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The large-bore Ninja was originally introduced in 1984 as the GPZ900R. The first versions had a 16-valve liquid cooled inline 4 that produced 115 bhp. The power may seem low compared to the monsters available today but the GPZ900R was the first stock road bike to break the 150 mph barrier. The GPZ900R was a great bike and gained quite the following after it was featured in Top Gun in 1986. When Honda released the CBR900RR in 1992 Kawasaki went back to the drawing board to keep up with the new competition and the rest is history.

Kawasaki Ninja ZX-9R

 

 

Kawasaki ZX9R

1994–1995 Kawasaki Ninja ZX900 

Created to compete with the Honda CBR900RR the first version in the series hit US soil in 1994. Kawasaki took the proven frame design features of the ZXR750 and created a motor using components from the ZX750 and ZZR1100. The engine was 899cc with 125hp but the new ZX900 weighed over 60 pounds more than the Honda 900. The ZX900 had a higher top speed but the weight and relaxed riding position made the Honda a better handling machine.

1996-1997 Kawasaki Ninja ZX900 

In an attempt to overthrow Honda the power was increased to 141hp. Kawasaki also updated the rear suspension linkage and spring to improve handling. The front brakes were upgraded to 6 piston Tociko calipers to improve stoping power.

1994–1995 Kawasaki Ninja ZX900 

Created to compete with the Honda CBR900RR the first version in the series hit US soil in 1994. Kawasaki took the proven frame design features of the ZXR750 and created a motor using components from the ZX750 and ZZR1100. The engine was 899cc with 125hp but the new ZX900 weighed over 60 pounds more than the Honda 900. The ZX900 had a higher top speed but the weight and relaxed riding position made the Honda a better handling machine.

Kawasaki ZX9R

1996-1997 Kawasaki Ninja ZX900 

In an attempt to overthrow Honda the power was increased to 141hp. Kawasaki also updated the rear suspension linkage and spring to improve handling. The front brakes were upgraded to 6 piston Tociko calipers to improve stoping power.

1998-1999 Kawasaki Ninja ZX900 

Kawasaki preformed a major overhaul in an attempt to take over as the king of the big bore super bikes. The Ninja's engine had performance for days but the bike weighed to much to compete with the other bikes in the class. Although the motor was updated to increase performance Kawasaki choose focus on weight saving construction and updates to make the Ninja more competitive. The bike retained most of the styling of the previous version but the fairings and tail section were slimmer and more streamlined. The suspension front and rear were changed to lighter more advanced units. The frame and swingarm construction were also changes to lights more compact designs. The total weight of the Ninja dropped to just above 400 pounds which made the 1998 ZX900 the lightest and most powerful Ninja in the series to date.

2003 Kawasaki ZX9R

2000-2001 Kawasaki Ninja ZX900 

The 2000 model had totally redesigned body work giving the Ninja a much more modern look. The looks weren't all that changed for the new model. Kawasaki stiffened the frame and replaced the rubber engine bushing with alloy to increase handling performance. The triple clamp offset was increased to shorten the trail and decrease turn in speeds. The engine was also updated with higher compression and updated Carburetors.

2002-2003 Kawasaki Ninja ZX900

In the looks department the 2002 ZX900 received a new tail fairing and Kawasaki removed the passenger grab handles. The frame received a few more updates like solid engine mounts and to increase stiffness. The Swing arm was also treated to some additional stiffening to improve handling and road feedback.

Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R 

 

 

Kawasaki ZX10R

2004-2005 Kawasaki Ninja ZX10R

In 2004 Kawasaki released one of the industries lightest, and most powerful bikes the world had ever seen. One of the biggest changes from previous versions was the introduction of fuel injection. Kawasaki went to great lengths to keep the ZX10R as light and compact as possible. The new six-spoke wheels were rumored to be nearly as light as the race wheels at the time. The alternator was moved behind the cylinders to decrease the width of the engine. The cylinder and crankcase assembly were machined from one piece to reduce weight and increase stiffness. Kawasaki went to great lengths like using forged, lightweight pistons to decrease rotating mass and a full Titanium single can exhaust system and the overall curb weight of the bike.

2006-2007 Kawasaki Ninja ZX10R

Like most of the other manufactures at the time the 2006 Kawasaki ZX10R was upgraded to an under-tail exhaust system. 

2014 Kawasaki ZX10R

2008-2010 Kawasaki Ninja ZX10R
Kawasaki gave the 2008 ZX10R a facelift to modernize the dated body work that had been in use since 2004. The exhaust was switched back to the standard single side exhaust and the engine received a few minor updates. In 2010 the steering damper was upgraded to an Ohlins and the bodywork and transmission received minor updates.


2011-2014 Kawasaki Ninja ZX10R

The current version of the ZX10R was launched in 2011 with major revisions to the styling, performance and added rider aids. One of the biggest additions was the introduction of traction control the S-KTRC (Sport Kawasaki Traction Control) would adjust power delivery based on available traction. This helped increase cornering speeds while reducing the possibility of low siding during hard cornering. Another advancement was the addition of ABS or KIBS (Kawasaki Intelligent Braking System) which provided additional braking power without the tires locking up under hard braking. In 2013 the conventional Ohlins steering stabilizer was replaced by an electronically controlled Ohlins unit.

 

 

Kawasaki Ninja Specs

Tires, Battery, and Spark Plug

Kawasaki ZX9R Specs

1994-1997 Ninja ZX900B

Front Tires 120x70x17

Rear Tires 180x55x17

Battery YTX12-BS

Spark Plug CR9EK

Kawasaki ZX9R Specs

1998-1999 Ninja ZX900C

Front Tires 120x70x17

Rear Tires 180x55x17

Battery YTX9-BS

Spark Plug CR9EK

Kawasaki ZX9R Specs

2000-2001 Ninja ZX900E

Front Tires 120x70x17

Rear Tires 190x50x17

Battery YTX9-BS

Spark Plug CR9EK

Kawasaki ZX9R Specs

2002-2003 Ninja ZX900F

Front Tires 120x70x17

Rear Tires 190x50x17

Battery YTX9-BS

Spark Plug CR9EK

Kawasaki ZX10R Specs

2004-2005 Ninja ZX1000C

Front Tires 120x70x17

Rear Tires 190x55x17

Battery YT12B-BS

Spark Plug CR9EIA-9

Kawasaki ZX10R Specs

2006-2007 Ninja ZX1000D

Front Tires 120x70x17

Rear Tires 190x55x17

Battery YT12B-BS

Spark Plug CR9EIA-9

Kawasaki ZX10R Specs

2008-2010 Ninja ZX1000E/F

Front Tires 120x70x17

Rear Tires 190x55x17

Battery YT12B-BS

Spark Plug CR9EIA-9

Kawasaki ZX10R Specs

2011-2013 Ninja ZX1000J

Front Tires 120x70x17

Rear Tires 190x55x17

Battery YTZ7S

Spark Plug CR9EIA-9

Kawasaki ZX10R (ABS) Specs

2011-2013 Ninja ZX1000K

Front Tires 120x70x17

Rear Tires 190x55x17

Battery YTZ10S

Spark Plug CR9EIA-9

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