There aren’t too many product lines in the motorcycle industry that can claim a thirty-year heritage, and with the whimper of marketing coming from Kawasaki, you would hardly know that the Ninja has been on the scene for three decades now.
To fix that problem, the 2015 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R has been released early to help Team Green celebrate the Ninja’s birthday. However, don’t get your hopes too high, the changes for 2015 are only skin-deep, and are comprised of the following:
- A special 30th Anniversary Ninja ZX-10R model features Lime Green/Pearl Stardust White paint and 30th Anniversary badges on each side of the fairing
- The standard Ninja ZX-10R model is now painted in Metallic Matte Carbon Gray/Flat Ebony
Under those special graphics is the same 998cc inline four-cylinder engine, with its 76mm x 55mm oversquare bore and stroke dimensions. Coming standard is also Kawasaki’s traction control system, the Sport-Kawasaki Traction Control (S-KTRC), as well as an Öhlins electronic steering damper.
Suspension up front is handled by Showa’s Big Piston Fork (BPF) design, while a fully adjustable rear shock features a piggyback reservoir and low/high-speed compression damping. You have to admit, that’s a pretty good stock suspension setup from a Japanese OEM.
Anti-locking brakes are also available on the ABS model, and commands a $1,000 increase to the ZX-10R’s MSRP of $14,599. This option modulates the same 310mm petal-style front brake rotors (with Tokico radially mounted calipers), and 220mm rear rotor found on earlier models of this generation ZX-10R.