2012 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R Review

When passion and technology come together, a great literbikes born - also Ninja ® ZX-10R 2012 ™. It was renovated last year, the ZX-10R bristles with the latest technologies such as traction control Kawasaki Sport, elevating it above all others in its class. Kawasaki engineers have created an engine that produces an incredible amount of power, but keeps realibility Kawasaki is known for. All this technology reinforces the already incredible speed and intense sensation of the pilot is authorized to drive the ZX-10R.

Sophisticated and customizable Kawsaki Sports traction using the riders harness and exploit ZX-10R mix of power and incredible handling. The system is called the traction control Kawasaki Sport, or S-KTRC. Only the ZX-10R, high performance, which raises the ZX on the open class sport bikes.

Motorcyclists have been challenged by the problems related to stress, whether in land, street or track. Runners who can maintain a new tire to turn too unpredictable and are sliding faster and safer, a combination hard to beat on the track. And when we talk about technology at all open class sport bike, motorcycle production are actually more capable than motorcycle racing full-on just a few years ago, pulling the most consistent confidence and a greater an important asset.

2012 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R
2012 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R
MotoGP-derived S KTRC system is crunching the numbers of different parameters and sensors - the wheel speed and slip, engine rpm, throttle position, acceleration, etc. The information is collected and analyzed here than any other in the history of Kawasaki, and it's all in the name racers to help in the nearest hard "edge" is the maximum traction than ever. S system is based on complex software KTRC buried in the electronic control unit, the ZX-10R (ECU), only other equipment the speed of light sensors on each wheel.

Unlike the Kawasaki Concours ™ 14 system KTRC Sports Tourer ABS, which is primarily to minimize wheelspin on slick or broken safety measure, the S-KTRC system is designed to optimize performance by using complex analysis to predict the traction conditions are in the process of becoming a disadvantage. Quickly but gently to reduce the demand for energy just before the slippage exceeds the optimal amount of grip area, the system - which deals with each data point 200 times per second - to maintain the grip of the tires to maximize forward. The result is a much better lap times and better driver confidence - what you need, when you drive the car of this caliber.

S KTRC system offers three different modes, which riders can choose depending on surface conditions, driver preferences and skill levels: Level 1 for use max-grip track, level 2 for intermediate use, and level 3 for slippery conditions. A graph on the LCD instrument cluster shows how much electronic interference that occurs in real time and a thumb switch on the left pod allows easy, on-going change.

The system also includes an advanced power mode that enables riders to choose the amount of energy - and the nature of delivery - available from the motor. Besides the standards are high power mode settings Medium and Low. The medium mode, the results vary depending on throttle position and engine speed, not less than 50 percent of throttle opening, the operation is basically the same as in the low power mode, more than 50 percent Passengers can access the extra engine performance. KTRC The three S-parameters are available in each of the three parameters of the power.

2012 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R
2012 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R

The mighty ZX-10R is an engine of 16 valves, DOHC, liquid-cooled 998cc inline four-cylinder moving through the bore 76 x 55mm dimensions and stroke. This engine is tuned to optimize power delivery, the severity and the actual location of the engine in the chassis. Peak torque speed range, which helps to eliminate power peaks and valleys that make it difficult for runners and cyclists track days to open the throttle with confidence. A primary goal of delivery Kawasaki engineers have the linear power and engine management through all elements in a corner: the e-mail back in mid-gas neutral corner, and intoxicating, controllable acceleration the end.

Large intake valves completed by a large, polished intake allows the transmission of power handling and engine braking, the right thing to compensate for the slope angle entries and exits. Camshafts made of chromoly steel, continue to promote the optimized engine braking and more controllable power delivery. Mount a lightweight piston rods lightweight and powerful. Pack is full of 13.0:1.

A balanced secondary motor allows a number of anti-vibration parts for simplicity, which helps save weight. Also contributed to a weight saving is a light battery, ECU and fuel pump.

A cassette-type transmission race to facilitate the shifting of the track. An adjustable back torque limiting clutch is mounted, allowing for smooth downshifts and quiet corner entry.

