SEC­OND OPIN­ION

Performance Bikes (UK) - - KAWASAKI SHOOTOUT -

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.

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