The Kawasaki has announced that it is going to bring in the Ninja ZX-10R as an SKD (Semi-knocked down) kit and assemble it within the country. It is a track focused superbike bearing a price tag of Rs. 18.8 lakhs (ex showroom pan india). But the last few of the lots were reported to be sold off at a number much lower than the tag. The same had happened with the Ninja 1000 of the Kawasaki, last year, which didn’t turn out to be fruitful as they were not able to meet customer demand. But the price of the bike was dropped to Rs. 9.98 lakhs.
The price of the Ninja is predicted to fall under the level of 14 lakhs. The newly built facility of Kawasaki in Chakan, Pune will be the assembly house for the ZX-10R ,after the parts are being imported from Japan. The launch of the bike is expected to happen somewhere around June. The ZX-10R runs on a 998 cc four cylinder liquid-cooled engine, mated with a 6 speed gearbox with slipper clutch, making it one of the fastest motorbike on the globe, having a top speed of 299 km\hr. The bike produces a 210 ps at 13500 rpm and 113.5 Nm torque at 11500 rpm. It is also famous for acquiring success in the World Superbike Championship where it was driven by Jonathan Rea, who has a hat trick in winning the World Championship.
The bike is mostly built on a twin spar cast aluminium chassis. 43 mm upside down forks in the front and a monoshock in the rear end are among its stand out features. A twin 330 mm semi floating disc handle the front brakes with a dual radial 4 piston calipers. The rear brake is handled by a single 220 mm disc.The bike has a kerb weight of 206 kgs, a seat height of 835 mm and a ground clearance of 145 mm. The fuel tank capacity is 17 litres.
The ZX-10R is seen as a competitor for the Honda CBR1000FF Fireblade, which is till now claimed to be the most well priced litre-class superbike. After the CBU reduction duties the Honda is priced st Rs. 14.78 lakhs. The Yamaha R1 is also seen as a potential rival. So its time to gear up and wait for the showdown. The bike enthusiasts all over the map will be thrilled to have such a beauty within their range.