2011 Kawasaki ZX-10R | First Ride

Delayed gratification

By Ari Henning, Photography by Brian Nelson

After a three-year interlude, the ZX-10R returns with a new engine, chassis, bodywork and electronic rider aids.

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Price: $13,799
Engine: type l-c inline-four
Valve train: DOHC, 16v
Displacement: 998cc
Bore x stroke: 76.0 x 55.0mm
Compression: 13:1
Fuel system : EFI
Clutch: Wet, multi-plate slipper
Transmission: 6-speed
Claimed horsepower: 188 bhp @ 11,000 rpm
Claimed torque: 82.6 lb-ft @ 11,000 rpm
Frame: Aluminum twin-spar
Front suspension: Showa Big Piston Fork with adjustable spring preload, compression and rebound damping
Rear suspension: Showa shock with adjustable spring preload, rebound damping and high/low-speed compression damping
Front brake: Dual Tokico four-piston radial calipers, 310mm discs with optional ABS
Rear brake: Tokico single-piston caliper, 220mm disc with optional ABS
Front tire: 120/70ZR-17 Bridgestone Battlax BT016
Rear tire: 190/55ZR-17 Bridgestone Battlax BT016
Rake/trail: 25.0°/4.2 in.
Seat height: 32.1 in.
Wheelbase: 56.1 in.
Fuel capacity: 4.5 gal.
Claimed curb weight: 437 lbs.
Colors: Green, black
Available: Now
Warranty: 12 mo., unlimited mi.
Contact: Kawasaki Motors Corp. USA
9950 Jeronimo Rd.
Irvine, CA 92618

Verdict 4.5 out of 5 stars
One of the most responsive liter-bikes we’ve tested with the most impressive electronics.

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