Friday, June 17, 2011

Kawasaki ZX-10R 2011

Kawasaki ZX-10R
Kawasaki has upped the ante in the literbike wars with the most technically advanced sportbike it’s ever created. Its traction-control system is not only highly sophisticated, it is also standard equipment and is the first high-performance TC to be fitted to a Japanese sportbike.
A few weeks ago, lucky canine Pete came away from riding the new Ninja at Road Atlanta gushing about the transparent nature of the Sport-KTRC TC. “The system’s activation is notably seamless and not nearly as assertive as Ducati’s DTC,” he wrote in his First Ride review. He also praised its improved chassis and rippin’ 170-horse powerplant.  And the MO staff agrees that this is one of the most attractive Ninjas ever.
Kawasaki ZX-10R
One caveat: Kawasaki recently placed a “technical hold” on ZX-10Rs, withdrawing shipped models from the market until it solves a still-undisclosed problem, rumored to be within the engine but not something that could cause catastrophic failure. Kawasaki is playing conservative with this issue, but you can bet they’ll have it sorted promptly.
Anyway, you can’t buy a cheaper TC-equipped sportbike than the ZX, ringing in at $13,799. A racetrack-developed ABS system adds $1000 to the price.
Although we still need to sample the 10R on the street and in the company of its rivals to judge its ultimate potency, we’re already believers in the potential of this exciting new literbike. Pete ended up his review warning the other Japanese brands: “Honda, Suzuki and Yamaha had better step up their game ASAP or risk a shrinking profile in the literbike wars.”

Source : http://www.motorcycle.com/manufacturer/kawasaki/2011-kawasaki-zx10r-review-90157.html

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