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2012 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R ABS Specifications

The 2012 Ninja ZX-10R ABS. Built with the same cutting-edge sport bike technology, much of it right off the MotoGP circuit, the ZX-10R ABS has an important advantage: anti-lock braking.

At first, anti-lock braking might seem a touch out of place on a purebred sportbike. But this system was designed from the start to provide maximum performance. And when you consider the many safety- and control-oriented benefits provided by the amazing electronic and hardware technology available today, it begins to make a lot of sense.

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2012 Kawasaki Ninja ZX 10R ABS Panel

2012 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R ABS 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
• Advanced Kawasaki Intelligent Anti-lock Braking System monitors a wide range of data, and allows optimum wheelspin while enhancing rider control
• 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

• Design is compact, narrow and lightweight
• Camshafts, crankshaft and pistons designed to complement the engine’s prodigious power production
• Large intake valves, camshaft profiles and port shapes help maximize power production and smooth power delivery
• Chromoly camshafts enhance durability
• Single-shaft secondary balancer helps reduce vibration; its use allows several vibration-damping parts to be simplified and lightened
• Strong connecting rods suit the power potential of this engine
• ECU is small enough to be tucked away in a slot in the airbox assembly
• One-piece upper crankcase and cylinder casting offers maximum rigidity
• Low-friction oil pump reduces parasitic power loss
• A lightweight radiator with tightly packed cores provides efficient engine cooling
• A liquid-cooled aluminum oil cooler promotes high-efficiency heat dissipation
• Intake and exhaust valves are titanium to reduce reciprocating weight and stress at high rpm

Dual-injector Digital Fuel Injection

• 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

• A highly sophisticated electronic system based on actual Kawasaki MotoGP experience that’s designed to maximize forward motion by allowing racers to ride closer to the edge of traction
• The system crunches a wide range of data, including throttle position, wheel speed, engine rpm, wheel slippage and acceleration, with help from a speed sensor fitted to each wheel
• The quickest acceleration requires a certain amount of wheel slippage, so to optimize traction, S-KTRC actually allows for optimum wheelspin
• Using complex analysis, the system is able to predict when traction conditions are about to become unfavorable. By acting before slippage exceeds the range for optimal traction, the system can quickly and smoothly reduce power slightly so the wheel regains traction
• S-KTRC confirms conditions 200 times per second and governs ignition, which allows extremely quick response to changing conditions
• Riders can choose between three operational modes, depending on skill level and conditions
• A level meter on the LCD instrument panel displays how much electronic intervention the system is providing, in real time
• S-KTRC confirms conditions 200 times per second and governs ignition, which allows extremely quick reaction
• Riders can choose between three operational modes, depending on skill level and conditions
• A level meter on the LCD instrument panel lets the rider know when the system is operating

Kawasaki Intelligent Anti-lock Braking System (KIBS)

• Advanced anti-lock braking system enhances rider control
• Utilizes the smallest and lightest ABS unit available – a Bosch-built unit that’s half the size of a standard unit and considerably lighter
• KIBS monitors a wide range of data, including front and rear wheel speed, throttle position, gear selection, engine rpm, caliper pressure, clutch actuation and more to help prevent wheel locking
• High-precision brake pressure control offers a number of sport riding benefits, including rear-end lift suppression, minimal kickback during operation and consistent lever feel
• ABS unit is located close to the bike’s center of mass, behind the left engine cylinder, which minimizes the effects of the added weight
• System uses wheel speed sensors already fitted to the non-ABS ZX-10R (used for S-KTRC traction control system)
• A radial-pump front master cylinder provides the ultimate in front brake feel and feedback
• Tokico radial-mount brake calipers use dual pads and offer a superb initial bite, increased control, progressive feel and a high degree of feedback to the rider
• A pair of 5.5mm thick, 310mm petal discs provides the heat dissipation needed to maintain brake feel and responsiveness during extended heavy use
• A 220mm rear petal disc gripped by a single-piston caliper provides excellent feel and feedback

