Kawasaki ZX-10R

Posted: November 26, 2010 in Motor Bikes

Ok so I’m not normally a huge fan of the Kawasaki ZX-10R’s but this one got my attention just a little bit

Well there it is the new 2011 Kawasaki ZX-10R personally i think they don’t look too bad and going off other years i think they look heaps HOTTER, I think over the last few years Kawasaki have lost the touch and fallen behind with there litre bikes until they cracked out the new 998cc engine and a cool new compact design with a bucket load of features.

To start off with they have adapted the MotoGP inspired S-KTRC electronics package which is to ensure the
maximum amount of traction while snapping that throttle open – It also lets riders choose between 3 different
power modes (i think they only need the highest setting). The bike is also fitted with a new all-alluminum frame, ohlins twin tube steering dampener & revised big piston forks. (much better option)

Surprisingly the 2011 bike is a huge 10kg lighter then the previous models and also comes standard with adjustable foot pegs (which i think is a cool feature) One of my favorite parts is the race inspired dashboard keeping riders informed and looking good at the same time. The multi-function LCD features two display modes: Standard and Race. Switching to Race Mode alters the Speed display by changing it to Gear Position, and by changing the Clock display to Speed . The mirrors integrate trick, LED turn signals and remove
easily for track day use.

Here are some new points and specs for it 🙂

New for 2011
• Totally redesigned DOHC, 16-valve, inline-four engine makes more controllable power than ever before
• Stronger camshafts, pistons and crankshaft maintain legendary Kawasaki reliability in the face of the engine’s awesome horsepower potential
• All-new S-KTRC electronic traction control system comes directly from MotoGP and allows racers to explore the edge of traction more successfully for better drive off the corners and faster laps
• All-new ECU electronics also include a Power Mode system, which allows riders to pick between three power modes for changing conditions
• Revised transmission shaft layout raises the engine’s center of gravity slightly for better mass centralization
• Newly designed titanium-header exhaust system
• Revised fuel injection system features larger throttle bodies and dual injectors
• All-new aluminum twin-spar frame is lighter and offers optimal flex characteristics for the best possible handling
• 43mm Big Piston Fork (BPF) is lighter than a conventional design and offers improved action and response
• New horizontal back-link rear suspension offers better wheel control and improved mass centralization, all of which improves stability and overall handling
• Shock and linkage assemblies are now positioned above the swingarm, which frees space below it for a large exhaust sub-chamber, which allows a shorter (and lighter) muffler
• Lighter and stronger three-spoke gravity-cast wheels minimize unsprung weight for exceptional handling quickness
• Revised ergonomics offer a roomier cockpit, a slightly lower seat and adjustable footpegs
• Revised chassis geometry – steeper rake, less trail, slightly raised CG – allows even sharper handling characteristics
• 22-pound weight reduction compared to the 2010 machine
• Radical new bodywork features more rounded edges and a revised ram-air intake
• Mirrors integrate trick, LED turn signals and remove easily for track day use
• Revised transmission gear ratios for better on-track performance
• High visibility instrumentation includes an LED bar-graph tachometer and a full complement of LCD readouts to keep riders fully informed

2011 Kawasaki ZX-10R Specifications

Engine Four-stroke, liquid-cooled, DOHC, four valves per cylinder, inline-four
Displacement 998cc
Bore x Stroke 76.0 x 55.0 mm
Compression Ratio 13.0:1
Fuel System DFI® with four 47mm Keihin throttle bodies with oval sub-throttles, two injectors per cylinder
Ignition TCBI with digital advance and Sport-Kawasaki Traction Control (S-KTRC)
Transmission Six-speed
Final Drive Chain
Rake/Trail 25.5deg / 4.33 in.
Front Tire Size 120/70 ZR17
Rear Tire Size 190/55 ZR17
Wheelbase 56.1 in.
Front Suspension / wheel travel 43mm inverted Big Piston Fork (BPF) with DLC coating, adjustable rebound and compression damping, spring preload adjustability / 4.7 in.
Rear Suspension / wheel travel Horizontal Back-link with gas-charged shock and top-out spring, stepless, dual-range (low-/high-speed) compression damping, stepless rebound damping, fully adjustable spring preload / 4.9 in.
Front Brakes Dual semi-floating 310mm petal discs with dual four-piston radial-mount calipers
Rear Brakes Single 220mm petal disc with aluminum single-piston caliper
Fuel Capacity 4.5 gal.
Seat Height 32.0 in.
Curb Weight 436.6 lbs.
Overall length 81.7 in.
Overall width 28.2 in.
Overall height 43.9 in.
Color Choices Lime Green / Ebony, Ebony / Flat Ebony

I’m thinking i will have to go and test ride one 🙂 Could be fun

Take Care & Ride Safe

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