Kawasaki ZX-10RR

197.2bhp | 206kg | Seat height 835mm

Motorcycle News (UK) - - New Bikes Special -

Yamaha al­ready have their R1-M, but for 2017 there’ll be a new GSX-R1000R, Fire­blade SP2 and now, from Kawasaki, the ZX-10RR. In true ho­molo­ga­tion style, the rea­son the ZX-10RR ex­ists is WSB rac­ing. Next year the rules be­come even more re­stric­tive and more to­wards Su­per­stock spec, so Kawasaki have mod­i­fied the cylin­der head to ac­cept higher-lift cams, given the tap­pets a Di­a­mond-like Car­bon coat­ing and strength­ened the crankcases to make it more ro­bust when the mo­tor is tuned.

The RR also has forged alu­minium March­esini wheels, an au­to­blip­per, Pirelli Di­ablo Su­per­corsa SP tyres (the ZX-10R has Bridge­stone RS10S), track-fo­cused sus­pen­sion set­tings and RR lo­gos. It comes as a sin­gle seater in black ‘win­ter test­ing’ colours. The en­gine mods make no dif­fer­ence to per­for­mance, so it makes the same claimed 197bhp as the stan­dard bike. and weighs the same 206kg. The stock ZX-10R isn’t slow, but against its ri­vals you no­tice a lack of grunt, slow di­rec­tion changes and podgy brakes. But with its ex­haust and race ECU the RR de­liv­ers arm-wrench­ing mid-range grunt and punch.

You still get a beau­ti­fully plush ride through the Showa sus­pen­sion, but now the Ten is more agile through the cor­ners, grip­pier and more ac­cu­rate with its race tyres fit­ted. The race kit gives the trac­tion con­trol and anti-wheelie a more sat­is­fy­ing feel, pop­ping and rasp­ing ev­ery time you bump into the elec­tron­ics. Fit the race ECU to un­leash the au­to­blip­per and ex­tra midrange and you’ve got a su­per­bike that will live with the best.

Price £16,249

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