Ram-air Intake

• A highly efficient and forward-positioned ram air intake is designed for low intake noise and good intake efficiency
• 9-liter airbox enhances breathing and power
• Oval-section intake funnels promote non-turbulent flow at all rpm

Titanium Exhaust System

• Titanium-header exhaust system with hydroformed header pipes and small, lightweight muffler assembly uses a pre-chamber that houses two catalyzers for emissions and sound
• Headers have nearly identical specs to their roadracing counterparts, which makes it easier for riders to increase track performance with the simple addition of a less-restrictive muffler; now there’s no need to replace the lightweight and race-spec header assembly
• Dual catalyzers help the ZX-10R meet strict U.S. and Euro III exhaust emissions standards

Six-speed Transmission

• Race-style cassette transmission allows simple trackside gearing changes to suit individual circuits
• The “cassette” is located high enough that it can be accessed without having to drain engine oil
• Primary and final reduction ratios minimize rear end movement (squat/lift) during acceleration and deceleration
• Close-ratio 4th, 5th and 6th gears complement the ZX-10R’s circuit performance
• Overall gear ratios suit the power characteristics for ideal power delivery in all rpm ranges
• An adjustable back-torque limiting clutch facilitates smooth downshifts, a main contributor to stability under heavy braking

Chassis / Frame

• Aluminum-alloy frame offers optimal flex and rigidity characteristics for balanced handling on street or track
• Chassis geometry allows sharp steering characteristics and crisp handling with no corresponding tradeoff in chassis stability at speed
• Frame is an all-cast construction of only seven pieces, with ideal wall thicknesses that provide adequate strength and optimized rigidity
• Front end weight aids aggressive, on-the-gas corner exits
• Modifying or removing the exhaust pre-chamber (for racetrack applications only) enables two chain links to be removed, which offers riders the opportunity to alter chassis geometry by shortening the wheelbase by up to 16mm to suit different track layouts
• Like the frame, the alloy swingarm is an all-cast design, with just three pieces
• Narrow subframe layout contributes to the compact and slim tail section

Horizontal Back-link Rear Suspension

• 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)

• The Big Piston Fork’s (BPF) 43mm inner tubes is one of the contributing factors to the bike’s composure under braking
• Compared to a cartridge-type fork of the same size, the BPF features a 39.6mm main piston
• Oil inside the BPF acts on a surface area almost four times the size of a conventional fork’s. The larger surface area allows damping pressure to be reduced while ensuring that damping force remains the same
• Reducing damping pressure allows the inner fork tube to move more smoothly, which is especially noticeable at the initial part of the stroke. The result is greater control as the fork compresses and very calm attitude change as vehicle weight shifts forward under braking, and contributing to greater chassis stability on corner entry
• Because the BPF eliminates many of the internal components of a traditional cartridge fork, construction is simplified and overall fork weight is reduced
• Compression and rebound damping adjustments are located at the top of each fork tube, while preload is now at the bottom

Race-spec Steering Damper

• An adjustable twin-tube Öhlins steering damper is standard. The second tube acts like a reservoir, allowing the internals to help ensure stable damping and excellent feedback even under racing conditions

Three-spoke Cast Aluminum Wheels

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


• 32-inch seat height makes it easy to reach the ground
• Fuel tank shape offers a comfortable ergonomic fit with the rider’s forearms and inner thighs when riding
• Adjustable foot pegs can be lowered an additional 15mm when street riding or touring

Advanced Aerodynamic Bodywork

• Compact, curved shape
• Large ducting aids engine heat dissipation
• Line-beam headlights and short fairing contributes to the aggressive styling
• LED three-bulb position lamp at the top of the ram air duct offers enhanced visibility to drivers and pedestrians
• Fairing-mounted mirrors feature integrated, LED-type turn signals
• Turn signals are electrically connected via couplers, which allows easy mirror removal for track day riding
• Compact tail section includes an elegant, nine-bulb taillight
• Taillight and turn signal stalks are mounted on a rear fender assembly that’s easily removable for track day riding

