The 2016 Ninja ZX-10R has clearly demonstrated its circuit potential through winning results in the Superbike World Championship (SBK). Kawasaki dominated both the 2015 championship and 2016 season with Jonathan Rea's consecutive World Superbike Championships and again winning the 2016 WSB Manufacturers Championship for Kawasaki. Feedback from the Kawasaki Racing Team and constant development research, the 2016 Ninja ZX-10R is the closest available Kawasaki model to a highly advanced factory Kawasaki superbike.

The 2016 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R is Pure Superbike.



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Simply the Fastest on the Track

New In-Line Four delivers 147.1 kW (200 PS)

Max power maintained while meeting Euro 4 regulations

New Stronger acceleration on corner exit

Increased low-mid rpm power, engine spins up more quickly (thanks to crankshaft with lower moment of inertia)

New Electronic Throttle Valves: Precise control of intake airflow

New Titanium exhaust system


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New Track-focused 998 cm³ liquid-cooled, In-line Four

Offering the same blend of high power and manageability, smooth power deliver facilitates getting back on the gas, while updates deliver a stronger low-mid range for quicker acceleration out of corners on the track. Significant feedback from Kawasaki’s factory superbike ensures the engine’s immense power was maintained while meeting Euro 4 regulations.

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Bosch IMU (Inertial Measurement Unit)

Compact IMU operates in 6 DOF (degrees of freedom): 5 measured + 1 calculated. Combined with Kawasaki’s proprietary dynamic modelling program, input from the IMU enables even more precise chassis orientation awareness, the key to bringing Kawasaki’s electronics to the next level. 

The use of Bosch’s compact IMU allows an additional layer of precision to be added to the already high-level S-KTRC, KLCM and KIBS. A new cornering managment function uses KIBS and S-KTRIC to assist riders in tracing their intended line through the corner (ABS models only).

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The centrepiece of the Ninja ZX-10R’s instrument panel is the highly visibly LED-backlit bar-graph tachometer – a mass-production first when introduced on the 2011 model. Additional functions on the multi-function meter include: gear position indicator,odometer, dual trip meters, average fuel consumption, instant fuel consumption, Power Mode (3 modes), S-KTRC (5 modes + OFF), low fuel indicator, Economical Riding Indicator (please see below), water/intake air temperature and a host of indicator lamps.

New Aluminium twin-spar frame

Revised 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. 

New 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

New Aerodynamic bodywork

Larger 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

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16ZX1000S Piston 280x150Lighter, Stronger Pistons

Shorter pistons (39.2 mm >> 37.7 mm) with revised crowns were designed to handle the loads of the more powerful engine. Each piston is 5 g lighter, contributing to improved response. Further, the pistons are made from a new material with superb heat resistance that offers increased toughness. Finally, a dry film lubricant coating on the piston skirts reduces friction at low rpm and helps with the piston bedding-in process.


16ZX1000S Trottle body 280x150Electronic 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 as before.

16ZX1000S Crankshaft 280x150Lighter Crankshaft

Crankshaft has a 20% lower moment of inertia. This revision – 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.

16ZX1000S Engine Front 280x150Close Ratio Transmission/Back-torque Limiter

The Ninja ZX-10R’s gear ratios were idealised for circuit riding. Shorter ratios for second through to sixth gears (especially the closer first, second and third gears) offer stronger low-mid range acceleration for quicker corner exits. The closer ratios also contribute to more stable downshifting.

16ZX1000S Engine Rear 280x150Engine Refinements

Engine balancer is lighter (optimised to match the new crankshaft), contributing to the improved engine response. Connecting rod journal bearings feature a new material that offers high durability for high-rpm operation, and a new coating that increases seizure resistance. In the cylinder, thicker walls (5 mm >> 6 mm) at the cylinder bores offer increased rigidity to match the higher power of the engine, contributing to increased reliability.

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Exhaust System

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.

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Horizontal Back-link rear suspension

This rear suspension arrangement offers excellent performance while contributing to mass centralisation. Revised linkage ratios offer a more linear feeling, which makes suspension adjustments easier to feel.

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Multi Function Mode Selector

The choice of Power Mode (3 modes), S-KTRC (5 modes + OFF, KQS, KLCM, KEBC functions are controlled using a multi-function button located at the left handle.

16ZX1000S GRY BFF Suspension Front 280x150

WSB-Developed Balance Free Front Fork

The Ninja ZX-10R features a new front fork jointly developed with Showa in the Superbike World championship. Tested in world racing competition – and proving to be a great asset in Kawasaki’s championship bid – this technology, coming directly from Kawasaki’s factory race machine, is making its mass-production debut on the new Ninja ZX-10R. 

16ZX1000S SwingarmCG 280x150Aluminium Swingarm

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.

