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2008 Kawasaki ZX-10R Photo Gallery

Photos of the 2008 Kawasaki ZX-10R superbike at Qatar's 16-turn Losail circuit.2008 Kawasaki ZX-10R First Ride

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2008 Kawasaki ZX-10R
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Speaking of turn signals the indicators are likely the most-fugly pieces of this whole design
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2008 Kawasaki ZX-10R
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2008 Kawasaki ZX-10R
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2008 Kawasaki ZX-10R
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2008 Kawasaki ZX-10R
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The '08 Ninja literbike has addressed chassis complaints which limited the machines potential on the racing circuit.
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The redesigned radial-mount Tokico four-piston calipers and larger, thinner and lighter 310mm petal-style rotors provide monstrous braking power without even a hint of fade at any point during our 48 hours in Qatar
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Kawasaki claims the new ZX-10R bodywork is more aerodynamic. It also provides more contact points for riders in a lean.
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A lighter, very narrow 2-piece die-cast aluminum subframe is easily removable and replaceable for racing purposes.
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While Kawasaki doesn't claim its KIMS (Kawasaki Ignition Management System) is traction control, it makes the once scary ZX-10R engine more managable.
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Tossing the new Ninja around a corner is a point and shoot maneuver, with the slipper clutch smoothing out the downshifts.
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Its not every day you fly to the other side of the globe and ride a MotoGP and World Superbike circuit like Losail.
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Kawasaki personnel insisted that the KIMS was not traction control at all. Instead, it's the most state-of-the-art engine management system ever found on any of its motorcycles.
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There is an 8K spread of rpm coined the 'Happy Zone' where Kawasaki feels the 10R is most in its element.
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The improved handling characteristics are apparent from the first time the bike is tipped into a turn.
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Historically, the department that the ZX-10R had the other bikes covered was in outright power production.
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This new bike offers much improved feedback, more agile feeling in the transitions and generally increases the rider's confidence that the bike will do what it's told.
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A new ram-air intake path routes fresh air along either side of the steering head, allowing for a more direct flow to the airbox.
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At the heart of this new and improved Ninja is a chassis which has addressed the tuning woes that race techs faced with the previous bike.
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This year's ZX-10R approaches things a little different. Where the older 10 was a streetbike first, this new incarnation is a purpose-built track tool.
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Lap after lap as the speeds picked up, the times went down.
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While previous ZX-10Rs were designed as streetbikes turned racebikes for the track, the latest member of the Ninja clan is a track weapon first and foremost.
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2008 Kawasaki ZX-10R
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We sampled the Kawasaki ZX-10R wares at Qatar's Losail circuit, but is the latest Ninja Superbike a keeper?
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After two days of hustling the 2008 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R around the 16-turn, 3.6-mile long Losail International Circuit in Doha, Qatar there is no doubt that this bike can give the rest of the open-class pack a run for their money.