Advanced Electronic Instrumentation

• Instruments feature a high-visibility bar-graph LED tachometer positioned above a multi-window LCD info panel that offers riders a massive quantity of information
• The tachometer also functions as a shift indicator: LEDs flash when the pre-set rpm is reached, and riders can set shift rpm according to preference
• The multi-function LCD features two display modes: Standard and Race. 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

2012 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R ABS - USA Specifications / Technical Details
US MSRP Price: $14,999.00 USD

Engine Four-stroke, liquid-cooled, DOHC, four valves per cylinder, inline-four

Displacement 998cc

Bore x Stroke 76.0 x 55.0 mm

Compression Ratio 13.0:1

Fuel System DFI® with four 47mm Keihin throttle bodies with oval sub-throttles, two injectors per cylinder

Ignition TCBI with digital advance and Sport-Kawasaki Traction Control (S-KTRC)

Transmission Six-speed

Final Drive Chain

Rake/Trail 25 Deg / 4.2 in.

Front Tire Size 120/70 ZR17

Rear Tire Size 190/55 ZR17

Wheelbase 56.1 in.

Front Suspension / wheel travel 43mm inverted Big Piston Fork (BPF), adjustable rebound and compression damping, spring preload adjustability / 4.7 in.

Rear Suspension / wheel travel Horizontal back-link with gas-charged shock, stepless, dual-range (low-/high-speed) compression damping, stepless rebound damping, fully adjustable spring preload / 5.5 in.

Front Brakes Kawasaki Intelligent anti-lock Braking (KIBS), dual semi-floating 310mm petal discs with dual four-piston radial-mount calipers

Rear Brakes KIBS-controlled, single 220mm petal disc with aluminum single-piston caliper

Fuel Capacity 4.5 gal.

Seat Height 32.0 in.

Curb Weight TBD

Overall length 81.7 in.

Overall width 28.2 in.

Overall height 43.9 in.

Color Choices TBD

Warranty 12 Months

Good Times™ Protection Plan 12, 24, 36, 48 months

2012 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R ABS - Canadian Specifications / Technical Details
Canada MSRP Price: See Canadian Kawasaki Dealer for pricing.

Type 4-stroke, In-Line Four
Displacement 998cc
Bore and Stroke 76.0 x 55.0 mm
Cooling Liquid
Compression Ratio 13.0:1
Valve System DOHC, 16 valves (4 valves per cylinder)
Fuel System DFI with 47 mm Keihin throttle bodies with oval sub-throttles, two injectors per cylinder
Ignition Digital TCBI with S-KTRC (Sport-Kawasaki TRaction Control)
Lubrication Forced lubrication (wet sump with oil cooler)


Transmission 6-speed cassette, with positive neutral finder
Final Drive Sealed Chain
Primary Reduction Ratio 1.681 (79/47)
Gear Ratio: 1st 2.600 (39/15)
Gear Ratio: 2nd 2.053 (39/19)
Gear Ratio: 3rd 1.737 (33/19)
Gear Ratio: 4th 1.571 (33/21)
Gear Ratio: 5th 1.444 (26/18)
Gear Ratio: 6th 1.348 (31/23)
Final Reduction Ratio 2.294 (39/17)
Clutch Wet multi-disc, manual


Type Twin spar, cast aluminium
Wheel Travel: Front 120 mm (4.7 in.)
Tire: Front 120/70-ZR17
Wheel Travel: Rear 140 mm (5.5 in.)
Tire: Rear 190/55-ZR17
Caster (Rake) 25º
Trail 107 mm (4.2 in.)
Steering Angle (Left/Right) 27º/27º


Suspension, Front 43 mm inverted Showa Big Piston front fork with top-out springs, stepless compression and rebound damping, fully-adjustable spring preload
Suspension, Rear Horizontal Back-link with gas-charged shock, piggyback reservoir and top-out spring, stepless, dual range (high/low speed) compression damping, stepless rebound damping, fully adjustable spring preload


Front: Type Dual semi-floating 310 mm petal discs, 10-button aluminium rotor carrier
Front: Calipers Dual radial-mount, opposed 4-piston
Rear: Type Single 220 mm petal disc
Rear: Calipers Single-bore pin-slide, aluminium piston


