2021 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R and ZX-10RR announced!!

Kawasaki changes the face of it’s top-spec sports bike as the 2021 Ninja ZX-10R and Ninja ZX-10RR are revealed to the world

KAWASAKI has just pulled the wraps off the 2021 Ninja ZX-10R featuring a totally redesigned nose cone, all-new styling, and mechanical updates.

First and foremost, the styling of the bike is the change that immediately jumps out and grabs you but the chops! The previous, neat and compact looking front end has been totally ditched; this new bike’s nose cone is definitely a case of revolution, not evolution!

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It might not be quite as pretty as the previous generation Ninja, but championships aren’t beauty pageants. The new nose is designed to ensure that Jonathan Rea and the KRT squad can fight at the top of the WorldSBK championship. It’s not the be-winged item we were all expecting, although if Kawasaki’s engineers have done their sums accurately, it should provide the team with everything they need to win.

While it doesn’t have winglets like some of the rivals, it does feature integrated wings built into the fairing. The aero-devices are incorporated into the structure of the cowling, and channel the airstream, creating around 17% more downforce than the current Ninja machine.

The riding position of the bike has also been tweaked for 2021, with the new machine featuring a 40mm taller screen, 5mm higher pegs and a handlebar position lifted directly from Mr Rea’s racebike.

Inside the new cockpit is a new TFT dash (including Bluetooth connectivity), four handlebar button selectable rider modes, and road rider features like electronic cruise control and the option to include heated grips.

Chassis updates include a 1mm lower swing-arm pivot point (adjustable on the RR), 2mm greater front fork offset and an 8mm increase in actual swing-arm length all contributing to increased stability and greater traction. Spring rates have changed too with the front now softer and the rear harder while a wider fork clamping area for the lower triple-clamp revises the rigidity balance for the fork outer tubes.

As with the previous generation ZX-10R, the 2021 model uses finger-follower valve actuation increasing power and efficiency while reducing valve train weight. The cogs in the six-speed ‘box have changed for 2021, with 1st, 2nd, and 3rd lower to make the best use of the 200+ bhp that's on offer.

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The 2021 ZX-10R is available in Lime Green/Ebony/Pearl Blizzard White and Flat Ebony, while the ZX-10RR is available in Lime Green.  The ZX-10R is expected in dealers from May, costing £15,799 (with the Performance Edition priced at £16,799). The ZX-10RR is available for race teams by request, costing £24,799, with the Performance Edition priced £25,599.

For more information on the new model, head over to: kawasaki.co.uk

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