Supercharged with all that fuel and air ram air assisted this remarkable engine injection system with large throttle bodies (47mm) and sub-throttle valves, high capacity without the airbox (9 liters), the secondary nozzles, which improve the high-end power characteristics, and a large ram-suction, which is located near the front of the bike without filling the air box and power efficient.

The final piece of power-production ZX-10R formula race-spec exhaust system with a header assembly of titanium, hydroformed collectors, large-scale pre-chamber contains two catalytic converters and compact. As the title race-spec design, pilots and pilots looking for a more closed-course performance, just replace the muffler slip-on installation.

2012 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R
2012 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R

With the engine produces a tremendous amount of useful energy and controllable, engineers looked at the chassis to help improve the management and the overall authority of the road / track. The twin-spar aluminum frame is a montage of all the votes of the seven songs that features optimized for voting features ideal bridge to flex when cornering performance and light weight. As the frame, swing arm alloy is a montage of all sunk, with a stiffness that corresponds to the framework itself.

The geometry of the chassis provides excellent speed stability and handling. Geometry of the front - raked to 25 degrees and a track of 107 mm (4.21 inches) - allowing the light energy, fast handling and complete control of the engine and chassis and swingarm flexing characteristics.

Very advanced suspension at both ends helps. Up front is a 43mm open class version of Big Piston Fork (BPF). With a timbre almost double the size of a conventional cartridge forks, the BPF has a smooth action, less stiction, light weight and improved performance damping circuits for compression and rebound. This compliance will result in more control and feedback in the future - just what you need when carving through a curling sweeper to your local track or negotiate a decreasing radius corner on your way back preferred .

Suspension of duties on the ZX-10R is processed by a newly designed horizontal link the positions of the shock and swingarm link above. Benefits include centralization of mass manipulation, respect and stability, smooth action on feedback from the middle and generally good. The shock has a fully adjustable piggyback reservoir and dual range (high and low speed) compression damping.

Indicates the gravity cast with three races to complete the installation of tires. Front, Tokico radial-mount calipers and petal discs of 310 mm 220 mm disc is crushed by a rear piston pliers. The result is a powerful, sensitive, braking, the driver plenty of feedback.

Finally, the engineers at Kawasaki packed all this technology in the body as a sophisticated and elegant as anything this side of the MotoGP grid. The rounded edges and contrasting colored areas and black creates a sharp image and aggressive. Line beam headlights while careening through the LED turn signals integrated into the mirror assemblies. Ideally flashing mirror coupling makes removal easy to use at track days. The assembly of the rear wing, with the rods and the frame signal back license plate is easily removed from the track day. High visibility LEDs are also used for the marker tail light and location.

The instrumentation is highlighted by a tachometer bar graph LED-backlit screen located on a multi-function LCD information with many sections and panel data. A wide range of information is presented, including vehicle speed, odometer, dual trip meters, fuel, power mode and level of S-KTRC, fuel, water temperature and more. For track use, the LCD can be adjusted to the way "race" screen that moves the speed in the center of the screen.

Ergonomics ZX-10R is designed for maximum comfort and control. A 32-inch seat, adjustable footrests and clip-ons means that it is a hard core sport bike you can actually go to a range of sport riding - and still be comfortable enough for do.

The old adage, "power is nothing without control", is certainly apt, where the open class sport bikes are concerned. But when you factor in all engines, chassis and ergonomic design of control in 2012 Ninja ZX-10R, you begin to realize you're watching a very special bike - one that can carry you've never been before.

It looks very good, nice and fun to drive

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Kawasaki today's most effective, Ninja ZX-14 sets new performance standards for the most incredible, absolutely incredible acceleration, you have never experienced. But what makes the Ninja ZX-14 even more incredible is the subtlety with which the absolute control that power. Smooth and linear from idle to redline, and there is no need to be a world champion to manage this machine.

