The 2010 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R was scheduled to receive a complete refresh, but since the economy's in the shitter, Kawasaki is playing it safe with minor tweaks only. Most noticeable is the slightly more svelte bodywork, lifted wholesale from the 2009 Kawasaki ZX-6R. Kawasaki claims the 6R's bodywork is more aerodynamic, but it's also more spartan, revealing more of the engine and improving the awkward looks slightly. The only real mechanical upgrade is an 18-position Ohlins steering damper, while a blacked-out exhaust completes the changes. Specs below. >
Engine:Four-stroke, liquid-cooled, DOHC, four valves per cylinder, inline-four
Bore x Stroke: 76.0 x 55.0mm
Fuel System: DFI with four 43mm Keihin throttle bodies with oval sub-throttles, two injectors per cylinder
Ignition: TCBI with digital advance and Kawasaki Ignition Management System (KIMS)
Rake / Trail: 25.5 degrees / 4.3 in.
Front Tire: 120/70 ZR17
Rear Tire: 190/55 ZR17
Wheelbase: 55.7 in.
Front Suspension / Wheel Travel: 43mm inverted fork with DLC coating, adjustable rebound and compression damping, spring preload adjustability and top-out springs / 4.7 in.
Rear Suspension / Wheel Travel:UNI-TRAK® with top-out spring, stepless, dual-range (low-/high-speed) compression damping, stepless rebound damping, fully adjustable spring preload / 4.9 in.
Front Brakes:Dual semi-floating 310mm petal discs with dual four-piston radial-mount calipers
Rear Brakes:Single 220mm petal disc with aluminum single-piston caliper
Overall Length: 83.1 in.
Overall Width: 28.0 in.
Overall Height: 44.7 in.
Seat Height:32.7 in.
Curb Weight:458.6 lbs.
Fuel Capacity:4.5 gal.
Color Choices:Metallic Spark Black, Lime Green/Pearl Stardust White
MSRP Standard / Special Edition:$12,999 / $13,199