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Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R Review

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Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R

Excellent (A) 12 reviews 07/2012
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Product specification:
  • Type: Sports Bike
  • Nominal Power: Over 100 kW /~ …
  • Top Speed: 298 km/h
  • ABS
  • Weight Fully Fuelled: … more information


Product versions:
  • Ninja ZX-10R (118 kW) [09],
  • Ninja ZX-10R (128 kW) [04],
  • Ninja ZX-10R (147 kW) [11],
  • Ninja ZX-10R (customised) [10],
  • Ninja ZX-10R (modified) [11],
  • Ninja ZX-10R [11],
  • Ninja ZX-10R [12]

Fast Bikes
Magazine August 2012
Place 5 out of 10
8/10

Product tested: Ninja ZX-10R [12]

Dull looks, poor midrange and mediocre lap times, not to mention disappointing gearing, make the Ninka ZX-10R one to carefully consider before buying in Fast Bikes' eyes. On a more positive note, however, its top end is fantastic, steering is a breeze and the electronics are truly impressive. It's not perfect, but its nice price makes it an interesting option.

 
Fast Bikes
Magazine August 2012
2 products tested
without final score

Product tested: Ninja ZX-10R [12]

The Ninja ZX-10R is an extraordinary machine which sports the latest and most advanced tech but also shows the main shortcomings of the market nowadays in Fast Bikes' opinion. Yes, it's an absolute monster, but it's also overkill for anybody who is not a professional race pilot. Save your money and choose a more realistic alternative.

 
Fast Bikes
Magazine August 2012
Single test
without final score

Product tested: Ninja ZX-10R [12]

Where earlier ZX-10R models have been crazy ferocious offerings, the latest version sporting Kawasaki's KRT traction control is a lesson in smoothness, power and control. Fast Bikes were impressed to no end by the mechanical grip and praised its front end, comfort and cornering. An absolute winner.

 
Fast Bikes
Magazine May 2012
Place 1 out of 5
9/10

Product tested: Ninja ZX-10R [11]

The unslightly looks of the ZX-10R and a less than ideal slipper clutch behaviour mean it's not for everybody, but apart from that, there's little to complain about here: the setup is excellent, the electronics wowed Fast Bike and its lack of midrange is made up for by its incredible throttle. A truly epic machine that deserved all the love that it got in 2011.

 
Fast Bikes
Magazine March 2012
Place 1 out of 4
9/10

Product tested: Ninja ZX-10R (128 kW) [04]

According to Fast Bikes, new riders should steer well clear of the Kawasaki ZX-10R unless they want to be killed. It is lacking manners on the road, hasn't got the best brakes and stability is not its strong point, but experienced riders will find it mad as a hatter, with a lot of aggression and good handling. It even rates highly for desirability.

 
Fast Bikes
Magazine Spring 2012
Place 1 out of 9
9/10

"№ 1"

Product tested: Ninja ZX-10R (modified) [11]

So Fast Bikes still found the Kawasaki ZX-10R unattractive, it was expensive, especially after the modifications, and the set-up of the suspension could be better. It is, however, the winner of this test as it has huge amounts of power, fantastic control, a great motor, good brakes and should really be raced rather than used on the road, which feels like a waste.

 
Fast Bikes
Magazine November 2011
Place 3 out of 4
8/10

Product tested: Ninja ZX-10R (118 kW) [09]

Steering the 2009 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R takes some getting used to, and it needs to be shown who's boss, but Fast Bikes say that once you've figured out its cornering characteristics, steering is as sharp, if not sharper, than the Yamaha's. The steering damper isn't too impressive, but it's brilliantly fast, the brakes are excellent, and it's all available at a great price.

 
Fast Bikes
Magazine August 2011
Place 2 out of 10
9/10

"Sportbike of the Year - second place"

Product tested: Ninja ZX-10R (147 kW) [11]

The Kawasaki ZX-10R is a truly fantastic ride that can be pushed fast and is the most well-bred inline four bike ever to be produced. The brakes were the only real issue with it, since they fade with each lap of the track, and there is also no shifter. The Fast Bikes reviewer reckons this is the most impressive bike of the year to come from Japan.

 
Fast Bikes
Magazine June 2011
Place 1 out of 6
10/10

"№ 1"

Product tested: Ninja ZX-10R (147 kW) [11]

"Plus: Everything...
Minus: ...But not a riot."

 
Fast Bikes
Magazine May 2011
Single test
9/10

Product tested: Ninja ZX-10R (147 kW) [11]

"Plus: Electronics, suspension, motor.
Minus: Tall first gear, doesn't cure cancer."

 
Fast Bikes
Magazine February 2011
Single test
9/10

Product tested: Ninja ZX-10R (147 kW) [11]

"Plus: Traction control, front end, top end.
Minus: No 'shifter, questionable flexibility, stock rubber." Info: This product was retested here May 2011 by Fast Bikes and received the same final score.

 
Fast Bikes
Magazine February 2011
Place 1 out of 9
10/10

"№ 1"

Product tested: Ninja ZX-10R (customised) [10]

"Plus: Feels so right it can't be wrong.
Minus: Brakes judder a bit."

 
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