Kawasaki Ninja 1000 ZX-10R SE 2018

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Driving a big sports car on the road has always required a good dose of composure to exploit its potential without going into orbit. Big advances in electronics have recently made it possible to delegate part of the job. The Kawasaki ZX-10R has, like most hypersports, its big package of chips and silicon: traction control, Riding Modes, engine brake control, launch control, multi-axis inertial unit, ABS, etc….

We can go further, especially to improve driving conditions on the road. And this is the mission of the ZX-10 R SE with its piloted suspensions.

The depreciation that reflects on its own is one of the big pluses of modern machines. With the relief of leaving the tools in the garage and being able to easily adjust the settings. This ZX-10R inaugurates the first semi-active system at Kawa, called KECS (Kawasaki Electronic Control Suspension). With this, the Superbike Ninja will be able to read the road, adjust in real time and offer a feeling and a welcome efficiency to road riders. But how does it work ?
The manufacturer of Akashi worked with Showa to develop this technology. First, collect most of the parts of the excellent BFFF cartridge fork and BFRC shock absorber. Then, graft the meninges of an ultra-fast controlled damping and transform the whole with very reactive technique.
ConcretelyKawasaki Ninja 1000 ZX-10R SE 2018, every millisecond, sensors integrated in the fork and the shock absorber inform the KECS electronic control unit about the travel speed and compression. To complete the information, the inertial unit provides information on the acceleration or deceleration of the machine every 10 milliseconds. The KECS acts according to these data by operating the solenoid valves which will take care of adjusting the compression and expansion in a fraction of a second. A blink of an eye is at best 1 hundredth of a second. The control valves on the 10R SE go 10 times faster with single-stage direct-drive control. The reaction time is given for 1 ms, which is much faster than stepper motors or double-stage pilot valves. Thus, depending on the profile of the road and the dynamics of the bike, the damping reacts even faster than a human nerve impulse..

Precisely, as a human, we do not always wake up in the same mood. Driving is the same. Better that she adapt. To suit this, KECS offers 3 depreciation methods. ROAD, with a more flexible type of damping; TRACK, for more firmness; and MANUAL, where the rider determines his basic settings in 15 levels for compression and rebound. Then the electronics and sensors react according to preferences.

Proud of its adaptive suspensions, the ZX-10R SE nevertheless demonstrates a certain discretion with a black-gray color that is reminiscent of that of the ZX-10RR. Moreover, she did not hesitate to prick her Marchesini forged aluminum rims and her Up & Down shifter. A few touches of green and a special SE plate on the top of the tank identify this electronically reinforced motorcycle. On the scale, the SE accuses 2 kilos more; ridiculous. Engine side, the cavalry always present with its big 200 nags in the 4 cylinders, offering the best of itself in high revs.

The ZX-10R family can now be enjoyed in 3 models. Standard for large caliber pilots, RR to engage in competition, and SE to benefit from self-reactive damping. One way to go tease the R1M and Fireblade SP. You won’t get Ohlins but a faster order reaction time. And for a very different extra cost. The ZX-10R SE will still cost around 5,000 euros more than the basic version. Available in March, for customers increasingly keen on technology.

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      Performances

      • Max speed:
        about 300 km / h

      The technical aspect

      Kawasaki Ninja 1000 ZX-10R SE 2018

      • Frame
      • Frame: double perimeter aluminum beam
      • Tank: 17 liters
      • Seat height: 835 mm
      • Length: 2,090 mm
      • Width: 740 mm
      • Height: 1,145 mm
      • Wheelbase: 1440 mm
      • Weight in running order: 208 kg
      • Train before
      • BPF inverted telehydraulic fork Ø 43 mm, deb: 120 mm
      • 2 Ø 330 mm discs, 4 piston radial calipers
      • Front wheel:

        120/70
        – 17

      Kawasaki Ninja 1000 ZX-10R SE 2018 technical

      • Transmission
      • 6 speed gearbox
      • Secondary chain transmission
      • Rear axle
      • Mono-shock, deb: 114 mm
      • 1 disc Ø 220 mm, 1 piston caliper
      • Rear wheel:

        190/55
        – 17

      • Motor
      • 4 Cylinders
        in line
        , 4 stroke
      • Cooling: Liquid cooling
      • Injection Ø 47 mm
      • Double ACT
      • 4 valves per cylinder
      • 998 cc
        (76 x 55 mm)
      • 200
        ch
        at 13,000 rpm
      • 210 hp with forced air
      • 11.60 mkg
        at 11,500 rpm
      • Compression: 13: 1
      • Crit’air:

      Detached pieces

      exhaust
      motor
      fluid
      electricity

      filtration
      braking
      chain kit

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