Before INTERMOT this year, Kawasaki USA sent out a cautionary email that Kawasaki bikes debuting at trade show in Germany would be for the European market only, and that those bikes coming to the USA would debut later next month.

So, we can’t say for certain for our North American readers that the 2017 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10RR will be crossing the pond, but for our European compatriots, here is a new superbike that should get your motor really running.

A byproduct of the World Superbike rules, the 2017 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10RR is a homologation special, of which only 500 units will be made for public consumption.

To get that extra “R” on its name, the folks at Kawasaki have taken their already stout ZX-10R superbike, and massaged in some pretty choice engine, chassis, and electronic upgrades.

To that end, 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 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10RR also gets tappets that have a diamond-like-coating (DLC) surface, which reduces frication and mechanical loss.

On the chassis end of things, seven-spoke forged aluminum Marchesini wheels are added to the package, for better handling and weight reduction. While, Brembo M50 brake calipers have been added, along with grooved Brembo rotors and radial master cylinder, for better braking performance.

For electronics, Team Green has added its new Kawasaki Quick Shifter (KQS) to the mix, which does quick-shifts both up and down the gearbox – always a crowd favorite

Most importantly though, the 2017 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10RR gets a six-axis inertial measurement unit (IMU) for advanced traction control and other rider aid refinements like engine braking control, launch control, and cornering ABS.

Completing the package is the “Winter Test” livery, which we’ve seen before, but don’t get tired of – as Kawasaki once again is raising the bar with its superbike offerings.

There’s just one last thing you should note about the 2017 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10RR..it comes with only one seat. One the bright side, the lack of pillion accommodations means another kilogram was shaved from this track-focused machine. Huzzah!





Source: Kawasaki Motors Europe

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  • n/a

    Oooohh f*ck yes. I really like it.

    Single seat(rider only) should be on all 1000/600 sportbikes anyways.

  • Surya De

    Nice! This looks like it will be a tremendously capable machine! Love that it’s a homologation special. Am I to assume then WSBK race developments are trickling down then to street machines?

  • MrDefo

    I just wanted to say that I love the seats on the Kawi sports bikes, the padding looks especially purposeful and elegant.

  • Alam Rahman

    Pat on the back Kawasaki.. Suzuki pay attention on how to do a ‘R’ !

    However I would want those wheels in green or gold!
    I have never ridden a bike with those Showa forks. I wonder how good they are?

  • OldSmiley

    Big Green poses the question “How much green would you have to smoke to choose this over any of SIX other liter bikes?”

  • n/a

    Not much?

  • Alex P

    awesome bike but I with they would change that utterly poopy dash..

  • MikeD

    Black bike, golden rims…WINNING! 👍

  • MikeD

    These are the wheels that should be standard equipment on the base model. It’s leaps and bounds aesthetically ahead of the same old same old cast three spokes that comes stock on almost every japanese motorcycle.

  • Alam Rahman

    Yes – It looks classy in my eye.