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Pursuing Perfection, Achieving Dominance

When you're competing on a world stage – and winning – you must be doing something right. To stay on top, you have to keep learning and improving. The 2014 Ninja® ZX™-10R superbike is a perfect example of this maxim. Years of refinement in this rarified atmosphere have elevated the ZX-10R to an unprecedented level of sophistication. Racers and street riders alike discover their envelope of ability expands as they benefit from the relentless focus of engineers intent on making it possible for riders to extract more from their motorcycles. By making the ZX-10R better, riders have the opportunity to be their best.


Model Year
Ninja® ZX™-10R
Starting at MSRP


81.7 in.
43.9 in.
28.1 in.
Curb: 436.6 lbs.
56.1 in.
Seat Height
32 in.


4-stroke, DOHC, 4-valves per cylinder, inline-4
998 cc
Bore x Stroke
76 x 55 mm
Compression Ratio
Fuel System
DFI® with (4) 47 mm Keihin throttle bodies with oval sub-throttles, 2 injectors per cylinder
Fuel Tank Capacity
4.5 gal.
TCBI with digital advance and Sport-Kawasaki Traction Control (S-KTRC)


Final Drive


Front: 2 semi-floating 310 mm petal discs with (2) 4-piston radial-mount calipers
Rear: (1) 220 mm petal disc with aluminum 1-piston caliper
Front: 120/70 ZR17
Rear: 190/55 ZR17


Front: 43 mm inverted Big Piston Fork (BPF), adjustable rebound and compression damping and spring preload adjustability; 4.7 in. travel
Rear: Horizontal back-link with gas-charged shock, stepless, 2-range (low- / high-speed) compression damping, stepless rebound damping, fully adjustable spring preload; 5.5 in. travel
4.2 in.


