2021 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R: Photo Gallery
A closer look at the Japanese track scorcher via detailed images
This year has been a mixed bag of emotions for motorcycle enthusiasts. As much as everyone was excited to have bikes such as the Kawasaki Ninja 300, Honda CBR650R, and CB650R on our shores, the pricing shattered many dreams. Kawasaki bikes too have witnessed a surge in pricing, but when it came to the Ninja ZX-10R, the Japanese bikemaker has hit the bull’s eye. Here’s a closer look at the India-spec track scorcher:
The Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R has received its first major update since 2016 and the marque has completely changed the design, without straying away from its identity.
The most controversial part of the design has to be its headlight. Instead of the big, sweeping headlights on the predecessor, the new model gets Mitsubishi-sourced split direction projection LED units, recessed in the cowl. Unlike most litre-class supersports, Kawasaki has opted for integrated winglets to channel air better and create 17 percent more downforce than the older model.
For better visibility and aerodynamics when riding in full tuck, the 2021 ZX-10R comes equipped with a 40mm taller windscreen.
Kawasaki has finally done away with the archaic LCD instrument console and given the bike a 4.5-inch TFT display. The new screen can also be paired with your smartphone via Kawasaki Rideology app.
A new addition for the 2021 model is cruise control, which is accessible via the switch cube on the left. This is the first time Kawasaki has equipped the supersport with this tech as a standard fitment.
Kawasaki’s inline-four 998cc motor produces 201PS and 115Nm. The first three gear ratios have been revised for better acceleration.
The Kawasaki ZX-10R’s riding posture has become slightly more aggressive with this model. Along with the lowered handlebar, Kawasaki has moved the pegs 5mm higher for better cornering clearance.
The 2021 Kawasaki ZX-10R features an 8mm longer swingarm, which is mounted 1mm lower than the previous model for more stability and control.
The ZX-10R continues to be equipped with Showa Balance Free Fork and Balance Free Cushion, albeit with small revisions. The fork now gets a lower spring rate, firmer compression damping, and softer rebound while the rear gets a stiffer spring rate, soft compression damping, and softer rebound damping which translates to better handling.
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Braking duties are handled by 330mm twin discs up front, paired with radially mounted Brembo monobloc calipers. The rear gets a 220mm disc with a piston caliper. Kawasaki has opted for different brake pad material as well for improved braking.