KAWASAKI ZX-10R (2006-2007) Review

Published: 23 November 2006

"Slightly more user friendly than the psycho C-model of 2004/05"

Kawasaki ZX-10R motorcycle review - Riding

"Slightly more user friendly than the psycho C-model of 2004/05"

  • At a glance
  • 998cc  -  181 bhp
  • 40 mpg  -  145 miles range
  • Medium seat height (825mm)

Overall Rating 4 out of 5

Slightly more user friendly than the psycho C-model Kawasaki ZX-10R of 2004/05 but the latest Kawasaki ZX-10R is still a pretty extreme, track focused missile. Competitive in the 1000cc sports category, so obscenely fast and fine handling. Kawasaki ZX-10R  headlights not to everyone’s taste visually but it’s a look that gets cars out of the way sharpish.

Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5

The latest Kawasaki ZX-10R is so much better behaved on bumpy roads than its predecessor. Quick and effortless to turn, stable and easy to change line mid-corner, the Kawasaki ZX-10R comes with Ohlins steering damper as standard. You’ll still need to be a dedicated, experienced rider if you want to push hard on the track and a mad man to do it on the road on a Kawasaki ZX-10R.

Engine 4 out of 5

173bhp (181 with ram air) pushing a compact 175kg is never going to be anything other than f-f-f-f-flippin’ fast. And that’s exactly what the Kawasaki ZX-10R is. It revs extremely rapidly and you appreciate the slick gear change as you whiz through the ratios. Third gear power wheelies on the Kawasaki ZX-10R? Naturally.

Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5

No regular problems – with proper maintenance the Kawasaki ZX-10R engine should run forever. You can’t thrash a motorcycle like this regularly. If buying a Kawasaki ZX-10R look for crash damage, signs of theft and clues it’s been a race bike or track day machine. Paperwork should provide clues so read it all.

Value & Running Costs 4 out of 5

The Kawasaki ZX-10R is a blistering machine for a reasonable price. Better still plenty are sold at a discount. Even thought the GSX-R1000 is a better machine Kawasakis have a cult following which keeps used prices high. Kawasaki ZX-10R servicing and tyres aren’t cheap, insurance ditto but considering the Ferarri crushing performance, the Kawasaki ZX-10R a bargain. Find a Kawasaki ZX-10R for sale.

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Equipment 3 out of 5

There are sports bikes you can tour on and some that make it hard work. The riding position on the Kawasaki ZX-10R makes it one of the latter. It’s a head-down, neck craning experience. The Kawasaki ZX-10R is reasonably well equipped for a supersport, digital console includes a lap timer. Read reviews of parts for a Kawasaki ZX-10R.

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Owners' Reviews

11 owners have reviewed their KAWASAKI ZX-10R (2006-2007) and rated it in a number of areas. Read what they have to say and what they like and dislike about the bike below.

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Summary of Owners' Reviews
Overall Rating 4.5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4.4 out of 5
Engine 4.6 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 4.2 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4.5 out of 5
Equipment 4.1 out of 5
5 out of 5

What an engine

30 May 2012 by dazw22

I said after going to Ducati I would never get an IL4 again. I doubt I'll go back to Ducati now! The engine on this thing is astonishing, there is fantastic torque at a reasonably low rate of revs and the top end I haven't got near yet scares me half... Read more to death! Handling is great, nice and light after manhandling the Duke around. I've sorted the crap standard brakes with Goodridge lines, Brembo pads, new fluid and a good clean of the calipers so now she stops which is good because this thing is fast.Looks like the previous owner has ridden in winter so a few of the fasteners and parts are a little discoloured but nothing bad. Fantastic bike if your thinking about it.

Overall Rating 5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 3 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 5 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
5 out of 5

silky and mental !!

04 March 2009 by Scooboo81

Just got One of these in January'09, love it...the performance is just mind blowing, handling is on the right side of light/ sharp. gives a little shake on the fast bumps but nothing that would scare you. Engine picks up from nothing...and is silky... Read more smooth, I love it, nice and comfy too....well compared to my old 748 I had it is!!And in black will the carbon cans it just looks mean and screams get out of the way!!Go and get one, I did...and I'm grinning from ear to ear everytime I turn that key !!

Overall Rating 5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
5 out of 5

2006 ZX-10R

07 November 2008 by Karlasaki

The main difference between my old '98 ZX-9R and my new 2006 ZX-10R is the handling and engine. The ZX-10 is so much more powerful, and it has midrange that even the grunty ZX-9R can't match. The chassis' USD forks are class and it even takes pillion... Read more in comfort! The brakes are perfect and I think its the best looking 1000cc ever! Mods: Akrapovics, DHM crash bungs, Kawasaki screen, braided lines. (Metallic Raw Titanium is the best colour ever!)

Overall Rating 5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
5 out of 5

Mental !!!!!!!

