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2023 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R ABS Sports Bike Review Specs

With unparalleled success on the race track, the 2023 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R ABS Sports Bike has raised the bar in the highest road racing arena worldwide. Since 2013, he has helped Kawasaki win seven FIM Superbike World Championships (World SBK). With a 998cc inline four-cylinder, 16-valve engine that strikes a balance between power and handling, the Ninja ZX-10R is equipped with the latest and most advanced electronics, including Bosch IMU, Kawasaki Cornering Management Function (KCMF).

Sport-Kawasaki TRAction Control (S-KTRC), Kawasaki Launch Control Mode (KLCM), Kawasaki Engine Brake Control, Kawasaki Quick Shifter (KQS), Öhlins Electronic Steering Damper, and Power Modes. With technology straight from Kawasaki’s World Superbike factory racers, the 2023 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R ABS Sports Bike has a horizontal backlink rear suspension with an aluminum twin-spar frame, Showa Balance Free Front Fork (BFF), and Showa Balance Free Rear Cushion (BFRC) shock. It makes it better. Light handling and cornering performance.

The 2023 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R ABS Sports Bike has helped its riders win multiple World Superbike Championships. It now offers customers championship-winning performance in a high-performance package that lets a variety of riders feel the rush of pushing their limits on the track. The aggressively built Ninja ZX-10R offers a lot of circuit capability thanks to the included winglets.

2023 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R ABS Sports Bike

2023 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R ABS Sports Bike – Features and Specs


With development input from Kawasaki’s championship-winning World Superbike team, the 2023 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R ABS’s engine packs impressive horsepower. While it maintains a linear power delivery to help the rider open the throttle early when exiting a corner on the track, the low-to-mid-range power for acceleration is exceptional better than 2022 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R ABS.

An air-cooled oil cooler has an independent circuit. Oil is passed from the left lower crankcase to the oil cooler, cooled, and then returned to the right. Efficient cooling efficiency contributes to engine performance at all rpm. Lightweight titanium intake and exhaust valves reduce mutual weight. A compact valve train reduces cylinder head height.

A forged chromoly billet, which weighs less than half a pound than cast cams, is used to trim the camshafts. With aggressive, high-lift profiles, cams and tappets are lightly nitrided to help prevent galling and seizing. The oval cross-section single-valve springs are lighter and lowered to reduce the overall height of the cylinder head.

2023 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R ABS Sports Bike

The cylinder head, previously unique to the Ninja ZX-10RR, offers clearance for high-lift cams found in race kits. Valve springs and race kit cams provide better high-rpm performance. To help the bike turn quickly, it has a light crankshaft and a moment of inertia for quick engine response and handling. While the Teflon resin coating helps reduce friction, lighter pistons improve engine response.

Engine Brake Control features

A high-speed 32-bit ECU with efficient heat dissipation is enclosed in an aluminum chassis and offers precise engine management. The secondary fuel injector influences the high rpm range’s top-end power output and characteristics. The degree of throttle opening and engine rpm controls the operation of the upstream injectors, while the downstream injectors run continuously. A handlebar-mounted accelerator position sensor eliminates the need for a throttle cable, resulting in less maintenance and a cleaner cockpit. Friction mimics the feel of a throttle cable, ensuring a realistic feel.

6-Speed Cassette Transmission

Fast off-the-line acceleration for powerful track launches, as well as low-to-mid-range solid acceleration for sharp corner exits, are enhanced by circuit-specific gear and final drive ratios. A quick shifter that uses a potentiometer-style sensor and is non-contact to provide smooth acceleration. Some transmission gears include a dry film lubricant coating that reduces friction, allowing the gears to slide into position more freely and shift quickly and easily.

2023 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R ABS Sports Bike

The thin clutch primary gear’s minimal weight helps the engine respond quickly. A cassette-style transmission can more promptly adjust gear ratios to fit track conditions. The primary reduction ratio, final drive ratio, and gear ratios four through six allow greater control over suspension settings, reducing rear lift and sag during acceleration and deceleration.

Aluminum Twin Spar Backbone Frame

The steering head pipe position helps weight the front end for optimal feel, feedback, and vibration. It features an optimized shape for precise circuit handling. Fewer components are used in all-cast aluminum construction to save weight and welds—excellent cornering performance with a straight line from the head pipe to the swingarm pivot. The engine is placed inside the frame to increase front-end weight and raise the center of gravity. Combined with the rack angle, this contributes to the 2023 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R ABS Sports Bike’s excellent side-to-side flickability for cornering performance.

WSBK – Developed Suspension

Showa’s latest rear shock, the Balance Free Rear Cushion (BFRC), complements the Balance Free Fork (BFF), which was developed to meet Kawasaki’s specifications for the World Superbike Championship so that the track provides the best possible performance to the riders.

Balance Free Fork (BFF) Display

A broad fork clamping area for the lower triple-clamp and excellent stiffness balance for the fork outer tubes improve handling and turning performance. To help weigh the front wheel and promote light handling, the circuit-focused settings include a relatively soft spring with tight compression damping and soft rebound damping. Because the damping valves are external to the fork cylinder, the hydraulic circuit avoids developing pressure balance variations commonly seen in conventional dampers.

2023 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R ABS Sports Bike

Rebound damping and compression damping are entirely separate and interchangeable. By placing the valves in the damping force chamber, the entire surface of the fork piston can act on oil, stabilizing the internal pressure and producing a supple fork.

