Saturday, December 3, 2011

2012 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R Review,Features and Benefits

2012 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R Review
The highly advanced and customizable Sport-Kawsaki Traction Control lets riders harness and capitalize on the ZX-10R’s amazing blend of power and responsive handling. The system is called Sport-Kawasaki Traction Control, or S-KTRC. The MotoGP-derived S-KTRC system works by crunching numbers from a variety of parameters and sensors – wheel speed and slip, engine rpm, throttle position, acceleration, etc. The S-KTRC system offers three different modes of operation, which riders can select according to surface conditions, rider preference and skill level: Level 1 for max-grip track use, Level 2 for intermediate use, and Level 3 for slippery conditions. The system also incorporates an advanced Power Mode system that allows riders to choose the amount of power – and the character of delivery – available from the engine. Besides the standard Full-power mode are Medium and Low settings. Large intake valves complemented by wide, polished intake ports allow for controllable power delivery and engine braking, just the thing to smooth those racetrack corner entries and exits. Camshafts built from chromoly steel further contribute to optimized engine braking and more controllable power delivery. A secondary engine balancer assembly allows a number of vibration-damping parts to be simplified, contributing to weight savings. A race-style cassette transmission allows simple trackside ratio changes. Cramming all that fuel and air into this amazing engine is a ram air-assisted fuel injection system featuring large throttle bodies (47mm) and sub-throttle valves, a large capacity airbox (9 liters), secondary injectors that improve top-end power characteristics, and a large ram-air intake that’s positioned close to the front of the bike for efficient airbox filling and power.
The final piece of the ZX-10R’s power-production formula is a race-spec exhaust system featuring a titanium header assembly, hydroformed collectors, a large-volume pre-chamber containing two catalyzers and a highly compact silencer. The aluminum twin-spar frame is an all-cast assembly of just seven pieces that features optimized flex characteristics for ideal rider feedback, cornering performance and light weight. Chassis geometry offers excellent stability and handling quickness. Up front is a 43mm open-class version of the Big Piston Fork (BPF). The fully adjustable shock features a piggyback reservoir and dual-range (low- and high-speed) compression damping.
Convenient turn-signal couplers allow easy mirror removal for track-day use. The ZX-10R’s ergonomics are designed for optimum comfort and control. For Kawasaki, that motorcycle is the Ninja ZX-14.
2012 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R Features and Benefits
Key Features
• Engine and chassis allow for linear power delivery
• Sport-Kawasaki Traction Control (S-KTRC) continuously monitors wheel speed, throttle position, engine rpm and a host of other data to help ensure the optimal amount of traction
• Power Mode selector allows riders to select power level and power delivery
• Aluminum frame has ideal strength and rigidity
• Big Piston Fork (BPF) helps maintain composure under braking
• Horizontal back-link rear suspension helps deliver smooth suspension action
• Slipper-type back-torque limiting clutch helps corner entry handling
• Race-oriented instrumentation offers riders a wealth of information

Liquid-cooled, DOHC, 998cc, Inline-four Engine
• Large 47mm throttle bodies help with throttle control
• Secondary fuel injectors enhance power output and power characteristics at high rpm; the lower injectors are always on, while upper injectors come on as needed according to degree of throttle opening and engine rpm
• Oval-shaped throttle bodies allow precise throttle control and instant response
• An Idle Speed Control (ISC) valve on the throttle body unit automatically adjusts idle speed, contributing to easier starts and off-idle throttle response

Sport-Kawasaki Traction Control – S-KTRC
• Shock and linkage are positioned above the swingarm
• The design offers excellent road-holding, smooth suspension action, and stability and feedback when cornering
• The design positions the shock’s upper link to spread out the load and contribute to enhanced overall frame rigidity and chassis balance
• The fully adjustable shock features a piggyback reservoir and dual (high
• and low-speed) compression damping, which enables fine tuning for racing or track-day use
• The Big Piston Fork (BPF) and Back-link suspension system contribute to rider control and faster lap times

Big Piston Fork (BPF)
• Gravity-cast alloy wheels feature a three-spoke design
• Light wheels mean low unsprung weight, which allows the suspension system to work more efficiently


Ergonomics
Switching to Race Mode alters the Speed display by changing it to Gear Position, and by changing the Clock display to Speed
• Additional functions include odometer, dual trip meters, average fuel consumption, instant fuel consumption, Power Mode (x3), S-KTRC (x4), S-KTRC level indicator, low fuel indicator, Economical Riding indicator (shows most favorable fuel consumption), water temperature and a host of indicator lamps