Kawasaki launches 2021 Ninja ZX-10R and limited edition ZX-10RR

A limited edition Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10RR will headline the ZX range in 2021, joining the ZX-10R. The Ninja ZX is Kawasaki’s flagship model, and since 2015 has won the riders’ and manufacturers’ titles for six consecutive years in the Superbike World Championship.

For 2021, that high level of track performance has been elevated further, with the 998cc, liquid-cooled 4-stroke inline 4-cylinder DOHC engine benefitting from feedback from the brand’s racing success, in the form of a new air-cooled oil cooler.

It features finger-follower valve activation to assist with power delivery, adjustable engine braking, selectable rider modes, and a cassette gearbox (technology lifted straight from Superbikes).

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Designed with advanced aerodynamics, a new upper cowl with built-in winglets and compact headlights also features, with both changes improving aerodynamic performance and introduces next-generation Ninja styling.

Furthermore, chassis geometry has been updated in order to improve upon the Ninja ZX-10R’s cornering performance and nimble handling. Suspension settings have been optimised to match. A higher rev limit further strengthens its potential.

Finally, the addition of new features like electronic cruise control and TFT colour instrumentation, with smartphone connectivity, makes it possible to enjoy sport riding in a wider range of situations. There’s also optional heated handlebar grips.

As for the limited-production Ninja ZX-10RR (500 machines worldwide), it benefits from new lightweight pistons to complement its titanium connecting rods, both designed by Pankl. There’s also Marchesini wheels, specifically designed for this model.

Additionally, all variants will carry the River Mark emblem in recognition of the Kawasaki Heavy Industries Group technologies they contain.

The 2021 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R will be available in Flat Ebony, Lime Green with Ebony, and Pearl Blizzard White. The ZX-10RR will be available in Ebony only. Pricing will be available closer to local launch.

Both models will continue to carry Kawasaki’s 24 month unlimited kilometre warranty.


Andrew Jenkin
Andrew Jenkin
Andrew Jenkin is the ride editor at Exhaust Notes Australia, founding editor of Two Wheel Addicts, a contributor at Bike Review and panel judge for Harley Davidson's Breakout Boss competition. Andrew has a love for anything on two wheels whether that be sports, naked or adventure bikes, with a guilty pleasure for cruisers.


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