Chang­ing of the guard

Motorcycle News (UK) - - New Bikes - MICHAEL NEEVES MCN TESTER

Kawasaki’s new ZX-10R has su­perb rider aids, a plush ride and an easy-to-man­age mo­tor, but it’s still not spe­cial enough to beat its ri­vals. The BMW is still hugely com­pe­tent, has a bonkers en­gine and lots of rider re­fine­ments, but isn’t as pol­ished as the newer com­pe­ti­tion. Last year’s win­ner, the R1 still im­presses, but af­ter liv­ing with it for a year, it’s too track fo­cused and un­com­fort­able for the road, so drops down the or­der. But the Du­cati takes the over­all win, thanks to its track speed, road poise and su­perb elec­tron­ics. If it wasn’t for the Aprilia's slip­ping clutch there’s no doubt it would’ve chal­lenged for vic­tory, but it couldn’t com­plete our test.

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