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The 2023 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R is available in a gray/metallic black color. MSRP is $17,399
The 2023 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R is available in a gray/metallic black color. MSRP is $17,399 (Kawasaki/)

Ups

Six consecutive WorldSBK titles can’t mean nothingPredictable-handling chassis and tractable power deliveryKawasaki caters to multiple budgets with models ranging from the competitively priced base model to the limited-production, homologation-spec ZX-10RR

Downs

Not as exotic as its European competitorsCramped ergos, even by sportbike standards

Verdict

While not the newest literbike on the block, the ZX-10R is clinical in its pursuit of performance. With a race-proven chassis and go-for-broke 998cc inline-four engine, the production literbike is a tribute to the efficacy of race development.

The spicier looking but mechanically unchanged ZX-10R KRT Edition is available with ABS ($18,399) or without ($17,399).
The spicier looking but mechanically unchanged ZX-10R KRT Edition is available with ABS ($18,399) or without ($17,399). (Kawasaki/)

Overview

Beginning in 2015, Jonathan Rea won a record-breaking six consecutive WorldSBK titles aboard the Kawasaki ZX-10R. If you want the winningest production sportbike of the last decade, this is it. With Kawasaki’s latest rider aids and a claimed 203 hp in hand, even average riders can feel a bit like Jonathan Rea. Thanks, technology.

Back in 2004, when Kawasaki put its road-oriented ZX-9R to pasture and introduced the ZX-10R, “easy to ride” wasn’t the first thing to come to mind. As Don Canet said (nearly 20 years ago): “Putting the spurs to the wild-’n’-woolly 10R at Infineon took all the courage I could muster. This bike is a beast! It’s totally dominated by its motor, with an incredible midrange hit that makes you leery of turning the throttle when you’re leaned over near the tire’s edge. Once you do pull the trigger, you’d best hang on because the ZX floats its front wheel out of corners like no other.”

That original 10R is a legend to sportbike lovers and set the stage for blistering performance in green. After two decades of technological advancements, the latest 10R is refined and easy to ride, despite its enormous performance window. Its latest update came in 2021, and included new bodywork with integrated aero and a host of changes designed to keep it at the pointy edge.

For racers, collectors, or Team Green diehards, Kawasaki’s homologation-spec ZX-10RR is the one to get. Priced to match the European competition and built in limited numbers, the 10RR hearkens back to the glory days of AMA Superbike racing when Doug Chandler and the ZX-7RR were one of the most formidable pairings on the track.

It’s almost impossible to look at a ZX-10R and not think of Jonathan Rea, who took the bike to six consecutive World Superbike titles.
It’s almost impossible to look at a ZX-10R and not think of Jonathan Rea, who took the bike to six consecutive World Superbike titles. (Kawasaki/)

Updates for 2023

There are no major updates for 2023, however, Kawasaki made loads of changes to the 2021 ZX-10R. Mechanical changes to the 998cc inline-four powerplant were minimal, but the Ninja did adopt a new air-cooled oil-cooler. A new exhaust system was designed to maintain power output while improving emissions. Internal gear ratios of the cassette-style six-speed transmission were revised for quicker acceleration, while the final drive (a larger 41-tooth versus a 39-tooth) sprocket was added.

Several updates to the electronic rider-aid suite were introduced, including the use of a full ride-by-wire system (eliminating the need for traditional throttle cables). New integrated riding modes are now accessible via a 4.3-inch TFT display, which has smartphone connectivity. Cruise control was also added.

With an emphasis on balanced handling, Kawasaki lowered the swingarm pivot, lengthened the wheelbase, optimized front-end geometry, and dialed in the Showa suspension settings further. The ZX-10R’s riding position was also made more aggressive, with the clip-on style handlebars pushed forward 10mm and the footpegs raised by 5mm.

Finally, the ZX-10R received new-generation Ninja styling. This includes the

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By: Cycle World Staff
Title: 2023 Kawasaki ZX-10R
Sourced From: www.motorcyclistonline.com/kawasaki/ninja-zx-10r/
Published Date: Wed, 05 Apr 2023 17:36:40 +0000

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Going Once, Going Twice: The best bikes from the Bonhams February sale

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Ex-Hans-Otto Butenuth BMW RS 500 at the Bonhams February sale
The Bonhams February sale is about to wrap up, so we’re taking a break from our regular scheduled programming to pick our favorite motorcycles from the auction. From an Ariel Square Four and a 1989 Kawasaki ZX-10, to Hans-Otto Butenuth’s BMW 500 Rennsport [above], here are seven classic motorcycles that we’d love to park in the Bike EXIF garage.

