Kawasaki Ninja ZX 10R and ZX 14R : Japanese two wheeler makers Kawasaki, at Gurgaon, announced the launch of the 2016 iterations of its two flagship motorcycles, the Ninja ZX -10R and the Ninja ZX-14R. As promised a month ago, Kawasaki has unveiled its new liter superbike. Developed with the input of Kawasaki Racing Team’s two World Superbike champions, the 2016 Ninja ZX-10Rpacks an impressive arsenal of race-derived equipment.
Though overall both motorcycles will remain relatively similar but will feature some mechanical upgrades. The ZX-10R boasts of an upgraded engine. Kawasaki has tuned the 998cc inline four-cylinder engine to retain its mental character and 200PS of max power and yet deliver better low-mid range torque for better acceleration out of corners. They claim that the engine is now more responsive thanks to a low inertia crankshaft.
Kawasaki Ninja ZX 10R and ZX 14R Launched In India : Have A Look of Ninja ZX -10R and Ninja ZX-14R
The ZX14 R is a 1400cc sports tourer from company’s product portfolio. It is powered by 1441cc, liquid-cooled, 4-strok, in-Line four engine that produces a maximum power of 210 Ps at 10,000 rpm with RAM air and a peak torque of 158.2Nm at 7,500 rpm It received a revised ECU and exhaust to compliment with the Euro IV norms. It also gets optimized chassis and new suspension to provide nimble handling and enhance stability. It other features include ABS, three power modes, traction control and Ohlin suspension.
It also features an upgraded and lighter frame combined with a new set of electronics like the Bosch inertial measurement unit and an improved Ohlins steering damper to make life at the perch easier than ever before. The suspension too has been upgraded and the ZX-10R now sports suspension developed in partnership with the Kawasaki WSBK team and comes directly off the teams racing bikes. Both front forks and the rear monoshock are developed by Showa.
Talking about the ZX10R, it has received a 4 stroke In-line four, liquid-cooled, 998cc, DOHC, 16 valves engine that is capable of producing an astonishing 210 Ps of maximum power with RAM air at 13,000 rpm and a peak torque of 113.5Nm at 11,500 rpm. Its new engine offers a strong low-mid range for improved acceleration coming out of corners. The new ZX-10R starts by violating the first rule of marketing – it looks almost identical to its predecessor. Yet under those familiar fairings lies a brand new motorcycle that shares little more than the name and cylinder dimensions with the previous model.
Other than the previous engine’s bore and stroke, there’s not much more carried over between the old and new ZX-10R. A new lighter crankshaft provides quicker revving, with a correspondingly lighter balance shaft and rod journals that have a new coating for reduced friction at higher rpm helping in this regard. New pistons (shorter skirts chop 5 grams), cams with more overlap, and new airbox (25% more volume, air filter with 60% more surface area for better flow) work with an all-new cylinder head featuring reworked and polished intake and exhaust ports (previously only the intake ports were polished) plus revised combustion chamber for better response and power. Titanium intake valves remain at 31mm, but the titanium exhaust valves increase in size 1mm to 25.5mm. Cylinder wall thickness was increased slightly for a more rigid engine block.
The new ZX-10R utilizes a Bosch five-axis IMU with software developed in-house at Kawasaki that allows the unit to calculate yaw rate from the other sensors, resulting in six-axis operation. This allows the IMU to sense changes in pavement elevation, camber, and the motorcycle’s position relative to them; it can even discern different tire profiles, giving the various electronics systems the ability to instantly adapt to real-time conditions.
The IMU uses this information to organize a series of rider-adjustable control systems varying from the typical traction control (KTRC) and launch control (KLCM) to engine braking (KEBC). Kawasaki has also introduced an intelligent braking system (KIBS) that links the ABS control unit with the engine’s electronic control. This monitors front and rear wheel speed, front brake caliper hydraulic pressure, throttle position, engine speed, clutch actuation and gear position to determine the ideal front brake hydraulic pressure. According to Kawasaki this is the first time such an integrated braking system has been applied to a production motorcycle.
The company claims its low inertia crankshaft has made this bike more responsive than before. It comes equipped with new features such as new set of electronics like the Bosch inertial measurement unit and an improved Ohlins steering damper for better stability and control. Its new sport suspension was developed in partnership with the Kawasaki WSBK team. Both front forks and the rear monoshock are developed by Showa.