2008 Kawasaki ZX-10R Comparison — Motorcycle USA

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2008 Kawasaki ZX-10R

Engine: In-Line Four 16-valve

Bore x Stroke: 76 x

Horsepower: 158.73 @ 12,300 rpm

74.37 @ 9000 rpm

Weight: w/ 463 lbs — w/o Fuel: 436 lbs (4.5

Power to Weight Ratio: hp per lbs.

Rake Trail: x 109.2mm

Wheelbase: 55.7-in.

Height: 32.7-in.

Measured 31.13 mpg

MSRP: $11,549

Ninja ZX-10R

When the Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R was unveiled at the end of ’07, the bike mixed reviews for its organic and the questionable return of a side-exit At the time, Kawasaki claimed it bring them back contention in the superbike class and whet our appetite. We rode the new at the ultra-fast and flowing Losail a few months later and found more to this monster meets the eye.

Over the we’ve come to expect the to be a big brute battling for top honors in the department and win us over with its weight, quick quarter-mile and sensible ergonomics — to suffer setbacks on the track of a heavy front end, brakes and overly aggressive delivery. This year the is all new, and the major issues it back have been through a complete redesign.

on the compact, tall and narrow ZX-10 and it feels nothing last year’s machine. On the it feels even less its predecessor. Where the old bike lethargic in the slower, quicker the new bike feels razor borderline skittish but solid on the fast sweepers.

The motor is there but makes power in a different manner, with a top-end biased delivery. And it comes time to slow down, the 4-piston radial brakes and 310mm petal are up to the task. Over the course of test, no matter which rider or tires were the ZX always finishes in the top two.

During our two-track test day at the Ninja turned the fastest at the 2.2-mile track in the hands of our two experienced road racers. Earnest and Sid did marginally better on the than the Honda, while did a fraction of a second better on the Here, the 10R is in its element: The course is and flowing, which allows the to showcase its high-speed stability, initial turn-in and fantastic

The ZX-10R steers the quickest and a turn the easiest, says It almost feels like it is in a league. Getting the 10R to change is literally almost as easy as a

With a little more to stretch its legs on the longer the ZX takes full advantage of its gearing, track-focused power and impressive outright acceleration by the Honda with our speedsters at the The Kawasaki Ignition Management (KIMS) may not be a true traction system, but it sure helps out the power delivery, making bike one of the easiest to ride of the machines in this test. glistened with the high for the ZX’s poised performance on the and an occasional plug for its new-age

The Kawaski is a good looking for ’08, aside from the largest inner rear muses Mike-E. It is easy to Cadillac smooth and the motor is Kawi, super strong yet controllable over the previous

Excellent front end feel, power and a never ending of confidence are the basis of the Ninja’s three-pronged ….

On the tighter layout, the Kawasaki played to the Honda on all the lap charts. The short puts a premium on the bikes to point-and-shoot riding, which right to the strengths of the 1098 and The ZX is better suited for the longer yet it still puts on a hell of a on the short course.

Gearing is on the side for this application, but not as much of a hindrance as it was for the R1.

What the ZX in arm-stretching acceleration off the bottom it up for with a light, flickable newfound agility, a slick clutch and brakes that for much deeper trail heroics than they in the past. Confidence in the front end a long ways to posting lap times and Kawasaki knows it.

revisions to the ZX steering geometry in a more-relaxed 25.5-degree rake and of trail versus the 24-degrees and arrangement on the ’06-07 version. is combined with an inch-longer wheelbase and new fully adjustable DLC-coated fork and a Uni-Trak shock set-up out back. If the old had a front end this good, it may given the GSX-R a run for its money

There’s not much about bike that reminds us of the generation 10R, but the impressive at the strip is one of them. While it post the top quarter-mile time, the machine finishes a scant second behind the CBR at 10.34 a third-best 134.4 mph trap

Digging into the data that the ZX doesn’t start as as the others, taking 3.69 to hit 60 mph, quicker only the R1, but motors to 100 mph third-quickest at 6.27 behind the Suzuki and Honda. All motorcycles perform at a similar separated by fractions of a second at testing parameter. Just out the graphs for the strip and on the dyno for

The Kawasaki, Suzuki and Yamaha all comparable numbers despite different from the rider’s The ZX feels the fastest of all but one of the other when speeds blur 60 mph, but the CBR, 1098 and have it covered off the line.

