As we reported in late July, Kawasaki is releasing a heavily upgraded ZX-10R in an effort to keep up with recently updated models from Yamaha, Aprilia and Ducati. While Kawasaki are leading the WSBK, the bike isn’t doing as well in the showroom and the Japanese manufacturer obviously feels that they need to bring the bike up to spec in the face of stiffer competition.
According to Kawasaki’s press release, the main modifications to the bike consist of major upgrades to the suspension system and brakes. This no doubt will mean the adoption of electronic suspension components and cornering ABS as seen from the competition. Ironically however, all those technologies aren’t allowed in WSBK.
“This is not a “clean sheet” design as the current Ninja ZX-10R is such a good base to develop from”, commented Project Leader for KHI, Yoshimoto Matsuda. “With the new model we have focused our development resources on an overall engineering and performance improvement. We are proud of the result; it means a significant advance in terms of both chassis and engine performance as well as providing the platform to introduce new, state of the art rider aids and other technology.
“The input the KHI development team has received from the Kawasaki Racing Team, and riders, Jonathan Rea and Tom Sykes has created what we are sure many will feel is the most competitive and potent Ninja ZX-10R yet. A motorcycle equally at home on the race track or as a highly responsive daily riding road machine.”’
There’s unlikely to be much in the way of changes to the engine which already produces a shade under 200hp, but expect some styling changes that may pay a bit of homage to the Ninja H2. Full details on the bike will be released next month.