Lime Green / Flat Ebony, Pearl Flat Crystal White / Flat Ebony

Standard Features

Key Features
 Öhlins-Kawasaki electronic steering damper reacts to current speed as well as rate of acceleration and deceleration to vary the amount of damping force across a wide range of riding scenarios for ease of operation and optimal rider feedback  
 Engine and chassis work together to allow for linear power delivery  
 Sport-Kawasaki Traction Control (S-KTRC) continuously monitors wheel speed, throttle position, engine rpm and a host of other data to help ensure the optimal amount of traction without crossing over the razor’s edge of adhesion  
 Power Mode selector allows riders to select power level and power delivery to match riding conditions  
 Aluminum frame has ideal strength and rigidity for maximum performance  
 Big Piston Fork (BPF) helps maintain composure under braking and contributes to the fork’s light weight  
 Horizontal back-link rear suspension helps deliver smooth suspension action with good road holding over a variety of pavement conditions  
 Slipper-type back-torque limiting clutch helps prevent rear wheel hop under extreme deceleration and improves corner entry handling  
 Race-oriented instrumentation offers riders a wealth of information at a glance  
Öhlins-Kawasaki Electronic Steering Damper
 Specially tuned for the 2014 ZX-10R, this electronic damper helps provide the ideal amount of damping force across a wide range of riding scenarios  
 Maintains a high level of rider feedback by allowing lower damping forces under less taxing conditions, but quickly adapts to increase damping and enhance high-speed stability when required  
 Reacts to current speed as well as rate of acceleration or deceleration to help provide light steering feel at low speed, as well as superior damping at higher speeds or during extreme acceleration / deceleration  
 Uses Öhlins’ patented twin-tube design to help ensure stable damping performance and superior kickback absorption  
Liquid-cooled, DOHC, 998 cc, Inline-4 Engine
 Design is compact, narrow and lightweight  
 Camshafts, crankshaft and pistons designed to complement the engine’s prodigious power production  
 Large intake valves, camshaft profiles and port shapes help maximize power production and smooth power delivery  
 Chromoly camshafts enhance durability  
 Single-shaft secondary balancer helps reduce vibration; its use allows several vibration-damping parts to be simplified and lightened  
 Strong connecting rods suit the power potential of this engine  
 ECU is small enough to be tucked away in a slot in the airbox assembly  
 1-piece upper crankcase and cylinder casting offers maximum rigidity  
 Low-friction oil pump reduces parasitic power loss  
 A lightweight radiator with tightly packed cores provides efficient engine cooling  
 A liquid-cooled aluminum oil cooler promotes high-efficiency heat dissipation  
 Intake and exhaust valves are titanium to reduce reciprocating weight and stress at high rpm  
Dual-injector Digital Fuel Injection
 Large 47 mm throttle bodies help with throttle control  
 Secondary fuel injectors enhance power output and power characteristics at high rpm; the lower injectors are always on, while upper injectors come on as needed according to degree of throttle opening and engine rpm  
 Oval-shaped throttle bodies allow precise throttle control and instant response  
 An Idle Speed Control (ISC) valve on the throttle body unit automatically adjusts idle speed, contributing to easier starts and off-idle throttle response  
Sport-Kawasaki Traction Control – S-KTRC
 A highly sophisticated electronic system based on actual Kawasaki racing experience that’s designed to maximize forward motion by allowing racers to ride closer to the edge of traction  
 The system crunches a wide range of data, including throttle position, wheel speed, engine rpm, wheel slippage and acceleration, with help from a speed sensor fitted to each wheel  
 The quickest acceleration requires a certain amount of wheel slippage, so to optimize traction, S-KTRC actually allows for optimum wheelspin  
 Using complex analysis, the system is able to predict when traction conditions are about to become unfavorable. By acting before slippage exceeds the range for optimal traction, the system can quickly and smoothly reduce power slightly so the wheel regains traction.  
 S-KTRC confirms conditions 200 times per second and governs ignition, which allows extremely quick response to changing conditions  
 Riders can choose between 3 operational modes, depending on skill level and conditions  
 A level meter on the LCD instrument panel displays how much electronic intervention the system is providing, in real time  
Ram-air Intake
 A highly efficient and forward-positioned ram air intake is designed for low intake noise and good intake efficiency  
 9 liter airbox enhances breathing and power  
 Oval-section intake funnels promote non-turbulent flow at all rpm  
Titanium Exhaust System
 Titanium-header exhaust system with hydroformed header pipes and small, lightweight muffler assembly uses a pre-chamber that houses 2 catalyzers for emissions and sound  
 Headers have nearly identical specs to their roadracing counterparts, which makes it easier for riders to increase track performance with the simple addition of a less-restrictive muffler; now there’s no need to replace the lightweight and race-spec header assembly  
 Dual catalyzers help the ZX-10R meet strict U.S. and Euro III exhaust emissions standards  
6-speed Transmission
 Race-style cassette transmission allows simple trackside gearing changes to suit individual circuits  
