It has been such a quiet fall for model announcements that we started to wonder if there would be ANYTHING exciting. Well finally we have something other than BNG and minor models: a new 10R. Initial hilites look to be new forms and new electronics that sound tempting to this occasional track day enthusiast. There is alot of focus on track performance in the press release, which makes us wonder if street competency has been compromised. We'll have to wait for a first ride to see.
That's not the only significant release though. If you like dirt and air, Kawasaki's top motocross offering, the KX450F, is all new as well. A bit surprising, considering
2016 KAWASAKI NINJA ZX-10R
The all-new Ninja ZX-10R motorcycle brings race-winning performance and World Superbike-derived technology
With two World Superbike Championship titles under its belt, the Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R ABS is already the most respected sportbike in the racing paddock, and now an all-new version builds on that reputation. The 2016 model is designed to deliver race-winning performance by utilizing the proven technology that propelled the Kawasaki Racing Team (KRT) to worldwide dominance. This new bike is the best platform for riders looking to set records on the track, as well as attaining the highest level of sportbike enjoyment on the road.
The new Ninja ZX-10R ABS motorcycle takes state-of-the-art mechanical design with the very latest rider electronics suite. The result is the ultimate superbike with the mind-bending performance of a more powerful 998cc four-cylinder engine on the track, as well as legendary Kawasaki reliability both on and off the track.
The 2016 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R ABS is the highest performing, most track-focused sportbike available today for homologated racing use. It boasts World superbike-derived Showa suspension and a user-friendly electronics package that is exclusive to Kawasaki and only available to Ninja ZX-10R ABS riders. The electronics package is developed from Kawasaki’s World Superbike experience and includes KEBC Kawasaki Engine Braking Control, KLCM Kawasaki Launch Control Mode, KIBS Kawasaki Intelligent anti-lock Braking System, Corner Management Function, S-KTRC Sport Kawasaki TRaction Control and KQS Kawasaki Quick Shifter.
HIGHLIGHTS OF THE 2016 KAWASAKI NINJA ZX-10R ABS MOTORCYCLE:
- World Superbike-derived Kawasaki Racing Team technology has produced the most track-focused sportbike ever
- NEW More powerful 998cc in-line four-cylinder 16-valve engine
- NEW Lighter crankshaft allows quicker revving and increased low-mid-range power
- NEW Pistons, head design, camshaft profiles and air box for better response and power
- NEW Computer-controlled electronic throttle valve delivers precise control
- NEW Lightweight titanium exhaust system
- NEW Close-ratio, cassette-type transmission is ideally suited to racing and gives strong corner exit acceleration
- NEW Chassis with new steering head position, swingarm rigidity and length, longer wheelbase creates balanced handling
- NEW Front cowl provides better aerodynamics, improves high-speed handling, reduces rider buffeting
- NEW Showa Balance Free Fork (BFF) and Balance Free Rear Cushion (BFRC) derived directly from World Superbike racing, first-time used on a mass-production motorcycle
- NEW Brembo M50 monobloc front calipers, 330mm Brembo rotors and master cylinder provide increased braking power, feel and heat dissipation
- NEW Electronics suite utilizes a Bosch five-axis IMU for KEBC Kawasaki Engine Braking Control, KLCM Kawasaki Launch Control Mode, KIBS Kawasaki Intelligent anti-lock Braking System, Corner Management Function, S-KTRC Sport Kawasaki TRaction Control and KQS Kawasaki Quick Shifter
- NEW Kawasaki Racing Team-inspired KRT Edition color scheme combining Lime Green and Ebony paint
- NEW Metallic Matte Carbon Grey finish
WORLD SUPERBIKE TECHNOLGY
The Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R ABS motorcycle has dominated the World Superbike Championship for many years – finishing second in 2012, first in 2013, second in 2014, and recently clinching first place in both the 2015 Riders’ Championship, as well as the 2015 Manufacturers’ Championship title by a healthy margin over its nearest rivals.
All this success has a direct impact on Kawasaki’s street products, with the technology being fed back to Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd. for integration into the 2016 Ninja ZX-10R ABS motorcycle. This has helped to sharpen the motorcycle’s edge, resulting in better handling, improved lap times and a thrilling riding experience.
Participating in the most competitive arena in the world for production motorcycles, Kawasaki continually pushes its technology forward, not only in terms of engine performance but also handling and the suite of electronic rider aids thanks to the introduction of a ground-breaking Bosch five-axis Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) and Kawasaki proprietary software. Much of this technology is transferred from the World Superbike pit box to the 2016 Ninja ZX-10R ABS motorcycle.
For the 2016 model year, the architecture of the proven 998cc engine retains its 16-valve, DOHC, inline four-cylinder layout and its over-square 76 x 55mm bore and stroke dimensions. Known for its strong mid-range power delivery and ballistic top-end performance, Kawasaki has made a large number of improvements to continue its winning advantage by improving peak power output as well as the power delivery. Almost all of these are the direct result of Kawasaki racing development, which translates to the 2016 Ninja ZX-10R ABS, creating a very competitive motorcycle.
These improvements start with a lighter crankshaft, which allows quicker revving for improved throttle response and acceleration. It also has increased low- and mid-range power output, which is appreciated when exiting a corner on the racetrack or on a favorite stretch of blacktop. Another advantage of the reduced reciprocating mass is better cornering turn-in and side-to-side transitions.
The crankshaft also has a new balancer, which is lighter and damps vibrations just as effectively. The crankshaft’s connecting rod journals have a new coating for reduced friction at high RPM.
The cylinder head has revised intake and exhaust ports. These have a straighter cross-section to allow better gas flow, contributing to the increased power output. Only the intake ports were polished on previous models, but the 2016 model also has polished exhaust ports to further increase power.
The cylinder head design incorporates larger coolant passageways to help provide engine reliability. Long-reach spark plugs are another part of the package, helping to boost ignition efficiency.
The combustion chamber shape is revised and the titanium exhaust valves are increased 1mm in diameter to 25.5mm, boosting high-RPM power output, while the combustion chamber shape is revised for the same goal.
Both the intake and exhaust camshaft profiles offer greater overlap to increase power at high RPM, without adversely affecting exhaust emissions. A new camshaft chain tensioner is also specified in order to help provide accurate valve timing and to reduce mechanical noise.
The all-new pistons are cast from heat-resistant alloy that improves durability, while overall weight is reduced by 5g per piston thanks to shorter skirts (37.7mm instead of 39.2mm). This superior construction and reduced mass means they are able to cope with the greater demands of the more powerful engine as well as improve engine response. Furthermore, a dry-film lubricant coating on the piston skirts reduces friction at low RPM and helps with the breaking-in process.
Kawasaki engineers also took the opportunity to increase the cylinder wall thickness in order to produce a more rigid engine block, contributing to the overall reliability.
The 2016 Ninja ZX-10R ABS motorcycle has 25% larger air box volume and is fitted with a new air filter element that offers 60% more surface area and greater air flow. This upgrade contributes to better engine responsiveness, improved corner exit acceleration and better low- to mid-range power.
New electronic throttle valves allow precise control of the intake airflow, contributing to efficient power delivery and seamless integration of the electronic aids such as the S-KTRC Traction Control, the new KLCM Launch Control and KEBC Kawasaki Engine Braking Control.
The new throttle bodies necessitated the use of a new Engine Control Unit, which is mounted under the seat in an aluminum case to provide heat dissipation.
The titanium-alloy exhaust system, which helps with weight reduction and mass centralization as well as the power to weight ratio by removing significant weight from the bike.
