The 2010 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R

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The 2010 ZX-10R

Open class sportbikes are all about power, and the 2010 Kawasaki Ninja® ZX™-10R Motorcycle continues to set the pace, on track and off

The formula is simple, but the execution is critical: The ZX-10R offers tremendous horsepower, but delivers it with refined controllability through a highly evolved aluminum frame rolling on top-shelf components developed on the track and refined for the street.

New For the 2010 ZX-10R

  • Aggressive new styling of the upper, side and center fairings and cockpit inner covers enhances aerodynamic efficiency and appearance
  • Refinements to the shift ratchet assembly, shifting arm, return spring and collar result in reduced friction and less movement at the shift shaft pivot, for improved shifting feel and more positive gear changes
  • A new, embossed metallic gray coating on the muffler complements the new bodywork
  • A new, 18-position Öhlins steering damper uses additional spring and oil pistons for improved action; titanium color and a laser-etched logo enhance the bike’s appearance
  • Slightly longer throttle cables inside a plastic throttle housing provide improved throttle action for even greater control

Four Cylinder, DOHC 998CC Engine

  • Very compact, narrow and lightweight design makes it possible to position the engine perfectly within the chassis for optimal weight distribution
  • One-piece upper crankcase and cylinder casting saves weight and offers maximum rigidity
  • Oil is routed through channels milled into the cases on various parts of the engine, eliminating external oil lines and reducing weight
  • Stacked, triangular layout of crank axis, input shaft and output shaft reduces engine length and aids mass centralization for quick handling
  • Lightweight crankshaft maintains the same inertial moment as a heavier design but saves about two pounds compared to a conventional crank
  • Low friction oil pump reduction ratio reduces parasitic power loss
  • Water pump uses the same type impeller as the ZX-14, with pump rpm optimized for reduced friction
  • A lightweight Denso radiator with tightly packed cores provides the most efficient engine cooling possible
  • Specially designed internal fins on the liquid-cooled, aluminum oil cooler promote high-efficiency heat dissipation

Cylinder Head

  • Intake ports, exhaust ports and matched combustion chambers are designed for optimum flow efficiency and high top-end power
  • Exhaust ports that are narrower at the midpoint and larger at the opening promote high exhaust velocity and efficient scavenging
  • Intake and exhaust valves are titanium for reduced reciprocating weight and higher rpm capabilities
  • High-lift camshafts are designed to deliver more power at high rpm and make it easier to tune the engine for racing


Fuel Injection

  • Secondary fuel injectors improve top-end power output and power characteristics at high rpm. Lower injectors are always on, upper injectors come on as needed according to degree of throttle opening and engine rpm
  • Oval cross-sectioned throttle bodies allow very precise throttle control and instant response

Exhaust System

  • An exhaust pre-chamber under the engine reduces exhaust noise, minimizes silencer volume and enhances mass centralization for maximum flickability
  • A palladium catalyzer helps the ZX-10R meet strict Euro-III exhaust emissions standards
  • A single orthogonal, titanium silencer with a new, black finish keeps the center of gravity low and improves exhaust efficiency

Six Speed Transmission

  • Modifications to the shift mechanism further enhance quick, positive gear changes
  • Gear ratios suit the power characteristics for ideal power delivery in all rpm ranges
  • Final reduction ratio of 17/41 intensifies the ZX-10R’s already awe-inspiring acceleration
  • An adjustable back-torque limiting clutch facilitates smooth downshifts, a main contributor to stability under heavy braking


  • DLC (Diamond-like Carbon) fork tube coating on the fully adjustable 43mm inverted fork sliders improves fork action by providing reduced friction, smoother action and better road holding
  • Bottom-mounted springs are completely submerged in oil for reduced frothing, improved damping performance, superior fork action and road-following ability
  • A four-way adjustable rear shock features dual (low
  • and high-speed) compression damping as well as rebound damping and spring preload adjustment — allowing the fine tuning required for racing
  • Kawasaki Genuine Accessory shims are available for quick rear ride height changes at the track

Aerodynamic Bodywork

  • Slimmer than ever in new aerodynamic bodywork, the ZX-10R is designed to slice through the atmosphere cleanly at high speed with minimal turbulence
  • The front fender aids cooling efficiency by directing air toward the radiator
  • A recess on the top of the fuel tank accommodates the helmet’s chin, so it’s easier to tuck-in behind the windscreen at speed
  • High mounting position of mirrors, with integrated turn signals, provides excellent rearward visibility and helps to minimize damage if the bike falls over
  • The flush surface of the tail’s underside reduces turbulence at the rear of the bike and ensures laminar airflow around the seat
  • A large, rear inner fender keeps the bike cleaner and allows the mud flap to be smaller and less obtrusive, further improving aerodynamic qualities around the rear of the machine
  • Mirrors, license plate holder and rear turn signals are easily removable for track day prep
  • An LED tail light makes the bike more visible to drivers and provides the final styling flourish to the evocative Ninja design

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