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2006 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R

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Old 02-24-2007   #1
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Default 2006 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R

revolutionized the Super Sportbike category

The Kawasaki Ninja launched and then revolutionized the Super
Sportbike category. Now the 2006 ZX-10R super finesses that. The last
major incarnation in 2004 hit new stride in "urbanizing" the racetrack
breed, integrating street comfort and roadriding ergonomics. This
latest champ returns to its racy roots all the more, though. It's an
engineer's sophistication rather than a commuter's concession.

You'll find these serious performance touches throughout. Such as the
(finally) 18-position Ohlins steering damper to handle shake on a
steering head moved forward 15mm along with 4mm added to the new
aluminum swingarm to shift the weight bias rearward. Kawasaki hails
this as delivering better traction. It all still rides on a wheelbase
under 55". The frame is now altered to diecast with added rigid engine
mounts to stiffen the bike overall.

A crankshaft raised 20mm improves side-to-side transitions with a
higher balance point. Then there's the smoother shifting in the 6
speed transmission sporting a revised slipper clutch. Intake valves
have been reduced by 1mm to work with improved pistons, cylinder heads
and injectors.

These mechanical improvements are complemented with attention to the
aerodynamics which affect styling, as well. Added width to the front
fairing now houses a larger ram air-duct inhaling into a new airbox.
This changed formfactor alters the look with smaller dual projector
headlights, too.

Unshrouded, heat-dissipating catalytic converters in stainless steel
tubing are routed beneath the engine leading to all titanium exhausts
tucked into dual undertail mufflers. Yet, there's still some room for
stowage under your seat. The widened tail section is reported to add
stabilizing aerodynamics in concert with the forward design, both now
smartly integrating the turn signals.

All this power and handling is controlled by four-piston,
radial-mount, 300mm petal disc brakes in the front and a single 220mm
petal disc in the rear. It's all delivered to Dunlop Qualifier rubber
on the asphalt and a taller rear 55-section, 190mm rear tire for
larger contact patch in leans. You're sitting atop suspension of 43mm
inverted cartridge fork, adjustable preload, compression and rebound
damping to feel and absorb the fast, nimble action.

Performance prowess is shown and monitored by the onboard
instrumentation gauge cluster: analog tachometer; digital
speedometer; built-in lap timer; and an adjustable shift light. You've
got your choice of three striking color schemes: Lime Green, Pearl
Solar Yellow or Ebony Black.

Racy, indeed.
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