2015 30th Anniversary Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R/ZX-10R ABS - First Look

New ZX-10 helps the World Superbike Champion celebrate 30 years of the Ninja brand.

2015 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R 30th Anniversary studio 3/4 view

Okay, let's be honest: Not much has changed on the 2015 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R or ZX-10R ABS. The fact of the matter is this: The bike is still very competitive on the world racing scene, and a frontrunner straight off of the showroom floor. Last year, the 10R took Tom Sykes to his first World Superbike Championship, the first for Kawasaki since Scott Russell won the title on a Muzzy ZX-7R 20 years earlier. So, Kawasaki has decided to leave good enough alone with regard to the hardware.

But Kawasaki didn’t want the 30th anniversary of the Ninja brand to pass without acknowledgement. So, to commemorate the occasion, Kawi has released a special-liveried model featuring Lime Green/Pearl Stardust White paint with 30th Anniversary badges on each side of the fairing. ABS versions in 30th Anniversary paint have a suggested retail price of $15,599. In the standard Metallic Matte Carbon Gray/Flat Ebony paint, the ABS model is priced at $15,299. Non-ABS bikes are available in the same two paint choices for $14,599 and $14,299, respectively.

Key features on the aluminum-frame 2015 ZX-10R ABS include an Öhlins-Kawasaki electronic steering damper; three-spoke cast aluminum wheels; Sport-Kawasaki Traction Control (S-KTRC); Advanced Kawasaki Intelligent Anti-lock Braking System (supplied by Bosch); a Power Mode selector; a Big-Piston Fork; a slipper clutch (to prevent wheel hop under extreme deceleration); a titanium exhaust; race-oriented LCD instrumentation; and footpegs that can be lowered an additional 15mm for street riding our touring.

SPECIFICATIONS
2015 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R ABS 30th Anniversary
ENGINE Liquid-cooled, DOHC, four valves per cylinder, inline-4
DISPLACEMENT 998cc
BORE & STROKE 76.0 x 55.0mm
COMPRESSION RATIO 13.0:1
FUEL SYSTEM EFI (4) 47mm Keihin throttle bodies, two injectors per cylinder
IGNITION TCBI with digital advance and Sport-Kawasaki Traction Control (S-KTRC)
TRANSMISSION Six-speed
FINAL DRIVE Chain
RAKE / TRAIL 25.0º / 4.2 in.
FRONT TIRE 120/70ZR-17
REAR TIRE 190/55ZR-17
WHEELBASE 56.1 in.
FRONT SUSPENSION / WHEEL TRAVEL 43mm inverted Big Piston Fork, adjustable stepless 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
OVERALL LENGTH 81.7 in.
OVERALL WIDTH 28.1 in.
OVERALL HEIGHT 43.9 in.
SEAT HEIGHT 32.0 in.
CURB WEIGHT 443 lb.
FUEL CAPACITY 4.5 gal.
COLOR CHOICES Metallic Matte Carbon Gray/Flat Ebony; Lime Green/Pearl Stardust White Anniversary Edition
MSRP $15,299 / $15,599 (30th)
Studio front 3/4 right-side view.
Studio left-side view.
Studio right-side view.
Front brake.
30th Anniversary graphics.
Rear shock.
Engine photo #1
Engine photo #2
Studio stripped overhead view.