NEITHER OF Kawasaki’s premium ZX-10Rs excited me to begin with. Both look dull: matt black, and even the SE’s posh suspension doesn’t look special. But there is nothing dull about the performance delivered by both.
The RR feels that bit more playful and responsive on track; the SE is more refined and composed. Both have ballistic engines, more than enough to keep me entertained. I’m going to counter Michael’s opinion here, though: I can see why the RR appeals more to him than the SE, but the SE has greater versatility away from the track, and is close enough on it that it’s of no consequence to me. Having said that, the standard ZX-10R costs just over £14,000, is barely any heavier, and has the same suspension as the RR (which works nicely on the road anyway). The difference in price to the SE buys the missing autoblipper, some carbon wheels and a butt-load of tyres and trackdays to try and get your head around the total commitment you need to get the best from any ZX-10R. There’s the real winner.