Longer (+15.8 mm) swingarm contributes to the increased weight on the front. The benefits can be felt during braking, turn-in and when flicking the bike from one side to the other.

16ZX1000S GRY Chassis Awarenesss 280x150Enhanced 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 and KIBS (ABS models only).


16ZX1000S GRY Brake Caliper Front 280x150High-performance Brembo Brake System

A pair of massive φ330 mm Brembo semi-floating discs (previously φ310 mm) 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’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.

16ZX1000S Brake Caliper Rear 280x150High 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. 



16ZX1000S KLCM2 280x150KLCM (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.

16ZX1000S KTRC2 280x150KTRC (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.

16ZX1000S KEBC2 280x150Kawasaki 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.

16ZX1000S KQS 280x150KQS (Kawasaki Quick Shifter)

Fit standard, KQS helps riders maximise their acceleration on the circuit by enabling them to shift gears while keeping the throttle fully open. Complementing the Ninja ZX-10R’s increased circuit potential, a contactless-type quick shifter enables quick upshifts for seamless acceleration.  The system detects that the shift lever has been actuated, and sends a signal to the ECU to cut ignition so that the next gear can be engaged without having to use the clutch. (Clutch use is recommended for downshifts.) The system offers very high reliability, as it is less prone to breaking than contact-type quick shifters.

16ZX1000S Ohlins 280x150Öhlins Electronic Steering Damper

Settings were updated to match the new dimensions and 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 ahighly scratch-resistant alumite1 coating.

16ZX1000S Light handling chassis 280x150Aluminium Twin Spar Frame

Moving the head pipe back 7.5 mm closer to the rider helps places more weight on the front. The increased front-end feel contributes to increased stability and confidence on corner entry – helping with both braking and turn-in – and when flicking the bike from one side to the other.

Reversible offset collar (race kit part) allows the steering stem position to be adjusted +/-4 mm forward/backward from the standard position. This adjustability allows riders to set up the bike to suit track or riding style.

Reversible offset collar (race kit part) allows the swingarm pivot position to be adjusted +/-2 mm up/down from the standard position. This adjustability allows riders to set up the bike to suit track or riding style.

16ZX1000S GRY Light Handling ChassisLighter-Handling Chassis

The lighter crankshaft and a number of changes to chassis deliver a much lighter-handing machine. The noticeably improved corner entry and flickability contribute to quicker lap times.  

Lighter crankshaft in addition to the benefits to acceleration and deceleration, reducing the crankshaft’s moment of inertia offers handling benefits as well. With the reduced gyroscopic effect of the rotating crankshaft, handling is lighter, the bike is more flickable, and turn-in is quicker. Also, the reduced mass of the crankshaft helps raise the engine’s centre of gravity, further contributing to the nimble handling.

16ZX1000S Aerodynamic2 280x150Aerodynamic Bodywork

Larger upper cowl improves the aerodynamic performance of the machine-rider package, offering a lower cdA (coefficient of drag) than the previous model. The increased wind protection (reduced stress from wind blast) enables riders to change positions more smoothly as they set up for corner entry when riding on the track.

16ZX1000S GRY RF 280x150Ergonomics

Riding position enables both circuit and street riding, contributing to controllability and rider confidence. With the handlebars moved 7.5 mm closer to the rider (care of the repositioned head pipe), the riding position is a little more compact, offering riders greater flexibility to choose their position while riding.

16ZX1000S GRY Racy Styling2 280x150Purposeful, Racy Styling

Based largely on the sleek curves of its predecessor, the Ninja ZX-10R’s purposeful new styling is distinct, but easily recognisable. Fuller upper cowl and new screen, and a more voluminous rear section give the compact, mass-forward package a silhouette closer in appearance to Kawasaki’s factory superbike machine. High-quality fit and finish and superb attention to detail ensure the bike looks equally impressive up close.

16ZX1000S GRY Headlight 280x150Headlights

More compact line-beam headlamp units match the new 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.

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Tank Pad

High-quality sculpted rubber tank pad protector, provided standard, protects the finish of the lustrous paint on the fuel tank. Fuel tank offers an excellent ergonomic fit with the rider’s forearm and inner thigh when cornering.


16ZX1000S Ram Air 280x150High Efficency 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. Larger airbox (8 L >> 10 L) allows a greater volume of intake air to be supplied to the engine. Engine response is improved, and acceleration out of corners is stronger thanks to the increased low-mid range power. Matching the larger airbox, the air cleaner element has a 1.6 times larger surface area and a 40% lower air resistance. This also contributes to the improved engine response and increased low-mid range power.

16ZX1000S Windscreen gry 280x150Windscreen

Windscreen is fully supported by the upper cowl (previously floating). The wider screen offers increased wind protection in the shoulder area, and with the additional support vibrates less 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. 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.

