News 2011 Kawasaki ZX-10R | First Ride Video

2011 Kawasaki ZX-10R | First Ride Video

2011 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R

The 2011 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R was one of the most anticipated sportbike releases of the year. This YouTube video shows some motorcycle journalist, including Ultimate Motorcycling’s Tristan Shoenewald, taking their first ride on the machine at Road Atlanta.

Throughout the video, the moto-journalists discuss the power and handling of the all-new Ninja ZX-10R, and also the high-tech "Sport-Kawasaki Traction Control.

S-KTRC crunches numbers from a "variety of parameters and sensors – wheel speed and slip, engine rpm, throttle position, acceleration, etc." Kawasaki says the S-KTRC system relies on complex software buried in the new ZX-10R’s Electronic Control Unit (ECU), the only additional hardware is the lightweight speed sensors located on each wheel.

Unlike the KTRC system on Kawasaki’s Concours 14 ABS sport tourer, which primarily minimizes wheel slip on slick or broken surfaces as a safety feature, the S-KTRC system is designed to maximize performance by using complex analysis to predict when traction conditions are about to become unfavorable, Kawasaki says.

In this official Kawasaki video, the journalist also discuss egonomics, and of course the power plant, which starts with the 2010 Ninja ZX-10R engine platform: a 16-valve, DOHC, liquid-cooled inline-four displacing 998cc via 76 x 55mm bore and stroke dimensions. Then the changes start, which are designed to "optimize power, power delivery, center of gravity and actual engine placement within the chassis."

Kawasaki says a primary goal of Kawasaki engineers was linear power delivery and engine manageability throughout all elements of a corner: the entry, getting back to neutral throttle at mid-corner, and heady, controllable acceleration at the exit.

Peak torque was moved to a higher rpm range, which eliminates the power peaks and valleys that make it difficult for racers and track-day riders to open the throttle with confidence.

Ron Lieback
Ron Lieback
One of the few moto journalists based on the East Coast, Ron Lieback joined the motorcycle industry as a freelancer in 2007, and is currently Online Editor at Ultimate Motorcycling. He is also the author of "365 to Vision: Modern Writer's Guide (How to Produce More Quality Writing in Less Time).

Harley-Davidson Gift of Riding H-D Riding Academy Contest

There is no better gift in the world than turning a non-rider into a motorcyclist. Of course, it takes more than best wishes to...

2021 Suzuki 650 V-Twins: New Colors Sneak Peek First Look

It’s always interesting to check into Europe’s latest to see what might appear on dealer showroom floors in the United States. We look at...

2021 Honda Rebel 500 ABS SE First Look (5 Fast Facts)

After an upgrade last year, Honda has more plans for the now-midsize Rebel. There is now a 2021 Honda Rebel 500 ABS—an accessorized version...

Sena SRL2 Review: Bluetooth Communications for Select Shoei Helmets

The Shoei Neotec II is a sweet upgrade from the original Neotec, and it incorporates many improvements. Nic de Sena reviewed the Shoei Neotec...

2021 Ducati Diavel 1260 Lamborghini First Look (12 Fast Facts)

It is virtually impossible to go wrong when combining two iconic brands, such as Ducati and Lamborghini. With the two marques owned by the...

Classic Superbikes by Frank Melling Book Review: Motorcycle History

Frank Melling is an old-school moto journalist and former factory racer. He lives with his wife Carol on a beautiful farm in northwest England....