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