Review: Kawasaki ZX-10R

Review: Kawasaki ZX-10R

Supersport individual test: The Ninja 2010

Kawasaki ZX-10R

The Greens don’t have to keep reinventing the super sports motorcycle. That is why the ZX-10R will only be launched slightly modified for 2010.

Up until now, it was customary in the supersport industry to delight customers with completely new cannonballs every two years.

The tactics were mostly the same: weight down, performance up. For the sporty thousands, however, these key data have stagnated for some time and are currently just over 200 kilograms and around 180 hp (exception: BMW S 1000 RR).

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Review: Kawasaki ZX-10R

Supersport individual test: The Ninja 2010
Kawasaki ZX-10R


The tens-10s differ only marginally from the zero-nines-10s. A case for connoisseurs.

Those responsible at Kawasaki may have had similar thoughts. Because one thing is clear: If you want to distinguish the ZX-10R model year 2010 from its predecessor, you need an eye for detail. The fairing has been completely redrawn, but is so similar to the previous year’s model that it can only be distinguished in a direct comparison. This also applies to the exhaust. Shape and volume are identical, there are only differences in the end cap design and surface. And so it is not surprising that the new one is exactly the same.


New: simple exhaust end cap and matt instead of chrome-plated surface.

The test bench curves are practically congruent, the differences are within the scope of the measurement tolerance. And so the current expansion stage in the lower speed range goes to work very cautiously, in order to pull the chain all the more energetically when the green area on the tachometer is reached at 6000 revolutions. A quality that calls for a keen senses on the small and narrow mountain roads on which this test took place. But it fits in with the essence of the Kawasaki brand. The Greens always want to be a little angry, and so is the Ten. The decidedly sporty seating position gives you a good feeling for the front wheel.


Also new: colorful side panels with more edges and fewer corners.

The brake, once brought up to temperature, shines with a clear pressure point, low manual force, good controllability and a powerful effect. The same goes for the chassis, which allows the line to be corrected at lightning speed if the ice sheets behind the bend, which are also present in southern France at this time of year, require it.

Ultimately, the question of price remains. As long as Kawasaki offers last year’s jackpot models for 11,995 euros, there is tough internal competition.

Technical specifications

Drawing: archive

The performance diagram of the Kawasaki ZX-10R.

Water-cooled four-cylinder four-stroke in-line engine, two overhead, chain-driven camshafts, four valves per cylinder, bucket tappets, wet sump lubrication, injection, Ø 43 mm, regulated catalytic converter, generator 424 W, battery 12 V / 10 Ah, mechanically operated multi-plate oil bath clutch, (Anti-hopping), six-speed gearbox, O-ring chain, secondary ratio 41:17.
Bore x stroke 76.0 x 55.0 mm
Displacement 998 cm3
Compression ratio 12.9: 1
rated capacity 138.0 kW (188 hp) at 12500 rpm
Max. Torque 113 Nm at 8700 rpm

Landing gear:
Bridge frame made of aluminum, upside-down fork, Ø 43 mm, steering damper, adjustable spring base, rebound and compression damping, two-arm swing arm made of aluminum, central spring strut with lever system, adjustable spring base, rebound and compression damping, double disc brake at the front, Ø 310 mm, four-piston -Fixed calipers, rear disc brake, Ø 220 mm, single-piston floating caliper.
Cast aluminum wheels 3.50 x 17; 6.00 x 17
Tires 120/70 ZR 17; 190/55 ZR 17
Front tires in the test Pirelli Diablo Corsa III "N"

Mass and weight:

Wheelbase 1415 mm, steering head angle 64.5 degrees, caster 110 mm, spring travel f / h 120/125 mm, seat height * 810 mm, weight with a full tank * 210 kg, load * 178 kg, tank capacity 17.0 liters, two-year guarantee
Service intervals 6000 km
Colors green, black, white
Price 14,595 euros
Additional costs around 180 euros

Driving performance:

Top speed(Measurements) 298 km / h

0-100 km / h 3.2 sec
0-140 km / h 4.7 sec
0-200 km / h 7.6 sec

60-100 km / h 4.2 sec
100-140 km / h 3.4 sec
140-180 km / h 3.5 sec

Speedometer deviation
Effective (display 50/100) 47/93 km / h


Country road 5.7 l / 100 km / h
Fuel type super
Theoretical range 298 km

What’s new?


The profile of the great green is striking even without decoration.


  • Rear silencer with a new design
  • Revised switching mechanism

landing gear

  • Steering damper with a new design


  • more contoured front fairing
  • new interior trim
  • Side panel redrawn
  • new decor


  • 14,595 euros (2009: list price 13,995 euros, as jackpot model 11,995 euros) each without additional costs



  • Brake; strong, transparent, effective
  • Throttle response: soft and direct
  • Character: uncompromisingly sporty
  • Consumption: quite modest


  • Sitting position: pretty uncomfortable
  • Brake: ABS not available
  • Maintenance intervals: very short at 6000 km

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