Kawasaki’s top-of-the-line Ninja ZX-10R superbike catches the competition in the electronics department with it featuring semi-active electronically adjustable suspension— a first for a Kawasaki supersport motorcycle, as announced by Kawasaki Motors USA today.
Instead of Ohlins components, the Green Team is sticking with Showa’s proven “Balance Free” damping hardware— a setup we found at or near the top of the class as reported in the 2017 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10RR First Test Review.
The hydraulics of the suspension eliminate pressure fluctuations inside the fork and shock allowing for smoother and more accurate suspension response/movement. Independent damping adjustment return, however, is now adjusted electronically via buttons on the switchgear.
Three modes are offered (road, track and manual) serving as a baseline for suspension action. The electronics then automatically alter damping settings based on real-time vehicle dynamics including speed and suspension stroke velocity. Front and rear spring preload adjustment continues to be adjusted manually with hand tools.
The RR model’s fabulous up and down electronic quickshifter complements the suspension allowing for borderline absurd levels of control during corner entry. As does the top-notch full Brembo brake hardware, replete with a true race-grade master cylinder.
The SE will be available in one color (Metallic Flat Spark Black/Metallic Matte Graphite Gray) at a price of $21,899— three grand more than the RR and $6800 more than the base model.