Details have landed for the 2018 Kawasaki ZX-10R. The full press release has been reproduced below. In short, it’s two simple colour changes. Nothing mechanical, no new power or fancy electronic systems added. Some years we get all new and some years we have to make do with BNG (Bold New Graphics) at best. This is one of those years for the ZX-10R. But! Before you start shouting your mouth off about how we need an all new ZX-10R every year, ask yourself the following question.
Have you ridden the current model? If not, shame on you. Get a test ride sorted and quit your whining.
We’re huge fans of the ZX-10R. The current model wears the same clothes as the bike that won the World SuperBike Championship this year. Yes yes, underneath, there are lots of different parts, but don’t be fooled into thinking that the road going ZX-10R isn’t an absolute rod. It is and you need to ride one. Here’s the words from Kawasaki.
As the base for the 2017 World Superbike-winning machine piloted by KRT rider, Jonathan Rea, to an unprecedented back-to-back third World Superbike title, the Ninja ZX-10RR has proved a formidable package.
From its race preparation-ready cylinder head and performance focused single seat to its lightweight specially forged Marchesini wheels plus KQS quickshifter, the Ninja ZX-10RR was quickly adopted by race teams and committed track day enthusiasts from across the globe after its 2017 launch.
With the considerable positive impact of a world championship under its belt, the 2018 model features two updates for the coming season, both of which involve colour changes to components. The reservoir canisters behind the lower part of the front fork legs change from a red appearance to silver. At the top of the fork leg, the fork top cap is now green where it was previously also red.
“In the hands of our KRT riders, Jonathan Rea and Tom Sykes, the Ninja ZX-10RR has achieved Superpole wins, fastest laps, race wins and, ultimately, the 2017 World SBK title in its first year of production”, commented Morihiro Ikoma, Director of Kawasaki Motors Europe.
“For motorcycle racing teams, track day enthusiasts and committed road riders, the 2018 Ninja ZX-10RR represents a great performance package and perfect base for racing success”.
So there you go. Click here to find your nearest Kawasaki dealer.