Kawasaki reveals 2023 ZX-10R and ZX-10RR sports bikes

The new 2023 ZX-10R and ZX-10RR sports bikes have been unveiled by Kawasaki, with unsurprisingly few changes compared to previous years.

2023 Kawasaki ZX-10R and ZX-10RR.

Kawasaki has revealed the 2023 model year ZX-10R and ZX-10RR motorcycles, the latter of which being the bike from which the factory race bike is derived. 

The 2023 update is not a revolution from the current generation of Kawasaki litre sports bikes. It comes with the same inline-four cylinder engine with 998cc and around 203 horsepower in the ZX-10R

For the ZX-10RR, that pushes up to 214 horsepower, and at a higher rpm. The ZX-10R produces its peak power at 13,200 rpm, while the ZX-10RR has its peak output at 14,000.

The ZX-10RR also has different valve springs, camshafts and piston pins; and it differs from the ZX-10R with its titanium connecting rods and lightweight pistons, which both come from Pankl. Additionally, the Marchesini wheels that you get with the ZX-10RR are not the same as those that are fitted to the ZX-10R, as well as the Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa tyres that are ZX-10RR-only. 

For the suspension, the 43mm Balance Free forks from before are back at the front - where there is also a 330mm brake disc and four-piston radial callipers from Brembo - and at the rear there is a BFRC gas-charged shock absorber which features preload adjustability.

Both bikes can be connected to Kawasaki’s Rideology app via a five-inch TFT dashboard, and all the lighting on both bikes is LED. 

They both also come with Kawasaki’s cornering management system, KCMF, as well as electronic cruise control and integrated rider modes.

The appearance is almost identical to before, too, with Kawasaki’s unique approach to aerodynamics that was first introduced for 2021 remaining for the 2023 model year. There is a new colour option for the ZX-10R, though, with “Pearl Robotic White/Metallic Diablo Black” joining the standard “Lime Green/Ebony Black”, while the ZX-10RR is only available in “Lime Green”.

The cost for the 2023 Kawasaki ZX-10R is £17,499, and for the 2023 ZX-10RR it is £25,429.

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