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By • Jan 17th, 2011 • Category: Vehicles

2011 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R  1


The technical hold on the new Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R sportbike since mid-December expected to be lifted in late January and that sales of the highly-anticipated machine will resume as normal. The all-new 2011 Ninja ZX-10R price at $13,799 and is available in Flat Ebony and Lime Green. Powering the new Ninja is an all-new 998cc, 16-valve, DOHC, liquid-cooled inline-four engine, capable of developing 197 horsepower (or 207 horsepower with ram air in full effect). Also, the 2011 ZX-10R is 22 pounds lighter than the 2010 model, the instrumentation which can be set to Normal Mode or Race Mode, while the new ECO Ride Indicator is showing favorable riding conditions to minimize fuel consumption.

According to Kawasaki engineers, the proactive sales hold resulted from a finding that indicated possible surging of the intake valve spring when the unit is operated under unique riding conditions, such as on a racetrack.

The surge could cause the intake valve to seat improperly, resulting in poor engine performance. The camshaft, valve springs, and spring retainers are being replaced to prevent the valves from surging, without affecting engine performance. It’s said to boast the most advanced traction-control system in all of production motorcycling. The MotoGP-derived S-KTRC, or Sport-Kawasaki Traction Control system works by processing every data point 200 times per second and then maximizes performance by subtly reducing power just before the amount of slippage exceeds the optimal traction zone, thus maximizing forward motion.

After having to handle some technical issues with the intake valve springs that has delayed the public launch of the machine, the British division of Kawasaki announced its very much anticipated 2011 Ninja ZX-10R model is scheduled for introduction this month. On the limited number of machines produced so far, the camshaft, valve springs and spring retainers for intake valves are being replaced to prevent the valve spring from surging. The same design update is automatically being incorporated into the ongoing production run of the model in question.

“While we have been thinking about Christmas and the New Year at this festive time, a team of engineers in Japan have been exhaustively testing new high performance components for the stunning new Ninja ZX-10R. With the dealer launch of this and other incoming range models on 27 January across the UK, this news is the best possible start to 2011 for Kawasaki dealers and riders,” stated Sales and Marketing Manager for Kawasaki Motors UK, Michael Johnstone.

The 2011 Ninja ZX-10R comes in either black or green, with the new KIRB system which is Kawasaki’s Intelligent anti-lock Brake System plus the new S-KTRC which minimizes wheel slip on slick or broken surfaces. If compared to the previous generation, Kawasaki’s latest flagship superbike the ZX-10R is lighter, as it weights 436 lbs (197 kg), and packs more power. Specifically, the 998cc, 16-valve, DOHC, liquid-cooled inline-four engine fitted on the Ninja superbike develops 197 horsepower (or 207 horsepower with ram air in full effect).

The 2011 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R will retail at GBP11,699 ($18,600) and GBP12,699 ($20,200) for the ABS equipped model. An additional sports package includes traction control and DTC, costing an extra GBP1,360 ($2,176).

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