16ZX1000S Wheels 280x150Lightweight 3-Spoke Wheels

One of the lightest wheel designs in the market, the Ninja ZX-10R’s gravity-cast wheels with their 3-spoke design offer an excellent balance
of light weight and rigidity that contributes to edge grip when riding on the track. Screw-in type, aluminium side-facing tyre air valves ensure easy maintenance with the large-diameter front brake discs.

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Kawasaki Intelligent anti-lock Brake System

KIBS, Kawasaki’s supersport-grade high-precision brake management system, uses high-precision control to regulate brake pressure during sport riding. KIBS is a multi-sensing system, using the input from numerous sources.  In addition to front and rear wheel speed sensors (standard for any ABS system), KIBS also monitors front caliper hydraulic pressure and various information from the engine ECU (throttle position, engine speed, clutch actuation and gear position). (The 2011 Ninja ZX-10R was the first mass-production motorcycle system to feature communication between the engine ECU and ABS ECU.) 

16ZX1000S GRY High Qualitity Design 280x150High Quality Design

Machined bar ends feature an elaborate design similar to that found on custom parts – an example of the Ninja ZX-10R’s high attention to detail. 

More detailed front sprocket cover design contributes the high attention to detail.

16ZX1000S GRY Titanium Muffler 280x150Titanium Muffler

Forming the silencer from titanium alloy (instead of stainless steel like on the predecessor) reduces weight and contributes to mass centralisation. The lighter material allows the increased silencer volume to be offset. The high-grade titanium alloy material that Kawasaki uses for its exhaust system components not only offers superior heat resistance for high durability, the parts can be made thinner, enabling a lighter construction than with lower-grade material.

16ZX1000S GRY Seat cowl 280x150Seat Cowl

Wider, more voluptuous rear cowl contributes to the sporty design. Rear seat has a sportier design that matches the rear section. 

New LED taillight design gives the rear a sharper impression. Compact rear turn signals mounted to the rear flap assembly feature clear lenses for a clean, modern look.


16ZX1000S Accessory2 280x150Genuine Accessories

Accessories available for the new Ninja ZX-10R include: Single seat cover, Knee pads and Engine  Sliders.

Accessory single-seat cover increases the racy image of the bike. Its design includes a pad which functions as a seat stopper.


16ZX1000S GRY Light Handling Chassis24 Month Warranty


A 24 Month Unlimited Kilometre Warranty is standard on the Ninja ZX-10R ABS








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Type Liquid-cooled, 4-stroke In-Line Four
Displacement 998 cm³
Bore and Stroke 76.0 x 55.0 mm
Compression ratio 13.0:1
Valve system DOHC, 16 valves
Fuel system Fuel injection: 47 mm x 4 (Mikuni) with dual injection
Ignition Digital
Starting Electric
Lubrication Forced lubrication, wet sump with oil cooler
Transmission 6-speed, return
Final drive Sealed Chain
Primary reduction ratio 1.681 (79/47)
1st 2.600 (39/15)

2.214 (31/14)


1.944 (35/18)


1.722 (31/18)


1.550 (31/20)


1.391 (32/23)

Final reduction ratio 2.294 (39/17)
Clutch Wet multi-disc, manual
Type Twin spar, cast aluminium
Wheel travel:
Front 120 mm
Rear 114 mm
Front 120/70ZR17M/C (58W)
Rear 190/55ZR17M/C (75W)
Caster (rake) 25°
Trail 107 mm
Steering angle (left/right) 27° / 27°

43 mm inverted Balance Free Front Fork with external compression chamber, compression and rebound damping and spring preload adjustability, and top-out springs


Horizontal Back-link with BFRC lite gas-charged shock, piggyback reservoir, compression and rebound damping and spring preload adjustability, and top-out spring


Dual semi-floating 330 mm diameter discs

Caliper Dual radial-mount, opposed 4-piston
Rear: Single 220 mm disc
Caliper Single-bore pin-slide, aluminium piston
Overall length 2,090 mm
Overall width 740 mm
Overall height 1,145 mm
Wheelbase 1,440 mm
Ground clearance 145 mm
Seat height 835 mm
Curb mass 206 kg Includes full fuel tank
Fuel capacity 17 L
Maximum power

147.1 kW {200.0 PS} / 13,000 rpm

154.4 kW {209.9 PS} / 13,000 rpm (with RAM air)

Maximum torque 113.5N.m {11.6 kgf (m} / 11,500 rpm
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Metallic Matte Carbon Grey    

The specifications mentioned here apply to and have been achieved by production models under standard operating conditions. We intend only to give a fair description of the vehicle and its performance capabilities but these specifications may not apply to every machine supplied for sale. Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd. reserves the right to alter specifications without prior notice. Equipment illustrated and specifications may vary to meet individual markets.



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