Complementing the original Ninja ZX-10R and track-focused Ninja ZX-10RR, Kawasaki proudly introduces a new high-grade edition to its litre-class supersport line-up for 2018. The Ninja ZX-10R SE features Kawasaki’s new, highly advanced electronic suspension. Both on the street and on the track, the suspension’s superb damping character offers a level of ride comfort that almost makes you forget you are riding a machine with race-ready suspension, while outstanding damping responsiveness delivers a planted feel that translates to rider confidence and further advances the ease of riding offered by the Ninja ZX-10R. Rest assured, the Ninja ZX-10R’s high circuit potential – as demonstrated by Kawasaki’s success in the Superbike World Championship – is undiminished: not only are experienced riders able to explore their limits, the new suspension enables a wider range of riders to get a taste of what it is like to ride Kawasaki’s World Superbike Champion machine. Comfort and Performance. The new Ninja ZX-10R SE really does offer the best of both worlds.
- Showa Kawasaki Electronic Control Suspension
- Refined In-Line Four delivers 147.1 kW (200 PS)
- Max power maintained while meeting Euro 4 regulations
- Strong acceleration on corner exits
- Electronic Throttle Valves: Precise control of intake airflow
- Titanium exhaust system
- Specially Designed Marchesini Forged Wheels
- Special “SE” Features
Kawasaki Electronic Control Suspension
Jointly developed with Showa, KECS adds electronically controlled damping to the high-spec Balance Free Front Fork and BFRC lite (Balance Free Rear Cushion) rear shock equipped on the Ninja ZX-10R. The semi-active system adapts to road and riding conditions in real time, providing the ideal amount of damping called for. Combining advanced, race-developed mechanical components with the latest electronic control technology, KECS offers both the suppleness to handle a wide range of street riding situations, and the firm damping needed for circuit riding.
Track-Refined 998cm³ liquid-cooled, In-line Four
Bosch IMU (Inertial Measurement Unit)
Aluminium twin-spar frame
Geometry care of a steering head moved closer to the rider, and a longer swingarm put more weight on the front for increased corner entry stability and confidence on the circuit.
Swingarm with optimised rigidity
Designed using Kawasaki’s advanced dynamic rigidity analysis and a from-the-outside-in approach, swingarm with optimised rigidity contributes to nimbler handling
Large upper cowl cuts through the air more efficiently, and offers the rider greater wind protection, making it easier to shift position for corner entry when riding on the track
KECS Front Suspension
Enhanced control of the Showa BFF front forks, comes thanks to a 1 millisecond reaction time produced by a solenoid valve with direct (single-stage) actuation. Quick reaction time is ideal for supersport applications such as track riding where a natural feeling is crucial to experience oneness with the bike.
KECS Rear Suspension
Crankshaft has a low moment of inertia. This is – one of the most significant changes brought about by feedback from Kawasaki’s WSB factory team – benefits the bike’s overall performance: acceleration, deceleration and cornering are all improved. Engine response is improved as the engine is able to spin up more quickly. Reducing the moment of inertia offers handling benefits as well.
Back-Torque Limiter Clutch
Easily adjustable back-torque limiting clutch facilitates smooth downshifts. This highly acclaimed feature is one of the main contributors to the rear’s stable composure under hard braking.
Exhaust header pipes, formed from heat-resistant titanium alloy, have almost the same length and diameter as their race-use counterparts. (This feature makes it easier for riders to increase exhaust performance (for track applications) without having to replace the entire exhaust system.) Connector pipe joins headers 3 and 4, contributing to smooth engine response. Header collectors (4-2 sections) are hydroformed, resulting in a simple, lightweight construction.
Light, Strong Pistons
Short pistons with high performance crowns are designed to handle the loads of the powerful engine. The light piston’s contribute to excellent engine response. Further, the pistons are made from a special material with superb heat resistance that also offers excellent durability and toughness. Finally, a dry film lubricant coating on the piston skirts reduces friction at low rpm and helps with the piston bedding-in process.
Electronic Throttle Body
Kawasaki’s fully electronic throttle actuation system enables the ECU to control the volume of both the fuel (via fuel injectors) and the air (via throttle valves) delivered to the engine. Ideal fuel injection and throttle valve position results in smooth, natural engine response and the ideal engine output. The system also makes a significant contribution to reduced emissions. The simple system enables more precise control of S-KTRC, and allows implementation of new electronic systems like KLCM and Kawasaki Engine Brake Control. Throttle valve diameter is 47 mm.
Multi Function Mode Selector
The choice of Power Mode (3 modes), S-KTRC (5 modes + OFF, KQS, KLCM, KEBC and KECS functions are controlled using a multi-function button located at the left handle.
Taking a from-the-tyres-inward approach, Kawasaki’s dynamic modelling program (a comprehensive application the magic formula tyre model) was employed to determine the stresses that would be placed on the swingarm when the tyres are used to their full potential on the circuit. Then advanced dynamic rigidity analysis was used to precisely determine the necessary wall thickness and size to deliver the ideal lateral and torsional rigidity. The swingarm’s optimised torsional rigidity contributes to the bike’s nimbler handling.
Enhanced Chassis Orientation Awareness
The strength of Kawasaki’s cutting-edge electronics has always been the highly sophisticated programming that, using minimal hardware, gives the ECU an accurate real-time picture of what the chassis is doing. Kawasaki’s proprietary dynamic modelling program makes skilful use of the magic formula tyre model as it examines changes in multiple parameters, enabling it to take into account changing road and tyre conditions. The use of Bosch’s compact IMU allows an additional layer of precision to be added to the already high-level S-KTRC, KLCM, KECS and KIBS.
