To take on Honda's all-new Fireblade SP2 and Suzuki's all-new GSX-R1000R, Kawasaki have unveiled the new ZX-10RR at the Intermot, in Cologne, Germany. With production limited to just 500 units, the ZX-10RR features a modified cylinder head that's ready to accept racing camshafts, a new crankcase arrangement made more durable for racing and the kit part accessory option of adjustable head pipe and rear pivot point. There's also lightweight Marchesini forged aluminium wheels, Brembo M50 brake calipers and uprated braking package, and an electronic quick-shifter that works on both upshifts and downshifts. Lastly, there's the 'RR' logo on the right side engine cover and Kawasaki Racing Team's black-and-white 'Winter Test' livery, which we think looks pretty cool.
Matched to the impressive Showa balanced free front fork, the horizontal back-link, BFRC lite gas-charged shock with piggyback reservoir offers a wide range of adjustability to suit any road or racetrack environment. The ZX-10RR is also equipped with an IMU offering six degrees of machine attitude measurement and bits like sports traction control, electronic engine brake control, launch control, intelligent anti-lock brakes and Kawasaki’s KCMF cornering management function, which according to the company ensures that riders hit their chosen apex every time.
The limited edition Kawasaki H2 Carbon now gets an IMU with six levels of machine attitude measurement. Six? We thought the H2 has only one attitude. A really bad one!
For those who want a slice of Kawasaki's supercharged exotica, the company has also launched a limited edition Ninja H2 Carbon, with production being limited to just 120 units worldwide. The bike features a carbonfibre upper cowling and sees the adoption of an IMU that offers six levels of machine attitude measurement. Using the IMU at its core, the H2 Carbon's range of electronic rider aids is impressive, with Kawasaki’s cornering management function also present here as part of an electronics suite, which includes traction control, launch control, intelligent anti-lock brakes and even a bank angle readout as part of the meter display. Other interesting bits include KYB AOS-2 front forks, Brembo M50 brake calipers and braking package, and a top-spec Ohlins TTX shock absorber with remote adjustment.
Euro 4-compliant and available with an optional Akrapovic carbonfibre silencer, the Ninja H2 Carbon accessories kit also includes a Kawasaki Ergo-Fit reduced angle handlebar kit and different size handlebar weights.