2011 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R Test Video

Watch Tom Sykes ride the Ninja at Autopolis

By Motorcycle.Com Staff, Aug. 25, 2010
Kawasaki has released a video of the 2011 World Superbike-spec Ninja ZX-10R from a test earlier this month at Japan’s Autopolis Circuit.

The footage featured World Superbike racer Tom Sykes who rode the ZX-10R at the 2.9-mile Autopolis Circuit, Aug. 4-5. The test followed another one, using a Japanese Superbike-spec version, at the Suzuka International Race Course, July 7-8.

Kawasaki has also been releasing information about the production model over Twitter. So far, it has been revealed the 2011 Ninja ZX-10R will use a Showa Big Piston Front Fork, as first seen on the 2009 ZX-6R. At the rear, the ZX-10R will use a horizontal back-link suspension system. The all new frame is said to be lighter than the previous version.

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The entirely new engine has a revised shaft arrangement with a higher center of gravity. Kawasaki claims the 2011 Ninja will have more power than any previous model while peak torque is reached at higher revs, indicating a more oversquare bore/stroke ratio than the current bike's 76 x 55mm figures. For reference, BMW’s ferocious S1000RR has an 80mm bore.

The bodywork has also been revised with larger openings for heat dissipation. Dominating the nose of the Ninja is a large ram air intake, placed right at the front to take advantage of higher air pressure.

Kawasaki is also trying to make the 2011 ZX-10R lighter than the current version’s 458 lb. According to Kawasaki, the new frame, front suspension wheels and harness have made the Ninja “significantly lighter”.

Large openings in the side panels are designed to improve heat dissipation

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