UPDATE: 2011 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R Motorcycle!

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The 2011 Kawasaki ZX-10R

After the first teaser image unveiled at the end of June, Kawasaki unveiled today the first official image of the 2011 Ninja ZX-10R race bike.

The motorcycle is preparing for a 2-day test at the Suzuka race track in Japan where the bike will prepare for the 2011 World Superbike Championship. A road-going version based on this model will also be unveiled at a later date.

It is rumored to come with a more aggressive look, a completely restyled fairing and exhaust, new chassis and new engine that will deliver more than 200 HP. Road going model will feature the usual green ninja paint scheme as with all the previous Ninja models.

However when launched the new Kawasaki ZX-10R will have strong competition on the market Yamaha YZF-R1, Honda CBR-1000RR, and also the Suzuki GSX-R 1000) so is no wonder that Kawasaki will do its best to improve their motorcycle as much as possible. At the heart of the improvement would be a new chassis.

In the past, racers have struggled to get the previous generation open-classer to handle at the same level as the competition.

Many changes to the old design were incorporated during its tenure. They got close but never quite right. If Kawasaki can get the combination of agility and stability close to the competition then maybe, just maybe its ever-present engine could take center stage.

Sportbikes upwards of 180 rear-wheel horsepower these days and we all know that Kawasaki has often been lauded for producing powerful engines over the years. So the only question remaining is what will they do for this bike? A new benchmark has been set by the BMW S1000RR, which claims a whopping 193 hp at the crank and measured 182.83 hp at the rear wheel during our 2010 Superbike Track Comparison. Will Kawasaki push 200 crank hp or choose to go easy on the dyno? What new technologies can they employ that haven’t been seen on many Japanese bikes?

How about sophisticated electronics? At the introduction of the last ZX in Qatar the media folks were keen to point out that the bike has some type of traction control but were adamant that it wasn’t actually called traction control. Expect to see that all change this time around.

An aerodynamic feature covers the front fork, as well as the overall frame which remains mostly hidden. It’s a couragious and interesting design that might not please everyone, but while waiting for the new model to be presented, we’re happy to see the various photo shop designs produced.

Details have not been released to us but here is what can be expected from Team Green: a new engine, a new frame, a new suspension package, and perhaps some updated electronics. Additionally, Kawasaki provided a design sketch of the 2011 bike and a teaser video as well!

The limited info that is available hints at the incorporation of new materials into the design. Carbon fiber, titanium, plastic, fiberglass and aluminum have all been used over the years. What’s next? Kawasaki, we’re ready to see what you have up your sleeve. The mini-site www.kawasaki-challenge.com states that testing will take place at Suzuka Circuit on July 7, 2010. There is also a video and the opportunity to share your thoughts on what the bike might be like on the Twitter page as well.

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