WSB ZX-10R

Motorcycle News (UK) - - Road Test -

Took first and sec­ond spots in the WSB cham­pi­onship with Johnny Rea and Tom Sykes.

Jonathan Rea’s ZX-10R is un­be­liev­ably easy to ride in the cor­ners, goes like stink down the straights and has the kind of elec­tron­ics no road bike could ever hope to have. At ev­ery point around the Aragon cir­cuit this WSB racer is a ca­coph­ony of strange noises. There’s the gur­gling en­gine brak­ing con­trol, the off-beat, big bang drone when the mo­tor shuts down to two cylin­ders in the cor­ners at less than 30% throt­tle and the pop and crackle of trac­tion con­trol and anti-wheelie. Then there’s the plush sus­pen­sion, planet-stop­ping brakes and the easy throt­tle re­sponse – all hall­marks of hav­ing the best en­gi­neers in the busi­ness. Add in a mo­tor that shrieks along with such venom that it feels like it’s go­ing to blow it­self to smithereens and you wish you could ride it all day.

Tech spec 230bhp (est), 168kg Won the World Race record Su­per­bike Cham­pi­onship. The best Why it mat­ters? bike pro­duc­tion-based race on the planet.

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