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2019 Ninja ZX-10R SE Kawasaki Super Sports Bike Review

Kawasaki’s three liter-class Supersport models, based on the World Championship-winning KRT racing bike, are designed to appeal to a broad spectrum of riders. Engine upgrades for 2019 will provide more power and a broader powerband. Ninja ZX-10RR has custom-made titanium connecting rods that improve engine and chassis power.

Improved finger-follower valve actuation and other modifications have made the Ninja ZX-10R’s performance even more impressive. This model’s flat torque curve has been raised, so the user-friendliness of the previous model is preserved while the power output has risen. The changes boost performance throughout the rev range.

2019 Ninja ZX-10R SE Kawasaki Super Sports Bike – Features

2019 Ninja ZX-10R SE Kawasaki Super Sports

More power!

The Ninja ZX-10R’s engine performance has been improved with the addition of finger-follower valve actuation and other changes. The maximum power output has been increased to 203 PS, which may be further increased with a complete racing exhaust. With more power at all RPMs, however, the improvements help both racers and World Superbike teams, who can use the greater control. Refinements to the previous model’s flat torque curve increase its—model so that the Ninja ZX-10R’s simplicity of use and improved power remain intact. By model variant and market, specifications may vary. TRIAS 99-016-01 authorized value; EU WVTA (Reg (EU 134/2014 Annex X) approved worth.

In terms of horsepower, this engine is rated in PS (power). There is a difference between total and net power. In general, net power is minor than gross power. However, engine parameters influence this. The total capacity may be measured in terms of awful power. The rated power of your engine is likely to be lower than the actual power of your engine.

Actuation of the Finger-Follower Valves Kawasaki’s World Superbike experts designed the redesigned valve train, an example of racing technology.

2019 Ninja ZX-10R SE Kawasaki Super Sports

I was introduced to the Ninja ZX-10R. During high-rpm operation, the improved system leads to enhanced performance and higher dependability. A 20% decrease in reciprocating mass may be achieved using finger-follower valve actuation instead of tappet-style valve actuation.

To open and shut the valves more quickly, finger-follower valve actuation provides more aggressive cam profiles.3 PS is added to peak power by using more aggressive camshafts. The finger followers have a DLC (Diamond-Like Carbon) coating that protects them from wear.

Cylinder Head Ready for High-Lift Cams

In the past, CHR was only available on the Ninja ZX-10RR, but now it is available on all models. As a representation of the vehicle’s high performance, all versions have a red painted cylinder head cover. By use of a finger-follower valve. Connecting Rods Made of Pankl Titanium (RR-model only). Unique high-performance titanium connecting rods built for the Ninja ZX- 10RR complement the innovative finger-follower valve actuation.

2019 Ninja ZX-10R SE Kawasaki Super Sports

In collaboration with Pankl, an engine and drivetrain component manufacturer specializing in Formula One, high-performance automobiles, and the aerospace sector. High-quality materials and finite element analysis have been used in lightweight components, which are engineered to endure mechanical stress. Together with the Kawasaki Racing Team’s long-term performance partner, these Ninja ZX-10RR-specific connecting rods were produced.

Horizontal Back-link Rear Suspension

Shocks with Horizontal Back-link rear suspension are mounted almost horizontally, as opposed to the typical Uni-Trak rear suspension on Kawasakis. As a result of the shock’s proximity to the bike’s center of gravity, Kawasaki’s original suspension setup substantially aids in weight distribution. Additionally, removing a linkage or shock unit under the swingarm allows for a greater exhaust pre-chamber (an exhaust expansion chamber positioned just upstream of the silencer). With a bigger pre-chamber, silencer capacity may be lowered, and heavier exhaust components can be focused closer to the bike’s center, enhancing mass centralization. Handling has improved substantially as a consequence.

Additionally, the shock unit is situated distant from the exhaust heat. Because exhaust heat is less likely to impact suspension oil and gas pressure negatively, the suspension performance is more consistent. The advantages of a horizontal back-link rear suspension are many, including this one.

2019 Ninja ZX-10R SE Kawasaki Super Sports


On wet asphalt or utility hole covers with a low coefficient of friction, sudden over-application of the brakes may cause a motorcycle’s wheel(s) to lock up and slide, which can be dangerous. ABS was designed to keep accidents like this at bay. Programming for Kawasaki’s ABS systems is exact and highly dependable, based on extensive testing in various riding circumstances. They provide the rider peace of mind and enhance their road enjoyment by providing reliable braking performance.