New titanium-alloy headers use a special heat-resistant alloy, which is unique to Kawasaki in a motorcycle application and have a new connector pipe joining headers three and four to help smooth the engine response. The heat handling capacity contributes to durability, while the new alloy also allows thinner pipes thickness, reducing weight even more. The titanium alloy exhaust silencer offers nearly a 50% larger volume than the previous model, reducing sound levels and overall weight.
Another feature directly derived from the racing success of the Ninja ZX-10R ABS motorcycle is its cassette-type, close-ratio transmission. The gear ratios are idealized for circuit riding. Shorter ratios for second through sixth gear deliver strong corner exit acceleration. The closer ratios also give stable downshifts and works with a slipper clutch. The clutch is 130g lighter than in the 2015 model, thanks to a thinner primary gear.
A new dry-film lubricant coating has been applied to certain gears in order to reduce internal friction, improving shifting speed.
A brand-new feature for 2016 is the standard Kawasaki Quick Shifter (KQS). Working on upshifts only, it uses the same contactless sensor as the Ninja H2R motorcycle and helps to provide seamless acceleration thanks to rapid upshifts, which is especially beneficial for circuit riding.
KAWASAKI ELECTRONICS SYSTEMS
The 2016 Ninja ZX-10R ABS motorcycle uses a full complement of electronics that allow the rider to fully explore its performance on the track. The Kawasaki electronic system uses a proprietary algorithm that optimizes the electronic stability systems. The Kawasaki system uses a Bosch five-axis Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) with software developed in-house, drawing on the experience of the Kawasaki Race Team’s World Superbike experience, making this application unique. For example, it takes the pitch and roll rate data measured by the IMU, and the ECU calculates the yaw rate, resulting in six-axis operation. It provides an additional layer of precision to the already high-level electronics package, giving the rider greater confidence on the track by allowing them to explore limits within the parameters controlled by the on-board computer.
Specifically, the IMU is able to measure longitudinal acceleration and braking, transverse or lateral forces when cornering, vertical acceleration such as when cresting a hill at steady speed, rotational roll rate (or lean angle) as well as the pitch rate such as during a wheelie or under hard braking. The Kawasaki software adds the sixth axis with yaw rate calculations, such as experienced during a powerslide where the rear wheel is out of line with the front.
The IMU input into the ECU works in conjunction with wheel speed, brake pressure, throttle position, engine RPM and throttle opening sensors. This high level of chassis orientation awareness means the ECU can adapt to changes in tires and even road camber. This gives the Kawasaki system an advantage because the S-KTRC Traction Control, KLCM Launch Control, KIBS Intelligent ABS and Cornering Management Function can respond to real-world conditions in real time, rather than relying solely on pre-set limits like some competitor’s systems.
S-KTRC KAWASAKI TRACTION CONTROL
The Sport-Kawasaki TRaction Control system now has five modes of intervention, compared to the three settings on the previous model. Modes one and two are designed for a racer on the track. Mode three is designed for a dry circuit with high-grip tires. Mode four is intended for dry canyon roads or commuting, while mode five is programmed to suit wet circuit or street use.
The inclusion of the IMU means that S-KTRC changes from being a purely predictive system to one that also offers feedback. The new predictive/feedback system offers even more precise management to help riders push harder on the racetrack by maximizing acceleration.
The highly sophisticated traction control system is based on racing technology and acknowledges that in order to accomplish the quickest acceleration, a certain amount of tire slip is required. In order to optimize traction, S-KTRC varies slip according to the prevailing conditions, taking information from a number of parameters to get a real-time image of what is happening. As such, it looks at front and rear wheel speed (slippage), engine RPM, throttle position, acceleration, etc. The system also looks at the chassis’ orientation relative to the track surface, rather than simply in the horizontal plane. Therefore, it is able to account for camber, gradient, etc. and adjust accordingly. It is also able to adjust for tire wear, tire profile, tire compound and numerous other factors.
Acting before the slippage surpasses the limit of adhesion, the ECU is able to minimize engine power reductions, resulting in ultra-smooth operation and maximum forward acceleration on the track.
KIBS KAWASAKI INTELLIGENT BRAKING SYSTEM
The Kawasaki Intelligent Braking System is available on the Ninja ZX-10R models equipped with the optional ABS braking. The multi-sensing brake management system uses high-precision control to modulate brake pressure during sport riding.
CORNERING MANAGEMENT FUNCTION
Using the five-axis IMU and Kawasaki’s original chassis attitude software, the Cornering Management Function helps distribute optimum hydraulic pressure to the calipers based on the motorcycle’s lean/pitch angle. The result is reduction of the motorcycle’s tendency to stand up when applying the brakes in a turn on the track. Instead, the Ninja ZX-10R ABS motorcycle is better able to follow the rider’s intended line while slowing down for a difficult turn, rather than having the tendency to run wide.
KLCM KAWASAKI LAUNCH CONTROL MODE
Another new addition to the 2016 Ninja ZX-10R ABS is the Kawasaki Launch Control Mode. It has three modes, which vary the level of intrusion via the ignition and intake air (throttle valves).
The three different modes are designed to suit different rider abilities. Mode one offers less intrusion from the system but requires the rider to operate the clutch and throttle with greater sensitivity. Mode three allows the electronics to do more of the work while the rider simply drops the clutch with the throttle wide open. Mode two gives a setting between the first and third.
The Kawasaki Launch Control assists racers by optimizing acceleration from a stop by controlling engine output to prevent wheelspin and minimize font-end lift when leaving the starting line.
Using an indicator on the digital instrument display, the rider selects KLCM with the Power Mode also on FULL.
KAWASAKI ENGINE BRAKING CONTROL
The Kawasaki Engine Braking Control was first seen on the Ninja H2R motorcycle and enables the engine braking to be managed when the rider snaps the throttle shut. This feature is intended for circuit use only and contributes to smoother braking and corner entry when in operation.
Selectable Power Modes have been available on the Ninja ZX-10R motorcycle for several years but this new system now has three modes to allow the rider to select the power delivery to suit the prevailing conditions.
The available levels are Full, Middle (80%) or Low (60%). These reduce power by the stated amount and are easily selected via the rocker switch on the left handlebar, allowing riders to select the power delivery to suit their preference.
On the frame, the steering head pipe is moved 7.5mm closer to the rider than the previous model, placing more weight on the front-end, resulting in improved front-end feel. This helps to improve the motorcycle’s stability on corner entry. It will also help in transitions, when flicking the bike from one side to the other, creating nimble handing and increased corner speed.
The front section of the main frame has been internally profiled to reduce induction noise, effectively using the interior as a resonator chamber. This has the effect of allowing the exhaust to be liberated, freeing significant horsepower from the engine while still meeting US noise regulations.
The swingarm is lengthened 15.8mm, resulting in a wheelbase of 56.7”, which is almost 0.5” longer than the previous model. The swingarm is also torsionally more rigid thanks to additional bracing. This contributes to the motorcycle’s nimble handling and excellent behavior in corner entry as well as transitions.
Giving the 2016 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R ABS motorcycle a distinct advantage over its competition is the Showa Balance Free Fork (BFF). This is the first mass-production motorcycle application for the fork that was jointly developed with Showa in World Superbike competition.
The main feature of the Showa BFF is that the design of the hydraulic system eliminates the pressure balance fluctuations typically found in conventional forks. With the BFF, the damping valves are located in one place – outside the fork legs in the damping force chamber. This allows the entire surface of the fork pistons to push the hydraulic fluid toward the valves in the damping force chamber, with nitrogen gas in the compression chamber pushing back against the oil, helping to maintain the balanced pressure inside the fork tube.
