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2016 Kawasaki ZX10R whats new
Pretty much all of it actually
UPDATES to Kawasaki's 2016 ZX-10R may not leap out at you but in fact it's a technical tour de force, and almost everything about it is new.
Here’s an overview of all the tech and gadgets on the 2016 Ninja ZX-10R.
Re-engineered and fully Euro4 compliant. Even with a new catalytic converter 2.6 times larger than the 2015 bike's, power remains a claimed 200hp at the crank.
It’s something of a shame that the 2016 ZX-10R doesn’t come with an auto-blipping clutchless downshifter as standard but the functionality is built into the bike. You just need to fit the race kit to activate it. Third gear is now where second was on the previous model, for improved drive.
This is Kawasaki’s most complete and advanced electronics package ever. Already very highly regarded, the ZX-10R's traction control system for 2016 steps up to another level thanks to Kawasaki’s proprietary dynamic modelling program and inertial measurement unit (IMU). It's not quite full-on cornering ABS but the system does calibrate lean angle and brake pressure and ‘releases' the brakes to prevent you from ‘standing up’ mid-corner and running on or, worse, low-siding.
The suspension was developed with KRT partner Showa and this is its first appearance on a production bike. Showa’s advanced 43mm 'balance free' fork brings WSB racing technology to a mass-production model. It's said to offer:
Compression and rebound damping are generated (and adjusted) completely independently from one another and give improved damping force responsiveness (compared to a conventional fork). This results in superb traction and absorption performance.
Geometry of the bike is changed too. The forks are closer by 7.5mm, effectively making the front end 'shorter', placing more weight over the front tyre and improving feedback to the rider. Overall the wheelbase is longer thanks to a new longer and stiffer swingarm that is matched with a new suspension linkage and Showa 'balance free' shock.
With the race kit, riders now have the opportunity to change the fork position (+/- 4mm forward or backwards) and swing-arm pivot (+/- 2mm up or down) for track conditions and layout.
To further improve the Ninja ZX-10R’s corner entry performance on the circuit, a high-spec Brembo front brake system comes as standard. The Brembo system – very similar to that used on the Ninja H2R – features a radial pump master cylinder, high-grade stainless steel braided brake hoses and huge 330mm semi-floating discs (up from 310mm on the 2015 ZX10R). With Brembo M50 cast aluminium monobloc callipers, you have the highest-spec brake system available on a mass production motorcycle.
Additional 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.
As with all modern bikes, especially superbikes, the new ZX-10R comes loaded with acronyms. Helpfully, each manufacturer calls their system something entirely different to the next, with no industry-wide continuity. Here’s a breakdown Kawasaki's acronyms for the new ZX-10R.
NEW S-KTRC (Sport-Kawasaki TRaction Control)
Hybrid predictive/feedback-type evolution of the highly sophisticated traction control system helps riders push harder by maximising acceleration. Five modes enable expert riders to get even more serious enjoyment on the circuit.
NEW KLCM (Kawasaki Launch Control Mode)
Threee-mode system designed to help racers optimise acceleration from a launch by managing engine output to prevent wheel spin and minimise wheelies.
NEW KIBS (Kawasaki Intelligent anti-lock Brake System)
Kawasaki’s supersport-grade high-precision multi-sensing brake management system modulates brake pressure during sport riding.
NEW Kawasaki Engine Brake Control
Input from the new IMU enables a new control function: cornering management, which assists riders in tracing their intended line through the corner.
Specs: 2016 Kawasaki ZX-10R
Engine: 998cc Liquid-cooled, 4-stroke inline four, DOHC, 16-valve
Bore & Stroke: 76.0 x 55.0mm
Compression ratio: 13.0:1
Claimed power: 207hp @ 13,000rpm (with ram air effect)
Claimed torque: 84ftlb @ 11,500rpm
Frame: Twin spar, cast aluminium
Front tyre: 120/70ZR17M/C (58W)
Rear tyre: 190/55ZR17M/C (75W)
Front Suspension: 43 mm inverted Balance Free Front Fork with external compression chamber, compression and rebound damping and spring preload adjustability, and top-out springs
Rear suspension: Horizontal Back-link with BFRC lite gas-charged shock, piggyback reservoir, compression and rebound damping and spring preload adjustability, and top-out spring
Front brakes: Dual semi-floating 330 mm discs, dual radial-mount Brembo M50 monobloc calipers
Rear brakes: Single 220 mm disc, single-bore pin-slide, aluminium piston
Seat height: 835mm
Kerb mass: 206kg (with ABS)
Fuel capacity: 17 litres
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