Back in 2018, Japanese bike maker Kawasaki decided to introduce a new model in the Ninja ZX range, to complement the existing ZX-10R and ZX-10RR. It’s called ZX-10R SE and comes with just a touch of extras over the other models.
The biggest novelty the bike brings to the table is the fitting of a new advanced electronic suspension, created with the help of the Japanese specialists from Showa. Called KECS, it adds electronically controlled damping to the high-spec Balance Free Front Fork and BFRC lite (Balance Free Rear Cushion) rear shock the bike comes equipped with.
Kawasaki says the system adapts to road conditions in real-time, being suitable for a wide range of conditions and riding styles.
Developed for both road and track use, the 2018 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R SE is powered by a 998cc engine capable of developing 197 hp at 13,000 rpm. It spins 7-spoke multi-directional forged aluminum wheels, and, together with the bike itself, has three settings, namely Road, Track, and Manual.
The model, which in 2018 was available in only one color, was produced in 2019 and 2020 as well, but it remains a heavy hitter on the used market. In 2022, for instance, one could be had with decent mileage for an average of $19,000.
|engine specs||Type:||Four stroke, four cylinder, liquid cooled||Displacement:||998 cm3||Bore X Stroke:||3.0x2.2 in OR 76 mm||Compression Ratio:||13.0:1||Horsepower:||/ KW(hp)/RPM||Torque:||84.6/11500 lb-ft/RPM OR 115/11500 Nm/RPM||Fuel System:||DFI with 47mm Mikuni throttle bodies (4) with oval sub-throttles, two injectors per cylinder|
|transmission specs||Gearbox:||6-Speed||Clutch:||Wet multiplate||Primary Drive:||-||Final Drive:||Chain|
|chassis specs||Frame:||Aluminum perimeter||Front Suspension:||43 mm inverted Balance Free Fork, KECS controlled compression and rebound damping, manual spring preload adjustability||Rear Suspension:||Horizontal back-link with Balance Free gas-charged shock, controlled compression and rebound damping, manually adjustable spring preload||Front Brake:||Intelligent Braking (KIBS), Brembo dual semi-floating 330mm discs with dual radial mounted monobloc 4-piston calipers||Rear Brake:||KIBS-controlled, single 220 mm disc with aluminum single-piston caliper|
|dimension specs||Overall Length:||82.3 in OR 2090 mm||Overall Width:||29.1 in OR 739 mm||Seat Height:||32.9 in OR 836 mm||Weelbase:||56.7 in OR 1440 mm||Ground Clearance:||5.7 in OR 145 mm||Weight:||459 lbs OR 208 kg||Fuel Capacity:||4.5 gallons OR 17.0 L|
|power system specs||Power pack:||-||Nominal Capacity:||-||Maximum Capacity:||-||Charger type:||-||Charging time (normal):||-||Charging time (quick):||-||Range:||-|