2018 Kawasaki NINJA ZX-10R ABS



No other supersport can claim the World Superbike Championship like the Ninja® ZX™-10R. The Ninja ZX-10R propelled Kawasaki rider, Tom Sykes, to overall championship podium finishes every year since 2012—securing a championship title in 2013—and delivered back-to-back championships for 2015 and 2016, this time with Jonathan Rea aboard.

With the Ninja ZX-10R, development starts at the track. This is why only pure riding essentials make the cut. Down to the finest details, everything that goes into the Ninja ZX-10R has the sole purpose of making it the fastest bike on the track. And as a direct recipient of what the Kawasaki Racing Team (KRT) learns, the Ninja ZX-10R is equipped with championship-proven technology that makes it fully capable of dominating the streets.


  • CHAMPIONSHIP-PROVEN HANDLING: Showa's advanced 43 mm Balance Free Fork (BFF) brings state-of-the-art WorldSBK racing suspension technology to a mass production supersport motorcycle on the Ninja® ZX™-10R. The benefits include increased ride comfort, enhanced braking balance, increased front-end feel and independently adjustable compression and rebound damping
  • CHASSIS: Optimized geometry for maximum feel, feedback and flickability. Frame and swingarm contribute to sharp handling and great conering speed. Reversible offset collars (race kit parts) allow steering stem and swingarm pivot positions to be adjusted to best suit track conditions and riding style.
  • BREMBO BRAKES: Front Brembo brakes feature a pair of massive 330 mm semi-floating discs that deliver superb braking force and brake feel. The rotors have a grooved outer edge for effective heat dissaipation. The brake system feature dual radial-mount Brembo M50 cast aluminum monobloc calipers, Brembo's highest grade mass production brake calipers. The Brembo radial-pump master cylinder and reservoir are calibrated to require very little lever movement to achieve strong front brake force. Stainless steel braided brake lines contribute to direct feel at the lever.
  • SHOWA SUSPENSION: Showa's advanced 43 mm Balance Free Fort (BFF) brings state-of-the-art WorldSBX racing suspension technology to a mass production supersport motorcycle on the Ninja ZX 10R. The benefits include increased ride comfort, enhanced braking balance, increased front-end feel and independently adjustable compression and rebound damping. Horizontal Back-link Rear Suspension featuring the compact and lightweight Showa Balance Free Rear Cushion (BFRC) shock.
  • STYLING: Upper cowl design reduces drag and provides optimal wind deflection so that the racer can change position more smoothly at track speeds. Strategically-placed vents in the upper cowl help prevent negative pressure build-up in cockpit to reduce helmet buffeting. Vented front fender directs airflow to the radiator for improved engine cooling.


  • 998 cc OF CHAMPIONSHIP-PROVEN POWER: Massive power. Refined power. Dominant power. The Ninja® ZX™-10R motorcycle’s engine possesses all of the above.
  • TITANIUM ALLOY EXHAUST SYSTEM: Heat resistant, lightweight and low center of gravity for effective mass centralization and light handling.
  • LARGE AIRBOX: 10-liter airbox improves engine response and increases low-to mid-range power.
  • LARGE AIR FILTER: Air filter has large surface area with low air resistance to contribute to improved engine performance.
  • ELECTRONIC THROTTLE VALVES & ECU: 47 mm electronic throttle valves and 32-bit ECU operate with great precision to provide engine response on the track.
  • ENGINE: Internal engine designs focus on producing peak power and delivering strong low-to mid-range power for quick acceleration. Lightweight crankshaft and pistons, straight, wide intake and exhaust ports, lightweight titanium intake / exhaust valves, 6-speed cassette transmission, back-torque limiting clutch.


