Kawasaki India launched two flagship bikes, the Ninja ZX-10R and the Ninja ZX-14R on Tuesday. The bikes have been priced at Rs16.4 lakh and Rs17.9 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi) respectively.
The ZX-10R features a new engine, which maintains the essential character of the 2015 model, but offers a stronger low-mid range for increased acceleration coming out of corners.
The engine is also more responsive, spinning up more quickly thanks to a crankshaft with a lower moment of inertia – something that benefits both acceleration and deceleration, as well as cornering performance.
The lighter crankshaft and a number of changes to the chassis deliver a much lighter-handing machine. The noticeably improved corner entry and flickability contribute to quicker lap times.
Along with Kawasaki’s integrated suite of electronics that include Power Modes, a new Kawasaki-Sports Traction Control (S-KTRC) system with 5 modes, Kawasaki Intelligent Anti-Lock Brake System (KIBS), Kawasaki Launch control Mode (KLCM), Kawasaki Engine Braking Control (KEBC), Kawasaki Quick shifter (KQS) and an improved Ohlins Electronic Steering Damper (ESD), the electronics package makes the Ninja ZX-10R a highly advanced factory superbike Kawasaki has yet to offer.
Displacing 1,441 cm3, the Ninja ZX-14R powerplant is Kawasaki’s most powerful naturally aspirated engine. Delivering heady levels of power and strong torque across the rev-range, it can propel the Ninja ZX-14R to its lofty top speed at a very high rate of acceleration.
Optimised chassis rigidity and idealised suspension settings allow the Ninja ZX-14R to deliver a blend of nimble handling and superb stability. It’s extremely well balanced chassis package enables the Ninja ZX-14R to shed its weight as soon as it gets underway.
A relaxed, sport riding position makes it easy to become one with the bike. Light, neutral handling is complemented by good chassis feedback, which facilitates sport riding.