2018 Kawasaki ZX10R Gets Semi Active Suspension which can be controlled electronically like its European rivals
The 2017 World Superbike winning model is Kawasaki’s first to get electronic semi-active suspension, which uses an inertial measurement unit and sensors in the Showa suspension to automatically adjust settings in milliseconds according to conditions. The Ninja ZX-10R SE also features Marchesini forged alloy wheels, an up/down quick-shifter and a matt black finish with green highlights.
Riders can choose from three modes: Road, Track, and Manual. Road and Track modes provide softer or firmer base settings to suit street riding or circuit riding, respectively. Manual mode allows riders to tailor the rebound and compression damping base settings to suit preference and/or riding style. The manual settings (15 levels each) are selected electronically via the instrument panel. In all three modes, KECS adjusts damping for vehicle speed, stroke speed and deceleration.
Built-in stroke sensors on both the fork and rear shock provides the Ninja ZX-10R SE stroke speed and compression information. The sensor coils provide input to the KECS ECU every 1 ms. This is complemented by information provided by the IMU (acceleration/deceleration) every 10 ms, and the FI ECU (vehicle speed) every 10 ms. The KECS ECU then directs current to the solenoids to adjust damping as required by the situation.
Jointly developed with Showa 2018 Kawasaki ZX10R gets KECS adds electronically controlled damping to the high-spec Balance Free Front Fork and BFRC lite (Balance Free Rear Cushion) rear shock equipped on the Ninja ZX-10R. The semiactive system adapts to road and riding conditions in real time, providing the ideal amount of damping called for. Combining advanced, race-developed mechanical components with the latest electronic control technology, KECS offers both the suppleness to handle a wide range of street riding situations, and the firm damping needed for circuit riding. The tyres feel planted, delivering confidence when cornering.
2018 Kawasaki ZX10R also has Race-style cassette transmission facilitates gear ratio changes to suit track conditions. The “cassette” is located high enough that it can be accessed without having the engine oil drain out. Specially developed Öhlins electronic steering damper provides just the right amount of damping based on vehicle speed and degree of acceleration or deceleration. Revised settings were optimised for the racetrack and winding roads.
Feedback from the IMU enables the addition of a new function on the 2018 Kawasaki ZX10R. The new cornering management function uses KIBS and S-KTRC to assist riders in tracing their intended line through the corner. All-new in 2011, the Ninja ZX-10R’s engine balanced stunning power with manageability, and facilitated getting back on the gas by moving peak torque higher up in the rpm range. The new engine maintains this essential character, but offers a stronger low-mid range for increased acceleration coming out of corners.