Compression and rebound damping are generated (and adjusted) completely independently from one another by the compression and rebound adjuster screws on the damping force chamber at the bottom of each leg. Locating the adjustment in this single place has resulted in a more focused design that greatly improves responsiveness. Spring preload adjustment is located on the top of each fork leg.
Other advantages of this system include better traction, improved low-speed comfort and increased front-end feel. When combined with the benefits in braking, front-end feel and comfort, riders will truly appreciate this new fork on the racetrack.
The rear shock absorber is a Showa Balance Free Rear Cushion (BFRC) unit that also resulted from joint development in World Superbike competition. Just like the forks, the rear shock has a separate damping force chamber that houses the compression and rebound damping adjusters. By separating them, it again allows the entire damping piston to focus on hydraulic fluid movement. There is also external spring preload adjustment. The result is increased traction and superior shock absorption.
The horizontal back-link suspension has revised linkage ratios for 2016. This has allowed a wider range of adjustment, making it easier for the rider to feel the changes and causing the vehicle to be more targeted to circuit use than ever before.
As another direct consequence of Kawasaki’s World Superbike involvement, the 2016 Ninja ZX-10R motorcycle has been fitted with a Brembo front braking system. This not only includes the very high specification M50 aluminum monobloc four-piston front calipers (with 30mm opposed pistons), but also larger Brembo front rotors, up from 310mm last year, to 330mm. The rotors are cross-drilled and have a circumferential groove in the outer edge to aid heat dissipation.
The Brembo components offer strong initial bite for circuit use and great feel through the lever. Each part is inspected and adjusted by Brembo to eliminate and ineffective (idle) stroke, providing strong braking force from the initial lever stroke. As a further measure to help provide excellent brake action, race-quality stainless steel braided lines have been fitted front and rear to help ensure direct feel when the brakes are applied.
On the rear, the previous petal-shape disc is replaced by a similar-sized 220mm round rotor to match the front. The two-piston Nissin caliper used by last year’s model remains.
Riders who choose to purchase the 2016 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R ABS motorcycle will also experience the Kawasaki Intelligent anti-lock Braking System (KIBS) described earlier in this release. It uses high-precision control to regulate brake pressure during sports riding.
The 2016 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R ABS motorcycle also benefits from Cornering Management Function, which uses the five-axis IMU to allow riders on the track to brake into a turn, without the tendency for the bike to stand up and run wide.
WHEELS & TIRES
The wheels remain unchanged from the 2015 model year, although the brake rotor mounting areas are revised in order to increase the rotor stability. Angled air valves have also been fitted, identical to those used on the Ninja H2R and Ninja H2™ motorcycles, to make tire air pressure maintenance easier with the very large brake rotors that are fitted.
Another feature carried over from the Ninja H2 platform is the Bridgestone Battlax RS10 tires, which remain the same size as before: 120/70 ZR17 front and 190/55 ZR17 rear.
More World Superbike-inspired development hits the street in the design of the front cowl. This time, it’s in the form of increased wind protection, thanks to a larger screen area, which allows the rider to change positions more easily thanks to reduced wind buffeting. The new cowl has also improved the aerodynamic efficiency, reducing the drag coefficient and aiding stability. The front windshield is also supported over its entire length by the cowl, reducing vibration over the previous model’s “floating” design.
Two small air intakes are strategically placed on either side of the windshield in order to help prevent a negative pressure area forming in the cockpit, reducing helmet buffeting and increasing comfort on longer journeys.
The headlights have been updated, receiving more compact lenses to match the new front cowl design and give the bike a more menacing demeanor. The mirrors are similar to the previous model but the stays have been lowered to integrate with the new cowl design. The new front fender has a stepped design, which helps to direct airflow to the radiator and is very similar to the fender of the Ninja H2R motorcycle.
In the rear, the new cowl is wider than before to create a better visual balance with the front styling. The new passenger seat is sportier and matches the design of the sharper new LED tail light, which now has separate turn signals. The license plate holder is also new and the modular design is easily removable for track use.
COCKPIT & CONTROLS
The main instruments on the 2016 Ninja ZX-10R ABS motorcycle have been retained from last year, but the LCD portion is new and includes the option to change the background color from black to white. There is also an IMU indicator, as well as Launch Control, Quick Shift and Engine Braking activation, plus gear position indicator, Power Modes, S-KTRC mode (and Off), low fuel level, Economic Riding Indicator, intake air temperature, odometer, dual trip meters, average fuel consumption, instant fuel consumption and a host of indicator lamps.
To select these new functions, a rocker switch is located on the left handlebar that incorporates a “select” button to allow the rider to scroll through the functions.
There are new bar end weights, which have a more detailed design.
Other updates include revised settings for the Öhlins electronic steering damper to suit the new chassis setup. It is the same damper as used on previous models, which alters its damping characteristics according to speed and the degree of either acceleration or braking. The settings were chosen so at low speeds the damper does not interfere with the intrinsic lightweight handling, whereas at higher speeds, the damping increases to help enhance stability.
With the handlebar moved 7.5mm closer to the rider, thanks to the repositioned head pipe, the riding position is more compact than before. This allows riders more flexibility in choosing their position on the motorcycle.
In preparation for the addition of an aftermarket data logger by amateur and professional race teams, a CAN coupler is provided inside the cowl.
NINJA ZX-10R MODELS
There are four model variations available from Kawasaki’s nationwide dealer network. The Ninja ZX-10R motorcycle and its ABS-equipped version, the Ninja ZX-10R ABS motorcycle, are both available in the new Metallic Matte Carbon Grey.
The Ninja ZX-10R motorcycle and Ninja ZX-10R ABS motorcycles are also available in a KRT Edition. Both are available in the striking new Lime Green and Ebony color combination.
World Superbike-derived Kawasaki Racing Team (KRT) technology has produced the most track-focused superbike ever
NEW More powerful 998cc in-line four-cylinder 16-valve engine
NEW Lighter crankshaft allows quicker revving and increased low-mid-range power
NEW Head design, camshaft profiles and air box for better response and power
NEW Computer-controlled electronic throttle valve gives precise control
NEW Lightweight titanium-alloy exhaust system
NEW Close-ratio, cassette-type transmission is ideal for racing and gives strong corner exit acceleration
NEW Steering head position, swingarm rigidity and length, longer wheelbase create sharper handling
NEW Front cowl improves aerodynamics, improves high-speed handling, reduces rider buffeting
NEW Showa Balance Free Fork (BFF) and Balance Free Rear Cushion (BFRC) derived directly from World Superbike racing, used for first time on mass-production motorcycle
NEW Brembo M50 monobloc front calipers and 330mm Brembo rotors provide increased braking power, feel and heat dissipation
NEW Electronics suite including – KLCM Kawasaki Launch Control Mode, KIBS Kawasaki Intelligent anti-lock Braking System, Cornering Management Function, S-KTRC Sport Kawasaki TRaction Control, Kawasaki Engine Braking Control, KQS Kawasaki Quick Shifter, three-level Power Modes
NEW Kawasaki Racing Team-inspired KRT Edition color scheme combining Lime Green and Ebony paint
NEW Metallic Matte Carbon Grey finish
Power Mode selector allows riders to select power level and power delivery to match riding conditions
Slipper-type back-torque limiting clutch helps prevent rear wheel hop under extreme deceleration and improves corner entry handling
Liquid-cooled DOHC 998cc Inline-four Engine Design is compact, narrow and lightweight
Over-square 76 x 55mm bore and stroke
NEW Lighter crankshaft allows quicker revving for improved throttle response and acceleration plus increased low-mid-range power
NEW Coating on crankshaft connecting rod journals for better performance at high RPM.
