Basking in 200-mile-per-hour speculations at the 2005 Tokyo Motor Show, it was a slick, 176-horsepower bullet aimed at Suzuki's all-powerful Hayabusa. Despite being limited to a paltry 300 kilometers per hour (186 mph) by an international gentlemen's agreement, Kawasaki delivered one very sophisticated rocket of a motorcycle. Aside from the aluminum-monocoque chassis structure and obligatory Ninja badges on its flanks, resemblances to the preceding ZX-12R are unconditionally non-existent. Though top speed is electronically limited, mild tweaks will push it past 190 mph. Anyone with a pulse and average skills can click off 11.5-second quarter-miles at 120-plus mph far easier than on the shorter, peakier 12R. Given a few bolt-on bits and a tankful of VP race gas, nine-time world champion Rickey Gadson can click off 9.3-second passes at 150 mph as long as the rear Bridgestone holds out. That, sports fans, is quick.