2011 Kawasaki ZX-10R Testing with Photos & Video

07/08/2010 @ 9:30 am, by Jensen Beeler10 COMMENTS

There’s a lot of pressure on Kawasaki for 2011. Team Green has exited MotoGP, and is completely un-competitive with its ZX-10R in World Superbike and World Superstock 1000. Looking to rectify the situation, Kawasaki has gone back to the drawing board with it’s liter bike offering, and have been testing the 2011 Kawasaki ZX-10R at Suzuka for the last two days this week.

With test riders Hidemichi Takahashi & Akira Yanagawa on-board, we get our first glimpse at the rumored 190hp/190kg Superbike taking laps. Video confirms that a normal firing order is inside the four-cylinder motor (sorry, no cross-plane here), but traction control is rumored to come as a standard option. Photos and video after the jump.

Day One of Testing at Suzuka – Hidemichi Takahashi Riding the 2011 Kawasaki ZX-10R:

Day Two of Testing at Suzuka – Akira Yanagawa Riding the 2011 Kawasaki ZX-10R:

  • Tom

    I know my fellow Suzuki guys will be upset wirh me saying this, but calling the Kawi uncompetitive really doesn’t matter. ALL of the liter bikes are the same for roda use by 99.9% of the population who rides them. The only differences are cosmetic. Any liter bike is a great bike.

  • Sean Mitchell

    Looks to be a major improvement over the last body style, especially the exhaust. However, it’s like the BMW S1000RR, looks great in race trim, minus the lights! Hope Kawi can get something going and get competitive.

  • Scott

    Wow check out that rear sinwgarm really looks like a gp one. Lets hope they put that one in the roadgoing version.

    @Tom finally a guy with a sensible reaction :)

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  • http://webbdorazio.com John

    I’m real interested in this one. Let’s have it in a pearl Kawi green without a lot of stupid grapics.

  • BikePilot

    Looks quite sinister, though I also prefer my kawasakis in green.

    ZX10 to 82mm bore?

  • treelowa

    That thing looks mean.. go K go… love the design and looks baddass in black. The green would be interesting, might see the lines of the bike a bit better. Time will tell eh!

  • unclewill

    Akira Yanagawa sure looks happy with it.

  • http://motocancelli.net Chris

    It looks more compact than the previous 10-r’s. More power and less weight is certainly a good combo for performance. The steering head appears to be pulled futher back towards the rider and the wrap-around frame sits a lot lower. It looks like Kawasaki is finally going in the right direction. Lets hope it works as good as it looks.
    Go Team Green!

  • Darren

    There is not a lot rong with the previous 10r . Hopefully they get it right and it is not just a lash up ?