The Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R motorcycle represents the evolution in Kawasaki Heavy Industries open-class sportbike development. Originally released for the 2004 model year, the ZX-10R Superbike is the successor to the Ninja ZX-9R sportbike. Since inception, the Ninja ZX-10R has received two major overhauls.
Kawasaki unleashes their latest version of their 1000cc machine, the Ninja ZX-10R. The lightest of the superbike class and most overall improved for the 2011 model year.
Initially Kawasaki’s ZX-10 Superbike was known for its slim chassis dimensions, nimble handling manners, svelte weight and tremendous engine power output making it the sharpest, most aggressive liter-class sportbike. It was so cutting-edge that it was deemed to be almost too much for the motorcycling public. Thus in 2006 Kawasaki gave the Ninja ZX-10 its first revamp. Noteworthy changes included a more rider-friendly chassis and engine power manners as well as all-new exterior styling.
For the 2008 model year the Ninja ZX-10R received its most recent make-over consisting of a complete redesign from the wheels up. In its current iteration the ZX-10 uses the best attributes of both previous designs. The ZX10 keeps its outrageously powerful 998cc liquid-cooled Inline-Four, yet its engine power is extremely rider friendly. Likewise its agile handling traits return without comprising overall stability and control. In the styling department, the Ninja is cued heavily off the Kawasaki ZX-RR MotoGP motorcycle using sharp exterior lines, a slim tail section and a short, tucked-away exhaust.
See 2016 ZX-10R photos as MotoUSA tests it at Malaysia's Sepang International Circuit in the 2016 ZX-10R photo gallery. Read more in the 2016 Kawasaki ZX-10R First Ride Review.