2006 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R
Riding the new ZX is initially an experience similar to the old model, with a riding position virtually identical to the ’05. It fires up with a throaty roar and promises the same intense thrill ride as we’ve come to love from the ZX Grande. It’s a raspy, nasty sounding motor, erupting in a symphony of high performance when shredding the atmosphere down California Speedway’s banked front straight. It doesn’t take long to realize the geeks in the R&D lab achieved their objective of making the Zixxer’s powerband more linear. Its power delivery is electric, putting its torque production to work similar to that of the CBR1K. Its lack of spikiness made it feel more docile.
|Engine Type||16-valve DOHC Inline four-cylinder 4-stroke|
|Bore Stroke||76 x 55mm|
|Fuel System||EFI w/ 43mm throttle bodies|
|Seat Height||32.5 in.|
|Front Suspension||43 mm Inverted cartridge fork with Adjustable preload, Stepless rebound and Compression damping|
|Rear Suspension||UNI-TRAK® with Adjustable preload, Stepless rebound and Compression damping, Ride height|
|Front Brake||Dual floating 300 mm petal discs with 4-piston radial-mount calipers|
|Rear Brake||Single 220 mm Petal disc|
|Fuel Capacity||4.5 gal.|
|Dry Weight||385 lbs.|
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