Mike Stevens | Oct 13, 2010

Following the release of a teaser illustration and a short video back in June (along with a postponed launch date), Kawasaki has at last revealed the 2011 ZX-10R Ninja.

It seems the postponing and overhauling the ZX-10R was a good move for the Japanese bikemaker, with the 2011 litre-bike producing a huge 147kW and weighing just 197kg.

By comparison, the kingly (or princely) BMW S 1000 RR produces 142kW and weighs 204kg. To make matters worse for the Bavarians, the ZX-10R features a ram air-assisted fuel injection system that boosts output to 155kW.

Up front, the new Ninja litre-bike gets Showa Big Piston forks, dropping the traditional cartridge arrangement in favour of a simplified setup that sees unsprung weight reduced and damping control increased.

Rear suspension sees the 2010 bike's Uni-Trak system replaced with a Horizontal Back-link system that positions the shock and linkage above the swingarm, leading to better mass centralisation. Kawasaki says this setup also offers greater road-holding, compliance and stability and a smoother action in the mid-stroke.

The new arrangement at the rear also offers more room for the exhaust pre-chamber, allowing a shorter muffler and again improving mass centralisation.

The old-school look three-spoke wheels also bring a reduction in unsprung weight of 330g at the front and 390g at the rear. The front brake gets radial calipers and a radial pump for the master cylinder.

The big news however is the ZX-10R's new Sport Kawasaki Traction Control (SKTC) and Kawasaki Intelligent anti-lock Brake System (KIBS).

Unlike most motorbike traction control systems, SKTC monitors the speed of both the front and rear wheels, along with the engine RPM, throttle position and acceleration. Reaction time to traction-loss is just five milliseconds, allowing the SKTC system to alter engine ignition quickly.

While the SKTC system is standard, KIBS is an option only. Like SKTC, the KIBS system onitors engine speed, throttle position, clutch actuation and pressure on the calipers, swapping out the harsh grab of most ABS systems with a soft but firm grip.

 

Australia

Australian availability and pricing for the 2011 ZX-10R Ninja has yet to be revealed.

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