2016 Kawasaki ZX10R - It's bloody fantastic!

Today I was lucky enough to get my hands on a 2016 Kawasaki ZX10R Ninja and take it out for a ride! Of course while I had it, the camera came out for a few shots and I simply have to make this blog post about it. I absolutely love this thing and quite simply MUST HAVE ONE!

Look at it, just LOOK AT IT!!! Have you ever seen a machine that looks as stunning as this? Yes, the 2016 Kawasaki ZX10R Ninja is, I think one of the best looking bikes around at the moment. It just looks like an absolute beast! Especially in these colours. I just have to look at it for a few seconds then I get all excited and some wee comes out (does that mean I am getting old?!)

I took this bike out today, thanks to On Yer Bike near Aylesbury in Buckinghamshire and had a great time riding it around some A and B roads to see what it was like. I knew it would be good, it's a brand new supersports bike, of course it will be good! I just didn't realise quite how good it would be. Having said that, it's the only brand new supersports bike I have ridden so plan to ride a few others so I have something proper to compare it to in the future!
 

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I arrived at the dealership all excited in the morning, eager to get the formalities out the way and let loose on the bike. After a quick check of my licence and signing some paperwork I was shown the bike and then left to my own devices :-) As soon as I sat on it I noticed the seat height felt quite high, I'm only 5ft 8 but didn't have too much of an issue as the seat is quite narrow. I very slowly and carefully rolled along to the juntion and out onto the open road. A couple of messy gear changes later and we were cruising along. Another thing I noticed straight away was the foot pegs were pretty high, alot higher then on my ZX9 and at first I wasn't very comfy and wondered how people with long legs would get on. I soon got used to the riding position though and fell in love with the bike.

The ZX10R weighs in at 210kg and produces 200BHP so naturally it is a very powerful machine and goes like sh*t off a shovel! There are a few different mapping options to vary the power. I had the bike in full power and traction control set to 5 (maximum setting). With all that power on board it needs to be able to stop well and the Brembo brakes are astonishing.

I took the bike round some roads that I know well so I could compare it to my ZX9. There is no comparison, the ZX10 is miles better in every way. I was of course expecting it to be better but didn't think it would be that comfortable. As it happens it is perfectly comfortable, surprisingly so for this type of bike.

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The bike handles beautifully and just falls into the corners so easily. It gave me great confidence in my riding ability and was just so easy to ride. I expected this bike to be a bit of a handful but it isn't. It can be ridden gently or it can be ridden hard, and if you ride it hard it makes a superb noise! The induction roar this thing produces is meaty as hell!

Without doubt my favourite things about this bike are the induction noise, the looks and the handling. If I had to pick a negative I would say downshifting doesn't feel quite right for me. The gear shifter has to be pushed down a long way which I found a bit awkward at times. Having said that I am sure it is something I would become used to and I certainly would not let it put me off buying one!

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So, am I going to buy one?! I would love to but I don't have a spare £14,000! Anyway I should really test out a few other supersports bikes first so I can compare it to something more on par. The BMW S1000RR is on the test list along with the Ducati Panegale and Yamaha R1. No doubt I will make blog posts for each of these once I have managed to get out on them!

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