2016 Kawasaki ZX-10R faces steering damper issues, recalled

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The 2016 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R was just beginning to win hearts of motorcycle enthusiasts globally but this ninja may have to get its sword checked. Kawasaki has issued recall notice MC16-03 for all 2016 ZX-10R models as According to a report issued by the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the bracket bolts on the damper may have been over-tightened which may cause the bracket to break. The total number of motorcycles affected globally is still unknown but about 804 bikes are affected in the US.

2016 Ninja ZX-10R

Other model types affected by this recall are:

  • ZX1000RGFAL
  • ZX1000RGFL
  • ZX1000SGFAL
  • ZX1000SGFL

(All manufactured between October 2015 and January 2016)

Kawasaki would be contacting the owners and replace the steering damper bracket bolts free-of-charge. The 2016 version recently made its way into the Indian market.


Launched at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show, the new 2016 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R gets a plethora of updates including a revised engine, new electronics, slightly changed styling, new instrument cluster, a slightly altered frame with new swing-arm, an Ohlins electronic steering damper and new Brembo brakes. The new model, with 200bhp peak output has the same power as the previous version, going up to 207bhp with ram air. While power remains the same, torque has increased marginally, and is now rated at 113.5Nm at 11,500rpm. Kawasaki is claiming that the new ZX-10R is the closest any road going Ninja has gotten to their WSBK machine.

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