2011 Kawasaki ZX-10R- Kawasaki ZX10R Riding Impression- Cycle World

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2011 Kawasaki ZX-10R – Impression Riding the Kawasaki ZX-10R at Road Atlanta.

A deal has changed in the 20 years my motojournalism career was launched, literally, following a 160-mph crash at Road Atlanta a WERA Formula USA national. The road course has undergone safety-related revisions, beginning the addition of a left/right chicane at the scene of my frightening get-off, a that provided the subject for my first published article. in the day, a competitive rider his breath and the throttle pinned in top while plunging through the ravine near the end of the long straight—a section we called Cavity.

Fast forward to the introduction for the 2011 Kawasaki staged at the storied Southern I found myself breathing confidence bolstered by the all-new incredible composure at speed as I the flat-out bend following the back stretch with the liquid-crystal display indicating 185

Lap after lap, applying the at the crest of the downhill approach to the chicane delivered remarkable in braking feel and chassis Clicking down through the six-speed cassette transmission effortless; the top three ratios are closely spaced than This, along with a in engine braking (attributed to cam-timing overlap), assists the clutch in keeping the wheels in during hard braking.

easing the rider’s workload is the new Big Piston Fork, which extreme forward weight with absolute aplomb. As as the track has been transformed—an chicane leading into the and an alternate final corner, all put in for motorcycles—more impressive has been the evolution of performance and safety on two as evidenced by the latest ZX-10R.

power and traction-control modes are to soothe the savage beast, even in “raw” form, the rider aids switched the 998cc engine offers predictable delivery. It’s powerful without being at all.

Kawasaki is the first of the Japanese Big to offer traction control on a repli-racer, and the Sport-Kawasaki Traction (S-KTRC) system implemented on the 10R technology derived from the MotoGP program. When withdrew from GP racing at the end of the season, its brightest engineering from the race program reassigned to development of the new ZX-10R. So, the new dohc, 16-valve, 998cc has reportedly produced more 170 rear-wheel horsepower on an independent its real strength lies in the way in which it delivers those to the ground.

I’ve experienced liter-class Ducatis and BMWs, but a day the 10R left me with a new favorite in the rider-aid arena. Kawasaki the proactive nature of its TC strategy a distinct advantage over its reactive systems. S-KTRC is to predict traction loss it occurs. Toggling between the levels of S-KTRC interaction can be on-the-fly via a bar-mounted rocker thereby allowing easy with its effects.

The dash has a segmented bar-graph for a real-time visual cue to the degree of intervention currently being

The 10R also features three modes—Full, Medium and Low—any one of can be selected on the run at any time. I eased up to the full performance potential, the first of five 20-minute sessions sampling the Low and Medium modes. Tailored for wet and street these settings are fairly in that they offer reduced peak output in Low and throttle response in Medium.

I was pleased to discover that response in Full is not abrupt with some competitors’ schemes. In fact, lapping the in F-mode with S-KTRC (the bike must be to turn off TC) left me highly with the engine’s linear and degree of tractable control.Though the fuels impeccably and responds to throttle inputs, there’s not logic in riding “…”—at not once I’d experienced the confidence about by having S-KTRC my ….

Kawasaki ZX 7 R
Kawasaki ZX 7 R

Similar to the power modes, settings 2 and 3 are tuned for dry street and wet conditions. Grabbing a handful of throttle in setting 3 promptly the bar-graph display and allowed wheel slip as well as any wheelie tendency. Repeating the move in setting 2 prepared me to the plunge in setting 1 and twist ’er Casey Stoner-style, pinning the at deep lean and trusting the ECU to its magic.

Amazing corner ensued, and although there was an step-’n’-hook slide, more the result was moderate wheelspin and a controlled drift off corners. yet, the wheelie-control aspect of the is also reduced in this which allowed the front of the to elevate as I finished corners. As I hard out of Turn 5—an second-gear left at the end of the Esses—the wheel lifted while the was still at a significant lean

But unlike during my past on the BMW S1000RR, the Kawi system suddenly slammed the front to Earth. Overall, S-KTRC me as being the most-effective yet least-obtrusive TC experienced to date.

At the Road press launch, Bridgestone BT-003 race-compound tires used in place of the OE-fitment The chassis was tuned to suit, included increasing rear height through the use of 6mm shims. The offers high- and low-speed damping, plus rebound One benefit of the new over-swingarm shock is easy access to the spring collars.

Kit slip-on NASSERT-BEET and ECU are said to add 18 horses.

It goes saying, but I’ll say it anyway: The new power, handling and brakes are far in every way to the juiced NOS-equipped GSX-R 7/11 superbike spit me off so long ago. road-legal Ninja would easily dominated the entire field, its refined balance of and control delivering an unfair over even the then-overdog YZR500 Grand Prix that Team Marlboro campaigned in the series.

At $13,799 for the standard model a Street-ABS version soon to for $1000 more), this appears to have jumped to the of the electronic rider-aid revolution. more impressive is the performance of the “raw” bike, from the composure of the new chassis to the predictable-yet-powerful But most impressive of all is the fact Kawasaki has accomplished all this for a lot green than its peers.

Kawasaki ZX 7 R
Kawasaki ZX 7 R
Kawasaki ZX 7 R
Kawasaki ZX 7 R


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