The all-new 2011 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R superbike has been in development for some time now, and it has now been exposed to some degree of public exposure on the racetrack for the first time.
On the first testing day, Hidemichi Takahashi rode the motorcycle at Suzuka in Japan. Day-two at Suzuka saw former Kawasaki World Superbike race winner Akira Yanagawa testing the promising new machine.
In ‘stealth’ black carbon fiber bodywork, the swooping and angular lines of the new Ninja are well in evidence.
The 2011 model is stated to have a new engine, new frame, new suspension and innovative technology, but the full bodywork and the large radiator hid the engine architecture and other details from onlookers.
Facebook user says: “The specs sound incredible… rumors abound of 200+ bhp and a WET weight of less than 200kg. They’re just that–rumors–but even so, clearly Kawi are determined to compete again–I love it!!”
As below, comments on the motorcycle test were revealed on Twitter by the Kawasaki development team throughout the test weekend. No other details on the superbike have been released. More details and photos to follow on UltimateMotorCycling.com as we get them.
Testing done! Although it was a short test, we were able to accumulate a lot of useful data. #nextninja 11 minutes ago via Twitpic
Team Green was set up next to the KRT pit. JSB machines are being prepped for afternoon testing. #nextninja 41 minutes ago via Twitpic
Quick pit stop to make a couple of adjustments. #nextninja 1 hour ago via Twitpic
Test conditions for the morning of Day 2: sunny, 27℃, 74% humidity, air pressure at 984hPa, track temp at 33.5℃. #nextninja about 1 hour ago via web
Green light! Akira Yanagawa was the test rider for this morning’s session. about 2 hours ago via Twitpic
The Next Ninja gets a thorough pre-ride check from one of the mechanics. about 2 hours ago via Twitpic
Good morning from Suzuka! All is calm outside of the Kawasaki pits. about 2 hours ago via Twitpic
Tomorrow’s test rider will be Akira Yanagawa. #nextninja about 19 hours ago via web
Even the Next Ninja racer didn’t get its fill today. #nextninja VT: about 20 hours ago via web
Rain, rain, go away! Only 2 or 3 useful laps this afternoon. Looking forward to more productive conditions tomorrow. #nextninja about 20 hours ago via web
Test conditions this morning: cloudy, air temp at 29℃, 70% humidity, air pressure at 986hPa, track temp at 28.4℃. #nextninja about 23 hours ago via web
After a cautious first lap to make sure everything was ok, Takashahi returned to the pits. #nextninja about 24 hours ago via Twitpic
Our test rider this morning was Hidemichi Takahashi. #nextninja about 24 hours ago via Twitpic
Doing a final check before riding. #nextninja 9:55 PM Jul 6th via Twitpic
Greetings from Suzuka Circuit! Inside the Kawasaki pit this morning. #nextninja 9:37 PM Jul 6th via Twitpic
The team has finally arrived at Suzuka. Looking forward to a productive test. #nextninja