Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R Performance Edition Review
2010 Kawasaki ZX-10R Performance Edition Features
Delivering 200 PS with Ram Air and a super-wide powerband, the Ninja ZX-10R’s engine has performance potential similar to Kawasaki factory superbike race machines.
Adjustable Öhlins steering damper with twin-tube design is fitted as standard equipment. The second tube, which acts like a reservoir tank, and the damper internals, ensure stable damping performance even under racing conditions. This race-quality unit was developed in collaboration with Öhlins specially for the Ninja ZX-10R.
Ergonomics; most especially the tank and seat, maximise the rider’s contact with the bike. The handlebar/seat/pegs relationship offers a naturally aggressive riding position, ideal for riding on the track.
The optimised stiffness balance of Kawasaki’s unique backbone twin-tube frame contributes to the ZX-10R’s superb rider feedback. Some of the chassis technology used included shaping the frame’s pressed parts: the convex pieces, not really noticeable to the naked eye, to help alleviate stress concentrations.
New front cowl gives the Ninja ZX-10R a stronger family resemblance to its smaller sibling, the Ninja ZX-6R. Revisions to the minimalist bodywork and a new muffler design contribute to a lighter looking appearance.
Easily adjustable back-torque limiting clutch enables smooth downshifts. This highly acclaimed feature is one of the main contributors to the rear’s stable composure under hard braking.
In order to offer riders precise control of the engine’s powerful output, the Ninja ZX-10R is equipped with an advanced ignition management system. Designed to deliver precise power according to the rider’s intentions, the system ensures smooth throttle response, curtails sudden spikes in engine speed, and also effectively protects the engine and exhaust catalysers from damage.
The 10R’s cluster instrument package features special UV-blocking glass, making the LED display brighter and easier to read. The depth effect of the LCD screen is striking while the colour-coded tachometer indicates an optimal operating rev range in green.