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2010 Kawasaki ZX-10R First Look

Monday, October 5, 2009
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

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new zx10 owner -black zx10r  January 14, 2011 09:39 AM
why change samething thats so good looking my order has been placed Carantly im on a honda repsol Good bike ; but not there yet zx10r im on my way
teamlovell -busa killer  March 15, 2010 03:43 AM
whats the best turbo for 2008-10 zx10 stage 1
Jeremy J -Team Green By God  January 31, 2010 05:02 PM
Ok the dude that says the gixxer is better i dragged a cbr 1000rr and a gixxer 1000 on the interstate back in the summer and i smoked them both....kinda sad i let them go ahead of me and then passed them on a wheelie...sorry to burst ur bubble
Sam -Gixxer  January 26, 2010 04:12 AM
Face it guys the GSXR 100 is much better looking and is a greater performer all round!
usman -meh  December 17, 2009 07:13 AM
visually I think it is taking a dump. I loved the gen1 I have a gen2. For top speed runs, I still think the gen2 wins due to aerodynamics. Not saying i wouldn't mind owning the 2010 green though.
Miffy -lol  November 16, 2009 01:36 PM
they screwed up the front lights again
Smithy -Colour  November 4, 2009 02:57 AM
Beautiful black machine.......I must have one in black
Shane -2010 ZX-10R  October 22, 2009 12:39 AM
Guys, guys guys the 2010 zx10r is the best looking and best performin by far the front looks amazing compared to last years i know because i just sold my09 to get the 2010 and as for perfomance 200bhp the 05 had 180 bhp if you want the same snap change the gearing but who wants too just go fast in a straight line??? buy a zx14 if you want that.

Banjo -watercooled Harleys  October 21, 2009 06:38 PM
Does anyone know when Harley is going release the new watercooled big twins?
stretcho -2010 ZX 10 R  October 14, 2009 11:13 AM
I have an 05 zx 10r in the mean green color and I love it. What I want to hear about is how much of a horsepower uprade for the 2010?
BikerChick41 -ZX10 :0)  October 7, 2009 09:51 AM
I have the 06 ZX10 and love it! the new green paint job on the new 10 is better
Generation X -I'm loving it in black  October 7, 2009 09:33 AM
I have a 06 Yamaha R1 and I must say that Kawi looks very sweet in black!! Also.... as with the other poster I like the green graphics better from last year.
The ninja -Forks  October 7, 2009 02:09 AM
What? No big piston forks!
Tim B -Nice!  October 6, 2009 09:27 AM
That blacked out ZX-10 (Yamaha would be proud and call it a "Raven" edition) is the best looking Kawi sport bike in a long, long time. The plastics of the bike, especially the front, are still some of the ugliest in production, though.
TheDarkShadow -color  October 5, 2009 10:20 PM
that green color scheme this year is very unattractive, compared to last years color scheme, but other than that the new updates to the bike are very nice. Thats just my .02
thesoapster -Design update  October 5, 2009 03:26 PM
The slight fairing shape changes do make it look better. Blacked out can is much better looking than the chrome one.