Good value gets results. That statement holds especially true in a market like ours and the Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R is testament to this. Less than fifteen days after Kawasaki first launched the locally assembled 10R at a tempting starting price of Rs 12.8 lakh ex-showroom, the company has issued instructions to all dealerships to stop accepting bookings.
We are given to understand that in this short span of time, the company has received around 100 bookings. This is highly impressive for a litre-class superbike and it surpasses the total number of current-gen Ninja ZX-10Rs that have been sold in the country so far.
Deliveries of the locally assembled bikes are yet to begin and they will pan out over the next few months. At the moment, it isn’t clear how long the wait will be before the ZX-10R becomes available for bookings again, but it’s fair to expect a period of at least three months.
The ZX-10R has been highly successful in the World Superbike Championship, winning multiple titles at the hands of Jonathan Rea. It’s also among the quickest motorcycles money can buy with a 998cc, in-line four cylinder motor that produces 200hp and 113.5Nm of torque. The Ninja ZX-10R is packed with 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) – many of which are aided by an inertial measuring unit (IMU).
It is worth noting that both the locally assembled ZX-10R and 10RR will be sold as single-seat versions. This helps the company avoid homologation requirements in terms of engineering a saree guard for the bike. As a result, the bike will ship with a rear cowl as standard and it will not have pillion footpegs. For those who would like the option of a pillion seat, a conversion can be made by buying the appropriate parts, which will cost around Rs 38,000.