Kawasaki’s new su­per­bike all new be­low, but al­most iden­ti­cal on top

The Witness - Wheels - - BIKING - — Giz­mag.

KAWASAKI has un­veiled its new liter su­per­bike. De­vel­oped with the in­put of Kawasaki Rac­ing Team’s two World Su­per­bike cham­pi­ons, the 2016 Ninja ZX10R­packs an im­pres­sive ar­se­nal of race-de­rived equip­ment.

Kawasaki has been up­front about the path it planned to take with its new su­per­bike. With the World Su­per­bike Cham­pi­onship’s (WSBK) gov­ern­ing body con­tin­u­ously tight­en­ing the noose around the mod­i­fi­ca­tions rac­ing teams are al­lowed to make on their mo­tor­cy­cles, con­struc­tors were ex­pected to load their pro­duc­tion mod­els with the equip­ment they needed in or­der to win.

That’s ex­actly what Kawasaki has done, mak­ing this fact the cen­ter­piece of its pro­mo­tional cam­paign with the #get­closer hash­tag, un­der­lin­ing how much the new model is sim­i­lar to the ac­tual su­per­bike racer.

The new ZX-10R starts by vi­o­lat­ing the first rule of mar­ket­ing — it looks al­most iden­ti­cal to its pre­de­ces­sor. Yet un­der those fa­mil­iar fair­ings lies a brand new mo­tor­cy­cle that shares lit­tle more than the name and cylin­der di­men­sions with the pre­vi­ous model.

Even more im­pres­sive is the elec­tron­ics pack­age tasked with han­dling all this power. A brand new Bosch In­er­tia Mea­sure­ment Unit (IMU) takes into ac­count six de­grees of free­dom — what is usu­ally called six-axis IMU – five of which are mea­sured by a mul­ti­tude of sen­sors with the sixth cal­cu­lated by the sys­tem’s pro­pri­etary soft­ware. This is the same kind of sys­tem that Yamaha uses on its latest R1.

Kawasaki has also in­tro­duced an in­tel­li­gent brak­ing sys­tem (KIBS) that links the ABS con­trol unit with the en­gine’s elec­tronic con­trol. This mon­i­tors wheel speeds, front brake caliper hy­draulic pres­sure, throt­tle po­si­tion, en­gine speed, clutch ac­tu­a­tion and gear po­si­tion to de­ter­mine the ideal front brake hy­draulic pres­sure.


The all-new bare bones of the 2016 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R.

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