I like the Kawasaki’s engine, Waheed. It seems to have the throttle response and the most relationship between the rider’s and the rear wheel. The powerband on the is super wide.

Power is stepless and linear yet it feels throughout, especially up top. hard is most exciting on the

Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10 R Hayate Replica
Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10 R Hayate Replica

Kawasaki always seems to a bike around a monster and the latest ZX-10R is no exception, the Ninja the top horsepower mile on the

With Kawasaki’s renewed on track performance, it comes as no the gearing is as tall as it is. Maybe the bigger hp numbers pulling the we can’t say for sure, but it feels than all except the Honda connecting corners. Plus, the ZX is than the rest when the are above 6-grand — but that, on the street in particular, the ZX is and buzzy.

On the track the revs are that low, so it wasn’t we logged some around-town that we started to notice bothersome trait. Another is that when we visited Springs on stock tires, the is not as stable and compliant as it is when the technicians had it dialed-in.

No surprise there, but the GSX-R, and CBR in particular still feel despite the stock settings, and will come into for people who don’t have the or resources to twiddle their effectively. Coming onto the at Big Willow, the ZX wags its bars over the big bump while the would eat it up without much

Other than that, the are few for the Ninja this year. It was built to give the Suzuki a run for its and we have to say it accomplished that and more. The competition will to step things up in the next few if it hopes to keep the refocused ZX-10R at bay.

On the street, the ZX is in some aspects and has gone in others — depending on point of view. The riding is much more comfortable either the Yamaha or Ducati. received some improvement and the allow for one of the best views of the on your six. Aesthetically, are ghastly, with the sort of blinkers on the stalks and the funky shape giving us reason to

When loading the bikes we did that the ZX mirror stalks are to fold in half, which a bit of extra room in cramped

The strike against it is that for me it was the comfortable bike of the gang, the lanky Mr. Hesse: I can’t spending half a day for a ride up the on the green machine. I did like the the most out of any others though.

Kawasaki has followed Yamaha’s in the styling and treatment department by the foot pegs, brackets, guards, levers and other exposed alloy items a shiny black finish. The is a blend of curvy and angular featuring a number of peculiar including the cell-division theme on the cowl that separates the projector beam headlights a centrally located ram-air The concept isn’t new but the look is.

Our team is split on the subject of — some think cool and the others think is out of its mind.

Adam Waheed: accelerating on the Kawasaki is an experience itself. The sheer thrill you get twisting the throttle and rowing the gearbox is priceless.

A long the new styling, this model is much more tame it has been in the past. It still has the power, but it’s mostly in the upper half of the revs. Its hp at 12,300 rpm is the best of the test, but the lb-ft at 9000 rpm is only enough to beat the R1.

It does sooner than the other but the curve still mimics the R1 and until the Suzuki surpasses it and the R1 around ten-grand. Compared to the and CBR, seeing the way the ZX, GSX-R and R1 less torque much it’s easy to realize how have a big advantage on the shorter and the street, where authoritative are always preferred over top-end power delivery.

On one hand, the 2008 Ninja is better than it has ever It’s the most powerful in the test, has the best front end had in years, is one of the fastest ways the track or at the strip and its new look to half of the people in our test. On the hand, it is 26-lbs heavier the lightest bikes in the test, has the torque output and looks to half our crew. Facts this ZX-10R ushers in a new era for

It is a superbike for the street, and that appeal to a lot of riders. It’s than most stock and looks like a race-replica. For who have no ambition of riding on the the Ninja ZX-10R will a fine steed right off the floor. For a track bike, even better because so much potential in the latest

It’s imperative to spend the to get the bike set-up properly for the but if you do, there are very few motorcycles of staving off the heat this brings to the track.

Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10 R Hayate Replica
Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10 R Hayate Replica
Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10 R Hayate Replica
Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10 R Hayate Replica


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