The Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10RR Is Coming to the USA

11/13/2016 @ 11:57 am, by Jensen Beeler10 COMMENTS

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The Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10RR is a homologation special, through and through, with only 1,000 units (upgraded from the 500 announced in Germany) set to go into production worldwide. And now today, we learn that this special snowflake will come to the US market, as a 2017 model.

For those that don’t remember the bike’s INTERMOT release, the ZX-10RR comes with a bevy of engine upgrades, as well as a special “Winter Test” livery, up-and-down quick-shifts, forged aluminum Marchesini wheels, and single-seat riding accommodations.

The 2017 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10RR won’t be cheap though, with US pricing set at $18,899 MSRP. After the jump, we have some lovely high-resolution photos of the Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10RR going around my home track, of Portland International Raceway.

Earning that extra “R” in its name, the 2017 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10RR gets a modified cylinder head, complete with a higher lift on the camshaft, along with reinforced crankcases for durability. The engine tappets also get a diamond-like-coating (DLC) surface, which reduces friction and mechanical loss – especially in racing tune.

On the chassis end of things, seven-spoke forged aluminum Marchesini wheels are added to the package, which Kawasaki says imprvoes the handling and overall weight reduction.

For better braking performance, Brembo M50 brake calipers have been added, along with grooved Brembo rotors and radial master cylinder. The curb weight of the US-spec Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10RR remains at 454 lbs.

On the electronics side, the ZX-10RR gets the Kawasaki Quick Shifter (KQS), which adds up and down quick-shifts. A five-axis IMU has also been added (with the sixth yaw axis being virtually calculated), which is hooked into the traction control, cornering ABS, and other electronic rider aids, for added safety and performance.

Last year’s Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R was already a pretty stout superbike platform, as we saw in the World Superbike Championship.

With the modifications made to the 2017 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10RR, Team Green is investing in its WSBK program further, and giving enthusiasts a pretty robust machine for the track and the street.

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Source: Kawasaki USA

  • n/a

    Wait a minute!!!

    …Why is there a Brembo logo on Marchesini wheels!?

  • Mitchel Durnell

    I think these are 100mm Brembo calipers and Serie Oro Brembo rotors, so these may be Marchesini/Brembo style parts similar to Ducati and Aprilia ones (that is, the rotors mounts are set for Brembo rotors and not Yutaka rotors)

  • D19

    What eagle eyes you have there! Brembo group is proprietor of Marchesini wheels. I have seen the Brembo brand symbol cast in wheels and various other parts.
    http://www.brembo.com/en/company/about/the-group-brands

  • D19

    So many excellent superbikes available now. I love the idea of homologation specials, and this one tickles all of the right spots.

    The updated RSV4 RF, CBR1000RR SP, and this tweaked ZX-10RR are on the short list for our next (completely over-the-top) trackbike.

  • n/a

    Brembo also “sells products under the AP Racing brand”, interesting.

  • MikeD

    Those wheels make wonders for “the look” department. So much bike, so little talent…good thing i can’t afford it. LOL.

  • Ryan Ringstad

    Friction*

  • Al Putra

    don’t forget the R1M and HP4 carbon

  • Steve Cole

    I have a RF to race next year. It’s a relative bargain, you just “need” the $85 additional valve in the shock; whatever springs your rider needs and you’re set for suspension right up to almost national pro level (you might want FGRs in the front though some people prefer the stock Ape forks). The motor puts down over 180whp stock and some have reported 195whp+ with full system and bike-specific tune. Couple that with the light wheels and essentially the bike is ready to race without much tinkering… but you have a lot to tinker with if you want to. Costs way less than people are doing to S1000RRs and ZX10Rs to prep for racing… one of my competitors has as much in his ZX10R as I have in my RF already and he *hasn’t* addressed the shock. And the R1? Expensive and you require FT-ECU as well as the knowledge to use it, or you are going to pump the rear shock badly on slicks. Don’t believe the hype, it takes work to make that bike win.

  • Steve Cole

    Ah, I should point out that the 2017 RSV4 gets an actual TTX shock and FGR forks, which are a small but meaningful cut above my 2016.