Friday, August 22, 2008

Master Blaster: Kawasaki ZX-10 Turbo

The bike on the right probably started life as something like the bike on the left, almost two decades ago. It seems to have aged well, eh?
Pics: MCN

This heavily modified 1990 Kawasaki ZX-10 comes from MCN. The aluminium twin-spar ‘e-box’ chassis is standard ZX-10, as is the swingarm. But from there on, everything else has been changed. Three-spoke Marvic wheels, USD forks from WP, rearsets, AP racing calipers and cast iron brake discs. The tail-piece and upper half of the fairing are from a ZXR750.

Of course, the engine is where the real action is. According to the owners, it’s a blend of ZX-10 and ZZR1100 parts, with the whole bunch heavily modified and tuned. It’s also fitted with a T28 Garrett turbocharger, and to deal with the boost in power, engine internals have been beefed up with Carrillo conrods and a lock-up clutch. The lock-up clutch ensures that clutch plates continue gripping even as the turbocharged engine’s power goes through the transmission.

We already love ZX-10 and ZZR1100s, and this turbo ZX-10 is definitely our kind of ride. In fact, if it were ours, we’d keep the uprated engine, suspension, brakes, wheels and tyres, but run stock bodywork and fairing, complete with the original colours. And then, we’d go out and hunt a Porsche or two…

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