The new Ninja ZX-10R is very different from its successful predecessor. Only the main goal is the same: To set the fastest lap times!

Road rider or circuit racer, when it comes to hard-core machines, everyone knows that the Ninja ZX-10R is the ultimate supersport bike. But that’s only because they haven’t seen what Kawasaki engineers have in store for them.


The ’06 ZX-10R was designed to be the No.1 performer on the circuit. The chassis was reconfigured to reduce lap times, the engine output is still phenomenal and aerodynamic performance is improved. This is a serious track-oriented bike developed for supersport riders looking for high excitement in a litre-class bike and a dominating track-day tool. Riders seriously considering competition will find the 10R to be an excellent racing platform.
More Power, Better Power.
Riders who have experienced the 10R‘s awesome engine performance at full throttle will find it hard to believe, but our men in the white coats have found ways to unleash even more power from the 10R‘s engine. A thorough package of upgrades to reduce mechanical loss and improve combustion efficiency results in more power across the rev range (enough, in fact, to comfortably meet Euro-III emissions regulations while maintaining the awesome output of the ’05 model), with smoother, more linear delivery.

Superior Cornering Performance.

Cornering performance has also been improved, as has rear wheel traction. The chassis runs with revised geometry, more centralised mass, a relocated swingarm pivot, revised stiffness balance, re-tuned suspension units and a host of other upgrades that most riders may not even notice until they check their lap times. And as befits its more focussed track orientation, the new 10R comes fitted with a race-quality steering damper as standard.

Improved Aerodynamics.
What would a new engine and chassis be without new bodywork to show it off? Yep, the 10R gets an all-new aerodynamics package that lets it rip through the air like a jet on afterburner. Even from a distance, no one will mistake this two-wheeled rocket ship for anything other than a Kawasaki.



Öhlins steering damper

An adjustable Öhlins steering damper with relief valve and twin-tube design is fitted as standard equipment. The second tube, which acts like a reservoir tank, and the damper internals ensure stable damping performance even under race-use conditions. (Even if the damping fluid within the cylinder gets hot it will not froth.) This race-quality unit was developed in collaboration with Öhlins specially for the Ninja ZX-10R. The damper unit has an integral clamp so that piston motion is not hindered.



Hybrid instrument cluster

All-new hybrid instrument cluster gives at-a-glance information on the 10R’s operating conditions. An important consideration when you can’t take your eyes off the track for more than a millisecond. New technology gives the illusion that the display is further away, making it easier for eyes to change focus. The new instrument layout features an analogue tachometer and easy-to-read digital speedometer, both illuminated from behind with LED lights. Adjustable illumination has four levels of brightness. Existing features such as the lap timer and clock functions remain.



Integrated turn signals

Front and rear turn signals integrated with the fairing reduce wind resistance and look very cool.

Front cowl

New front cowl design is aerodynamically very efficient at higher speeds. On the racetrack, this reduction in wind resistance can make a big difference in lap times.

Sculpted fuel tank

Sculpted fuel tank conforms to the rider’s legs and is narrow at the rear, allowing riders to hug the tank with their knees and keep out of the slipstream.

Rear seat cowl

Reshaped rear seat cowl improves airflow around the rear of the machine, reducing drag-inducing (and speed-sapping) turbulence. It looks very cool, also.

Technical Specification

Model Year
Engine type
Liquid-cooled, 4-stroke In-Line Four
998 cm³
Bore x stroke
76.0 x 55.0 mm
Compression ratio
Valve/Induction system
DOHC, 16 valves
Maximum power
128.7kW {175 PS} / 11,700 rpm
Maximum power with RAM Air
135.3 {184 PS} / 11,700 rpm
Fuel supply/Carburettor
Fuel injection: ø 43 mm x 4
6-speed, return
Frame type
Backbone/Twin-tube, aluminium
24.5° / 102 mm
Suspension, front
43 mm inverted fork with top-out springs
Suspension, rear
Bottom-Link Uni-Trak with gas-charged shock and top-out spring
Wheel travel, front
120 mm
Wheel travel, rear
125 mm
Tyre, front
Tyre, rear
Brakes, front
Dual semi-floating 300 mm petal discs, dual radial-mount, opposed 4-piston, 4-pad
Brakes, rear
Single 220 mm petal disc, single-bore pin-slide
Steering angle, left / right
27° / 27°
Dimensions (L x W x H)
2,065 mm x 705 mm x 1,130 mm
1,390 mm
Seat height
825 mm
Fuel capacity
17 litres
Dry weight
175 kg
Automatic Headlights On (AHO)
Complies to EU emission limit



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