2006 Kawasaki ZX-10R
When it comes to the Ninjas, Kawasaki has a simple goal: to ensure that every bike bearing the Ninja name is the No.1 circuit performer in its category. Why? Because we want every Ninja rider to experience the unique brand of excitement and exhilaration that only the Ninjas have to offer. And Kawasaki wants every racer to know that when he rolls up to the starting line on a Ninja and snaps that visor shut, his bike has the potential to win. As they do for all the Ninjas, Kawasaki engineers drew heavily from the latest technology, know-how from many years of developing supersport machines and even a few hints from the factory's MotoGP effort. The new Ninja ZX-10R is the latest expression of Kawasaki's commitment to building the most exciting supersport bikes in the world.
Rider or racer, when it comes to hard-core machines, everyone knows that the Ninja ZX-10R is the ultimate supersport bike. But that's only because they haven't seen what Kawasaki engineers have in store for them. That's right, for the 10R is getting a complete engine, chassis and aerodynamic makeover to ensure that the big bad Ninja will continue to dominate on track or street.
Riders who have experienced the awesome engine performance at full whack will find it hard to believe, but our men in the white coats have found ways to unleash even more power from the engine. A thorough package of upgrades to reduce mechanical loss and improve combustion efficiency results in more power across the rev range (enough, in fact, to comfortably meet Euro-III emissions regulations while maintaining the awesome output of the 05 model), with smoother, more linear delivery.
Cornering performance has also been uprated, as has rear wheel traction. The chassis runs a new frame with revised geometry, more centralised mass, a relocated swingarm pivot, revised stiffness balance, retuned suspension units and a host of other upgrades that most riders won't even notice until they check their lap times. And as befits its track orientation, the new 10R comes fitted with a race-quality steering damper as standard equipment.
What would a new engine and chassis be without new bodywork to show it off? Yep, the 10R gets an all-new aerodynamics package that lets it rip through the air like a jet on afterburner. Even from a distance, no one will mistake this two-wheeled rocketship for anything other than a Kawasaki.
The new Ninja ZX-10R - The Ultimate Ninja.
Engine Type - Liquid-cooled, 4-stroke In-Line Four
Displacement - 998 cm3
Bore and Stroke - 76.0 x 55.0 mm
Valve system - DOHC, 16 valves
Fuel system - Fuel injection: ø 43 mm x 4
Ignition - Digital
Starting - Electric
Lubrication - Forced lubrication, wet sump with oil cooler
Transmission - 6-speed, return
Final drive - Sealed chain
Clutch - Wet multi-disc, manual
Frame Type - Backbone/Twin-tube, aluminium (Pressed/die-cast composite structure)
Tyre - front: 120/70ZR17M/C, rear: 190/55ZR17M/C
Suspension - Front: Type, 43 mm inverted fork with top-out springs, Rear: Type, Bottom-Link Uni-Trak with gas-charged shock and top-out spring
Brakes - Front: Type, Dual semi-floating 300 mm petal discs
Caliper Dual radial-mount, opposed 4-piston, 4-pad, Rear: Type, Single 220 mm petal disc Caliper Single-bore pin-slide
The specifications mentioned here apply to and have been achieved by production models under standard operating conditions. We intend only to give a fair description of the vehicle and its performance capabilities but these specifications may not apply to every machine supplied for sale. Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd. reserves the right to alter specifications without prior notice. Equipment illustrated and specifications may vary to meet individual markets. Available colours may vary by market.