Strangely, Kawasaki have never really had that much success on the world motorsport stage. We say strangely because the Big K have always been right up there in the performance stakes; they have been slugging it out with Suzuki over the fastest street bike for years, currently it’s the ‘Busa vs the ZX1400.
Despite the relative lack of success in motorsport, Kawasaki certainly make the most of competing in the World Super Bike Championship (WSB) when it comes to marketing their wares – the promotional material for the ZX-10R would make you think they’re dominating the championship, and have done for years.
2017 Kawasaki ZX-10R Release date
The 2017 Kawasaki ZX-10R is available to order through the Kawasaki website right now, and should be hitting the dealerships anytime soon; go and book a test ride and feel what a race inspired, big BHP super bike feels like!
2017 Kawasaki ZX-10R Price
The ZX-10R is available with or without ABS, but Kawasaki will charge you an extra $1,000 for ABS. The non-ABS model comes in at $15,099 and the ABS model is $16,099; how they justify an extra thousand bucks for ABS is baffling – at the lower end of their line up, you can select ABS for just $200.
2017 Kawasaki ZX-10R Changes
The 10 was updated significantly for 2016, including a redesigned engine featuring new cylinder head and block, exhaust valves, cam profiles, combustion chamber shape, pistons and crank, the result is that the 998cc inline four pumps out 209 BHP (and extra 12 BHP over the Yamaha R1); more than your average compact, over 100 BHP per liter, which was always considered the golden number for a naturally aspirated engine.
The only significant change for the 2017 model is an updated color scheme, just the one; Pearl Blizzard White with Metallic Flat Raw Titanium. It looks … OK, but we always think that Kawasaki should offer a Lime Green version of any bike they’re producing – that just IS Kawasaki.
There have been minor updates to the electronics fitted, and they manage a number of functions, some of which are most needed on a 200+ BHP rocketship; KLCM (Kawasaki Launch Control Mode), traction control, quickshift (only on the upshift) and corner management function, which is part of the TCS – meaning that you’re less likely to highside the bike when pressing on.
Kawasaki have also updated the gear ratios for 2017, with an eye toward acceleration, not that the ZX was a slouch in that department.
What do you think of the new Kawasaki ZX-10R? Leave a comment and let us know.