Overall Length 2,075 mm (81.7 in.)
Overall Width 715 mm (28.0 in.)
Overall Height 1,115 mm (43.9 in.)
Wheelbase 1,425 mm (56.1 in.)
Ground Clearance 135 mm (5.3 in.)
Seat Height 813 mm (32 in.)
Curb Mass** 201 kg (442.9 lbs.)
Fuel Capacity 17 litres (3.7 gal.)
Fuel Consumption 5.8 L/100 km (49 MPG)
** Includes all necessary materials and fluids to operate correctly, full tank of fuel (more than 90% of capacity) and tool kit (if supplied)


Maximum Power‡ 131.7 kW {179.1 PS} @ 11,000 rpm
Maximum Power with Ram Air‡ 138.3 kW {188.0 PS} @ 11,000 rpm
Maximum Torque‡ 112 N.m {11.4 kgf.m} @ 11,500 rpm
‡ Power / Torque figures measured at the crankshaft.


Colour Ebony / Flat Ebony
Warranty 12 months warranty


Good Times Protection Plan 24 or 36 months (Kawasaki GTPP coverage begins after the standard limited warranty expires)

Good Times Protection Plan 24 or 36 months (Kawasaki GTPP coverage begins after the standard limited warranty expires)
* The Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price does not include freight, pre-delivery inspection or applicable taxes. The final price is at the discretion of the dealer. Prices and Specifications are subject to change without prior notice.
The specifications mentioned here apply to and have been achieved by production models under standard operating conditions. We intend only to give a fair description of the vehicle and its performance capabilities but these specifications may not apply to every machine supplied for sale. Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd. reserves the right to alter specifications without prior notice. Equipment illustrated and specifications may vary to meet individual markets. Available colours may vary by market.

2012 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R ABS - UK/European Specifications / Technical Details
UK/EU MSRP Price: See UK/European Kawasaki Dealer for pricing.


2012 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R ABS - Australian Specifications / Technical Details
Australia MSRP Price: See Australian Kawasaki Dealer for pricing.


Type Liquid-cooled, 4-stroke In-Line Four
Displacement 998 cm³
Bore and Stroke 76.0 x 55.0 mm
Compression ratio 13.0:1
Valve system DOHC, 16 valves
Fuel system Fuel injection: Ø 47 mm x 4 (Keihin) with oval sub-throttles, dual injection
Ignition Digital
Starting Electric
Lubrication Forced lubrication, wet sump with oil cooler
Transmission 6-speed, return
Final drive Sealed Chain
Primary reduction ratio 1.681 (79/47)
Gear ratios:
1st 2.600 (39/15)
2nd 2.053 (39/19)
3rd 1.737 (33/19)
4th 1.571 (33/21)
5th 1.444 (26/18)
6th 1.348 (31/23)
Final reduction ratio 2.294 (39/17)
Clutch Wet multi-disc, manual
Frame Type Twin spar, cast aluminium
Wheel travel:
front 120 mm
rear 140 mm
front 120/70ZR17M/C (58W)
rear 190/55ZR17M/C (75W)
Caster (rake) 25°
Trail 107 mm
Steering angle (left/right) 27° / 27°
Suspension (left/right)
Front: 43 mm inverted fork with rebound and compression damping, spring preload
adjustability and top-out springs

Rear: Horizontal Back-link with gas-charged shock, piggyback reservoir and top-out spring
Compression damping Stepless, dual-range (high/low-speed)
Rebound damping Stepless
Spring preload Fully adjustable
Front: Dual semi-floating 310 mm petal discs, 10-button aluminium rotor carrier
Calliper Dual radial-mount, opposed 4-(aluminium) piston
Rear: Single 220 mm petal disc
Calliper Single-bore pin-slide, aluminium piston
Overall length 2,075 mm
Overall width 715 mm
Overall height 1,115 mm
Wheelbase 1,425 mm
Ground clearance 135 mm
Seat height 813 mm
Curb mass 201 kg Includes full fuel tank
Fuel capacity 17 litres
2012 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R ABS Specifications Reviewed by Dening Nyess on Rating: 4.5

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