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2015 Kawasaki ZX-10R and 2015 ZX-6R

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Kawasaki released their 2015 incarnation of the ZX-10R and ZX-6R Superbikes. Both units, billed as 30th Anniversary edition models, carry WSBK inspired graphics packages and are available in ABS and non ABS versions.

Details such as green fork tube caps and green rear shock springs pretty much top off any changes to these already proven and successful models – there are no changes under the hood.

With scintillating engine performance, a world-championship level chassis and a suite of onboard electronic rider aids, the ZX™-10R ABS is not only the most sophisticated production superbike Kawasaki has ever produced, it’s also the most tunable, the most confidence inspiring, and the most rider-friendly.

By any measure, Kawasaki’s “Forever Fearless” mantra is perfectly suited to the ZX-10R, thanks to its extraordinary performance envelope. Today, that much is expected in the one-liter superbike class. And so it is above and beyond these credentials that the ZX-10R ABS defines itself, including such premium standard features as Sport-Kawasaki Traction Control (S-KTRC), Kawasaki Intelligent anti-lock Brake System (KIBS) and an Öhlins electronic steering damper. Now celebrating Ninja’s 30th Anniversary, for 2015 the ZX-10R ABS is also available in a special anniversary edition that makes its bold credentials even more alluring.

Engine & Transmission

The World Superbike Championship proven ZX-10R engine is a 16-valve, DOHC, liquid-cooled inline-four displacing 998cc through oversquare 76 x 55mm bore and stroke dimensions. Tuned for optimal power delivery on the street or track, the engine is also designed for a low center of gravity and ideal placement within the chassis, leading to more responsive handling.

Delivering fuel and air into the engine is a ram-air assisted fuel injection system featuring an enormous nine-liter capacity airbox, large 47mm throttle bodies and sub-throttle valves, and secondary injectors that improve top-end power characteristics. A huge ram-air intake is positioned close to the front of the bike for efficient airbox filling and peak power.

Chassis & Suspension

Chassis geometry offers excellent handling and stability. The front-end geometry – 25 degrees of rake and 107mm (4.21 in.) of trail – allows light, quick handling along with reassuring stability at speed, perfectly complementing the engine’s controllable power and the frame and swingarm’s flex characteristics.


Highly advanced suspension helps the ZX-10R excel in all types of riding. Up front is a 43mm open-class version of Kawasaki’s highly acclaimed Big Piston Fork (BPF). Featuring a piston design nearly twice the size of a conventional cartridge fork’s, the BPF offers smooth action, less stiction, light weight and enhanced damping performance on both compression and rebound circuits. This compliance results in more control and better feedback – just what riders need when carving through a bumpy sweeper at the track or negotiating a decreasing-radius corner on their favorite backroad.
Rear suspension duties on the ZX-10R are handled by a Horizontal Back-Link design that positions the shock and linkage above the swingarm. Benefits include improved mass centralization, excellent road holding, compliance and stability, smooth action in the mid-stroke and good overall feedback. The fully adjustable shock features a piggyback reservoir and dual-range (low- and high-speed) compression damping.


2015 Kawasaki Ninja® ZX™-10R ABS Specifications

Engine: Four-stroke, liquid-cooled, DOHC, four valves per cylinder, inline-four

Displacement: 998cc

Bore x stroke: 76.0 x 55.0mm

Compression ratio: 13.0:1

Fuel system: DFI® with four 47mm Keihin throttle bodies with oval sub-throttles, two injectors per cylinder

Ignition: TCBI with digital advance and Sport-Kawasaki Traction Control (S-KTRC)

Transmission: Six-speed

Final drive: Chain

Rake / trail: 25.0 degrees / 4.2 in.

Front tire: 120/70 ZR17

Rear tire: 190/55 ZR17

Wheelbase: 56.1 in.

Front suspension / wheel travel: 43mm inverted Big Piston Fork (BPF), adjustable stepless rebound and compression damping, spring preload adjustability / 4.7 in.

Rear suspension / wheel travel: Horizontal back-link with gas-charged shock, stepless, dual-range (low-/high-speed) compression damping, stepless rebound damping, fully adjustable spring preload / 5.5 in.

Front brakes: Kawasaki Intelligent anti-lock Braking (KIBS), dual semi-floating 310mm petal discs with dual four-piston radial-mount calipers

Rear brakes: KIBS-controlled, single 220mm petal disc with aluminum single-piston caliper

Overall length: 81.7 in.

Overall width: 28.1 in.

Overall height: 43.9 in.

Seat height: 32.0 in.

Curb weight: 443.2 lbs.

Fuel capacity: 4.5 gal.

Color choices: Metallic Matte Carbon Gray / Flat Ebony,

Lime Green / Pearl Stardust White

MSRP: $15,299 / $15,599 30th Anniversary Edition

Warranty: 12 Months



MSRP for the machines holds itself at peaky 2014 levels – Ranging from $14,299 for non ABS to $15,299 for ABS. Add $300 for the Anniversary graphics package.

The ZX-6R still ranges from $11,699 to $12,999 for an ABS equipped unit – toss in another 300 bones for anniversary mode.


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