We will see the 2011 ZX-10R, no doubt, in October of this year, but Kawasaki continues to leak details, bit-by-bit, over the Internet.
Kawasaki refers to the riding position as more compact than the prior model, and has officially revealed that the next ZX-10R will receive the big piston fork (BPF) already found, and praised, on the ZX-6R. From the pictures released of the WSB machine that is being tested, it is clear that the Ram Air intake is huge, and directly in front of the air box.
The new motor will be a high revving unit. Kawasaki states that the torque peak has been moved North on the tachometer. According to a statement published on the Net “By moving peak torque higher up in the rev range, torque valleys were almost completely eliminated.” Further, “All excess mid-range torque was cut . . . our priority was to make it easy to open the throttle.” Kawasaki stopped short of claiming that the new ZX-10R will provide the highest power output in the class (certainly a difficult task given the incredible output of BMW’s production superbike), when it states “The highest power of any Ninja to date was pursued.” Nevertheless, Kawasaki says that the new bike is already producing a higher top speed in testing than their existing WSB version of the current ZX-10R.
Kawasaki claims the new bike is significantly lighter than the current ZX-10R, with weight-savings in the frame, the fork, wheels and harness, among other parts. Currently, the claimed curb weight (all fluids, and full gas tank) of the 2010 ZX-10R is 19 pounds heavier than the 2010 Honda CBR1000RR, one of the lightest superbikes around.
Kawasaki refers to the rear suspension as “horizontal back-link rear suspension . . . improving mass centralization.” More interestingly, new photos of the bike seem to indicate a somewhat unusual engine layout in the frame. Both the crank and the gearbox appear to be placed fairly high in the frame, and there may be some indication that the cylinders are angled unusually, as well. Looking at these photos, what do you think?