NEW Crankshaft balancer is lighter and damps vibrations more effectively
REVISED Cylinder head intake and exhaust ports are both polished, with straighter cross-section to allow better gas flow, increasing power
NEW Larger coolant passageways in cylinder head aid durability
NEW Long-reach spark plugs improve ignition efficiency
Intake and exhaust valves are titanium to reduce reciprocating weight and stress at high rpm
NEW Titanium exhaust valves are 1mm larger in diameter at 25.5mm, increasing high-RPM power
NEW Combustion chamber shape improves high-RPM power
REVISED Intake and exhaust camshaft profiles have more overlap to increase power at high RPM
NEW Camshaft chain tensioner provides accurate valve timing and reduces mechanical noise
NEW Cast pistons use a new heat-resistant material that increases durability. Piston skirts are shorter, reducing weight by 5g per piston
NEW Increased cylinder wall thickness produces a more rigid engine block for increased durability
One-piece upper crankcase and cylinder casting offers maximum rigidity
NEW Larger air box volume with new air filter element provides 60% more surface area with less air resistance, improving engine response, corner exit acceleration as well as low-mid-range power
NEW Computer-controlled electronic throttle valves previously used on the Kawasaki Ninja H2R. Valves allow precise control of the intake airflow and seamless integration of S-KTRC Sport Kawasaki TRaction Control, KLCM Kawasaki Launch Control Mode and KEBC Kawasaki Engine Braking Control
REVISED Intake funnels match throttle valves
NEW 32-bit Engine Control Unit uses aluminum housing to provide excellent heat dissipation
NEW Titanium-alloy headers use special heat-resistant alloy for improved heat handling capacity, with thin wall thickness for less weight
NEW Titanium-alloy exhaust silencer has nearly 50% larger volume for superior noise absorption while reducing overall weight.
Exhaust system reduces weight of the bike and contributes to mass centralization
Low-friction oil pump reduces parasitic power loss
A lightweight radiator with tightly packed cores provides efficient engine cooling
NEW the oil cooler’s water coolant pipe layout has been revised to flow through the water radiator instead of back through the water pump to increase cooling efficiency
Kawasaki Electronics System
A full complement of electronics allow the rider to explore the motorcycle’s performance
Kawasaki adaptive/predictive system utilizes Bosch Inertial Measurement Unit five-axis sensor with proprietary Kawasaki software developed in-house from World Superbike experience. The system includes the following:
S-KTRC Sport Kawasaki TRraction Control
NEW Kawasaki TRaction Control system has five modes of intervention
Modes one and two are designed for the expert racer on a track
Mode three is designed for a dry circuit with grippy tires
Mode four is for dry canyon roads or commuting
Mode five is programmed to suit wet circuit or street use
The sophisticated electronic system is designed to maximize forward acceleration on the track by allowing racers to ride closer to the edge of traction
The system uses data including throttle position, wheel speed, engine RPM, wheel slippage and acceleration using speed sensors fitted to both wheels as well as the Bosch IMU
Using complex analysis, the system is able to calculate when traction conditions are about to become unfavorable. By acting before slippage exceeds the range for optimal traction, the system can quickly and smoothly reduce power slightly so the wheel regains traction
S-KTRC confirms conditions 200 times per second and governs ignition and air flow, which allows extremely quick response to changing conditions
A meter on the LCD instrument panel displays how much electronic intervention the system is providing
KIBS Kawasaki Intelligent Braking System (ABS models only)
Kawasaki Intelligent Braking System is available on models fitted with the optional ABS braking
KIBS monitors front and rear wheel speed, throttle position, gear selection, engine RPM, caliper pressure, clutch actuation and more to help prevent wheel locking
High-precision brake pressure control offers a number of sport riding benefits, including rear-end lift suppression, minimal kickback during operation and consistent lever feel
Cornering Management Function (ABS models only)
NEW Using the five-axis Bosch IMU and Kawasaki chassis attitude software, the new Cornering Management Function helps to ensures the optimum hydraulic pressure is distributed to the calipers, based on the motorcycle’s lean/pitch angle. On the track it suppresses the motorcycle’s tendency to stand up when the brakes are applied in a turn, resulting in quicker lap times
KLCM Kawasaki Launch Control Mode
NEW Kawasaki Launch Control has three modes with varying levels of intrusion via the ignition and intake air (throttle valves)
The system works in conjunction with the S-KTRC and enhances the motorcycle’s acceleration times for best possible race starts on the track
Three different modes are designed to suit different rider abilities
Mode one offers less intrusion from the system but requires the rider to operate the clutch and throttle with greater sensitivity
Mode three allows the electronics to do more of the work while the rider simply drops the clutch and pins the throttle wide open
Mode two gives a setting between Mode one and three
Kawasaki Engine Braking Control
NEW Kawasaki Engine Braking Control enables the amount of engine braking to be managed when the rider snaps the throttle shut
It is intended for circuit use only and contributes to smoother braking and corner entry when in operation
Engine Power Modes
NEW Power Modes allow the rider to select the power delivery to suit conditions
Three levels are available: Full, Middle (80%) or Low (60%), selected via the rocker switch on the left handlebar
Race-style cassette transmission allows simple trackside gearing changes to suit individual circuits
The “cassette” is located high enough that it can be accessed without having to drain engine oil
Primary and final reduction ratios minimize rear end movement (squat/lift) during acceleration and deceleration
NEW Close-ratio, short-gearing is designed to suit racetracks, while delivering strong corner exit acceleration from low-mid RPM corners
NEW slipper clutch is 130g lighter thanks to a thinner primary gear. Its back-torque limiting ability allows smooth downshifts, contributing to stability under heavy braking
NEW Kawasaki Quick Shifter (KQS) is standard equipment and works on upshifts only, it helps to ensure seamless acceleration thanks to rapid upshifts for circuit riding
NEW Dry-film lubricant coating on certain gears reduces friction, improving shifting speed
Chassis / Frame
Aluminum-alloy frame offers optimal flex and rigidity characteristics for balanced handling on street or track
NEW Steering head pipe has moved 7.5mm closer to the rider, placing more weight on the front-end, resulting in improved front-end feel, rider confidence, corner entry and in transitions
NEW Frame has been internally profiled at the front to reduce induction noise, using an internal resonator chamber. This allowed the exhaust to be liberated, freeing significant horsepower while still meeting US noise regulations
NEW Swingarm has been lengthened 15.8mm, resulting in a 12mm longer wheelbase
NEW Swingarm is torsionally more rigid thanks to additional bracing, contributing to the motorcycle’s nimble handling and excellent behavior in corner entry as well as transitions
Showa Balance Free Fork (BFF)
NEW Showa Balance Free Fork (BFF) has its first mass-production application following joint development between Kawasaki and Showa in Word Superbike racing
Showa BFF hydraulic design eliminates pressure balance fluctuations typical in conventional forks because the damping valves are located outside the fork legs in the damping force chamber. This means the entire fork piston is pushing hydraulic fluid toward the valves
Damping is adjusted for compression and rebound in the damping force chamber, resulting in a more focused design that greatly improves responsiveness
