2014 KAWASAKI NINJA ZX-10R ABS
World Class Performance and Cutting Edge Technology
Nothing says superbike like the relentless incorporation of cutting edge technology that continually expands the envelope of motorcycle performance. The Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R ABS superbike combines anti-lock braking with the latest technological advancements to offer performance that even the most expensive and exotic machines struggle to match. Using information gathered from competing—and winning—at the highest levels throughout the world, Kawasaki makes race-bred performance available to riders for the street and track. By making the ZX-10R better, riders have the opportunity to be their best.
Kawasaki developed the ZX-10R ABS’s electronic steering damper in joint cooperation with Öhlins. Controlled by a dedicated ECU located under the gas tank cover, this damper reacts to the rate of acceleration or deceleration, as well as rear wheel speed, to help provide the ideal level of damping force across a wide range of riding scenarios. The variable damping provides optimum rider feedback by enabling the use of lower damping forces during normal operation, without sacrificing the firm damping needed for high-speed stability. The result is a light and nimble steering feel at low speed, as well as superior damping at higher speeds or during extreme acceleration/deceleration. The anodized damper unit incorporates Öhlins’ twin-tube design to help ensure stable damping performance and superior kickback absorption. It is mounted horizontally at the front of the fuel tank and requires very few additional components and ads almost no weight compared to previous generations’ steering dampers.
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 maximize performance. Once you consider the many benefits provided by the amazing electronic and hardware technology available today, it begins to make a lot of sense.
Kawasaki calls its high-performance anti-lock system KIBS – or Kawasaki Intelligent anti-lock Brake System. The use of “intelligent” is apropos, too, considering just how smart the KIBS is. It all starts with an incredibly small and light ABS unit that was designed by Bosch specifically with sportbikes in mind. The entire system only adds about 7 pounds of weight compared to the non-ABS machine, and a full pound of that weight is accounted for by the larger battery.
KIBS is a multi-sensing system, one that collects and monitors a wide range of information taken from wheel sensors (the same ones collecting data on the standard ZX-10R for its S-KTRC traction control system) and the bike’s ECU, including wheel speed, caliper pressure, engine rpm, throttle position, clutch actuation and gear position. The KIBS’s ECU actually communicates with the bike’s engine ECU and crunches the numbers, and when it notes a potential lock-up situation, it tells the Bosch ABS unit to temporarily reduce line pressure, allowing the wheel to once again regain traction.
Aside from this system’s ultra-fast response time, it offers a number of additional sport-riding benefits, including rear-end lift suppression during hard braking, minimal kickback during ABS intervention, and increased rear brake control during downshifts. The high-precision pressure control enables the system to maintain high brake performance, proper lever feel and help ensure the ABS pulses are minimized.
The rest of the 2014 Ninja ZX-10R ABS is equally advanced. Complete with a powerful engine and lightweight chassis, it also boasts a highly advanced and customizable electronic system that allows riders to harness and experience the ZX-10R ABS’s amazing blend of power and razor-edge handling. The system is called Sport-Kawasaki Traction Control.
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