Originally I expected to keep our 2010 white/orange testbike, and threatened to do something, anything, about its unflattering paint scheme—if you can call an all-white gas tank a paint scheme. Then Kawasaki's Jeff Herzog told me they needed that bike back, and would get me a 2011 model. Secretly hoping I'd get the black/silver version, I was pleasantly surprised to receive this all-new, all-black model. So good-looking is my Z that Justin Fivella of _Super Streetbike _magazine has expressed an interest in swapping out his Ninja's flat-black wheels and brakes for the polished parts on my bike. The Z would look bitchin' "murdered-out" like that, so we might have to try that at some point.