Video: 2011 Kawasaki ZX-10R warms up

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Leaking stuff onto the Internet is the new marketing. Here’s four new photos of the 2011 Kawasaki ZX-10R and a video of it warming up in a pit garage before rain put an early end to its test session at Suzuka. What does this show us? Well, the engine appears to be a conventional inline-four without any MotoGP (or R1) like big bang or long bang firing order, at least that’s what it sounds like. That engine also looks like its upright, despite patent images that indicated Kawasaki could be working on a 90° cylinder engine. There appears to be an ABS pickup on the front brake carrier, but brakes and suspension are clearly SBK-spec. Just another literbike? Yeah, pretty much.  >

  • Dave

    That’s basically what Vermeulen said in an interview on soupkast a few weeks ago. Everyone had been speculating about it having big bang and flux capacitors and whatnot, and he said it wasn’t any of that, just a very good literbike.

  • Turf

    Kawasaki: Doing our best to blend in

  • gildas

    Kawasaki; Carbon is the new green.

  • Kevin White

    Sounds very different from a conventional inline-four.

    • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

      Well, it’s a little hard to tell. The sound quality is terrible, it’s a race exhaust and it’s in a garage. I hear screamer, but maybe that’s just my bad hearing.

      • Grant Ray

        Don’t listen to Wes. He may be right about the poor sound quality of the video file’s compression, but he’s got shit for ears from years of riding without ear plugs.

        I hear very similar tones, especially on deceleration, to this Yamaha R1 with Termi slip-ons.

        But until Kawasaki releases their next viral, hopefully with better sound, it’s really hard to tell.

        • http://twitter.com/beastincarnate Ben

          I thought you guys were supposed to be AGATT and now I find out about no ear plugs? What’s next, no helmet? Unbelievably irresponsible reporting.

          That aside: it’d be pretty devastating for Kawasaki to generate this much buzz and come out without something special in some respect. I’ll keep my fingers crossed that something isn’t “bold new graphics.”

          • Jackie's VD Doctor

            Ear plugs are not part of AGATT and (unbelievably)illegal in some states.

          • Grant Ray

            Oh, stop it with the annoying ATGATTer schtick. I didn’t say he doesn’t wear them now, only that he spent years not wearing them and as such has bad hearing.

            I’m starting to think ATGATT is the new PIRATE.

  • http://www.thisblueheaven.com Mark D

    Spoiler alert – its a two-stroke!

  • Jordan J.

    Sounds kinda’ similar to the newer R1s I was hearing at a track day recently. I think a conventional inline four would have a higher pitch than what the video is revealing. If Kawasaki can offer a new liter bike with the big bang firing order, Showa’s BPF, and electronic rider’s aid for the current ZX-10′s going price, well that sounds A-OK to me.

    What would be even better is if all this technology made its way down to a 400-ish CC super sport for the average Joe (Rocket). But I guess the catch-22 is no one would want to pay nine grand for a bike that was ‘slower’ than 600cc Super Sport, thus leaving riders with a gap between ‘Gay Balls’ and Super Sport territory.

  • shinigami

    Yes, believe it or not, earplugs are illegal in California. To which I say, frak that. I’m protecting my ears.

    • VoltesV

      Just a correction about earplug use in California…it IS legal. CVC 27400 says: A person operating a motor vehicle or bicycle may not wear a headset covering, or earplugs in, both ears. This prohibition does not apply to: A person wearing personal hearing protectors in the form of earplugs or molds that are specifically designed to attenuate injurious noise levels.

  • Holy Crap

    Sweet Jesus. Next thing you know, bike critics will be whining that the next generation of litrebikes aren’t like friggin’ Star Wars speeder bikes. A great sportbike should be evaluated based on its ability to accelerate, turn and stop and ergonomics – regardless of the gimmicks (i.e. firing order) used to achieve that.

    • Emmet

      Firing order is not a gimmick, it’s a syncopated power delivery that translates more horsepwoer to the ground in a more controllable manner. Works sort of like a V-twin bing bang, where cylinders fire unevenly across a 720 degree cycle. The cylinders fire close together, allowing the tire to rebound and maintain grip to the road during the remainder of the cycle. So yes, firing order is important (even though it’s just a single bank of a v8 engine).

    • Emmet

      ^my computer at work sucks, ignore the above. Firing order is not a gimmick. Big bang firing order is a syncopated power delivery that translates more horsepwoer to the ground in a more controllable manner. It’s easier to think of a V-twin bing bang firing order, where cylinders fire unevenly across a 720 degree cycle. The cylinders fire close together, allowing the tire to rebound and maintain grip to the road during the remainder of the cycle. An even firing order is more challenging to acheive the same effect. So yes, firing order is important (even though ‘big bang’ firing order is just a single bank of a v8 engine).

  • Isaac

    I like the new fairing design and the tail section. Now I want to see the civilian version. I am afraid the Civil War cannon exhaust will be there.

  • @TOV_Gerald

    That does NOT sound like a long bang or big bang engine. It does have a bit of a strange note in there but something with the irregular firing order is going to have much more bass in the tone.

  • GeddyT

    I see Showa BPF fork and Brembo brakes, which are both a departure for the ZX-10. All the rumors on this machine point to traction control, which could explain the front hub pickup (but, yes, ABS would also explain it).

    I like the looks, but carbon and no lights makes everything look good. Also like the exhaust, but have a feeling Kawi will find a way to make the street pipe look just as friggin’ stupid as the last one (what’s with the trend of hideous exhausts on Japanese sport bikes?).