Specialized ABS systems are also available to satisfy the needs of specific riders. High-precision braking systems like KIBS (Kawasaki Intelligent anti-lock Brake System) allow sport riding to be enjoyed by a wider variety of riders. K-ACT (Kawasaki Advanced Coactive-braking Technology) ABS, which links the front and rear brakes, giving the confidence to enjoy touring on heavyweight models. As a result, Kawasaki always attempts to create new and improved ABS systems.

Economical Riding Indicator

Kawasaki models may achieve excellent fuel economy levels using high-precision electronic control for engine management. Fuel consumption, on the other hand, is strongly influenced by the rider’s throttle usage, gear selection, and other factors. The Economical Riding Indicator lets you know when your vehicle is using the least amount of gasoline possible under the present set of circumstances. It continually analyzes fuel use, no matter what the vehicle’s speed or other riding cases may be. An “ECO” symbol shows on the LCD screen of the instrument panel when fuel consumption is low at a particular speed (i.e., when fuel efficiency is good). Fuel usage may be lowered by riding such that the “ECO” label stays on.

2019 Ninja ZX-10R SE Kawasaki Super Sports

Model-specific variations in vehicle and engine speed may affect fuel economy, however, being aware of situations that trigger the “ECO” mark can assist drivers in maximizing their vehicle’s cruising range while also reducing their fuel consumption. Low fuel use also reduces the harmful influence on our planet’s ecosystem.

Power Modes

In the power modes, riders can select between two power levels: total and low. A maximum of around 75-80% of Full Power may be used in Low Power mode; however, in Full Power mode, there are no restrictions. In Low Power Mode, the response is likewise more muted. For rainy or city riding, riders may choose Low Power mode, while for fun riding, they can choose Full Power mode.

2019 Ninja ZX-10R SE Kawasaki Super Sports

2019 Ninja ZX-10R SE Kawasaki Super Sports Bike – Technical Specifications


Displacement 998cc
Type 4-stroke, In-Line Four-cylinder
Bore and stroke 76mm x 55mm
Cooling Liquid
Compression ratios 13.0:1
Valve system DOHC, 16-valve (4 valve-per-cylinder)
Fuel system Fuel injection: ø47 mm x 4 with dual injection
Ignition Digital
Lubrication Forced lubrication, wet sump having an oil cooler


Front: type Dual semi-floating 330mm Brembo discs
Front: calipers Dual radial-mount, Brembo M50 monobloc, opposed 4 pistons
Rear: type Solo 220mm petal disc
Rear: calipers Solo bore pin-slide


Overall length 2,085mm
Overall width 740mm
Overall height 1,145mm
Wheelbase 1,440mm
Ground clearance 145 mm
Seat height 835 mm
Curb mass 206 kg
Fuel capacity 17 liters (3.7 gals.)


Transmission 6-speed, return
Final drive Chain
Primary reduction ratio 1.681 (79/47)
Gear ratio: 1st 2.600 (39/15)
Gear ratio: 2nd 2.222 (40/18)
Gear ratio: 3rd 1.944 (35/18)
Gear ratio: 4th 1.722 (31/18)
Gear ratio: 5th 1.550 (31/20)
Gear ratio: 6th 1.391 (32/23)
Final reduction ratio 2.294 (39/17)
Clutch Wet multi-disc, manual


Type Twin-spar, cast aluminum
Wheel travel: front 120 mm (4.7 inches)
Tire: front 120/70-ZR17M/C (58W)
Wheel travel: rear 114 mm (4.5 inches)
Tire: rear 190/55-ZR17M/C (75W)
Caster (rake) 25-degree
Trail 107 mm (4.2 inches)
Steering angle (left/right) 27º


Maximum Torque 115Nm {11.7 kgƒ·m} / 11,000 rpm


Suspension, front 43 mm inverted Balance Free Front Fork with external compression chamber, compression and rebound damping and spring preload adjustability and top-out springs
Suspension, rear Horizontal Back-link with BFRC lite gas-charged shock, piggyback reservoir, compression and rebound damping and spring preload adjustability, and top-out spring


Warranty 12 months warranty

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