Kawasaki ZX-12R Ninja

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Kawasaki ZX-12
Manufacturer
Also called ZX-12R Ninja, ZX-12R
Production 2000
Class Sportbike
Engine
Four stroke, transverse four cylinder, DOHC, 4 valves per cylinder.
Compression ratio 12.2:1
Top Speed 303.2 km/h / 188.3 mph
Ignition Digital ignition
Spark Plug NGK, CR9EKPA
Transmission 6 Speed
Suspension Front: 43mm upside-down cartridge fork with adjustable preload, 12-way rebound and 12-way compression damping.
Rear: Bottom-Link with gas-charged shock: piggy-back reservoir, adjustable spring preload, 18-way rebound and 20-way compression damping
Brakes Front: 2x 320mm discs 6 piston calipers
Rear: Single 230mm disc 2 piston caliper
Front Tire 120/70 ZR17
Rear Tire 200/50 ZR17
Wheelbase 1450 mm / 57.1 in
Seat Height 820 mm / 32.3 in
Weight 210 kg / 463 lbs. (dry), 245 kg / 540 lbs (wet)
Recommended Oil K-tech 10W-40
Fuel Capacity 20 Liters / 5.0 gal
Manuals Service Manual


It could reach a top speed of 303.2 km/h / 188.3 mph.

Engine[edit]

The engine was a Liquid cooled cooled Four stroke, transverse four cylinder, DOHC, 4 valves per cylinder.. The engine featured a 12.2:1 compression ratio.

Drive[edit]

Power was moderated via the Wet, multiple discs, cable operated.

Chassis[edit]

It came with a 120/70 ZR17 front tire and a 200/50 ZR17 rear tire. Stopping was achieved via 2x 320mm discs 6 piston calipers in the front and a Single 230mm disc 2 piston caliper in the rear. The front suspension was a 43mm upside-down cartridge fork with adjustable preload, 12-way rebound and 12-way compression damping. while the rear was equipped with a Bottom-Link with gas-charged shock: piggy-back reservoir, adjustable spring preload, 18-way rebound and 20-way compression damping. The ZX-12R Ninja was fitted with a 20 Liters / 5.0 gal fuel tank. The bike weighed just 210 kg / 463 lbs.. The wheelbase was 1450 mm / 57.1 in long.

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Overview[edit]

Kawasaki ZX-12R  Ninja








Kawasaki had long owned the 'fastest motorcycle' crown with its ZZ-R1100, until Honda's Blackbird then Suzuki's Hayabusa moved the class on. The ZX-12R Ninja was Kawasaki's response. An all-new design, it uses a unique monocoque frame, together with a 142kW (190bhp) engine, the most powerful up to 2005. The chassis is aimed at speed: the frame is narrower than a twin-spar design, and houses the airbox and battery, saving space elsewhere. Aerodynamic bodywork is dominated by a massive ram-air scoop, and huge mirrors, small canard wings on the lower fairing and cast spoilers on the forks help the ZX-12R to a top speed of 299km/h (186mph). It is also more sporty than the Hayabusa or Blackbird. The ZX-12R stands ready to redefine performance in a production motorcycle. Built to deliver the lightest weight and highest power-to-weight ratio of any machine in its class, the ZX-12R combines a compact engine in an all-new aluminum monocoque chassis, wrapped in slippery aerodynamic bodywork. The result is exceptional high-speed stability and nimble handling in a layout that provides all-day riding comfort.

The ZX-12R produces more horsepower than any machine in its class, electroplated aluminum cylinders, heat treated pistons prevent heat distortion and have thin rings for quicker revs. New countershaft-mounted generator with rare-earth magnets reduces weight and friction, electronic fuel injection system with 46mm throttle bodies, Kawasaki Ram Air system projects ahead of the fairing to take advantage of the higher air pressure, and the aerodynamic fairing wraps in tighter ahead of the radiator to reduce frontal area and enhance airflow through the engine compartment. New winglets on either side of the fairing separate airflow, preventing turbulent air coming off the front wheel from disturbing the laminar airflow along the upper portion of the fairing, small wind deflectors cast into the bottom of the forks deflects turbulent air coming off the fork and brakes out and around the lower part of the fairing. New monocoque backbone frame incorporates an efficient airbox and a cartridge-type air filter easily slides into the frame, four-into-two-into-one exhaust system features stainless steel head pipes and a lightweight, titanium muffler, bolt-on aluminum sub-frame, extruded aluminum swingarm and a single shock features a piggyback reservoir, threaded spring preload and 20-way compression and rebound damping adjustment w/rear ride height adjustment. Also new is the 43mm inverted cartridge fork with preload, compression and rebound damping and ultra-wide 200/50 tire mounts on 6.0 x 17 rim.