High-performance Brembo Brake System
A pair of massive φ330 mm Brembo semi-floating discs with a thickness of t5.0 mm deliver superb braking force. The stainless steel rotors offer high rigidity and contribute to excellent brake feel. To further improve the Ninja ZX-10R SE’s corner entry performance on the circuit, a high-spec Brembo front brake system was implemented. The Brembo system – very similar to the system used on the Ninja H2R – includes the best components available for a mass-production model. Special tuning at the Brembo factory ensures that all play has been removed from the system, so that when the brakes are called for, they respond immediately.
High Quality Rear Brake
At the rear a Brembo 220 mm diameter disc is slowed by a single-piston caliper. The disc’s round shape complements the round shape of the front Brembo discs. Steel-braided line is used for the rear brake as well, contributing to greater feel.
KLCM (Kawasaki Launch Control Mode)
Designed to assist racers by optimising acceleration from a stop, KLCM electronically controls engine output to prevent wheelspin and minimise wheelies when launching. Riders can choose from three modes, each offering a progressively greater level of intrusion. Each mode allows the rider to launch from a stop with the throttle held wide open.
KTRC (Sport-Kawasaki TRaction Control)
Hybrid predictive/feedback-type evolution of the highly sophisticated traction control system helps riders push harder by maximising acceleration. 5 modes enable expert riders to get even more serious enjoyment on the circuit. With the addition of the IMU, S-KTRC changes from a purely predictive system to one that also incorporates feedback. The new hybrid predictive/feedback system offers even more precise management to help an even greater range of riders experience riding at the limit. The 5 DOF input from the IMU (plus the 6th calculated by the ECU) complements the numerous parameters monitored by S-KTRC system.
Kawasaki Engine Brake Control
The Kawasaki Engine Brake Control system allows riders to select the amount of engine braking they prefer. When the system is activated (by selecting “L” (Light) in the “KEBC” settings), the engine braking effect is reduced, providing less interference when riding on the circuit. When activated, the “KEBC” indicator light on the instrument cluster will be illuminated.
KQS (Kawasaki Quick Shifter)
The KQS system allows both clutch-less up-shifts and down-shifts, contributing to race-ready performance. (On the standard model, clutch-less downshifts are only possible with the race kit ECU.) Designed for effective sport riding, KQS can also be used on the street at rpm above 2,500 rpm.
Öhlins Electronic Steering Damper
Settings are matched to Ninja ZX-10RR handling characteristics. Öhlins’ special twin-tube design ensures stable damping performance even under circuit-riding conditions, and enables superb kickback absorption. The damper’s high precision construction and use of an integrated clamp help minimise friction as the damper piston slides back and forth. Initial motion is very smooth as a result. Steering damper body is finished with a highly scratch-resistant alumite1 coating.
Specially Designed Marchesini Forge Wheels
Specially designed 7-spoke multi-directional forged aluminum wheels jointly developed with Marchesini contribute to lighter handling – especially when changing direction. They offer a balance of high rigidity and a significantly reduced moment of inertia (thanks to a design that centralises mass at the hubs). Their machined finish contributes to their high-quality appearance.
Large upper cowl ensure the aerodynamic performance of the machine-rider package, offers a low cdA (coefficient of drag). The wind protection enables riders to change positions easily as they set up for corner entry when riding on the track.
Aluminium Twin Spar Frame
The front wheel is close to the rider helping to place weight on the front. The race bred front-end feeling contributes to increased stability and confidence on corner entry and when flicking the bike from one side to the other.
Compact line-beam headlamp units match the upper cowl design and contribute to bike’s imposing image. LED-type (3-bulb) position lamp located at the top of the Ram Air duct is highly visible and contributes to the aggressive styling package. Cowl-mounted mirrors feature integrated LED-type (2-bulb) turn signals. The turn signals are connected via couplers, facilitating mirror removal for trackday use.
High-quality sculpted rubber tank pad protector, provided standard, protects the finish of the paint on the fuel tank. Fuel tank offers an excellent ergonomic fit with the rider’s forearm and inner thigh when cornering.
High Efficiency Ram Air Intake System
Ram Air intake is positioned close to front of the bike (where air pressure is highest), contributing to airbox filling efficiency. Large 10 L airbox allows a greater volume of intake air to be supplied to the engine. Maximum Power with Ram Air is 154.4 kW (210PS) /13,000 rpm.
Windscreen is fully supported by the upper cowl. The wide screen offers excellent wind protection in the shoulder area, and with the additional support reduces vibration at higher speeds. Intakes at the side of the windscreen allow wind to pass through, helping to prevent negative pressure build-up in the cockpit to reduce helmet buffeting.
Riding position enables both circuit and street riding, contributing to controllability and rider confidence. With the handlebars close to the rider, the riding position is compact, offering riders greater flexibility to choose their position while riding.
Passenger seat is a standard feature on the Ninja ZX-10R SE
Accessories available for the new Ninja ZX-10R SE include: Passenger Seat Cover, Knee pads, Frame Sliders and Rear stand lugs.
24 Month Warranty
A 24 Month Unlimited Kilometer Warranty is standard on the 2018 Ninja ZX-10R SE