2011 Kawasaki ZX-10R: More power + less weight = more speed

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Kawasaki has just officially pulled the wraps off its 2011 ZX-10R literbike, and the specifications are impressive. According to the Japanese company, the 2011 ZX10R will put out 197 horsepower (207 with ram air in full effect) and weigh just 436 pounds. That means it just barely has a better power-to-weight ratio than the previously all-conquering BMW S 1000 RR, which makes 193 horses and weighs about 450 pounds. Sadly, the American version of the bike, while still impressive, is expected to put out roughly 10 fewer ponies... dang the EPA!

Equally as important as those raw figures are the high-tech components and electronic bits and pieces that are intended to keep everything in line when the going gets tough. First on that list are an Ohlins steering damper and Showa's Big Piston Forks up front. At the aft end, a new horizontally mounted rear shock is said to improve mass-centralization and smooth out damper's rear action. As with most modern bikes, there are three power modes (Full, Middle and Low) intended to match horsepower requirements with riding condition realities.

On the gee-whiz front, Sport Kawasaki TRaction Control, or S-KTRC, is standard on the $13,799 2011 ZX-10R and promises to make the bike both faster and safer by monitoring both the front and rear ends every five milliseconds and allowing some amount of tire slippage and even power-on wheelies. If that weren't enough, there will also be an optional Kawasaki Intelligent anti-lock Brake System (KIBS, seriously, for an extra $1,000) that keeps the tires from locking and also minimizes the rear wheel's tendency to lift off the pavement.

Now that all the techy bits are covered, take a look at the new Ninja's styling. Naturally, everything is painted up in Kawasaki's trademark neon green and black motif, but the overall look is sharper and more aggressive than before. Note the pointy snout with ram-air duct and integrated LED light that matches the new LED-equipped mirror/turn signal assemblies. It's a pretty slick looking package, we'd say.






 

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That hp/weight ratio is crazy! That bike makes .47hp for every one pound that it weighs. My car makes .12hp for every pound it weighs. And my old V6 Mustang comes in at .05.
 

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Looks good, but perfer the BMW so far.....Nice to see they stepped up...cant wait to see what Suzuki does now....
My bike weighed 440lbs w/ all the chrome and stretch.....
 

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I wonder if those 10 extra ponies will be able to be unlocked with a simple jumper like the ZX6's are.
 

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One ugly mofo. What is with the damn retarded looking tails? Looks like the newer cbr's. The front isnt to bad, and I can live with the lack of fairing coverage but the tail looks hacked. Just my .02
 

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how much are the bmw's supposed to cost
 

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Not going to be popular with the more reckless crowd unless all the safety crap can be turned off...most enthusiasts find that stuff invasive

Let's face it, people don't buy motorcycles like that unless they are enthusiasts.

I think it's cooo though
 

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Suzuki needs to make a 1000 that can take the 04/05 ZX10 before they try and tackle the 2011 :rofl:
 

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