System advantages includes better traction, improved low-speed comfort and high-speed performance
There is a spring preload adjuster on the top of each fork leg
Showa Balance Free Rear Cushion (BFRC)
NEW Showa Balance Free Rear Cushion (BFRC) rear shock is again the result of joint development in World Superbike competition
Like the forks, the rear shock has a separate damping force chamber that house the compression and rebound damping adjusters
There is external spring preload adjustment on the shock body
REVISED Rear suspension linkage ratios allow a wider range of adjustment, making it easier for the rider to feel the changes. This is targeted more to circuit use than ever before
Öhlins-Kawasaki Electronic Steering Damper
REVISED Öhlins Electronic Steering Damper settings help provide the ideal amount of damping force across a wide range of riding scenarios
Maintains a high level of rider feedback by allowing lower damping forces under less taxing conditions, but quickly increases the damping effect to enhance high-speed stability when required
Reacts to current speed as well as rate of acceleration or deceleration to help provide light steering feel at low speed, as well as superior damping at higher speeds
Uses patented Öhlins twin-tube design to help ensure stable damping performance and superior kickback absorption
Brembo Front Brakes
NEW Brembo M50 aluminum monobloc four-piston front calipers with 30mm opposed pistons
NEW 330mm Brembo front rotors, cross-drilled with a circumferential groove in the outer edge to aid heat dissipation
NEW Brembo radial master cylinder and brake fluid reservoir
Brembo components are used for their power, precision and premium quality. They also offer strong initial bite for circuit use and great feel through the lever. To ensure there is minimal play in the brake lever, every part is inspected and adjusted prior to leaving the Brembo factory
NEW race-quality stainless steel braided lines front and rear to help ensure direct feel when the brakes are applied
NEW 220mm round rear rotor with two-piston Nissin caliper
NEW Owners who purchase the 2016 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R ABS will also experience the KIBS Kawasaki Intelligent anti-lock Braking System and new Corner Management Function
Wheels & Tires
REVISED The gravity-cast three-spoke aluminum wheels remain unchanged from the 2015 model year, but the brake rotor mounting areas have been revised to increase the rotor stability. Angled air valves make tire maintenance easier with the very large brake rotors fitted
NEW Bridgestone Battlax RS10 tires are fitted. These are a very sticky street-legal compound in sizes 120/70 ZR17 front, 190/55 ZR17 rear
Advanced Aerodynamic Bodywork
NEW World Superbike developed front cowl has a larger area to protect the rider from air flow. The windshield is fully supported to reduce vibration. Improved aerodynamic efficiency means reducing drag coefficient and improved high-speed stability on the track
NEW Two small air intakes on either side of the windshield help prevent negative pressure forming in the cockpit, reducing helmet buffeting and increasing comfort on longer journeys
NEW Headlight lenses are more compact to match the new front cowl design. The mirrors are mounted lower to integrate with the new cowl design
NEW Front fender has a stepped design, helping to direct airflow to the radiator
NEW Rear cowl is wider than before to create a visual balance with the front styling. It has a new passenger seat and LED tail light with separate turn signals as well as a new license plate holder
Advanced Electronic Instrumentation
Instruments feature a high-visibility bar-graph LED tachometer positioned above a multi-window LCD info panel that offers riders a massive quantity of information
The tachometer also functions as a shift indicator: LEDs flash when the preset RPM is reached, and riders can set shift RPM according to preference
The multi-function LCD features two display modes: Standard and Race. Switching to Race Mode alters the Speed display by changing it to Gear Position, and by changing the Clock display to Speed
NEW The LCD screen includes an IMU indicator, as well as Launch Control, Quick Shift and Engine Braking indicators
Additional functions include odometer, dual trip meters, average fuel consumption, instant fuel consumption, Power Mode (x3), S-KTRC (x5), S-KTRC level indicator, low fuel indicator, Economical Riding indicator (shows most favorable fuel consumption), water temperature and a host of indicator lamps
NEW The rider is able to scroll through and select the electronic functions with a rocker switch mounted on the left handlebar. It also incorporates a “select” button to make quick, precise adjustments
NEW Handlebar end weights have a detailed design
Engine: 4-stroke, 4 cylinder, DOHC, 4-valve, Liquid-cooled
Bore x Stroke: 76 x 55mm
Compression Ratio: 13:1
Fuel System: DFI® with four 47mm Keihin throttle bodies, two injectors per cylinder
Ignition: TCBI with digital advance and Sport-Kawasaki Traction Control (S-KTRC)
Final Drive: Chain
Electronic Rider Aids: Kawasaki Launch Control Mode (KLCM), Sport Kawasaki TRaction Control (S-KTRC), Kawasaki Engine Braking Control, Electronic Throttle Valve (ETV) and Kawasaki Quick Shifter (KQS)
Front Suspension/Wheel Travel: 43mm inverted Showa Balance Free Fork, adjustable stepless rebound and compression damping, spring preload adjustability / 4.7”
Rear Suspension/Wheel Travel: Horizontal back-link with gas-charged shock, stepless, dual-range (low/high-speed) compression damping, stepless rebound damping, fully adjustable spring preload / 4.5”
Front Tire: 120/70 ZR17
Rear Tire: 190/55 ZR17
Front Brakes: Dual semi-floating 330mm discs with dual 4-piston radial-mounted calipers
Optional: Kawasaki Intelligent Braking (KIBS)
Rear Brakes: Single 220mm disc with aluminum single-piston caliper
Frame Type: Aluminum perimeter
Overall Length: 82.3”
Overall Width: 29.1”
Overall Height: 45.1”
Ground Clearance: 5.7”
Seat Height: 32.9”
Curb Weight*: 449.8 lb, 454.2 lb ABS
Fuel Capacity: 4.5 gallons
Color Choices: Metallic Matte Carbon Gray, Lime Green / Ebony (KRT Edition)
MSRP: $15,999 / $16,299 (KRT Edition), ABS $14,999 / $15,299 (KRT Edition)
Warranty: 12 Months
Kawasaki Protection Plan (optional): 12, 24, 36, and 48 month plans are available
*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).
2016 KAWASAKI KX450F
The new Kawasaki KX450F packs more power, better handling and less weight to provide the quickest path to the race podium
Forty years of Kawasaki KX™ racing tradition, innovation and championship pedigree can be summarized in one word: Proof. Whether it’s claiming 32 AMA Supercross titles, a plethora of wins in media shootouts, or the bike ridden by legends such as Ryan Villopoto, Jeremy McGrath, Jeff Emig, Jeff Ward and Ricky Carmichael – riding a KX motorcycle is the quickest path to a podium. The proof? It’s verifiably the most successful supercross and motocross bike from any manufacturer.
As the flagship of the KX fleet, the Kawasaki KX™450F motorcycle is the most successful 450cc motocross bike available on the market today. This powerful, agile and technologically advanced machine is built for today and tomorrow’s champions. More than simply race-ready, the KX450F motorcycle is like having factory support at your fingertips. It is the most advanced motocross bike Kawasaki has ever produced and is backed by the industry-leading Team Green™ support network that can be found trackside, with plenty of suspension advice and even engine settings.
The KX450F motorcycle is completely new for 2016, to give riders the sort of advantage the competition might consider unfair.
Kawasaki is not sitting on its laurels, giving the engine more power and 7.5 lb less weight than before. In fact, the entire motorcycle has seen a significant weight reduction thanks to the redesigned engine as well as a new aluminum perimeter frame.
Riders will also enjoy the improved rider adjustability as well as electronic upgrades aimed at maximizing performance for a variety of riders in any situation while giving the rider supreme confidence.
