Even though the 2008 Kawasaki ZX-10R was actually heavier than the previous version, it didn’t feel it. The shape of the motorcycle was much thinner which makes the bike feel lighter and more manoeuvrable. Its wheelbase was increased and the rake was stretched which adds stability, yet the ZX-10R still turns with ease.
However, make sure that steering damper is turned up, or upgrade the standard Ohlins steering damper for a higher spec replacement from Ohlins themselves, Extremetech, GPR, Scotts or Hyperpro.
Given the speeds that the ZX-10R is capable of (on track, obviously) a lot of owners choose to fit a larger screen offering better wind protection. The screen produced by F. Fabbri is a good replacement. Pyramid also makes a double bubble screen for the ZX-10R, as do Puig and Zero Gravity.
If you want torque and bottom end power then look away now. However if you want arm ripping acceleration and a 1000cc engine that seems to rev like a 600 you’ll be wanting the all-new ZX-10R. Kawasaki is quoting nearly 200bhp with ram air, more than last year’s bike which was never a slow bike.
MCN put a 2008 Kawasaki ZX-10R on the dyno and it managed just over 170bhp at the rear wheel.
A lot of the owners found that fitting a Power Commander was a great mod on their ZX-10R. Apparently the fuelling was off below 7000 RPM on the 2008 model and the DynoJet Power Commander III cures this.
When used in conjunction with a new exhaust system (or just cans) it can also help smooth out the fueling and unleash a few extra bhp, because obviously that's what the ZX-10R needs- more power!
Kawasaki have become renowned for making bomb-proof motorbikes, and the 2008 ZX-10R falls within this category. The high performance capability of the engine means that it is difficult to stress under normal riding conditions and that helps longevity.
The new Kawasaki ZX-10R was competitively priced, looked the part and was the fastest 1000cc production sportsbike of its time. Still you can always sleep with peace of mind, as build quality was a match for the Honda FireBlade.
You can pick up a used 2008 Kawasaki ZX-10R for sale for a little over £5k.
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Kawasaki was the first manufacturer to fit a back torque limiter or slipper clutch, and it’s the same again for the new ZX-10R. There’s also radial brakes, petal discs, fully adjustable suspension front and rear and an Ohlins steering damper as standard.
Also, the 2008 ZX-10R was the first version to have the Kawasaki Ignition Management system, which is designed to reduce wheel spin under extreme circumstances.
Akrapovic products seem to be very popular amongst owners. Some have gone the full hog and fitted complete replacement systems, while others have just gone for new cans. Still, Akrapovic kit doesn't come cheap, so if you're on a tighter budget cans from Leo Vince and Sato Racing also come recommended. After all, the money you save can be put towards other worthwhile mods.
Other popular modifications include upgraded grips for added comfort and rearsets for improved ground clearance, adjustability and weight saving. Rearsets from Sato Racing and Vortex were popular.
Fitting crash protectors is such an obvious and neccessary mod since alot of ZX-10R's spent a fair bit of time on track.