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Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R [2018-2019]

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Key specs
  • Displacement998 cc
  • Transmission6 Speed Manual
  • Kerb Weight204 kg

Last known Avg. Ex-showroom price

₹ 13,95,694

Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R [2018-2019] is now discontinued in India.

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Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R [2018-2019] Summary

Ninja ZX-10R [2018-2019] key highlights

Engine Capacity 998 cc
Transmission 6 Speed Manual
Kerb Weight 204 kg
Fuel Tank Capacity 17 litres
Seat Height 835 mm
Max Power 197.3 bhp

About Ninja ZX-10R [2018-2019]

The 2016 Kawasaki ZX-10R has been launched in India. The new model has been given a host of technological and aerodynamic updates inspired by Kawasaki’s WSBK-spec race machine.

When it comes to the design, Kawasaki has played safe and continued with the old layout albeit with modern, more aerodynamic design cues. In terms of visual upgrades, Kawasaki has added more volume to the fairing for better high-speed stability and widened the tail section as well.

The new ZX-10R is powered by a new 998cc inline-four liquid-cooled engine that produces 197bhp. This engine gets a 20 per cent lighter new cylinder head, new Euro 4 titanium exhaust and an electronic throttle. The new ZX-10R is loaded with electronics like the Bosch Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) which operates through five measured axes plus a calculated programme which allows the bike to know what is going on in terms of lean angle, pitch and yaw, acceleration and braking. It also features Kawasaki Intelligent anti-lock Brake System, Kawasaki Launch Control Mode, Kawasaki Quick Shifter, Kawasaki Engine Brake Control and the new Sport-Kawasaki Traction Control.

Kawasaki will bring the 2016 Ninja ZX-10R as a completely-built-up (CBU) unit and it will be sold only through Kawasaki dealerships and not Pro-Biking showrooms. It takes on supersport motorcycles like the Yamaha R1, as well as the Aprilia RSV4 RF, BMW S1000RR and Ducati 1299 Panigale.
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Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R [2018-2019] Review

If you are stuck in the city amongst crawling traffic with the ambient temperature over 37 degrees and you having donned full leathers, well the 2016 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R can be quite a pain. I know what you are thinking – any big bike in such a situation would be awful, and I agree.

What is it?

 
If you are stuck in the city amongst crawling traffic with the ambient temperature over 37 degrees and you having donned full leathers, well the 2016 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R can be quite a pain. I know what you are thinking – any big bike in such a situation would be awful, and I agree. But, when you add a seating posture, which puts your behind in the sky and your face in the ground, and a seat that’s just an upmarket and fancy excuse for a plank, not to mention a turning circle that’s large enough to round a city, pain is an understatement. Okay, we might have exaggerated a bit here, but the point is, a Ninja ZX-10R in the city is pointless.

How does it ride?

 
It is hopeless in the city we have established that. Therefore, one must either head to a race track – which Kawasaki insists the Ninja ZX-10R was designed for (or from, since there’s endless talk about World Superbike lineage and stuff) – or like us to a twisty road early in the morning before the ‘selfie couples’ on scooters arrive. Because once the road starts curving the 2016 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R transforms into a machine you’d sell your soul for.

It’s terrific! So good, so well sorted, so well engineered and so smart, it tricks you into believing that you have actually acquired the riding skills you have been dreaming about all this while, overnight. That front-end has so much grip and feedback, the chassis is so responsive, and the turning ability of the ZX-10R just allows you to be a lot more committed around a bend.
 

And here’s the sweet bit: You might think that you are entering a corner too hot on the 10R, but there’s always room to tighten the line. There’s enough cornering clearance and the way the front – the tyre, the suspension and even the brakes for that matter – communicates the endless levels of grip available, just soothes you into making a corner without panic or stress levels shooting through the helmet. The bike simply shrinks around you, and the faster you go, the better it gets! And lest I forget, this is one of the few big, fast, and racy motorcycles that doesn’t get dramatically upset by mid corner bumps, further adding to the rider’s confidence.

All of this is made possible courtesy the changes that have been brought to the 2016 Ninja ZX-10R compared to the older model. It now gets balance free front forks (BFF), a revised chassis and swingarm, and a new steering geometry. The new forks use gas charging for more consistent feel and discerning adjustment; the chassis is lighter and the swingarm longer for both added agility and stability; and the geometry now with the steering head closer to the rider, is supposed to add to the bike’s flick-ability. And flick-able it most certainly is.
 

