Ninja fans are already salivating with the prospect of a new avatar of the litre class motorcycle from Kawasaki. Guim Roda, Kawasaki’s Superbike World Championship (SBK) team manager talked to Speedweek and mentioned that the outfit is going to receive a new bike for the next season.
The current version of the ZX-10R already makes 200 PS of power, but expect a little more from it, possible with an “R-specced” version equipped with better suspensions works. According to the German magzine, Roda says that Kawasaki will not build a new bike from scratch, but will improve the existing platform in terms of chassis, swingarm, engine and electronics.
Now-a-days the stricter rules regarding the development of the superbike means that the stock bike must be devilish in performance. This in turn is great news for the the buyers as they pretty much get a race bike to ride on the streets. This obviously means that Kawasaki is working hard to have the production bike ready for testing and homologation ahead of the next season.
The same strategy is followed by the other teams competing in the championship to make it race ready in its stock form. BMW brought out the 2015 model year S1000RR, Yamaha updated the R1 even more thoroughly for 2015, whereas Aprilia delivered a new RSV4 in its brand new form, the RF-suffixed one. Ducati has the Panigale R as the homologation basis for WSBK.
The Japanese were late to use electronics on the bike making them scary and unforgiving to drive. This is where the Europeans in BMW and Ducati were early to recognize the benefits of technology. After lagging behind, the Japanese are finally up to pace with their counterparts from the other side of the world.
Kawasaki need a real package of highly effective rider-assist electronics that pulls few punches. The kind of package of which riders say, “I hardly knew it was there, but it made me feel like a much more skilled rider.”
Now that will be a win win situation for riders and the potential customers of the new ZX-10R.