Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R

The Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R underwent a massive overhaul in 2021 when Team Green introduced a new bodywork, a new electronic package and last but not least, enhanced performance to ensure the motorcycle continues to be at the highest level, not just on the street but also at WorldSBK.

  • Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R now gets Kawasaki Racing Team (KRT) livery for 2023.
  • Remains mechanically identical to the 2021 model.


For 2023, Kawasaki has updated the Ninja ZX-10R with new visuals. More specifically, the class-leading supersport from Team Green sport Kawasaki Racing Team (KRT) livery but is slightly tweaked to match the WSBK race bike.

However, the ZX-10R remains mechanically identical to the 2021 model, which is understandably so. Considering the motorcycle received significant updates in 2021.

That said, the 2023 Kawasaki ZX-10R continue to make 203hp @ 13,200rpm and 112Nm @ 11,400rpm from its 998cc liquid-cooled, fuel-injected, inline-four cylinder engine.

Although built as a full-blown race bike, the ZX-10R also packs a few road-focused features, including cruise control.

Meanwhile, the new generation ZX-10R is yet to be available in Malaysia as the new distributor, MODENAS, will only bring in the new motorcycle in 2023. This means we will likely get the new KRT edition next year.

After the global launch back in November 2020, Thailand was the first South-East Asia country to witness the arrival of the all-new 2021 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R.

Fast forward six months into 2021, the litre bike now lands in Indonesia with a price tag of IDR520 million (RM150,200).

The new generation ZX-10R received significant updates for 2021, including new bodywork and engine revisions that are now Euro 5 compliant.

The 998cc inline-four powerplant produces 200hp (210hp with RAM Air) @ 13,200rpm and 114Nm @ 11,400rpm.

Despite the headlight design gained a lot of criticism when an image of the bike was leaked ahead of its global reveal, the overall design was applauded after the official launch.


The new Ninja ZX-10R offers a lot of electronic aids, which includes:

  • cruise control
  • traction control system
  • launch control
  • cornering management function
  • riding modes
  • engine brake control
  • intelligent ABS
  • Ohlins electronic steering damper
  • quickshifter

Will it arrive here in Malaysia? Only time will tell.

The folks from Kawasaki Motors Malaysia have been pretty quiet ever since they took over Suzuki here in Malaysia, and even that brand has been under the radar despite all the hype presented on its official Facebook page.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in the US has posted a very important recall for a number of Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R superbikes produced in 2019 and 2020. A total of 1,529 units are affected in the US where the issue revolves around the possibility of damaged air suction valves that may increase the risk of bike catching fire. (more…)

YouTuber Lachlan Epis recently posted a very interesting comparison video between MotoGP and WorldSBK. Reigning champions from each race series did a hot lap around Jerez and it shows how different things are between the Honda RC213V ridden by Marc Marquez and the Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R piloted by Jonathan Rea. (more…)

  • Dominasi Alvaro Bautista dan jentera Ducati V4 R dalam kejohanan WorldSBK sudah pasti membakar semangat Kawasaki.
  • Ianya disemarakkan lag dengan penggunaan teknologi MotoGP dalam jentera Ducati V4 R.
  • Mereka membayangkan bahawa mereka akan muncul dengan sebuah Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10RR yang baharu bagi musim 2020.


  • Kawasaki is probably reeling in shock from Alvaro Bautista and the Ducati V4 R’s dominance in WorldSBK.

  • They are also upset that Ducati used MotoGP technology in the V4 R.

  • They’ve hinted that there’ll be a new Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10RR for the 2020 season.

Kawasaki had kept their faith in the Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10RR for the 2019 WorldSBK season. The bike had won four titles in a row, after all.

But the combination of the Ducati V4 R and Alvaro Bautista laid everything bare, destroying the entire field. It’s not good lose face this way so a new ZX-10RR must be in the works for 2020.

It was bound to happen as Kawasaki Racing Team (KRT) Senior Engineer Ichiro Yoda told German website Speedweek.

Kawasaki isn’t happy about Ducati building a number of special, homologation models that are far removed from the “normal” V4. To them, it’s going against the spirit of WorldSBK and thus has stuck to the slightly hotted-up Ninja ZX-10R, which became the ZX-10RR.

However, one has to remember that WorldSBK rules actually encourage this route. A factory needs to build 250 homologation specials in the first year, followed by another 250 in the next. The sales price is capped at € 40,000.

The question is if Kawasaki wants to really go down this route. The superbike segment is shrinking but there are still plenty of interested parties. But Kawasaki is the only one among the Japanese Big Four who are not involved in MotoGP. Consequently, they will definitely need to respond to the Ducati V4 R in WorldSBK, and that means a new ZX-10RR.

