2010 Kawasaki ZX-10R First Look

October 5, 2009
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2010 Kawasaki ZX-10R
2010 Kawasaki ZX-10R gets a few small updates.

Kawasaki’s ZX-10R liter-class sportbike gets an array of small upgrades for 2010. Although the aim is to offer maximum performance on the racetrack, “the same power and handling that provide such amazing on-track performance also make it more fun for riding on the street,” says Kawasaki’s PR team.

Inside the engine the 10R receives the same transmission technology used on the 2009 ZX-6R. These internal modifications are designed to reduce play in the shift mechanism and give the rider a more precise feel through the lever. The Ohlins twin-tube steering damper also receives internal modifications for improved performance. A separate spring and free piston were added to the reservoir tube for more damping, while a titanium finish

2010 Kawasaki ZX-10R
This is the new green colorway for 2010.

and laser-etched logo highlight the external differences.

Other external differences include a lighter, single-piece front fairing, said to “reduce the visual weight of the ZX-10R’s front end.” New inner panels also provide a “tidier look” around the handlebar area, while sharper side panels now feature more black in their design, further helping the bike look more compact. This is rounded out with a new muffler that has a dimpled surface pattern, metallic grey finish and a more compact end cap – all aimed to make it look smaller and more “sinister” according to Kawasaki.

Key New Features:
• Upgraded Öhlins Twin-Tube Adjustable Steering Damper
• Upgraded Transmission for Smoother, More-Precise Shifting
• Upgraded Bodywork for Appearance and Aerodynamic Improvements