The ZX-12R stands ready to redefine performance in a production motorcycle. Built to deliver the lightest weight and highest power-to-weight ratio of any machine in its class, the ZX-12R combines a compact engine in an all-new aluminum monocoque chassis, wrapped in slippery aerodynamic bodywork. The result is exceptional high-speed stability and nimble handling in a layout that provides all-day riding comfort. The ZX-12R produces more horsepower than any machine in its class, electroplated aluminum cylinders, heat treated pistons prevent heat distortion and have thin rings for quicker revs. New countershaft-mounted generator with rare-earth magnets reduces weight and friction, electronic fuel injection system with 46mm throttle bodies, Kawasaki Ram Air system projects ahead of the fairing to take advantage of the higher air pressure, and the aerodynamic fairing wraps in tighter ahead of the radiator to reduce frontal area and enhance airflow through the engine compartment. New winglets on either side of the fairing separate airflow, preventing turbulent air coming off the front wheel from disturbing the laminar airflow along the upper portion of the fairing, small wind deflectors cast into the bottom of the forks deflects turbulent air coming off the fork and brakes out and around the lower part of the fairing. New monocoque backbone frame incorporates an efficient airbox and a cartridge-type air filter easily slides into the frame, four-into-two-into-one exhaust system features stainless steel head pipes and a lightweight, titanium muffler, bolt-on aluminum sub-frame, extruded aluminum swingarm and a single shock features a piggyback reservoir, threaded spring preload and 20-way compression and rebound damping adjustment w/rear ride height adjustment. Also new is the 43mm inverted cartridge fork with preload, compression and rebound damping and ultra-wide 200/50 tire mounts on 6.0 x 17 rim.



Make Model Kawasaki ZX-12R Ninja
Year 2000
Engine Type Four stroke, transverse four cylinder, DOHC, 4 valves per cylinder.
Displacement 1199 cc / 73.1 cu-in
Bore X Stroke 83 x 55.4 mm
Compression 12.2:1
Cooling System Liquid cooled
Lubrication Wet sump
Engine Oil Synthetic, 10W/40
Induction Electronic fuel injection
Ignition Digital ignition
Spark Plug NGK, CR9EKPA
Starting Electric
Max Power 178 hp / 131 kW @ 10500 rpm
Max Torque 134 Nm / 13.66 kgf-m @ 7500 rpm
Clutch Wet, multiple discs, cable operated
Transmission 6 Speed
Final Drive Chain
Front Suspension 43mm upside-down cartridge fork with adjustable preload, 12-way rebound and 12-way compression damping.
Front Wheel Travel 120 mm / 4.5 in
Rear Suspension Bottom-Link with gas-charged shock: piggy-back reservoir, adjustable spring preload, 18-way rebound and 20-way compression damping
Rear Wheel Travel 123 mm / 4.8 in
Front Brakes 2x 320mm discs 6 piston calipers
Rear Brakes Single 230mm disc 2 piston caliper
Front Tire 120/70 ZR17
Rear Tire 200/50 ZR17
Rake 24°
Trail 107 mm / 3.9 in
Dimensions Length 2120 mm / 82.1 in Width 739 mm / 29.1 in Height 1199 mm / 47.2 in
Wheelbase 1450 mm / 57.1 in
Seat Height 820 mm / 32.3 in
Ground Clearance 119 mm / 4.7 in.
Dry Weight 210 kg / 463 lbs.
Wet Weight 245 kg / 540 lbs
Fuel Capacity 20 Liters / 5.0 gal
Consumption Average 14.8 km/lit
Standing ¼ Mile 10.3 sec / 146.2 mp/h
Top Speed 303.2 km/h / 188.3 mph

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