Well after much talk, anticipation and many, many net flame wars, we finally have a new zx10r.
Too bad this is it:
I mean really.. It looks like a motorcycle was raped by a snail! WTF????
Maybe it looks better from the rear...
That has got to be the fattest ass to ever grace a motorcycle. I guess the snail motorcycle got turned into threesome when oprah knocked on the door.
Damn it kawasaki what are you doing?!?!?
Maybe some technical upgrades will make up for the looks...
Headlining the changes to an already potent powerplant is a boost in midrange torque brought on by a more efficient fuel-injection system. This system features 43mm throttle bodies with dual throttle valves, and its new "ultra-fine atomizing injectors" are claimed to offer improved combustion. Oddly, Kawasaki doesn't claim an increase in peak power from this new mill that has had its cylinder-bank angle slightly changed from 20 degrees to 23.
Well that doesnt sound too promising... Atomizing injectors.. Great, set the phasers on stun please...
An interesting change to the new ZX is a heavier flywheel that is said to smooth the ferocious powerband of the previous engine, aided by its generator that moves from behind the cylinders to the crankshafts end, further adding mass to the rotating assembly.
That doesnt fill my heart with glee..
And Kawi also has tossed the much maligned instrument cluster into the circular file and replaced it with a new gauge pack that has an analog tachometer combined with a digital speedo. Team Green claims some sort of new technology that gives the impression the cluster is further away, making it easier for eyes to transition from the focus of the road to that of the gauges. Its backlighting can be set to four levels of brightness.
THERE WAS NOTHING WRONG WITH THE ORIGINAL CLUSTER. Really its fine. Why dont you get all those boys that have been working on making the cluster look "farther away" and make them design a faster bike! FOOK!
There is some good news
And Kawasaki has finally answered our prayers to address the ZX's few shortcomings. It has finally fitted a steering damper on the mighty beast, a spendy, twin-tube, adjustable Ohlins piece, no less.
Well it does need a damper. Thats a nice touch.
But seriously, I feel like a kid that got coal for xmas. I'm going to wait, and see what the reviews say.. But unless something spectacular appears in one of them, I'm ready to trade in my green shirt for a gixxer...