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MCN overall verdict rating is 4

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.

Engine

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

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.

Ride and Handling

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4

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.

Equipment

MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 4

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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Kawasaki ZX-10R (2006-2007)

Detail Value
New price £8,800
Dealer used prices
£4,420 (2006) - £5,130 (2007)
Private used prices
£4,020 (2006) - £4,620 (2007)
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Engine size 998 cc
Power 181 bhp
Top speed 182 mph
Insurance group 17 of 17
  MCN ratings Owners' ratings
Overall rating is 4 rating is 4.5
Engine rating is 4 rating is 4.5
Ride & Handling rating is 4 rating is 4
Equipment rating is 3 rating is 4
Quality & Reliability rating is 4 rating is 4
Value rating is 4 rating is 4

Quality and Reliability

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4

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

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4

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.

Insurance

Insurance group: 17 of 17

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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.

Specifications

Top speed 182 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 10.7 secs
Max power 181 bhp
Max torque 85 ft-lb
Weight 175 kg
Seat height 825 mm
Fuel capacity 17 litres
Average fuel consumption 40 mpg
Tank range 145 miles
Annual road tax
Insurance group 17 of 17
Engine size 998 cc
Engine specification 16v inline-four, 6 gears
Frame Backbone/twin tube aluminium
Front suspension adjustment Preload, rebound, compression
Rear suspension adjustment Preload, rebound, compression
Front brakes Twin 300mm discs
Rear brake 220mm disc
Front tyre size 120/70 x 17
Rear tyre size 190/55 x 17

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Owners' Overall Rating rating is 4(11 reviews)

  • What an engine

    dazw22

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    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 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.

    30 May 2012

  • silky and mental !!

    Scooboo81

    ELLON

    Average rating rating is 4

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    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 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 !!

    04 March 2009

  • 2006 ZX-10R

    Karlasaki

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    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 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!)

    07 November 2008

  • Mental !!!!!!!

    1batfink

    Average rating rating is 5

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

    01 September 2008

  • crazy

    mark lumsden

    Average rating rating is 4

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    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 yous know how i get on

    16 June 2008

  • Kwakafatha

    Stephen Manlow

    Ivybridge ,

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    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 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.

    23 February 2008

  • blakkwak

    blakkwak

    Average rating rating is 5

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    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 ZX10RR

    05 July 2007

  • Love this bike

    VioXtreme

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    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 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.

    21 September 2006

  • A GREAT BIKE SPOILED

    dcruise

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    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. 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.

    26 August 2006

  • What an awful bike a right dog

    emjauk

    Average rating rating is 1.5

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    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 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.

    07 July 2006

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Trevor Jeans

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Improvements

I've owned my 06 ZX10 since June last year (black of coarse). First thing to do; get rid of the Qualifiers - go for Michelin Pilot Powers resulting in much better handling and grip. I also fitted: Acaprovic Full Race System; a power commander (custom map); BMC Filter and Marchesini forged aluminium wheels. Think the 10 is fast as standard?!! 178bhp genuine t hoop without ram air. The world is a constant blur!!

03 July 2007 19:51

medicineman

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tyres

are you still running on the qualifiers

15 June 2007 20:46

Dan32

Dan32says

Can't get enough of it!

Had the 10 for almost a year now, and still can't get enough. The raw power is awsome and it does corner so well for a litre bike. The only problems I have are the cost of the tyres and of course the price of the insurance-but if you want something as mental as this... I even took a tour on mine through Wales last Summer (back pack and Tank bag) and came back to Cornwall via Liverpool! I love my bike! Yeah!

29 May 2007 21:01

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