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What we said then “Slightly more user friendly than the psy­cho orig­i­nal ZX-10R, but the look won’t be to ev­ery­one’s tastes.” What hap­pened next The sec­ond­gen­er­a­tion of ZX-10R quickly gained the un­flat­ter­ing nick­name ‘The Wheel­bar­row’ due to its per­ceived lazy han­dling and twin un­der­seat pipes. Sales were poor as the once wild Ninja slipped to the bot­tom of the su­per­bike per­for­mance pile, forc­ing Kawasaki to of­fer var­i­ous in­cen­tives such as free Akrapovic end cans to tempt buy­ers – a ploy that failed to work. price makes this the cheap­est way to get ac­cess to a blis­ter­ing 174bhp en­gine and sta­ble chas­sis. The look grows on you and for many years this was the only model of ZX-10R to win a WSB race, but prices are ris­ing.

SPECS

O Price From £3500 to £5000 O En­gine 998cc 16v in­line four O Power 173bhp @ 11,700rpm O Torque 85ftlb @ 9500rpm O Weight 175kg

The 2006/7 ZX-10R was cru­elly called The Wheel­bar­row, but it’s a fast wheel­bar­row

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