And of course, if it’s a litre-class supersports, handling is only part of the menu; equally important is the engine and electronics that govern its performance. For 2016, Kawasaki has revised the engine. The liquid cooled, inline four still runs the same bore and stroke and with it an identical 998cc, but the internals have been heavily reworked. The new engine gets a lighter balancer shaft, newly designed cylinder heads, a revised combustion chamber design, lighter pistons and titanium alloy headers.

What this means is that when you aren’t in a tearing hurry, the ZX-10R can be pretty docile. Upshift early and even if you don’t have a great right wrist, the bike won’t take off from under you or spit you under oncoming traffic. It pulls cleanly even from 3,000rpm and you can get to 6th gear even before you hit 100kmph. And it remains ride-able throughout. It does heat up in slow moving traffic though.
 

But, when the yellow lights on the tachometer turn red (read 8,000rpm), the Ninja ZX-10R turns savage. There’s the typical inline four scream with an underlying note of violence that can scare the wits off bystanders, animals and even the rider himself. Actually, the ZX-10R’s performance – if you call upon it as its makers intended by riding it only in the red zone – can comfortably put the fear of god in you. It certainly scared me. It just charges ahead with such unrelenting rage, within seconds, you are out of road and equally out of options but to get hard on the brakes. And pray. Thankfully, the brakes are equally powerful and you are down to survival pace in no time.

Anything else I should know?

 

As with any litre-class supersport, the Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R comes with a heavy dose of electronics. So much so that Kawasaki has split it into different headers. Under Power Technology, there’s the IMU, launch control, engine brake control, quick shifter, and power modes - F (Full) gives you 100 per cent, M (Middle) limits the power to 80 per cent, and L (low) cuts it down to 60 per cent.


Under Handling Technology, the IMU makes reappearance along with traction control, intelligent ABS, cornering management and an electronic steering damper.

For a more detailed understanding of these technologies, head here.

Should I buy one?

 
If you are going to be using the Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R on a race track regularly, ABSOLUTELY, BUY IT! It will make a hero out of you. And it doesn’t matter whether you are a track god or just downright terrible on a track, it will be immensely satisfying for both. But, if you are buying one because you want a fast litre-class bike that you will end up using in the city or on straight highways, it’s pointless. And painful. And if you are a Kawasaki fan, you already have the 14R for all of that.

Where does it fit in?

The 2016 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R retails for Rs 18.2 lakh on the road in Mumbai. Its competition includes the Yamaha R1, which at Rs 26.9 lakh is quite pricey. The Honda CBR1000RR is bit more affordable (compared to the Yamaha) at Rs 20.3 lakh while the Suzuki GSXR1000 is almost at par with the Ninja at Rs 18.9 lakh. These are hardcore too, and almost equally track friendly and city phobic. There’s also the likes of the Aprilia RSV4 Factory and the Ducati 1299 Panigale that you might want to consider. However, you better have deep pockets for both these Italians are eye-wateringly expensive.

Photography by Kapil Angane

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Specifications

  • Power & PerformancePower & Performance

    Fuel Type Petrol

    Max Power 197.3 bhp @ 13,000 rpm

    Max Torque 113.5 Nm @ 11,500 rpm

    Cooling System Liquid Cooled

    Transmission 6 Speed Manual

    Transmission Type Chain Drive

    Emission Standard --

    Displacement 998 cc

    Cylinders 4

    Bore 76 mm

    Stroke 55 mm

    Valves Per Cylinder 4

    Compression Ratio 13.0:1

    Ignition Digital CDI

    Spark Plugs 1 Per Cylinder

    Gear Shifting Pattern Gear Shifting Pattern --

    Clutch Wet Multiplate

    Fuel Delivery System Fuel Injection

    Fuel Tank Capacity 17 litres

    Reserve Fuel Capacity 4 litres

    Riding Range Maximum distance a petrol bike can travel on a full fuel tank and an electric bike can travel on a full charge --

    Mileage - ARAI --

    Mileage - Owner Reported BikeWale collects mileage information from bike owners to provide you with the actual mileage that you might get. --

    Top Speed --

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  • Brakes, Wheels & SuspensionBrakes, Wheels & Suspension