  • HANDLING TECHNOLOGY: The Ninja® ZX™-10R features World Superbike Championship proven technology delivering unrivaled agility, control and handling.
  • BOSCH IMU (INERTIAL MEASUREMENT UNIT): Compact IMU enables inertia along 6 Degrees of Freedom to be monitored. Acceleration along longitudinal, transverse and vertical axes, plus roll rate and pitch are measured. The yaw rate is calculated by the ECU using Kawasaki’s proprietary dynamic modeling software. This next-level system enables predictive and adaptive electronics for precise chassis orientation awareness.
  • S-KTRC (SPORT-KAWASAKI TRACTION CONTROL): Hybrid predictive/feedback-type evolution of the highly sophisticated traction control system helps racers push harder by maximizing acceleration. 5 modes enable a greater range of feeling for specific track conditions and riding preferences.
  • KIBS (KAWASAKI INTELLIGENT ANTI-LOCK BRAKE SYSTEM): Kawasaki’s supersport-grade high-precision multi-sensing brake ABS brake assistance system. Uses high-precision control to modulate brake pressure during sport riding .
  • ELECTRONIC STEERING DAMPER: Specially developed Öhlins® electronic steering damper provides just the right amount of damping based on vehicle speed and degree of acceleration or deceleration.
  • POWER TECHNOLOGY: Kawasaki next-level electronics bring the extraordinary power of the World Superbike-winning Ninja® ZX™-10R to stunning new levels
  • KLCM (KAWASAKI LAUNCH CONTROL MODE): 3-mode system designed to help racers optimize acceleration from a launch, manages engine output to prevent wheelspin and minimize front end lift
  • KAWASAKI ENGINE BRAKE CONTROL: This system allows riders to set engine braking according to preference.
  • KQS (KAWASAKI QUICK SHIFTER): Facilitates acceleration by enabling the rider to upshift gears with the throttle wide open without using the clutch while out on the track
  • POWER MODES: Riders can set power delivery to suit conditions and/or preference: Full (100%) mode, Middle (80%) mode, and Low (60%) mode

General Information

Manufacturer Kawasaki
Model Year 2018
Model Code ZX1000SJFL
Color Metallic Matte Fusion Silver / Metallic Flat Spark Black



Front - Intelligent Braking (KIBS), Brembo dual semi-floating 330 mm discs with dual radial mounted monobloc 4-piston calipers

Rear - KIBS-controlled, single 220 mm disc with aluminum single-piston caliper


Front - 120/70 ZR17

Rear - 190/55 ZR17


Length Overall - 82.3 in.
Height Overall - 45.1 in.
Width Overall - 29.1 in.

Curb - 454.2 lb.

Curb weight includes all necessary materials and fluids to operate correctly, full tank of fuel (more than 90 percent capacity) and tool kit (if supplied).

Ground Clearance 5.7 in.
Wheelbase 56.7 in.
Seat Height 32.9 in.


Transmission 6-speed, return shift
Final Drive Sealed chain


Engine 4-stroke, 4 cylinder, DOHC, 4-valve
Displacement 998 cc
Bore x Stroke 76.0 x 55.0 mm
Compression Ratio 13.0:1
Fuel System DFI® with 47 mm Mikuni throttle bodies (4) with oval sub-throttles, two injectors per cylinder
Fuel Capacity 4.5 gal.
Ignition TCBI with digital advance and Sport-Kawasaki Traction Control (S-KTRC)
Cooling Liquid


Frame Aluminum perimeter

Front - 43 mm inverted Balance Free Fork, adjustable stepless rebound and compression damping, spring preload adjustability; Travel - 4.7 in.

Rear - Horizontal back-link with Balance Free gas-charged shock, stepless, dual-range (low-/high-speed) compression damping, stepless rebound damping, fully adjustable spring preload; Travel - 4.5 in.

Rake 25.0°
Trail 4.2 in.


Includes Kawasaki Launch Control Mode (KLCM), Kawasaki Intelligent anti-lock Brake System (KIBS), Kawasaki Sport Traction Control (S-KTRC), Kawasaki Engine Braking Control, Kawasaki Quick Shifter (KQS) (upshift only), Kawasaki Corner Management Function (KCMF)
Warranty 12 Month Limited Warranty