Kawasaki recently unveiled the 2016 Kawasaki ZX-10R, an updated version of their existing flagship sportsbike which goes by the same name. Unveiled in Barcelona, Spain, this track scorcher gets some interesting updates since the first time it was launched, i.e., 2011.
What Kawasaki has done is they’ve made a mad bike which was almost flawless and have made it even better. The Japanese manufacturer went on to explain that the credit for the big list of updates goes to the company’s recent track success and most of these updates have been picked up from the same. Jonathan Rea helped Kawasaki WSB (World Superbike) team to win their second world title.
Although the bikes looks more or less the same from the outside, there are a very few components that have been left untouched all thanks to their R&D with further inputs from the factory WSB team along with the help of former world champion Tom Sykes focal involvement in developing the Kwacker.
The list of changes includes changes made to the chassis, suspension, fairing, electronics, brakes and exhaust system. The electronic rider aids introduced in the 2016 model are Kawasaki Launch Control (KLCS), Kawasaki Intelligent Braking (KIBS), Kawasaki Sport Traction Control (S-KTRC), Kawasaki Quick Shifter (KQS), Kawasaki Engine Brake Control (KEBC). Apart from these goodies, the 2016 ZX-10R is also equipped with Bosch Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU), a system which helps the bike to know what it’s doing while on the road.
At the same time, this new model has gotten heavier by almost five kilograms, wider by an inch and taller by a small nudge. The Kwacker ditches the fashionable petal discs and sports conventional round discs with better perforation for enhanced cooling. The new front suspension has been jointly developed by the WSB team and Showa, with their Balance Free Front Fork making its mass-production debut with this motorcycle. Essentially what this will do is it will provide the rider with a better front-end feel, a comfortable ride and enhanced braking stability.
Whereas the 2011 ZX-10R is already on sale on India, there is no official news as to when the 207bhp, 84 ft lb torque EURO 4 compliant road and track ready superbike will be on sale in India and how much it would cost.