SPECIAL FEATURES OF THE 2016 KAWASAKI KX450F
NEW Among the lightest curb weights in class after a 7.5 lb overall weight reduction
NEW Lighter, more powerful engine with new engine cases
REVISED Bridged-Box bottom piston based on AMA factory race bikes
REVISED Intake port improves performance in mid-to-high RPM range
REVISED Intake valve shape increases air volume
NEW Intake camshaft is lighter and has revised timing for low-mid RPM response
NEW High-flow airbox with rear intake channels improve flow and reduce noise
NEW Header with integrated resonator chamber for crisp throttle response
NEW Mass-centralizing exhaust muffler to reduce sound and weight
Plug & play DFI® couplers allow easy engine map changes
NEW Slimmer, lighter perimeter frame and swingarm improve rider feel
Launch control based on factory race bike system
Industry-leading Showa SFF-Air TAC fork and Uni-Trak rear suspension
NEW Aggressive factory styling and flatter seat for easier rider movement
4-way adjustable handlebar and 2-way adjustable footpegs fit a wide range of riders
Kawasaki’s already powerful flagship motocross bike is even stronger for 2016, with the KX450F motorcycle boasting a more powerful and lighter engine. The revisions are extensive and start with new engine cases to save weight while optimizing the design to increase strength and rigidity. The location of the oil scavenger pump was also changed, swapping from the left case to the right case.
The cylinder head updates include revisions to the intake ports, which are less curved than before, improving mid-high RPM performance and over-rev. The intake port cores are also given a special coating during the head casting process to make the ports smoother. The extremely smooth surfaces and revised port shape increase the intake efficiency and performance at
The 36mm titanium intake valves have a revised head area. The new design, with slimmer throat angle and reduced recess (similar to valves on Kawasaki supersport engines) contributes to increased high-RPM performance. Revised intake cam timing (advanced 2-degrees) contributes to better low-RPM performance, while the camshaft is 0.5oz lighter than before. A new intake camshaft sprocket is 0.7oz lighter.
The single cylinder is offset (8.5mm forward) to reduce mechanical loss through friction from the piston movement, enabling more efficient power generation. This necessitated a revised crankshaft shape, corresponding to the revised crankshaft housing. The crankshaft balancer shape was also changed – reducing its size and lightening it by 1.9oz. Further updates were made to the crankshaft balancer drive gear and driven gear, resulting in a combined reduction of 1.4oz.
A new crown design for the Bridged-Box bottom piston is based on the AMA factory race bikes and matches the new intake valve shape as well as contributing to the 12.8:1 compression ratio.
Another addition for 2016 is the redesigned air box, which does away with any steel parts, resulting in a weight savings of 8.8oz. It also utilizes new underseat intakes at the back of the seat. These and the revise shape of the air box help to ensure clean airflow, improving engine response and reducing intake sound to meet local market requirements.
Changes were made to the throttle to reduce vibration. This resulted in a new compact fuel injector being used. The outer part of the fuel pump was also revised, changing the flange position in order to lower the fuel tank position, contributing to the motorcycle’s overall lower center of gravity.
Further upgrades include a new exhaust system. It starts with a new header design that features a resonator to improve low RPM power and help reduce the sound level.
The result of these changes to the powerplant mean increased power. And when combined with a lighter overall curb weight, the 2016 Kawasaki KX450F motorcycle has an improved power-to-weight ratio that provides improved acceleration response.
Another weight saving measure saw 9.2oz trimmed from the transmission gears and shafts, which retain their overall strength while contributing to the motorcycle’s dynamic performance. Finally, the shape of the kickstarter has altered, resulting in a saving of 2.6oz.
With all these engine changes, the revolutionary and popular DFI® couplers are again available for the Digital Fuel Injection system. Three are supplied with each motorcycle and allow the riders to quickly change the fuel injection mapping to suit any riding condition. The four-pin DFI couplers are designed for standard, hard or soft terrain settings. The rider simply connects the appropriate coupler cap to suit the track conditions and the DFI couplers immediately activate an ignition mode to match.
The KX450F motorcycle’s Launch Control System is another popular feature that helps obtain holeshot supremacy for the amateur and pro rider alike. The push-button activation retards ignition timing in first and second gears, helping to maximize traction off the line. Once the rider shifts into third, normal ignition mapping is resumed and full power returns.
As a further benefit of owning a KX450F motorcycle, the engine ECU remains fully programmable thanks to the new handheld Kawasaki Accessory KX FI Calibration Kit. This portable device allows custom maps to be created giving riders precise adjustment of fuel and ignition settings. This new handheld module eliminates the need for a trackside laptop computer. It can store up to seven preset maps and is PC-compatible.
Kawasaki’s engineers worked tirelessly to improve handling and chassis feedback with a new aluminum perimeter frame. The perimeter spars are 6mm slimmer than the previous frame, allowing easier rider movement. It is also lighter by 1 lb, while the subframe (seat rails) has thicker walls for increased strength. Overall rigidity has been improved with a new swingarm (while losing 7.8oz in the process), helping rear-wheel traction and rider feel.
The alloy swingarm has a cast front section and twin tapered hydro-formed spars in a raw aluminum finish. Forged chain adjusters are also fitted with a self-locking rear axle nut. The axle nut holds the 80 lb-ft torque setting without the need of a cotter pin for ease of maintenance at the track.
The original goal was to create the lightest motorcycle in its class, increasing the bike’s agility and helping to reduce rider fatigue, making the KX450F more potent than ever before. Following extensive engine and chassis revisions, the 2016 Kawasaki KX450F motorcycle has seen a significant 7.5 lb reduction in curb weight (including fluids), giving it a total weight of 239.6 lb.
Weight savings from the engine group (including intake and exhaust systems) amounted to approximately 4.4 lb, with savings from chassis components totalling approximately 3.1 lb. Some of the major contributing component weight savings include:
crankcases (left/right) – 13oz
transmission – 9.2oz
air filter – 8.8oz
frame – 14.1oz
suspension (front/rear) – 10.9oz
swingarm – 7.8oz
BODYWORK & SEAT
The 2016 KX450F motorcycle receives all-new bodywork with aggressive styling to suit its heightened performance. The minimalist bodywork is light and features angular styling for the new number plates, shrouds, fenders, skid plate and water pump guard. The new bodywork unifies the radiator shroud and side covers for a smoother, seamless rider interface that is 1.2” slimmer at the widest point, and allows unimpaired movement around the motorcycle. The radiator was reshaped in order to achieve this, creating a vee-shape and allowing the shrouds to be slimmer.
The top of the fuel tank is lower than before, allowing easier progression from the seat to the tank. The flatter design gives the rider greater freedom of movement when changing riding position, while also allowing the rider to sit further forward.
Aggressive styling for the new front fender adds to the motorcycle’s overall racy appearance and also saves 1.8oz in weight overall the previous model year.
The appearance is further highlighted by green engine plugs, oil cap and generator cover plugs, as well as green alumite suspension adjusters and black alumite wheels. Another neat detail is the embossing
on the clutch cover, which was designed to gradually appear as contact from the rider’s boots wears away the paint. A new generator cover has also been incorporated to fit the new crankcase.
To protect the 2016 Kawasaki KX450F motorcycle from general wear and tear encountered during a typical day at the track, a large synthetic skid plate offers great protection with minimum weight. The revised design has oval holes that facilitates easy mud removal and reduces the weight further.
