I am at Motorland Aragon. Below me you see it: Black beauty, the Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10RR 2017.
I rode this just now. But the highlight of the day was a devil’s ride on the current
SBK Championship bike of Jonny Rea.
I was allowed to ride it as well and that wasn’t half bad as the conditions
were tough as nails.
10 reporters, 1 bike, whoever crashes is the donkey of the day.
That would’ve been nasty. Stay tuned, it’s going to be exciting.
Why is there a new ZX-10RR? Good question.
Kawasaki was very successful last and this year in the SBK.
And one of the reasons for building this bike was surely the wishlist of the Kawasaki Racing Team.
They wished for some changes to stay in front next year.
These are some details to keep the bike victorious.
To allow for easier tuning, f.E. a sturdier crankcase is mounted.
A bigger cylinder headcover to allow for better camshafts.
These are some smaller details that make life easier for tuners
and sturdier for everyday usage.
On top they added coated flat-base tappets and a new camshaft etc.
And Kawaski also took the opportunity for updates to stay competitive
with options in 2017, new rivals are arriving.
We customers can be happy. We have new rims, Marchesini forged rims, super light.
But the best goody also is finally added, here in front of me: The Quickshifter with blipping.
And, you also eat or ride with your eyes, some small RR logos on the bike.
Overall the RR becomes more premium and I rode it today.
How’s the ride? Well, I have to admit and speak verbosely.
This isn’t a production RR. Finally we were allowed to ride the bike as it’s used
in practice. How it’s rebuilt by I believe 80% of the end customers.
That is ready to race. You can already see Akrapovic full system, ECU kit fitted,
Jannick from Kawasaki made the front a bit softer, the rear a bit harder and higher.
Steering head angle is a bit steeper, 0.5 ÃÂ°.
All the fine tuning you do when you ride on a race track.
And of course what really important to allow the bike show it’s full potential,
a good mapping without homologation restrictions.
So it can blow out it’s full power through the exhaust.
Now we got a bike which I call race ready but still with original hardware.
No engine parts or suspension parts exchanged.
I was really exalted!
I know the predecessor and I know racing bikes built on that basis, the ZX-10R 2016.
I liked it.
On corner entries it was a bit tough to keep the line with the predecessor, it kept on pushing outwards.
But Kawasaki Germany did a tremendous job now with the set up.
The bike falls extremely easy into the corners, but still very homogenous, not radical or wobbly.
Keeps the line like a freight train.
I have to say, the new cornering rocket to me, the ZX-10RR.
No. 1 until now the Aprilia.
But with the small changes and because of – especially because of the light, forged rims this is the new No.1
the ZX-10RR, really great at corner entries.
When accelerating out of corners, the nice mapping created a great throttle response.
And you can use the big torque from middle range – I’m not so much a top level rider,
I’ve been riding many years with joy, but I’m no pro racer
which means I am often too low in revs – and this helps me a lot, that you have a
nice push from middle ranges. It was great, functioned excellent.
And I have to say in any case standard already: Blipping function.
Works great with Kawasaki and is finally mounted.
We can say it’s a motorcycle that is based on the current World Champion’s bike.
Which is built with tremendous development experience and where you basically won’t buy a pig in a poke.
Not everything is new, it’s based on a very successful bike.
Huge amount of testing was done.
Kawasaki is very successful in the halfway close-to-production SBK series.
You get a vehicle where you’re almost guaranteed to back the right horse.
Because it’s nothing radical new.
She’s avaible in Austria, Germany and Switzerland in March.
Buy the kit parts, start and know from the first day what you gain for the buck.
The new rivals which arrive, I love ’em, Fireblade, GSX-R, we still have to inspect.
They surely will be great but we will have some stress in the first half of the season on all the track tests.
Here we got no pressure.
Optical it’s nothing completely new. Which might be a downside when the competitors
appear totally reworked.
But it’s risk free, well functioning and riding.
And now, the highlight of the day, riding the SBK machine.
How was it?
I was a bit afraid when they told us – I have a half degree steeper steering head angle here
which worked fine – on the bike of Johny Rea we have a further 3 degrees steeper SHA
and a little longer swing arm.
That sounded killer to me. And the few extra hp on top!
Not to mention the worth of the bike, 250,000$!
That scared me a little.
But luckily – always progressing – the engine response was fantastic.
Alltogether we had 2 bikes to ride here, the double R and the SBK bike.
So we sat in the paddocks and listen to the sounds outside. It really sounded mean!
This comes from the fact that the throttle valves aren’t opened simoultanesly
but pair wise. This creates a strange and mangy but great engine sound.
So I went on my first lap slightly scared.
But surprisingly it was much better than with past race bikes.
You could carry” it round the track, having enough torque in middle range. ’twas pleasant.”
Full throttle of course I only did on straights. I think I did it once at the end of a corner.
And I have to say it was more energy conserving than some bad made tuning bike which I rode.
I was able to adjust much faster to it than with some national level race bikes,
although it was destinctively more powerful.
Very hefty was its radical steering reaction in corner entries.
If you fail the line – I had to correct with a little push on the inside once and I almost fell into the inside gravel.
That would be an achievement!
That was fierce. The bike felt nervous, but it was quite stable.
But if you gave to many impulses to the handle bar… That was really fierce!
Additionally, Johnny Rea is about 4 inches smaller than me, everything was very compact.
But positively surprised! Response top, riding dynamics totally under control and
fantastic – how shall I put it? – feeling” for all the mechanical parts, which are top notch.”
It was a tremendous experience that showed me what you can make out of the bike.
Very interesting talking to the folks in the paddocks.
They have 2 SBK riders, both are successful, Tom Sykes and Johnny Rea.
They have very different riding styles I was told by the mechanics.
And still both can win with the same base bike.
They took one base and developed in 2 different directions.
This is fascinating and honors the bike. You can develop in various directions with one base bike.
And it also shows that the chassis geometry can’t be wrong if you can serve different riders.
This surely is a great attribute.
One example: The data recording specialist told me,
in some corner sections Johnny Rea is 15 -20 kph faster at the apex than Tom Sykes.
Tom Sykes rides more stop-and-go, Rea rides a more smooth corner.
Such different riding styles the ZX-10RR can handle. This is the most impressive
and surprising on this day.
I know how brutal they ride here.
Alltogether we can say – 10 guys were allowed to ride the RR and the SBK machine
behind me in the box – the first test ride world wide we are filming.
Now I am happy that nothing happened.
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