For the 2018 model year, Kawasaki continues to develop its superbike package. As such, the 2018 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R SE brings some special new features, to earn those extra letters after its name.

The big addition is the new Showa electronic suspension, which is the only semi-active suspension system on motorcycles that includes built-in stroke sensors.

These stroke sensors are able to measure the movement of the fork and shock internals, allowing Showa’s suspension to measure and change its damping settings on the fly, as you ride.

The Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R SE also gets the forged aluminum wheels found on Kawasaki’s homologation-spec superbike, the Ninja ZX-10RR, which should help the Ninja ZX-10R SE feel more nimble on the race track, despite its 459 lbs wet weight.

Peak horsepower remains at a quoted 197hp, disappointingly, though shifting through the gears should be easier, as another item for the SE model, taken straight off the Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10RR, is Kawasaki’s up-and-down quickshifter.

That just about wraps up the special items for the 2018 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R SE, other than the unique paint job, which you will either love or hate.

Don’t be fooled though, Showa’s electronic suspension, exclusive (for now) on the Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R SE is news enough, in its own right.

It has three modes: road, track and manual. Under manual control, you can select 15 different levels each for the compression and rebound settings.

This promises to make Showa’s already extremely potent Balance Free forks and shock even better than they already are…which is pretty damn good. Hi Öhlins? You have just been put on notice.

Source: Kawasaki Europe

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