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2012 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R Features and Benefits

Key Features

• Engine and chassis allows the delivery of linear power

• Kawasaki Sport Traction Control-(S-KTRC) constantly monitors wheel speed, throttle position, engine speed and a host of other data to help ensure the optimal amount of traction

• The power switch allows riders to select the power level and power output

• Aluminum frame is the ideal force

• Big Piston Fork (BPF) helps maintain a quiet braking

• Horizontal back-link rear suspension helps to provide smooth suspension action

• The couple returned Slipper-type clutch limits the corner entry handling

• Career-oriented instrumentation offers riders a wealth of information

Liquid-cooled, DOHC, 998cc, inline four-cylinder

• Compact, thin and light

• camshafts, crankshafts and pistons designed to complement the enormous power of the engine production

• Large intake valves, cam lobes, and port types for maximum power and smooth delivery

• Chromoly camshafts to increase sustainability

• Secondary single-shaft balancer reduces vibration, allows the use of different vibration damping components to simplify and streamline

• Strong rods fit over the potential of this engine

• ECU is small enough to be hidden in a castle in the assembly of the air filter box

• One piece upper crankcase and cylinder casting provides maximum rigidity

• low friction oil pump reduces parasitic power loss

• A light radiator cores provides efficient cooling of the engine tight

• An oil-cooled aluminum coolant dissipates heat high efficiency

• intake and exhaust valves are titanium to reduce the weight of reciprocating compressors and stress at high speed

Dual fuel injection nozzle digital

• Large body 47 mm throttle with the accelerator

• Secondary fuel injectors to improve performance characteristics and power at high rpm, the lower injectors are always on, while the nozzles must be able to come than the throttle opening and engine rpm

• oval throttle bodies allow precise control of gas and an immediate response

• Idle Speed ​​Control (ISC) for the unit automatically adjusts the throttle body idle speed, promoting easier starts and off-idle throttle response

Sports-Kawasaki Traction Control - S-KTRC

• A highly sophisticated electronic system based on real Kawasaki MotoGP experience that is designed to maximize the forward allowing runners to run closer to the edge of traction

• Cracks in a wide range of data including throttle position, wheel speed, engine speed, wheel slip and acceleration, with the help of a speed sensor mounted on each wheel

• The fastest acceleration requires a certain amount of wheel slip to improve traction, S-KTRC wheel spin very best

• Using complex analysis, the system is able to predict when the conditions are still unfavorable traction. Acting first slip exceeds the range for optimal traction, the system can quickly and easily reduce the flow a bit ', so that the wheel drive resumes

• S-KTRC confirm the terms of 200 times per second and maintain rules for the lighting, which ensures extremely fast response to changing conditions

• Riders can choose between three modes, depending on the level and conditions

• An indicator of the level of the LCD panel shows how the electronic response system to provide real-time

Ram-air intake

• A very effective and forward-placed ram air intake is designed to reduce noise and good efficiency

• 9-liter airbox improves breathing and energy

• oval intake of other channels to promote turbulent flow at all speeds

Titanium exhaust system

• Titanium header hydroformed exhaust manifolds and a small lightweight silencer is required for the installation of pre-chamber that houses two catalytic emissions and sound

• Topics specs are almost identical to their counterparts in road racing, making it easier for riders to improve performance monitoring with the simple addition of a less restrictive muffler, now there is no reason to replace the light assembly and head of the race-spec

• help double catalysts ZX-10R to meet stringent U.S. and Euro III emission standards


• Transmission cassettes driving style allows a single track, is preparing changes to suit the different circuits

• The "cassette" is high enough that can be accessed without having to drain the engine oil

• Primary and final gear ratios to minimize the back of the movement (squat / lift) during acceleration and deceleration

• Close-ratio 4, 5 and 6 extra speed ZX-10R is the performance of the circuit

• The overall gear ratios depending on the characteristics of the power to deliver the ideal power at all rpm ranges

• An adjustable back torque limiting clutch makes smooth downshifts a major contributor to stability under hard braking

Chassis / frame

• Aluminum alloy frame provides optimal flexibility and stiffness characteristics of a balanced treatment of the street or track

• The geometry of the chassis provides strong leadership and crisp handling without compromise corresponding to the stability of the chassis at high speed

• The body is completely cast in the construction of only seven pieces, with the ideal that the wall of sufficient strength and stiffness of the optimized

