Kawasaki recalls over 1,500 units of Ninja ZX-10R
Kawasaki has issued a recall order for around 1,530 units of Ninja ZX-10R in the US due to a programming fault in the control unit which can cause the engine to backfire. The affected models include the 2019 and 2020 variants of the Ninja ZX-10R, ZX-10R ABS, and ZX-10RT ABS KRT Edition. The recall exercise is expected to begin on June 8.
In its defect notice, Kawasaki stated that the error in ECU programming can cause the engine to backfire when the quick-shifter is used by the rider during high rpms. Th automaker also noted that repetitive backfiring may cause the air suction valve, which helps reduce engine emissions, to break or deform. Further, with subsequent damage, the issue could even cause a fire.
The Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R sits on a cast aluminum frame and comes with beefy-looking fairings, all LED lighting setup, a muscular fuel tank, and an attractive paint job. The bike also houses stepped-up seats, a transparent windscreen, and a digital instrument console. Moreover, it has a ground clearance of 145mm and a kerb weight of 206kg.
The Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R is powered by a BS6-compliant, liquid-cooled, 998cc DOHC engine, which comes mated to a six-speed manual transmission gearbox. The powertrain generates a peak power of 203PS at 13,500rpm and a maximum torque of 115Nm at 11,200rpm.
The Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R comes equipped with disc brakes on both the front as well as rear wheels along with dual-channel ABS for improved road handling. To handle suspension duties, the motorcycle has 43mm inverted forks at the front and a BFRC-lite gas-charged unit on the rear.