Kawasaki ZX-10R

Kawasaki have created a blisteringly quick superbike but I plan to make my ZX-10R better still over the summer by chopping off some excess weight and releasing even more power.
michael.neeves@motorcyclenews.com

MCN Fleet: How a laptop makes my ZX-10R even smoother

MCN Fleet: How a laptop makes my ZX-10R even smoother

One of the things I most enjoy about my ZX-10R nowadays is its glassy-smooth power delivery and peachy throttle response. And it keeps on getting better.  When I fitted my Akrapovic exhaust...

MCN Fleet: Swapping ZX-10R for ZZR1400

MCN Fleet: Swapping ZX-10R for ZZR1400

My ZX-10R has clocked up over 8000 miles now, so it’s been back to Kawasaki for another service.  While the ZX-10R has been away I’ve hung on to a ZZR1400 we’ve been testing for a ‘fun tourers’...

MCN Fleet: Kawasaki ZX-10R lands back from Space

MCN Fleet: Kawasaki ZX-10R lands back from Space

A couple of weeks ago I posted an update from Ibiza where I’d just arrived on my ZX-10R. Now, 2358 miles later, I’m back. To be honest the Ibiza part of my nine-day riding holiday is a bit of a blur,...

MCN Fleet: A hard weekend leads the ZX-10R to Ibiza

MCN Fleet: A hard weekend leads the ZX-10R to Ibiza

I'm nearing the end of my week in Ibiza after riding here on my Kawasaki ZX-10R. It took the weekend to get here, topped off with an overnight ferry from Barcelona - and bloody good fun it was,...

MCN Fleet: Kawasaki ZX-10R - free parking

MCN Fleet: Kawasaki ZX-10R - free parking

You might have seen my ‘Facebook live’ video on our Facebook page recently where I talked about leaving my ZX-10R at Gatwick, while I flew away to top up my tan. I just rode down with a rucksack, so...

MCN Fleet: ZX-10R - plush like a racer

MCN Fleet: ZX-10R - plush like a racer

One of the most impressive things about this latest model ZX-10R is its supple ride quality and stability. It’s all down to the Kawasaki’s new chassis and Showa suspension set-up, which includes new...

MCN Fleet: Kawasaki's ZX-10R doesn't stop me in my tracks

MCN Fleet: Kawasaki's ZX-10R doesn't stop me in my tracks

Despite being updated with Brembo calipers for 2016, the brakes on my ZX-10R are weak. During our superbike shoot-out earlier in the year we brake tested all the bikes and the Kawasaki took 50.24...

MCN Fleet: Kawasaki ZX-10R update video

MCN Fleet: Kawasaki ZX-10R update video

I've just returned from a seven-day trip to the Sachsenring on my ZX-10R, to race at the World GP Bike Legends event. I stopped off at the Nurburging for a few laps on the way and Spa on the way...

MCN Fleet: Kawasaki ZX-10R to Sachsenring (via the Nurburgring)

MCN Fleet: Kawasaki ZX-10R to Sachsenring (via the Nurburgring)

This weekend I'm racing a 1989 ex-Randy Mamola Cagiva V589 500cc Grand Prix bike at the World GP Bike Legends, Sachsenring. And what better way to get here than by riding my Kawasaki ZX-10R long-term...

MCN Fleet: Mission to make ZX-10R sharper

MCN Fleet: Mission to make ZX-10R sharper

My mission this year is to make my ZX-10R just that little bit sharper. I've manged to shed 9kg, increase bottom end power and boost powe from 191bhp to 197bhp. Check out my latest video update to see...

Long term update: New rearsets on the ZX-10R are the bee's knees

Long term update: New rearsets on the ZX-10R are the bee's knees

After riding into the side of a VW Polo in 1994, my knees aren't what they should be. The pegs on my Kawasaki are the highest of all the 1000s, which can be uncomfortable. I've been to Reactive Parts...

Long term update: ZX-10R gives miles of smiles on MCN rideout

Long term update: ZX-10R gives miles of smiles on MCN rideout

I’ve been taking it easy on my ZX-10R for its first miles and the upside of the tentative riding is the fuel economy. I’ve squeezed up to 49mpg out of it − not exactly racy, but good for the wallet.

Long term update: Can I ‘Un-Euro 4’ the ZX-10R?

Long term update: Can I ‘Un-Euro 4’ the ZX-10R?

For 2017 new bikes will have to be Euro 4 compliant – cleaner and more efficient. It’s the reason so many manufacturers have compliant bikes this year and we’ll see even more rolled out at the bike...