• The front of the weight of AIDS in an aggressive, on-the-corner of the gas is removed

• Change or eliminate exhaust gases before the camera (for circuit applications) allows two chain links to be removed, which gives pilots the ability to change the geometry of the frame, shortening the wheelbase up to 16 mm to suit different track layouts

• Like the frame, alloy swingarm is an all-molded design, with only three pieces

• cradle set contributes to the narrow tail section and compact thin

Horizontal Back-link rear suspension

• Shock and the links are above the swingarm

• The design allows excellent guide and smooth suspension action, stability and feedback when cornering

• The design of the link positions of shock than to spread the load and helps to increase the rigidity of the framework and the balance of the chassis

• The fully adjustable shock with a piggyback reservoir and dual (high

• and low speed) compression damping, which allows the use of race day set-up or track

• Big Piston Fork (BPF), and Back-link suspension system to promote the control and pilot the fastest lap times

Big Piston Fork (BPF)

• Big Piston Fork (BPF) 43 mm inner tubes is one of the factors that contribute to the composure Braking

• Compared to a cartridge type fork of the same size, GMP has a main piston 39.6mm

• The oil inside the BPF acts on an area of ​​nearly four times larger than a conventional fork is. The larger area allows the damping pressure to be reduced while ensuring that the damping force is the same

• Reduce the pressure buffer tube allows the inner fork to move more easily, which is especially visible in the initial part of the race. The result is better control of the fork compresses and change the attitude of calm as the weight of the vehicle is moving forward under braking, and contribute to greater stability of the chassis on corner entry

• Since the BPF eliminates many of the internal parts of a conventional cartridge forks, the construction has been simplified and reduced the overall weight of the fork

• adjustment of the compression and rebound are located on top of each fork tube, while the preload is now at the bottom

Steering Damper racing-spec

• A tube adjustable Öhlins steering damper double standard. The minutes of the second tube as a reserve, allowing the internal stability and cushioning comments excellent, even in race conditions

Advanced braking system

• Tokico radial mount brake calipers and the two lane cushions provide excellent bite, more control, progressive feel and feedback from high-rider

• A cylinder radial pump front master provide the ultimate in brake feel and feedback

• two 5.5 mm thick, 310mm petal disc offers a thermal power required to maintain the feel and response of the brakes during hard use

• 220 mm rear disc brake caliper piston seized one gives a splendid feeling and feedback

Three-spoke wheels in cast aluminum

• density alloy wheels have been a three-spoke design

• Lightweight wheels mean low unsprung weight, allowing the suspension to work more efficiently


• 32 inch seat height, it is easy to reach the ground

• The fuel tank shape provides a comfortable ergonomic fit with the upper conductor and the inner thighs when walking

• Adjust the foot pegs can be lowered an additional 15 mm on a street or riding tour

Advanced aerodynamic body

• Compact, contoured shape

• Wide channels AIDS combustion engine

• Line-beam headlamps, and a short fairing to promote an aggressive style

• The lamp LED bulb with three top positions in the Ram Air duct provides better visibility for drivers and pedestrians

• Handicap material mounted mirrors are integrated, LED-type indicators

• indicators are electrically connected to the switch, which allows easy removal of the mirror track day riding

• The compact rear section offers an elegant, nine tail light bulb

• arms and flashing is installed on the rear fender group that is easy to remove the day riding

An advanced electronic instrumentation

• The instruments have a high visibility LED bargraph tachometer positioned above a multi-window LCD info, giving riders a massive amount of information

• The tachometer also serves as an indicator of change: LED flashes when the system default is reached, and passengers can take depending on the rpm of the change in preferences

• Multi-function LCD has two modes: Standard and Race. The career mode step changes the speed of the screen, changing the shift position and change the clock speed display

• Additional functions include odometer, dual trip meters, average fuel consumption, instantaneous fuel consumption, power mode (x3), S-KTRC (x4), S-level indicator KTRC, fuel gauge, the Riding economy indicators (fuel consumption is most favorable), the temperature of the water and an abundance of lights