01 September 2008 by 1batfink

If you want ballisctic speed this is the bike for you! Pure grin factor Read more

Overall Rating 5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 5 out of 5
Equipment 5 out of 5
4 out of 5

crazy

16 June 2008 by mark...l

hi had my 10 for nearly a year now only fault is the stand BEWARE theres not enought lean angle kawasaki said theres not a problem with them bollocks mine fell when it was 3 days old apart from that its awsome ive just fitted a powercommander ill let... Read more yous know how i get on

Overall Rating 4 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 5 out of 5
Equipment 2 out of 5
5 out of 5

Kwakafatha

23 February 2008 by manlow

I have had litre bikes and two busa's. I bought a black 10R brand spankers and only had it two weeks after running it in and it got blown over on my drive. Don't ask me how, i've lived here for 11 years and the sidestand marks are evident for all the... Read more previous bikes but it still blew over. Dont get it. anyway, £655 later and it's back to its original beauty! Love the bloody thing, cant wait for some dry weather to thrash the tits off it.

Overall Rating 5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 5 out of 5
Equipment 5 out of 5
5 out of 5

blakkwak

05 July 2007 by blakkwak

BOUGHT BIKE MARCH 16 2006 SUPERB SPEED MACHINE COVERED 12000 MILES THIS IS A PROPER MANS BIKE WHICH MIGHT VIBRATE A BIT ARE THEY MEN OR MICE TRY BTO14 TYRES ABSOLUTELY STUNNING GRIP & 4000 MILES NOT HANGING ABOUT EITHER SUPERB BIKE BRING ON THE... Read more ZX10RR

Overall Rating 5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 5 out of 5
Equipment 5 out of 5
5 out of 5

Love this bike

21 September 2006 by VioXtreme

I purchased my 2006 zx-10r about 2 months ago after my zx-6r was stolen. This bike is awesome. Handles like a dream ( I actually think it holds a line better than the 6 ) and is fast as hell. I dont have any of the vibration problems that others... Read more are talking about, and I love the looks (mine is black). Strengths: Power, Its comfortable for a sport bike, Handling, Looks, Sounds good. Weaknesses: Fuel mileage isnt near as good as the 6r. Insurance is high.

Overall Rating 5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 5 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
5 out of 5

A GREAT BIKE SPOILED

26 August 2006 by dcruise

WHAT A SHAME KAWASAKI HAVE RUINED THIS BIKE. GREAT POWER, SUPERB HANDLING, EXCELLENT BRAKES, O.K LOOKS. IS A SHAME I CAN'T USE IT. WHY! BECAUSE OF AN AWFUL VIBRATION THAT SEEMS TO BE A COMMON PROBLEM WITH THE 06 BIKE. 'WHITE FINGER' WITHIN 30 MILES.... Read more YES THAT BAD. I'VE NOW P.X IT. AS I SAID 'A GREAT BIKE SPOILED'. Strengths: EVERYTHING (APART FROM VIBES) THE FASTEST BIKE I'VE RIDDEN. INCLUDES R1, GIXER 1000, FIREBLADE E.T.C. HANDLES TOO. NOT THE BEST LOOKER, BUT BETTER WITH END CANS AND TAILTIDY. Weaknesses: VIBRATIONS, VIBRATIONS, VIBRATIONS. FAILED TO START DUE TO KEY IMMOBILISER, WHAT A SHAME THAT VIBES SPOILED THE FUN.

Overall Rating 5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 5 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
1 out of 5

What an awful bike a right dog

07 July 2006 by emjauk

Bought the bike 1st of April, have done 2000 miles on it & won't be doing anymore. It has been back to the dealers due to the awful vibration through the whole bike that results in your arms & legs going numb after 30 miles on it. Have been... Read more told it the way the bike is made. Well they want to make it some people can enjoy riding it. Went on an R1 today to compare, did 100 miles, what a dream. I would steer clear of this bike unless you like having 'white finger'. Strengths: It's looks. 
Weaknesses: That it has a design fault which results in the air box resting on the throttle bodies which causes the whole bike to vibrate.

Overall Rating 1 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 1 out of 5
Engine 1 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 1 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 1 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
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Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2006
Year discontinued 2007
Original price £8,800
Warranty term (when new) Two year unlimited mileage
Running costs
Insurance group 17 of 17
Annual road tax £80
Annual service cost -
Performance
Max power 181 bhp
Max torque 85 ft-lb
Top speed 182 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 10.7 secs
Average fuel consumption 40 mpg
Tank range 145 miles
Specification
Engine size 998cc
Engine type 16v inline-four, 6 gears
Frame type Backbone/twin tube aluminium
Fuel capacity 17 litres
Seat height 825mm
Bike weight 175kg
Front suspension Preload, rebound, compression
Rear suspension Preload, rebound, compression
Front brake Twin 300mm discs
Rear brake 220mm disc
Front tyre size 120/70 x 17
Rear tyre size 190/55 x 17

History & Versions

Model history

2004: Original C-model Kawasaki ZX-10R launched.
2006: D-suffix Kawasaki ZX-10R with projector headlights replaces the Kawasaki ZX-10R 'C’.
2007: Model discontinued.

Other versions

None.

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