  • Kawasaki telah mengemaskini model Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R 2019 bagi menghasilkan lebih banyak kuasa kuda.
  • Pengemaskinian tertumpu pada valvetrain dan mengurangkan jisim bergerak.
  • Pengemaskinian ini menunjukkan kesungguhan Kawasaki dalam mengekalkan dominasi mereka di siri perlumbaan World Superbike.


  • Kawasaki has updated the 2019 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R to produce more horsepower.

  • Updates are centred on the valvetrain and reducing moving mass.

  • The updates show that Kawasaki intends to retain the World Superbike crown.

Horsepower. You can never have enough. Kawasaki has announced that the 2019 Ninja ZX-10R will receive a list of changes that will take its power output even higher.

Kawasaki may have won four World Superbike championships in 2013 with Tom Sykes, and 2015, 2016, 2017 with Jonathan Rea, while currently leading the series with the latter rider, they know that they will be under stiff competition from Ducati with the new Panigale V4 and possibly a new Honda CBR1000RR next year.

The new Ninja ZX-10R’s cylinder head has been redesigned to be more compact to aid quicker combustion. The valvetrain will now have the cams acting directly on finger followers, rather than on tappets, resulting in a 20 percent reduction in mass. It also makes it easier to install more aggressive cam profiles. Consequently, the engine can sustain high RPMs more reliably.

Finally, to mark the updated engine, the cylinder head cover will be painted in red.

There are three variants of the 2019 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R: Base, SE and RR.

Ninja ZX-10R

The base 2019 Ninja ZX-10R will have its power increased to 203 PS (200 bhp), without ram air. Expect to see around 210 bhp with ram air. It will receive the updated valvetrain and cylinder head cover. It will also feature the bi-directional Kawasaki Quick Shifter (KQS) that was previously available on the SE and RR only.

 Ninja ZX-10R SE

The 2019 Ninja ZX-10R SE is considered the flagship model as the RR is a race homologation model. Apart from the valvetrain updates, it will feature Kawasaki’s advanced electronic suspension (KECS) and forged Marchesini rims. Areas prone to scratches are covered with Kawasaki’s proprietary “self-healing” paint, as with the 2019 Ninja H2. Power is the same as the based Ninja ZX-10R.

Ninja ZX-10RR

The 2019 Ninja ZX-10RR will receive Pankl titanium connecting rods that save 400g over the standard bike’s, reducing the crankshaft’s inertia by 5% and yield a 600 RPM increase. Kawasaki quoted 201 bhp peak power without ram air. It will be available only in Lime Green and production is limited to 500 units.

A “Performance” variant for all three types are also available.

The Malaysia Superbike Championship 2018 (MSC) will see the TOC HKMTOYO Racing Team competing in the Superbike and Superstock categories.

A four-bike team comprises Mohd Ramdan Rosli, Muhammad Jamalul Tarmizi, Amirul Hafiq Azmi, and Nasarudin Mat Yusop.

Team TOC HKMTOYO Racing will start tomorrow’s races from P2 and P5 in Superbike and P2 and P10 in Superstock.

The newly-formed TOC HKMTOYO Racing Team is ready to set a name for themselves in the Malaysia Superbike Championship 2018 (MSC) this year. With a four-bike team and a list of the nation’s formidable riders and teaming up with the TOC Automotive College, they’re ready to take on the MSC series with full force. (more…)

Azlan Shah Kamaruzaman will start the first round of the Malaysia Superbike Championship 2018 (MSC) tomorrow from pole position.

Riding for the Chia PJ Kawasaki racing team, Azlan stormed through the qualifying session.

The 33-year-old set the fastest time of the day on board Chia PJ’s Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R.

Azlan Shah Kamaruzaman together with the Chia PJ Kawasaki racing team has stormed through the first qualifying session in the first round of the Malaysia Superbike Championship 2018 (MSC) earlier today. He has obtained the first pole position of the season after just one week of riding the Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R. (more…)

Ben Felten from Australia rode his Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R and broke the world record for riding a motorcycle blindfolded.

The 50-year-old went completely blind at the age of 37 but that did not stop him and his need for speed.

His record-breaking run was set during the World Speed Trials Australia 2018 where he went at an average of 266.685km/h!

Australian rider Ben Felten has broken the Guinness World Record as well as the one under FIM for riding a motorcycle blindfolded (pending approval) with his stock Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R. What’s even more amazing is the fact that Felten is legally blind! (more…)

  • Kawasaki Motors Malaysia telah mengeluarkan satu pemberitahuan yang berkaitan dengan panggilan semula sedunia bagi model Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R dan ZX-10RR.
  • Model yang terjejas telah dihasilkan dari tahun 2016 hingga 2017 berpunca dari satu kemungkinan kerosakan gear transmisi apabila dikenakan dengan daya impak yang besar.
  • Usaha memperbaikinya terdiri daripada menggantikan gear output 2, 3, dan 4 dan gear input 2 dalam transmisinya.



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