The recently launched Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R is off to a good start. The locally assembled motorcycle has been priced competitively at Rs 12.8 lakh (ex-showroom) and has amassed a large number of bookings, following which the company has instructed all dealerships to stop accepting bookings until further instructed. Reports in media indicate the bike has raked in 100 bookings within two weeks of its launch in the country, which testifies its popularity among customers. Interestingly, the litre-class superbike has exceeded the total number of current-gen Ninja ZX-10Rs sold in the country sold so far.
One must note that the Kawasaki ZX-10R and the 10R will be available in single-seat option as this will allow the company to avoid homologation requirements in terms of engineering for the saree guard for the bike. This would however mean, the pillion footpegs will be missing and the rear cowl will be offered as standard. Customers willing to add a pillion seat can buy the appropriate parts for an additional premium of Rs 38,000.
As for the deliveries, it is yet to commence and will take around a couple omonths to complete. While the company has issued instructions to stop accepting bookings, there is yet no clarity on the timeframe for the bikes to be available again for bookings. It could however take around 3 months to re-open the bookings.
The bike has performed excellently in the World Superbike Championship with multiple titles to its credit. Powered by a 998cc, in-line four cylinder engine, the prowess is claimed to be one of the fastest motorcycles available in the market. In terms of power, the 998cc, four cylinder engine puts out maximum power of 200bhp against peak torque of 113.5Nm.
The feature list on the Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R includes an electronic rider assists such as traction control(S-KTRC), multi-level power modes, launch control (KLCM), ABS control (KIBS), cornering management (KCMF) and engine braking function (KEBC). Most of the aforementioned features are aided by an internal measuring unit.