2021 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R And ZX-10RR Leaked Ahead of Global Debut
The 2021 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R is one of the best sports bikes in the liter-class out there. Compared to its arch-rivals, the liter-class Kwacker is renowned for its performance, comprehensive electronics package, and, more importantly, slightly lower premium price tag. It may not be as exotic as some European machines, but Kawasaki’s WSBK stint is adequate to address all questions when it comes to track riding. Recently, Kawasaki revealed that it would launch a host of new motorcycles on 23 November, and we expect one of them to be the 2021 Ninja ZX-10R.
The same thing, before its global unveiling, has now been leaked. The racier version of it, Ninja ZX-10RR, is also exposed by the spy photos that surfaced from Australia.
In certification papers that have been submitted in Australia, the bike has been leaked quite recently. The photos of the upcoming 2021 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R and its more performance-oriented variant, the ZX-10RR, are included in these documents. In August 2020, Kawasaki officially filed with the Australian government the vehicle certification details with a request to keep the information under embargo until November 1. It seems that before this date, the Japanese sports bike brand intended to unleash the facelifted twins, but the COVID-related problems moved the world premiere to 23 November.
The visual changes are visible and there are some important visual changes to the 2021 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R, especially on the front where it now gets a more Ninja H2-like styling. The compact headlamps are all-LED units and, for better wind protection at high speeds, the bike also gets a large windscreen. The fuel tank and the bike’s tail end largely look the same.
The inclusion of the TFT cluster is another imminent visual change. Nowadays, TFT clusters are all the rage and it has become a sort of norm even when it comes to the liter-class sports bike segment. We may also expect Kawasaki to upgrade its kit of electronics. What is interesting here is that there are no winglets, which these days are again a common sight in liter-class machines.
According to the records, the 2021 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R will generate 200 horsepower at 13,200rpm (compared to the same peak power at 13,500rpm for the current model), while the ZX-10RR will achieve its peak 201 hp output at 14,000rpm instead of 13,500. The 2021 ZX-10R will generate 200 horsepower at 13,200rpm (compared to the same peak power at 13,500rpm for the current model). We’ll have to wait to find out whether the cycle parts have also been upgraded by Kawasaki or not.
The outgoing model features an electronic Öhlins steering damper that offers the correct amount of damping depending on the speed of the vehicle and the degree of acceleration or deceleration. Top-notch, dual Brembo M50 monobloc calipers that grip the dual 330 mm discs at the front and a 220 mm disc at the rear perform the anchorage duties.
A compact six-axis IMU combined with Kawasaki’s proprietary dynamic modeling program, Kawasaki Cornering Management Function, KIBS (Kawasaki Intelligent Anit-Lock Braking System), and S-KTRC (Traction Control System) is the other feature highlights on the MY20 Ninja ZX-10R to help riders through a corner.