Despite another incredible year with Johnny Rea taking his third WSB title aboard a Kawasaki ZX-10R, the superbike hasn’t managed to bask in the glory in showrooms. But Kawasaki are hoping this new version will imbue it with some extra pub-bragging kudos.
Positioned between the base ZX-10R and the homologation RR version, this new SE gets two key new electronics upgrades to help it take the fight to its well-endowed competitors. The first is the addition of an all-new Showa-developed electronic suspension system, the first to be seen on a Kawasaki.
Developed with Showa, the new Kawasaki Electronic Control Suspension (KECS) adds semi-active electronic damping to the SE’s armoury. The system adapts to road and riding conditions, providing the ideal amount of damping, which is adjusted electronically to suit vehicle speed and suspension stroke speed via a solenoid valve with direct actuation. The reaction time is just 1 millisecond – much quicker than systems that rely on step-motors, or those that use pilot valves.
The second is the arrival of a bi-directional quickshifter, allowing smooth seamless up and down shifts above 2500rpm on road and track. It also benefits from new 7-spoke Marchesini forged wheels, which are lighter than the standard bike’s, for improved agility, acceleration, and braking.
The SE is only available in this pure-stealth Metallic Flat Spark Black/Metallic Matte Graphite Gray.
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