 The “cassette” is located high enough that it can be accessed without having to drain engine oil  
 Primary and final reduction ratios minimize rear end movement (squat / lift) during acceleration and deceleration  
 Close-ratio 4th, 5th and 6th gears complement the ZX-10R’s circuit performance  
 Overall gear ratios suit the power characteristics for ideal power delivery in all rpm ranges  
 An adjustable back-torque limiting clutch facilitates smooth downshifts, a main contributor to stability under heavy braking  
Chassis / Frame
 Aluminum-alloy frame offers optimal flex and rigidity characteristics for balanced handling on street or track  
 Chassis geometry allows sharp steering characteristics and crisp handling with no corresponding tradeoff in chassis stability at speed  
 Frame is an all-cast construction of only 7 pieces, with ideal wall thicknesses that provide adequate strength and optimized rigidity  
 Front end weight aids aggressive, on-the-gas corner exits  
 Modifying or removing the exhaust pre-chamber (for racetrack applications only) enables 2 chain links to be removed, which offers riders the opportunity to alter chassis geometry by shortening the wheelbase by up to 16 mm to suit different track layouts  
 Like the frame, the alloy swingarm is an all-cast design, with just 3 pieces  
 Narrow subframe layout contributes to the compact and slim tail section  
Horizontal Back-link Rear Suspension
 Shock and linkage are positioned above the swingarm  
 The design offers excellent road-holding, smooth suspension action, and stability and feedback when cornering  
 The design positions the shock’s upper link to spread out the load and contribute to enhanced overall frame rigidity and improved mass centralization and chassis balance  
 The fully adjustable shock features a piggyback reservoir and dual (high and low-speed) compression damping, which enables fine tuning for racing or track-day use  
 The Big Piston Fork (BPF) and Back-link suspension system contribute to rider control and faster lap times  
Big Piston Fork (BPF)
 The Big Piston Fork’s (BPF) 43 mm inner tubes is one of the contributing factors to the bike’s composure under braking  
 Compared to a cartridge-type fork of the same size, the BPF features a 39.6 mm main piston  
 Oil inside the BPF acts on a surface area almost 4 times the size of a conventional fork’s. The larger surface area allows damping pressure to be reduced while ensuring that damping force remains the same.  
 Reducing damping pressure allows the inner fork tube to move more smoothly, which is especially noticeable at the initial part of the stroke. The result is greater control as the fork compresses and very calm attitude change as vehicle weight shifts forward under braking, and contributing to greater chassis stability on corner entry.  
 Because the BPF eliminates many of the internal components of a traditional cartridge fork, construction is simplified and overall fork weight is reduced  
 Compression and rebound damping adjustments are located at the top of each fork tube, while preload is now at the bottom  
Advanced Braking System
 Tokico radial-mount brake calipers use dual pads and offer a superb initial bite, increased control, progressive feel and a high degree of feedback to the rider  
 A radial-pump front master cylinder provides the ultimate in front brake feel and feedback  
 A pair of 5.5 mm thick, 310 mm petal discs provides the heat dissipation needed to maintain brake feel and responsiveness during extended heavy use  
 A 220 mm rear petal disc gripped by a 1-piston caliper provides excellent feel and feedback  
3-spoke Cast Aluminum Wheels
 Gravity-cast alloy wheels feature a 3-spoke design  
 Light wheels mean low unsprung weight, which allows the suspension system to work more efficiently  
 32 inch seat height makes it easy to reach the ground  
 Fuel tank shape offers a comfortable ergonomic fit with the rider’s forearms and inner thighs when riding  
 Adjustable footpegs can be lowered an additional 15 mm when street riding or touring  
Advanced Aerodynamic Bodywork
 Compact, curved shape  
 Large ducting aids engine heat dissipation  
 Line-beam headlights and short fairing contributes to the aggressive styling  
 LED 3-bulb position lamp at the top of the ram air duct offers enhanced visibility to drivers and pedestrians  
 Fairing-mounted mirrors feature integrated, LED-type turn signals  
 Turn signals are electrically connected via couplers, which allows easy mirror removal for track day riding  
 Compact tail section includes an elegant, 9-bulb taillight  
 Taillight and turn signal stalks are mounted on a rear fender assembly that’s easily removable for track day riding  
Advanced Electronic Instrumentation
 Instruments feature a high-visibility bar-graph LED tachometer positioned above a multi-window LCD info panel that offers riders a massive quantity of information  
 The tachometer also functions as a shift indicator: LEDs flash when the pre-set rpm is reached, and riders can set shift rpm according to preference  
 The multi-function LCD features 2 display modes: Standard and Race. Switching to Race Mode alters the speed display by changing it to Gear Position, and by changing the clock display to speed  
 Additional functions include odometer, dual trip meters, average fuel consumption, instant fuel consumption, Power Mode (x3), S-KTRC (x4), S-KTRC level indicator, low fuel indicator, Economical Riding indicator (shows most favorable fuel consumption), water temperature and a host of indicator lamps  


Lime Green / Flat Ebony

Pearl Flat Crystal White / Flat Ebony

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