1907 Quadrant at the Bonhams February auction
1907 Quadrant In the early 1880s, two blokes by the names of Walter and William Lloyd patented a pedal tricycle steering mechanism, which they (very confusingly) called the ‘Quadrant.’ Anyway, Quadrant went on to make bicycles, tricycles, and motorcycles, and, by 1901, had emerged as one of Britain’s earliest motorcycle manufacturers.

This 453 cc Quadrant was originally built in Coventry and was meticulously restored by a previous owner. It showcases its history through hand-written notes, technical drawings, old registrations, marque-related literature, and an SMCC Pioneer Certificate.

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By: Ben Pilatti
Title: Going Once, Going Twice: The best bikes from the Bonhams February sale
Sourced From: www.bikeexif.com/bonhams-february-sale-2024
Published Date: Sun, 25 Feb 2024 17:36:07 +0000

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SPEEDVETTE: Raw Power Comes Alive with GM’s LS3 Engine

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SPEEDVETTE: Raw Power Comes Alive with GM’s LS3 Engine
2024 SCOTTSDALE AUCTION – 1973 CHEVROLET CORVETTE CUSTOM CONVERTIBLE “SPEEDVETTE” – NO RESERVE

Celebrating the best of performance and style at the upcoming 2024 Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction, where it is selling with No Reserve, is the “Speedvette,” a 1973 Chevrolet Corvette that marries classic aesthetics with modern muscle.

This custom beauty underwent a no-expense-spared rotisserie restoration completed in March 2023, and comes alive under the hood with a robust GM Performance 6.2-liter LS3 engine, generating 525 horsepower. Paired with a 4L70E 4-speed automatic transmission, it is sure to deliver a straightforward American muscle experience.

This Speedvette rolls on Schott Turbine wheels wrapped in Diamond Back Classic red line tires and boasts a Pro-Touring treatment. Its Coffman Corvette custom chassis incorporates C6/C7 components, RideTech coilovers and a power rack & pinion steering system. Stopping power is delivered by C7 calipers gripping slotted rotors, assisted by an E-Stopp electric brake.

The exterior’s subtle modifications include 2-inch rear fender flares and a smoothed decklid with a waterfall effect. The Torch Red exterior and black Haartz Stayfast convertible top add a classic touch. Inside is a handcrafted bespoke cabin with black leather and red stitching.

Register to bid today for the opportunity to take this Speedvette home with you and join us January 20-28 at WestWorld for the 2024 Scottsdale Auction.

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By: Barrett-Jackson
Title: SPEEDVETTE: Raw Power Comes Alive with GM’s LS3 Engine
Sourced From: www.barrett-jackson.com/Media/Home/Reader/speedvette-raw-power-comes-alive-with-gms-ls3-engine-no-reserve-2024-scottsdale/
Published Date: Thu, 14 Dec 2023 21:10:11 +0000

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Road tested: TFX Suspension Xtreme adjustable rear shocks

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TFX Suspension review
I got lucky when I bought my 2012-model Triumph Bonneville SE last year. A single-owner bike with less than 1,500 miles on the dial, it had spent most of its life trickle-charging in a garage. What’s more, the previous owner had thrown a handful of tasteful factory accessories at it (and a few that were less well-judged).

There was one key ingredient missing though; good suspension. Most modern classics roll out of the factory with suspension components that are adequate at best, but the older air-cooled Bonneville’s setup is downright poor. Small LED turn signals and a fancy sprocket cover might make your bike look prettier, but new shocks—like the fully adjustable TFX Suspension Xtreme units now gracing the tail end of my Triumph—will make it ride better.

TFX Suspension Xtreme rear shocks review

Based in The Netherlands, TFX Suspension is run by a small and passionate team, led by founders Hans-Dieter Fischer and Alex Meijs. The two of them formed TFX fourteen years ago when the suspension company that they were working for folded. Now they produce components on their terms, with the sort of hands-on approach that’s often missing from larger companies.

Their catalog includes various mono- and twin-shock items, suitable for a wide range of on- and off-road applications, plus a handful of front suspension upgrades. (We’ve seen their parts on custom bikes from Bottpower, Powerbrick, CNCPT Moto, and more.) They sent me a set of their Xtreme shocks to test out on my Triumph Bonneville; fully-adjustable units that retail for €1,399 [$1516].

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By: Wesley Reyneke
Title: Road tested: TFX Suspension Xtreme adjustable rear shocks
Sourced From: www.bikeexif.com/tfx-suspension-review
Published Date: Sat, 24 Feb 2024 18:45:19 +0000

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