Saturday, July 17, 2010

Motorcycle Style - The Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R

John Marine | 7/17/2010 01:28:00 AM |
(UPDATED: October 19, 2011)

Kawasaki's finest superbike today is the Ninja ZX-10R. It's their answer to anything from any of its fellow Japanese offerings or any non-Japanese superbike. This motorcycle moves you even when standing still. It is a colorful machine even if not in the Lime Green distinctive to Kawasaki. This blog entry is a style look at the Kawasaki ZX-10R. It is a look at how I think this motorcycle looks to me. Please note that this blog entry mostly concerns the 2010 Ninja ZX-10R.


OCT 19 2011 - took out some text to make searches relevant to this post

--- Motorcycle Style: The Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R ---

Meet the Ninja ZX-10R:
Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R
^ from: - the 2010 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R.

I'm not really a Kawasaki person with motorcycles. This machine looks and performs very capable. Its looks are stunning. It doesn't really boast the sort of character that a Yamaha has, but it's definitely not a bad looker.

If you think about this bike as a beast ready to sink its fangs into unsuspecting prey, you'd be absolutely right just by looking at its headlights. The bike is mad at every last motorcycle that thinks it's better than the Ninja ZX-10R. Between the headlights is a ram air induction system. A sharp pair of side turn signals and side mirrors makes them sharp. Its windshield. Perhaps the biggest draws to this motorcycle is how the bike is made smaller with its many touches of black. It is designed ergonomically. There is a kick stand on the left side to help keep this bike propped up. Its muffler is on the right side, and it is designed very nicely to compliment the aggressive character and nature of the bike. The ZX-10R is more along the lines of making the most with the least (design-wise), and has succeeded in being a mostly fierce and stylish motorcycle. I do wish the wheels look a bit better, though. You could probably purchase some better aftermarket wheels if you don't like them that much. You'll still be riding a bike you can lean into the corners with pride.

When ready to ride, you'll see the instrument panel. Nearest to you is the Öhlins steering damper with the Öhlins logo. In left center past the steering damper lies the ignition. Straight ahead center is the tachometer. The tach features an analog tachometer with a digital speedometer. The tach suggests a redline of about 12500 or 13000 rpm, and maxes out to a 15000 rpm. I'm guessing the lights on either side of the tachometer are more like the tachometer on some sophisticated race cars.

The Ninja ZX-10R is aggressive and powerful in design, just not in-your-face and brash. It would prefer to convince you with its performance rather than make the most of its appearance to convince you. It is still a greatly-designed motorcycle. This is just the thing if you don't like Hondas, Yamahas, or Suzukis. This is if you prefer a Kawasaki to be your two-wheeled superbike rocket. Thanks a lot for reading! Hope you liked this blog entry and my others. Take care and have an amazing day/night!

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