2006 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R

2006 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R
MSRP $11,199

Riding the new ZX is initially an experience similar to the old model, with a riding position virtually identical to the ’05. It fires up with a throaty roar and promises the same intense thrill ride as we’ve come to love from the ZX Grande. It’s a raspy, nasty sounding motor, erupting in a symphony of high performance when shredding the atmosphere down California Speedway’s banked front straight. It doesn’t take long to realize the geeks in the R&D lab achieved their objective of making the Zixxer’s powerband more linear. Its power delivery is electric, putting its torque production to work similar to that of the CBR1K. Its lack of spikiness made it feel more docile.

ModelNinja ZX-10R
Engine Type16-valve DOHC Inline four-cylinder 4-stroke
Engine Displacement998cc
Bore Stroke76 x 55mm
CoolingLiquid cooled
Compression Ratio12.7:1
Fuel SystemEFI w/ 43mm throttle bodies
Starting SystemElectric
Final DriveChain
Rake Trail24.5°/102mm
Seat Height32.5 in.
Wheelbase54.7 in.
Front Suspension43 mm Inverted cartridge fork with Adjustable preload, Stepless rebound and Compression damping
Rear SuspensionUNI-TRAK® with Adjustable preload, Stepless rebound and Compression damping, Ride height
Front BrakeDual floating 300 mm petal discs with 4-piston radial-mount calipers
Rear BrakeSingle 220 mm Petal disc
Front Tire120/70-17
Rear Tire190/55-17
Fuel Capacity4.5 gal.
Dry Weight385 lbs.

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