First look: Kawa’s new Ninja
Kawasaki seems to be taking much the same approach to launching its 2011 ZX-10R as Triumph is with its two new adventure bikes – dripfeeding new images and news onto the web to build excitement until the bike is finally officially launched.
These are the latest pictures of Kawasaki’s new litre bike that have been “leaked” onto the internet, joining a recently released video which shows a sketch of the next generation Ninja.
From these pictures we can’t really spot any massive changes to the Ninja, but from its styling it is clear that Kawasaki is gunning for the BMW S1000RR’s appeal. The company has also opted for a frame which goes around the engine, not over it, and the new ZX-10R will be treated to cutting edge traction control as standard.
No official figures have yet been released, but if Kawasaki wants to rival the best from Bavaria it will have to push maximum power output closer to the 142kW mark while shaving weight down to under 200kg.
What are your first thoughts on the new Ninja? Has it been worth the wait?