MCN's senior road tester Adam Child has just got off the 2012 Kawasaki ZZR1400 after riding it for the first time at the world launch.
He's at the Nardo test track in Italy and will later be let loose on the 7 mile bowl to see how the ZZR feels flat-out but in the meantime he's riding on the handling circuit.
He phoned in this report: "The new traction control makes a big difference to this bike. Coming out of corners you can wind on the power confidently, rather than feathering the throttle. Out of one long corner the traction control light was on for a good four seconds.
"Obviously the bike is very, very fast, but I'll have a better idea of the overall feel of the bike in a couple of hours."
More reports coming soon – though without any pictures because the Nardo test circuit has helpfully put stickers over the lenses of all camera phones...
The new Kawasaki ZZR1400 is claimed to be the fastest production bike in the world off the line by the Japanese manufacturer, and it's already impressed American testers at the US launch.
MCN road tester Adam Child is currently at the Nardo Ring in Italy for the launch of the new hyperbike, where he will get to ride the bike on track and around the high-speed banked ring.
Check back later for Child's first impressions on the ZZR1400, but in the meantime Kawasaki has released this promotional video of the new bike at the Nardo circuit.