The Ninja ZX series flagship model. Since 2015 it has won both riders’ and manufacturers’ titles for six consecutive years in the Superbike World Championship, the pinnacle production road racing series. For the 2021 models, that high level of track performance has been elevated yet further. Also, in recognition of the Kawasaki Heavy Industries Group technologies they contain, the River Mark emblem will be added henceforth, following the Ninja H2 and other models in the H2 series.
The 998 cm3, liquid-cooled, 4-stroke, In-Line Four, DOHC engine benefits from feedback based on the Superbike World Championship machine in the form of a new air-cooled oil cooler. As for the limited-production Ninja ZX-10RR (500 machines worldwide), it benefits from new lightweight pistons to complement its titanium connecting rods, both designed by Pankl. Also, a higher rev limit further strengthens the potential of the base model.
Designed with advanced aerodynamics, a new upper cowl with built-in winglets and compact headlights both improves aerodynamic performance and introduces next-generation Ninja styling. Furthermore, chassis geometry has been updated in order to improve upon the Ninja ZX-10R’s cornering performance and nimble handling. Suspension settings have been optimized to match.
Finally, the addition of new features like Electronic Cruise Control and TFT color instrumentation with smartphone connectivity makes it possible to enjoy sport riding in a wider range of situations.