KAWASAKI Z1000SX £9,999

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The 140bhp, 1,043cc, ZX-10R-de­rived in­line four is fairly con­ven­tional in de­sign, though the elec­tron­ics help­ing to con­trol it are pretty advanced. Fuel is fed through 38mm throt­tle bod­ies­bod­ies, with oval sub-sub­throt­tles,throt­tles con­trolled by a RBW sys­tem. Full and Low power modes as­sist con­trol. Low mode re­duces bhp by 20-25% and slows throt­tle re­sponse. Dual Throt­tle Valves smooth power de­liv­ery. One set con­trolled by the twist­grip the other by the ECU. A fuel econ­omy light is in ev­i­dence. A slip­per clutch helps cor­ner en­try. The KIBS brak­ing sys­tem links ABS and en­gine ECUs. Sen­sors mea­sur­ing brake pres­sure, throt­tle po­si­tion, en­gine rpm, clutch pres­sure and gear po­si­tion re­duce the chance of large drops in brake pres­sure as well as rear wheel lift. The front and rear brakes are linked. The Hor­i­zon­tal Back-link rear shock has no link­age al­low­ing space to mount the ex­haust’s huge mid-si­lencer. Six-axis IMU helps man­age the cor­ner­ing ABS and three-level trac­tion con­trol sys­tems more ac­cu­rately. Dry weight is 215kg.

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