as well. It looks sharp and angular despite that lip spoiler up front which is functional but still spoils the front end slightly. The real treat lies under all those styling elements and body panels which hide a twin-spar cast aluminium frame.

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Paired to that strong skeleton (chassis actually) is a powerful liquid-cooled, inline four-cylinder engine that displaces 998cc. This engine makes 200HP power (or 210HP when paired to a ram air intake) and 113.5Nm torque. This engine is mated to a six-speed return-type gearbox with a quick shifter for clutches shifting.

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The Ninja ZX-10R gets a 43mm inverted Balance Free fork up front from Showa. It has 120mm travel and can be adjusted for compression, rebound, and spring preload. The rear is suspended by link-type Showa Balance Free Rear Cushion monoshock. This shock has 114mm travel and can be adjusted for compression, rebound, and spring preload. Paired with an electronic steering damper from Öhlins, this bike has lightning-fast reflexes and confidence-inspiring handling.

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The front end of the bike gets two 330mm brake discs with dual Brembo M50 monobloc 4-piston calipers. The rear end has a single 220mm petal disc with single piston caliper. The bike is 2,090mm long, 745mm wide, and 1,145mm high. It has a wheelbase spanning 1,440mm in length and its seat height is 835mm. In terms of electronic aids, the Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R is loaded!

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The bike has a 6-axis Bosch Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU). Coupled with other electronic aids like launch control, power modes, traction control, ABS, and engine braking control, it helps the bike puts its power down to the ground with authority.

Is the Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R worth consideration?

Short answer? Definitely yes. A reason why it is being talked about today is because Kawasaki has stopped accepting bookings for the bike (per reports). This has happened within a month of company launching the locally-assembled version of the bike in India. The company’s order books are full and current orders will be fulfilled over the course of coming few months.

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What makes this bike worth consideration can be attributed to another reason. The Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R is sold as a single-seater bike in India. Why? To avoid homologation requirements (every two-seater bike must meet) of engineering a saree guard. This does not mean that owners can’t have it as a two-seater. For close to Rs 40,000 more, it can be converted to a two-seater bike complete with a pillion seat, pillion footpegs, and other appropriate parts.

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The Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R offers immense value to buyers. Its low price tag, coupled with that monster of an engine, clever electronics, top-shelf components, and single-seat configuration, make for an irresistible package that is impossible to ignore. Worth consideration? Shouldn’t the question be when will bookings for the bike recommence?

Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R – Synopsis

  • Priced at Rs 12.80 lakh (ex-showroom), cost attributable to taxes attracted by CKD route
  • Available as a single-seater model, can be converted to a two-seater
  • Powered by a inline four-cylinder 998cc engine making 200PS power/113.5Nm torque
  • Makes 210PS power with ram air intake
  • Engine mated to a six-speed return type gearbox with quick shifter
  • 43mm Showa Balance Free Fork up front adjustable for compression, rebound, and spring-preload, also gets Ohlins electronic steering damper
  • Rear gets Showa Balance Free Rear Cushion monoshock that can be adjusted for compression, rebound, and spring preload
  • Front gets dual 330mm discs with dual Brembo M50 monobloc four-piston calipers
  • Rear gets a 220mm petal disc with single-piston aluminium caliper
  • Has a Bosch six-axis IMU, electronic aids include launch control, traction control, engine braking, and power modes
  • Only colour option available is Kawasaki Racing Team Green
  • Company not accepting bookings for now, order books expected to open soon
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