SUSPENSION & BRAKES
With Kawasaki engineers creating a lighter motorcycle, its agility was increased, allowing the suspension and brakes to work more efficiently and effectively. This is especially true of its state-of-the-art Showa SFF-Air TAC (Separate Function front Fork, Triple Air Chamber) fork technology, which separates the damping and shock absorption duties into the individual fork legs. The left fork tube contains the damping assembly and the right fork tube contains the air spring. Instead of the steel coil springs found in conventional forks, the SFF-Air TAC’s right fork tube has three chambers filled with pressurized air that act as a “spring”. Eliminating the steel coil springs reduces friction by approximately 20% and creates an extremely smooth action throughout the fork’s stroke. This has the added benefit of greatly reducing weight and allowing a larger damper piston to be used, providing smoother action. New low-friction fork seals and revised valve settings for reduced damping deliver easier fork movement, matching the pitching characteristics to the lighter chassis.
This works-replica fork is derived from Kawasaki’s factory race bike. It is lightweight and rigid, contributing to superior riding stability and front-end feel. The low friction design contributes to an extremely smooth fork action, while precise settings are possible merely by changing air pressure.
The fork has traditional 22-position compression and 20-position rebound damping adjustment. Furthermore, the rider can adjust the internal air pressure with the Kawasaki Genuine Accessories 0-300psi Digital Air Pump that is supplied with the KX450F motorcycle. Changing the air pressure covers a range of settings offered by optional springs in a standard fork, including quick changes of ride height, without needing to disassemble the fork tubes. The pump’s digital display offers precise air pressure setting, and its casing stores the engine’s DFI couplers for the fuel injection system, allowing better organization on practice or race days.
New linkage ratios for the Kawasaki Uni-Trak® suspension system were designed to suit the new aluminum frame and swingarm. Mounting the link below the swingarm allows a longer rear suspension stroke, while maintaining a low seat height. Dual compression adjustability from the Showa shock allows high-speed and low-speed damping rates to be set separately. The shock reservoir has a friction-reducing internal Kashima Coat for improved suspension action. This race-oriented suspension offers class-leading action and adjustability on par with the Showa SFF-Air TAC fork. The fully adjustable unit allows for precise settings to help keep the rear wheel planted and the rider out front.
Riders looking for an extra edge over the competition can use the optional Kawasaki rear suspension tie rod. It is 1mm longer than stock and can be used to reduce seat height by 4mm to give the rider greater control and adjustment.
Being able to enter every corner at the desired speed is critical to fast lap times. The 2016 Kawasaki KX450F motorcycle uses an oversized 270mm, petal-shaped front brake rotor (largest in class) from the renowned manufacturer, Braking. It helps provide powerful stopping forces, good lever feel and consistency in all conditions. It is paired with a 240mm petal-shaped Braking rotor on the rear.
Kawasaki’s commitment to the rider continues with an adjustable handlebar and footpegs to fit various sizes and riding styles. The footpegs feature dual-position mounting points, with a lower position, which reduces the height from the standard position by an additional 5mm. The lower position effectively lowers the center of gravity when standing, and reduces knee angle when seated.
The handlebars offer 4-way adjustable mounts. With 35mm of range, the multi-position handlebars feature two mounting holes, and the 180-degree offset clamps provide four individual settings to suit different size riders.
Equipped with a flat seat, adjustable footpegs and handlebar as well as fully adjustable suspension, the 2016 Kawasaki KX450F motorcycle can be tailored to suit a large range of riders. This perfectly complements the wide range of damping settings as well as the DFI couplers and optional handheld Kawasaki Accessory KX FI Calibration Kit, allowing the rider to find the ideal engine characteristics to suit a particular track or conditions. So while the base settings on the KX450F motorcycle are based on extensive testing, including racing, the motorcycle provides a huge range of technology and adjustment to help ensure every rider can fully exploit the incredible ability of this extremely capable motocross bike.
At a glance…
NEW Lighter, more powerful engine with new engine cases
REVISED Bridged-Box bottom piston based on AMA Factory race bikes for greater power
NEW Intake ports, intake valves, cam timing and cylinder offset (moved 8.5mm forward) for increased power across a broad powerband
NEW High-flow airbox with rear intake channels to improve flow and reduce intake noise
Plug & play DFI® couplers allow easy engine maps changes
Launch control based on factory race bike system to help riders get the hole-shot
NEW Header with integrated resonator chamber for crisp throttle response
NEW Mass-centralizing exhaust muffler to reduce sound and weight
NEW Slimmer, lighter perimeter frame and swingarm improve rider feel, increased rigidity with new swingarm design
Industry-leading Showa SFF-Air TAC (Separate Function front Fork, Triple Air Chamber) separates damping and spring duties into each fork tube. It also replaces heavy coil spring with air chambers to improve response and reduce weight
NEW Low-friction fork seals for easier movement, pus new fork inner tubes with reduced rigidity are perfect complements for the new chassis
Kawasaki Uni-Trak® rear suspension gives good suspension travel and works with adjustable Showa shock
NEW Aggressive factory styling and flatter seat for easier rider movement
4-way adjustable handlebar and 2-way adjustable footpegs fit a wide range of riders
NEW Light curb weight after a 7.5 lb weight reduction for 2016
Adjustable 4-position handlebar and 2-position footpegs allow riders to fit the KX motorcycle to match their personal preference
449cc, liquid-cooled, DOHC, four-stroke single with legendary Kawasaki power
Factory race-derived Bridged-Box-Bottom piston has optimum rigidity for maximum high-rpm power and durability
A forward lean angle of 3° puts the engine in the ideal position for maximum traction
Balanced crankshaft creates minimal vibration and has a high inertial mass to help maximize rear wheel traction
Compact cylinder head is only 100mm tall
NEW Intake ports, intake valves, cam timing and cylinder offset for increased power across a broad rev range
Double valve springs help ensure stable valve operation and also allow for a short cylinder head height
Camshafts, lobes and tappet surfaces feature a soft-nitride treatment for long wear and high-rpm reliability
Automatic cam chain adjuster is maintenance-free
NEW High-flow airbox with rear intake channels improve flow and reduce intake noise
Crankshaft and connecting rod feature a special carburizing and quenching treatment to maximize rigidity, boosting long-term reliability without adding weight
Digital Fuel Injection (DFI®)
Digital Fuel Injection self-adjusts to atmospheric changes for easier starting, sharper throttle response and crisp power delivery at all engine speeds
It is not necessary to re-tune or change any jets to suit climatic conditions like carbureted models
Ultra-fine atomizing injector with 12 holes sprays particles with a droplet size of 60μ for smooth power delivery and engine response throughout the throttle range
43mm throttle body uses a progressive throttle linkage to deliver airflow in much the same way as an FCR carburetor
Fast-idle knob on the throttle body allows riders to increase engine speed when starting a cold engine
Fuel injector set at 45°, the optimum angle for mid-range power
High-performance Multi-map ECU
ECU programming enhances traction by diminution of ignition when excess wheelspin is detected by a sudden surge in RPM.
