So, what have Kawasaki done to address the criticism of the earlier model? Well. There seems to be a fresh ethos at the factory to produce a more powerful yet more controllable bike, with emphasis on increased chassis feedback and flickability, and far greater potential for success in the World Super Bike racing arena – let\'s see how many podium positions Kawasaki can secure this season. As Kawasaki has moved out of MotoGP racing, WSB racing has surely moved up in importance.
As a part of this more WSB Racing potential, the bodywork has been designed to fit the rider more snugly, allowing a more race-like stance with less obtrusion from the fuel tank and fairing. It certainly looks compact and very narrow and once tucked in, fitted a rider perfectly.
The significant changes over the previous ZX10R model include the predictable increase in power, 185 real horses in the rear wheel, and 12 more horse with Ram Air effect, which is up 13 and 17 horses respectively. This in combination with a lighter and more rigid chassis and sub frame, plus re-shaped intake ports and combustion chambers are to thank for the jump in power.
Lighter alloy discs, more aluminum parts and a few titanium internals help keep the claimed dry weight under the 180 kilo. It\'s fair to say that the new 2009 Kawasaki Ninja ZX10R, despite there being no change to the handlebar/seat/footrest relationship (riding position), looks and feels a far more serious a track tool, and that\'s before firing up the engine.
The 2009 Kawasaki Ninja ZX10R is absolutely the better liter bike available in Thailand. So, Kawasaki have finally cracked it with a genuine contender in the liter class.