    Braking System CBS, IBS, SBT, UBS, HBS - Combined braking of both front and rear wheel | ABS - Anti-lock braking system which can be just for front wheel (single channel) or both wheels (dual channel) or can be switched off (switchable) | E-ABS - Electronic assisted braking system | Standard - Cable operated --

    Front Brake Type Disc

    Front Brake Size 330 mm

    Rear Tyre Size 190/55ZR17M/C (75W)

    Tyre Type Tubeless

    Radial Tyres Yes

    Rear Brake Type Disc

    Rear Brake Size 220 mm

    Calliper Type --

    Wheel Type Alloy

    Front Wheel Size 17 inch

    Rear Wheel Size 17 inch

    Front Tyre Size 120/70ZR17M/C (58W)

    Front Tyre Pressure (Rider) --

    Rear Tyre Pressure (Rider) --

    Front Tyre Pressure (Rider & Pillion) --

    Rear Tyre Pressure (Rider & Pillion) --

    Front Suspension ø43 mm inverted Balance Free Front Fork with exter

    Rear Suspension Horizontal Back-link with BFRC lite gascharged sho

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  • Dimensions & ChassisDimensions & Chassis

    Kerb Weight 204 kg

    Overall Length 2,090 mm

    Overall Width 745 mm

    Wheelbase 1,440 mm

    Ground Clearance 145 mm

    Seat Height 835 mm

    Overall Height 1,145 mm

    Chassis Type Twin spar, cast aluminium

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  • Manufacturer WarrantyManufacturer Warranty

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Features

Odometer Digital

DRLs (Daytime running lights) --

Mobile App Connectivity --

Pillion BackrestNo

Pillion GrabrailYes

Pillion SeatYes

GPS & Navigation --

USB charging port --

Front storage box --

Under seat storage --

AHO (Automatic Headlight On) --

Speedometer Digital

Fuel Guage Yes

Tachometer Digital

Stand Alarm Yes

Stepped Seat Yes

No. of Tripmeters 2

Tripmeter Type Digital

Low Fuel Indicator Yes

Low Oil Indicator Yes

Low Battery Indicator Yes

Pillion FootrestYes

Digital Fuel GuageYes

Start TypeElectric Start

Shift LightYes

KillswitchYes

ClockYes

Electric System12V DC

BatteryMaintenance Free

Headlight TypeHalogen And Bulb Type

Headlight Bulb Type--

Brake/Tail LightLED Tail Lamp

Turn SignalYes

Pass LightYes

Additional features--

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Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R [2018-2019] User Reviews

4.7 25 ratings 4 reviews
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  • 4

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  •  5It is a paisa wasol bike 3 years ago by Abhishek, Varanasi

    This bike is cheapest in this series and it had a very good performance on race tracks. It is also good in city drives. It maintenance was not so high and excellent handling, superb brake and mind-blowing speed. It is also very comfortable in city rides as its comfort i

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    • Used it for

      Daily Commute

    • Owned for

      6 months-1 yr

    • Ridden for

      < 5000 kms

    • Got mileage of

      12 kmpl

  •  5Zx10r the super bike king 3 years ago by Raff

    I've owned both the bmw s1000r and the kawasaki zx10r and all i can say is there is no comparison. The zx10r looks better, sounds better, handles better and accelerates better. And to back it up, the zx10r has dominated all other superbikes in the world superbike champi

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    • Used it for

      Leisure Rides

    • Owned for

      > 1 yr

    • Ridden for

      < 5000 kms

    • Got mileage of

      8 kmpl

  •  5The beast zx10r 3 years ago by Kirtirajsinh, Surat

    My zx10r is my brother and it is looking like a beast. And it is flying in air superb exhaust and many more features than other bike.Superb led headlights and tail lights. And engine sound is awesome and fabulous. And it have good mileage and nice looks and digital spee

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    • Used it for

      Everything

    • Owned for

      3-6 months

    • Ridden for

      < 5000 kms

    • Got mileage of

      39 kmpl

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  •  3Great bike 4 years ago by Vinay Kumar Singh, Singrauli

    I've own this bike for nearly a year now.It was good on the paper.I mean its feature reviews and it's price.I bought this from kawasaki delhi. Since then i have never been disappointed by this bike.It handles great on the corners,mileage is relatively nice.Although i ha

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    • Used it for

      Leisure Rides

    • Owned for

      > 1 yr

    • Ridden for

      10000-15000 kms

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