Ignition timing boosts response when re-opening the throttle after deceleration (when landing jumps, etc)
ECU programming is easily selectable via interchangeable DFI coupler caps that provide three pre-programmed maps for standard, hard or soft (terrain), without the need for a separate programmer or laptop
The engine can be started with only three rotations of the crankshaft using the electricity generated by a single kick of the starter, no battery needed
The system delivers electricity to the bike’s electronics in sequence: first the ECU, then the fuel pump, and finally the injector for quick, easy starting
The compact, lightweight ECU, located on the front of the steering head behind the number plate, was designed specifically for motocross use. The fuel pump relay is integrated with the ECU to help cope with the shocks and vibrations of tough racing
Launch Control Mode
Factory-style launch control system is an industry first and increases the ability to get good starts by maximizing available traction
Push-button activation of the Launch Control Mode retards ignition timing in first and second gears, giving the greatest effect within the first few seconds of releasing the clutch
Launch Control can be activated in neutral, first or second gear
Shifting into third gear automatically deactivates Launch Control Mode and returns the ignition to normal mapping
Strong output from the large ACG rotor provides enough electrical power for the battery-less FI system to enable true one-kick starting without using a battery
Equipped with an automatic compression release (ACR) system for quick and easy starting. The dual-weight centrifugal decompression system is fitted to the exhaust cam
Compression release features 1mm of valve lift, to minimize the required kicking power
Bridged-Box Bottom Piston
Piston crown shape tuned for excellent low to mid-range engine response
Same design as used by factory racers; offers optimum performance at all RPM
Lighter and more durable than traditional piston designs
Short piston skirt features low-friction coating to minimize mechanical losses
Reinforced external ribs enhance strength and durability
Showa SFF-Air TAC Front Fork
Showa SFF-Air TAC (Separate Function front Fork, Triple Air Chamber) with triple air chamber uses air as a spring. The reduced weight and inertia of the air spring improves smoothness and enhances the fork’s ability to follow terrain contours
The left fork tube contains the damping assembly, and the right fork tube contains the air spring
Air spring significantly reduces friction and cuts weight while also providing better bottoming resistance, less oil contamination, plus easier and more effective tuning compared to traditional springs
Large diameter internal damping cartridges help provide consistent performance and bottoming resistance
NEW Material trimmed from the fork inner tubes results in lower rigidity, optimized for the new chassis
NEW Low-friction seals, and revised valve settings for reduced damping deliver easier fork movement, matching the pitching characteristics to the lighter chassis.
A removable spring pressure adjustment valve and free 0-300psi digital Kawasaki Genuine Air Fork Pump are included for quick and easy tuning of fork spring pressure
Wrap-around fork tube guards offer effective protection for the sliders
Lower triple clamp features integrated locating pins to help simplify installation and removal of the front number plate
One-piece front fender attachment screws feature-integrated grommets to simplify installation and removal
22-position rebound damping adjuster allows precise fine-tuning of the rebound circuit
Easy adjuster access allows trackside suspension tuning with a minimum of hassle or lost time
Rear shock features dual compression adjustability, allowing 19-position low-speed and 4 turns of high-speed damping adjustments to be made independently
NEW Lower spring rate offers better rear suspension action
NEW Linkage ratios were adjusted to suit the new, lighter chassis
Tapered “D” shape swingarm is lighter than a comparable box-section unit and provides superior rigidity for its weight
Features tapered hydroformed spars and forged chain adjusters
Uni-Trak® rear suspension linkage is mounted below the swingarm to allow precise tuning and longer rear suspension stroke
Fuel Tank & Lightweight Aluminum Fuel Pump
Compact 1.66-gallon fuel tank is formed using a blow molding process
Fuel pump features a one-piece filter cover and body, eliminating the need for fuel return tube from pressure regulator
Features a plastic fuel filter cover that wraps around the inlet port and acts as a fuel trap to help ensure a stable fuel supply during vigorous motocross racing
High-capacity Denso radiator features tightly packed cores and a fin design that deliver superior cooling efficiency
Shroud shape features a slim profile and large cooling outlet hole to help keep excess heat to a minimum
Radiator louvers feature four small blades set at a shallow angle for protection while having minimum overlap and maximum air flow
Strong and Durable Clutch
Friction plates with substantial friction material contribute to fade resistance and long service life
Excellent oil drainage reduces power loss caused by excess oil around the clutch basket
Clutch case cover features embossed logo and is painted silver, making scuffs and normal wear less noticeable
Close-ratio 5-Speed Transmission
5-Speed transmission and the engine’s broad torque curve gives riders more gear options for maximum drive on a wide range of tracks
Thick first gear offers excellent durability for launching off the line in high-traction situations
NEW aluminum rear sprocket design contributes to sharp looks and saves 1.8oz
Powerful Disc Brakes
Front master cylinder features a knocker-style lever-to-piston interface for excellent feel and superbly consistent performance
Front brake pads offer a strong braking force and feel
Lightweight 270mm “oversized” front rotor by Braking is squeezed by a powerful twin-piston caliper and features an aggressive petal design to help clear mud and debris
Lightweight 240mm petal-type rear rotor by Braking features the same aggressive petal style as the front rotor and is gripped by a single piston hydraulic rear caliper
Aggressive Styling and Improved Ergonomics
NEW Aluminum perimeter frame is 6mm slimmer to help the bike feel compact and nimble, but tapers to become wider near the rider’s ankles to offer optimum grip and control
NEW Lightweight minimalist bodywork including new number plates, shrouds, fenders, skid plate and engine water guard all featuring aggressive style
NEW Aggressive design of new front fender adds to racy looks and saves 1.8oz in weight
NEW The inward angle of the radiator allows the shrouds to be 1.2” slimmer than before. The minimalist shrouds were designed to be small and slim where they come into contact with the rider’s legs. The new two-piece construction and elongated design creates a smooth surface between the rider’s legs, facilitating easier movement
NEW Flatter seat design uses urethane foam designed to retain its original shape and provide optimum durability. Flatter design unifies with bodywork to help ensure the rider can move around freely
NEW Top of fuel tank is lower, allowing easier progression from the seat to the tank. Flatter design gives the rider greater freedom of movement when changing riding position, allowing the rider to sit further forward
Black triple clamps and black anodized rims – just like Kawasaki’s factory teams
Green finish on suspension adjusters and engine plugs look like the factory race parts
4-way adjustable handlebar and 2-way adjustable footpegs fit a wide range of riders
Wide 50mm footpegs can be adjusted 5mm lower than stock to lower the center of gravity and suit a range of riders
NEW Skid plate made from resin material offers great protection without excess weight. Revised design has oval holes that facilitates easy mud removal and reduces weight further
Clutch cable boot features a large quick adjuster, making it easy for riders to adjust clutch play on the fly
Rear caliper guard helps protect the caliper from damage
Ribless rear hub and butted spokes offer light weight and excellent durability
Engine: 4-stroke, 1-cylinder, DOHC, water-cooled
Bore x Stroke: 96 x 62.1mm
Compression Ratio: 12.8:1
Fuel System: DFI® with 43mm Keihin throttle body
Ignition: Digital DC-CDI
Final Drive: Chain
Frame Type: Aluminum perimeter
Rake/Trail: 28° / 4.9”
Fuel Capacity: 1.66 gallons
Front Suspension / Wheel Travel: 49mm Inverted Showa SFF-Air TAC Separate Function front Fork with Triple Air Chamber, DLC coated sliders, 22-position compression and 20-position rebound damping adjustment / 12.2”
Rear Suspension / Wheel Travel: Uni-Trak® linkage system and Showa shock, 19-position low-speed and 4-turns high-speed compression damping, 22-position rebound damping and fully adjustable spring preload / 12.4”
Tire Size, Front: 80/100-21
Tire Size, Rear: 120/80-19
Brakes, Front: Single semi-floating 270mm Braking petal-style disc with dual-piston caliper
Brakes, Rear: Single 240mm Braking petal-style disc with single-piston caliper
Overall Length: 86.4”
Overall Width: 32.3”
Overall Height: 50.8”
Ground Clearance: 13.6”
Seat Height: 37.8”
Curb Weight*: 239.6 lb
Fuel Capacity: 1.66 gallons
Color Choices: Lime Green
*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).