Kawasaki ZX-10R (2011 - Present) review

Details
Manufacturer:
Kawasaki
Category:
Sportsbikes
Price:
£ 11999
Overall
4
Average: 4 (1 vote)
Superb electronics package, confidence inspiring handling, ballistic engine, Supersport dimensions.
Get yourself a soap on a rope, the ZX-10R wont impress the local constabulary one bit.

Kawasaki have launched the all-new ZX-10R. The much awaited new model steps up to the plate with a claimed 200bhp at the crank, traction control as standard and the option of ABS. No prizes for guessing the bike Kawasaki want to knock off the top spot.

One thing is clear; Kawasaki aren't messing about with this one. Since the original ZX-10R in 2004, they've struggled to keep up with the competition but with the new bike boasting S-KTRC, Kawasaki's clever traction control system, three power modes and the option of KIBS, Kawasaki's ABS system, the ZX-10R is packed with the latest technology and spoiling for a fight with the litre superbike class leaders.

The first thing you notice about the ZX-10R is how small it is. A ZXR400 was the first bike I thought of when I slung my leg over the 10R in the oppressively hot Qatar heat. It's a full 10kg less than the outgoing 10R too. I don't know about you but I'm still impressed at the rate at which these bikes get developed. The all-cast frame is the lightest in its class and has enabled Kawasaki to make these huge weight savings.

I had five sessions out on track and used the first two to learn the Losail circuit. I can confidently say that Losail is the toughest circuit I've ever ridden, it's as flat as a tea tray, with no obvious trackside features and to make it even more awkward: every corner looks the same.

Despite not getting to grips with the circuit in the first couple of sessions, I had plenty of time to get comfortable with the basics that make the new ZX-10R so good. It handles like a 600, infact better than most. The front end feels so plush, so precise and very light. In order to build confidence, I have to trust the front-end and when I was running into corners too hot in the early sessions while still getting to grips with the circuit, the front never protested and my confidence didn’t take a knock.

Read the rest of the review at http://www.visordown.com/road-tests-first-rides/first-ride-2011-kawasaki-zx-10r/15839.html

Kawasaki have launched the all-new ZX-10R. The much awaited new model steps up to the plate with a claimed 200bhp at the crank, traction control as standard and the option of ABS. No prizes for guessing the bike Kawasaki want to knock off the top spot.

One thing is clear; Kawasaki aren't messing about with this one. Since the original ZX-10R in 2004, they've struggled to keep up with the competition but with the new bike boasting S-KTRC, Kawasaki's clever traction control system, three power modes and the option of KIBS, Kawasaki's ABS system, the ZX-10R is packed with the latest technology and spoiling for a fight with the litre superbike class leaders.

The first thing you notice about the ZX-10R is how small it is. A ZXR400 was the first bike I thought of when I slung my leg over the 10R in the oppressively hot Qatar heat. It's a full 10kg less than the outgoing 10R too. I don't know about you but I'm still impressed at the rate at which these bikes get developed. The all-cast frame is the lightest in its class and has enabled Kawasaki to make these huge weight savings.

I had five sessions out on track and used the first two to learn the Losail circuit. I can confidently say that Losail is the toughest circuit I've ever ridden, it's as flat as a tea tray, with no obvious trackside features and to make it even more awkward: every corner looks the same.

Despite not getting to grips with the circuit in the first couple of sessions, I had plenty of time to get comfortable with the basics that make the new ZX-10R so good. It handles like a 600, infact better than most. The front end feels so plush, so precise and very light. In order to build confidence, I have to trust the front-end and when I was running into corners too hot in the early sessions while still getting to grips with the circuit, the front never protested and my confidence didn’t take a knock.

Read the rest of the review at http://www.visordown.com/road-tests-first-rides/first-ride-2011-kawasaki-zx-10r/15839.html

DRIVETRAIN

Transmission 6-speed, return
Final Drive Sealed chain
Primary reduction ratio 1.681 (79/47)
Gear ratios: 1st 2.600 (39/15)
Gear ratios: 2nd 2.053 (39/19)
Gear ratios: 3rd 1.737 (33/19)
Gear ratios: 4th 1.571 (33/21)
Gear ratios: 5th 1.444 (26/18)
Gear ratios: 6th 1.348 (31/23)
Final reduction ratio 2.294 (39/17)
Clutch Wet multi-disc, manual

FRAME

Frame type Twin spar, cast aluminium
Wheel travel, front 120 mm
Wheel travel, rear 125 mm
Tyre, front 120/70ZR17M/C (58W)
Tyre, rear 190/55ZR17M/C (75W)
Rake/Trail 25.5°/ 110 mm
Steering angle, left / right 27° / 27°

SUSPENSION

Suspension, front 43 mm inverted fork with rebound and compression damping,
spring preload adjustability and top-out springs
Suspension, rear Horizontal Back-link with gas-charged shock and top-out spring
Compression damping: Stepless, dual-range (high/low-speed)
Rebound damping: Stepless
Spring preload: Fully adjustable

BRAKES

Brakes, front Dual semi-floating 310 mm petal discs,
10-button aluminium rotor carrier
Caliper: Dual radial-mount, opposed 4-(aluminium) piston
Brakes, rear Single 220 mm petal disc
Caliper: Single-bore pin-slide, aluminium piston

DIMENSIONS

Dimensions (L x W x H) 2.075 x 715 x 1.115 mm
Wheelbase 1,425 mm
Ground Clearance 135 mm
Seat height 813 mm
Curb Mass 198 kg / 201 kg (ABS)
Fuel capacity 17 litres


ENGINE

Engine type Liquid-cooled, 4-stroke In-Line Four
Displacement 998 cm³
Bore x stroke 76.0 x 55.0 mm
Compression ratio 13.0:1
Valve/Induction system DOHC, 16 valves
Fuel system Fuel injection: φ47 mm x 4 (Keihin) with oval sub-throttles, dual
injection
Ignition Digital
Starting Electric
Lubrication Forced lubrication, wet sump with oil cooler

PERFORMANCE

Maximum power 147.1kW {200.1PS} / 13,000 rpm
Maximum power with RAM Air TBC
Maximum torque 114.3 N•m {11.7kgf•m} / 11,500 rpm

Read more: http://www.visordown.com/motorcycle-news-new-bikes/2011-kawasaki-zx-10r-pics-and-specs/14482.html

Superb electronics package, confidence inspiring handling, ballistic engine, Supersport dimensions.
Get yourself a soap on a rope, the ZX-10R wont impress the local constabulary one bit.