Pressurized nitrogen in the outer compression chamber pressurizes the oil, helping maintain equilibrium pressure inside the fork tube. It improves the front-end feel and provides excellent braking performance and ride comfort. Riders can fine-tune a wide range of conditions thanks to the suspension’s fully adjustable preload, compression, and rebound damping.

Showa BFRC-Lite (Balance Free Rear Cushion) Shock Absorber

Stiffer springs with light compression and rebound damping, with circuit-focused settings, make it easy to create a pitching motion—even when the throttle is fully engaged—while keeping rear ride height constant. Like forks, damping valves are placed outside the shock cylinder to prevent pressure balance fluctuations—a common problem with conventional dampers—from being generated by the hydraulic circuit.

The entire surface of the shock piston can act on oil by placing the valves in the damping force chamber. It stabilizes the internal pressure and produces a supple shock. It reduces weight and provides excellent traction and comfort while riding. Threaded preload and fully adjustable compression and rebound damping allow riders to fine-tune the suspension for different conditions.

Horizontal Backlink Rear Suspension

The rider can quickly feel changes in settings thanks to the wide adjustment range and linear feel that the linkage ratios provide. More stiffness in the swing arm helps with agile handling and helps shift weight to the front. To offer better mass centralization, the exhaust pre-chamber is positioned above the swingarm, where the linkage is mounted. The rear shock is located further away from the exhaust to prevent exhaust heat from affecting its operation. Brembo brakes are designed for racing. Moreover, the Kawasaki is offered with Intelligent Anti-lock Brake System (KP).

For added mobility, the rear brake master cylinder is housed inside. The competition system is used for the World Superbike Racer and Ninja H2—4-piston radially mounted front brake calipers. Brembo M50 cast monobloc calipers with four opposed 30mm pistons that clamp onto massive 330mm Brembo discs provide exceptional braking force in the front brake system.

To aid in heat dissipation, the outer borders of the discs feature grooves running down their centers. The master cylinder and reservoir of the Brembo radial pump are designed to require a light lever movement to provide a solid front braking force. Braided brake lines made of stainless steel add to the direct feel. The KIBS high-precision anti-lock brake system offers smooth feedback and light lever movement for added braking confidence.


The clip-on handlebar position facilitates a more circuit-focused riding position. The rider has plenty of freedom to move around because of the space between the handlebars and the seat, which is beneficial for track and street riding. A high and steeply angled windshield, with an upper cowl design, enhances the aerodynamic performance of the machine rider package.

When riders are on the track, ample wind protection helps reduce the stress caused by wind blasts, making it easier for them to change positions when ready for turn entry. There are. Because the back of the seat is slightly higher, riders can lift. Their hips in a full race crouch, reducing drag while the rider’s windscreen tucks under the track.

Footpeg placement eases the weight of the peg in corners, enhancing the aggressive, circuit-focused riding stance. The 2023 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R ABS’s styling package was designed to maximize aerodynamic performance. Sleek, sporty lines protect the rider from the wind and also help reduce drag while generating downforce.

2023 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R ABS Sports Bike

The aerodynamic upper cowl, intended to cooperate with the long windshield to minimize drag, adds to the look of a straight race bike while maintaining the bike’s unique ninja aesthetic. The direct projection LED headlights are placed on the lower part of the upper cowl by the cowl’s “reverse slant” design, making them invisible from the rider’s view. Due to the unbroken surface, the rider has a more competitive approach.

2023 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R ABS Sports Bike – Price

The new 2023 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R ABS Sports Bike is available at $17,399 only.

2023 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R ABS Sports Bike – Technical Specifications


Engine 4-stroke, Inline Four, DOHC, 16-valve, liquid-cooled
Displacement 998cc
Bore x Stroke 76mm x 55mm
Compression Ratio 13.0:1
Fuel System DFI w/47mm Mikuni throttle bodies (4) including oval sub-throttles, two injectors per cylinder
Ignition TCBI with digital advance and Sport-Kawasaki
Traction Control (S-KTRC)
Transmission 6-speed, return shift
Final Drive Sealed chain
Electronic Rider Aids Electronic Cruise Control, Kawasaki Launch Control Mode (KLCM), Kawasaki Sport TRaction Control (SKTRC), Kawasaki Engine Braking Control, Kawasaki Quick Shifter (KQS) (upshift & downshift), Kawasaki Corner Management Function (KCMF)


Front Suspension / Wheel Travel 43 mm of inverted Balance Free Fork, adjustable stepless rebound & compression damping, spring preload adjustability/4.7 inches
Rear Suspension / Wheel Travel Horizontal backlink with Balance Free gas-charged shock, stepless, dual-range (low-/highspeed) compression damping, stepless rebound damping, fully adjustable spring preload/4.5 in
Front Tire 120/70 ZR17
Rear Tire 190/55 ZR17
Front Brakes Brembo® dual semi-floating 330mm discs with dual radial-mounted monobloc 4-piston calipers
Rear Brakes Single 220mm disc with aluminum single-piston caliper


Frame Type Aluminum perimeter
Rake/Trail 25.0°/4.1 in
Overall Length 82.1 in.
Overall Width 29.5 in.
Overall Height 46.7 in.
Ground Clearance 5.3 in.
Seat Height 32.9 in.
Curb Weight 452.0 lb
Fuel Capacity 4.5 gal
Wheelbase 57.1 in.
Color Choices Metallic Matte Graphenesteel Gray/Metallic Diablo Black
Warranty 12-Month Limited Warranty
Kawasaki Protection Plus™ (optional) 12, 24, 36 or 48 months

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