To afford a hypersport is to venture on a path that can very quickly slip towards competition. Perfect, the ZX-10 asks only that, especially in this RR version. She is also the one who makes the most of the 2019 developments. With an idea behind her to stay on top in WSBK.
Diet, gentlemen pilots, more diet for the ‘Dizer’. By adopting a pawl valve distribution, the engine can afford more compact combustion chambers and even higher rotation speeds. The power now reaches 204 hp for the ZX-10 RR, 500 trs higher.
You want the best, the more, something to send the clock? Just ask. Let’s stay in the guts of the engine. There are new Pankl Titanium connecting rods allowing a saving of 408 grams. The inertia of the crankshaft is reduced by 5% while we discover a gain of 600 rpm at high speed. The limiter strikes now at 14,800 rpm instead of 14,200 rpm.
This is where the trick is. The Superbike regulations provide for penalizing the winning teams – in order to level the performance – by reducing their maximum engine speed. With more original revs, the Kawa engine will hardly feel the effects of this restraint when the officials limit its flights..
It will be bubbling with power and madness in this 4 cylinder. No wonder its cylinder head cover is now painted red.
The ZX-10 RR takes the opportunity to abandon its ‘Winter’ colorway. Instead, a more provocative green ‘Lime Green ‘inevitably reminds us of the machine engaged in EWC. For war paints, this remains the privilege of the KRT Edition.
Produced in a limited series, this ZX-10 ‘Race Ready’ will only be produced in 500 copies, each authenticated by a plate on the triple clamp. As with the previous editions, the small chassis improvements are still there:
When it was presented, Kawa announced that with this ZX-10RR, the house drivers gained 1 to 2 seconds per lap on the Autopolis circuit (which belongs to the brand). How? ‘Or’ What ? By optimizing everything on board. Symbolically, the equipment for the passenger was transferred to make it a strict single-seater. Without the rear footpegs and by opting for a lightweight silencer support, the Ninja gains a kilo. Then it is about gaining velocity. The chassis is put forward: just at the level of the wheels, there is already enough to push the lap times. Kawa and Marchesini have developed new forged aluminum rims, reducing unsprung mass and allowing faster angle changes. These rims are fitted with Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SP tires; and you know how a good tire fitment and plenty of grip change your game.
In case a buddy wants to try the ZX-10RR wheels on his standard ZX-10R, no problem, the wheels are compatible. You will just have to buy a kit to mount the brake discs and the speed sensor track.
With shoes that are much more efficient, it is essential to review the suspension settings. The factory has therefore put in the small screwdrivers that go well without changing the components of the Showa BFF inverted fork or the rear shock absorber. Kawa thus wants to highlight the quality of the suspicions.
Another element that saves time, the Up shifter & Down. A privilege until 2018, but it has become widespread on the X-10 R. It remains nonetheless an asset on the track; that we can also use on the road, as long as we are above 2500 rpm.
But let me come to the main course. With the modifications previously mentioned, this ZX-10R "+" is already playing a bit ahead. Where it becomes more interesting for competitors, this is what kawasaki had already modified the guts from the first version of this RR. Born from racing, this version begs to return. To fight fiercely, engine manufacturers have reworked the cylinder head so that it can accommodate wicked camshafts. Also, the pushrods receive an ultra-hard Diamond-Like Carbon (DLC) surface treatment to facilitate engine break-in and reduce mechanical losses. Still in the spirit of race preparation, the crankcase has been reinforced to take the load intended to boost it. The vents between the cylinders have been narrowed and the wall thickened in this area.
An exclusivity for enthusiasts? Especially a version intended to be grafted a nice racing preparation, history of better defeating a competition which gives itself the means to return to the forefront. Miss Ninja doesn’t seem too worried in this RR livery.
Don’t forget to take a look at the specific racing parts kit. It features high profile camshafts and special valve springs to improve high rpm perfs.
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Ninja 1000 ZX-10RR 2018
Model marketed in
medium: 5.90 l
300 km / h
The technical aspect
Kawasaki Ninja 1000 ZX-10RR 2019
- Tank: 17 liters
- Width: 740 mm
- Height: 1,145 mm
- Wheelbase: 1440 mm
- Weight in running order: 205 kg
- Train before
- Secondary chain transmission
- Rear axle
(76 x 55 mm)
at 13,500 rpm
at 11,500 rpm