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The Race Ready 2018 Kawasaki ZX-10RR Has Arrived!

Get ready – because the 2018 Kawasaki ZX-10RR is here.

Updated August 24, 2018

You might be thinking “hey, the 2018 Kawasaki ZX-10RR looks an awful lot like the 2017 model” and you’d be right. However, there are a couple of nice surprises that Kawasaki have thrown in to the mix. And by “nice surprises” we mean that Kawasaki have added a few almost imperceptible color changes on a few barely noticeable components. But that doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t all bathe in the glory of the world’s most formidable, road-legal and naturally aspirated machine.

2018 Kawasaki ZX-10RR – A Thoroughbred Racer

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We had high hopes for the ZX-10RR when it first arrived on the scene last year. Built as a top spec homologation special version of the ZX-10R, the ZX-10RR was bred specifically for the World Superbike Championships. Fast forward 12 months, and we’ve just got word of the 2018 version. And there are no discernible upgrades to report. Why? Because Kawasaki managed to turn our “high hopes” into a reality – now that Jonathan Rea has ultimately won the World Superbike Championships on board the ZX-10RR in its debut year, Kawasaki have decided that something this good really doesn’t require any updates just yet.

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If you take your racing seriously and you’ve been looking for the perfect track weapon but failed to bring the hammer down on a 2017 ZX-10RR, then perhaps the success of the Kawasaki Racing Team in the World Superbikes might convince you to get yourself on the waiting list for the 2018 Kawasaki ZX-10RR instead? If you get the 2018 version, you really separate yourself from the crowd thanks to Kawasaki’s subtle color changes…Let’s see if you can spot them before you read the press quote below:

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“With the considerable positive impact of a world championship under its belt, the 2018 model features two updates for the coming season, both of which involve color changes to components. The reservoir canisters behind the lower part of the front fork legs change from a red appearance to silver. At the top of the fork leg, the fork top cap is now green where it was previously also red.”

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Did you spot those changes? If you could, you’ve obviously got superhuman eyes – because the photos that Kawasaki supplied along with the 2018 ZX-10RR press release shows neither of those new changes. Which is brilliant.

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Despite the invisible changes, Kawasaki continued to emphasize and highlight the ZX-10RR’s racing pedigree. “Kawasaki Motors Europe Director Morihiro Ikoma said: ‘In the hands of our KRT riders, Jonathan Rea and Tom Sykes, the Ninja ZX-10RR has achieved Superpole wins, fastest laps, race wins and, ultimately, the 2017 World SBK title in its first year of production. For motorcycle racing teams, track day enthusiasts and committed road riders, the 2018 Ninja ZX-10RR represents a great performance package and perfect base for racing success.’”

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So there you have it – the 2018 Kawasaki ZX-10RR. If you’re looking for a race machine that will blow the competition out of the water, then get your name on the list for one of these.


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