Last night Fourways Motorcycles hosted the launch of the 2016 Kawasaki ZX-10R. We attended.
In the last couple of years the big four Japanese manufacturers were a bit quite when it comes to their 1000cc bikes, focusing more on their other models which tend to be more “user friendly” for the everyday biker. That was until 2015 when Yamaha launched the new R1, an awesome machine that made everyone take note of what can be done to push the boundaries of biking technology.
This year it seems to be Kawasaki’s turn, with the unavailing of their ZX-10R model. It has all the bells and whistles that will make the most hard core of biker smile. When designing the bike, the engineers went back to basics, throwing anything in the bin that doesn’t make the bike faster. This seems to have worked well, since the bike is probably the closest thing you can buy (currently) to the actual world superbikes of Jonathan Rae and Tom Sykes.
The new ZX-10R has all the electronics one could which for, which include launch/traction control, corner management, engine braking, and ABS. It should become for sale in the next two weeks from Fourways Motorcycles, but you can always head on over there to check it out.
For a full ride review, head on over to http://www.motorcyclenews.com/news/new-bikes/2015/october/hot-new-kawasaki-zx-10r-unveiled/.
Here are the specs according to MCN
Engine 998cc Liquid-cooled, 4-stroke inline four, DOHC, 16-valve
Bore & Stroke 76.0 x 55.0mm
Compression ratio 13.0:1
Claimed power 207bhp @ 13,000rpm (with ram air effect)
Claimed torque 84ftlb @ 11,500rpm
Frame Twin spar, cast aluminium
Front tyre 120/70ZR17M/C (58W)
Rear Tyre 190/55ZR17M/C (75W)
Front Suspension 43 mm inverted Balance Free Front Fork with external compression chamber, compression and rebound damping and spring preload adjustability, and top-out springs
Rear suspension Horizontal Back-link with BFRC lite gas-charged shock, piggyback reservoir, compression and rebound damping and spring preload adjustability, and top-out spring
Front brakes Dual semi-floating 330 mm discs, dual radial-mount Brembo M50 monobloc calipers
Rear brakes Single 220 mm disc, single-bore pin-slide, aluminium piston
Seat height 835mm
Kerb mass 206kg (with ABS)
Fuel capacity 17litres
Big thanks goes to Fourways Motorcycles for the beers and boerrie rolls!