For the last four months, Kawasaki’s been “leaking” images, details and videos of the 2011 ZX-10R, but today it’s “unveiling” the SBK version of its new liter bike. What does it tell us about the 2011 Kawasaki ZX-10R? Well, there’s no mechanical details, so we’ve only got a bunch of images to work with and they show a bike that looks like an R6 crossed with a 999 and a CBR1000RR.
We’re getting Yamaha R6 from the centrally-mounted front airscoop and its pronounced M-shape. The Ducati 999 influence is in the side fairings, particularly in the spoiler on the front lip with its central rib. It’s pretty easy to see Honda CBR1000RR in the tail unit with its near-horizontal orientation and squared-off tip.
Also evident in the photos is the engine configuration. Early rumors indicated the cylinders would be tilted forward, as per a Kawasaki patent, but they appear to be conventionally-angled.