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Old 02-10-2011, 01:32 PM   #1
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Thumbs up 2011 ZX10R takes on the competition!

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Old 02-10-2011, 01:44 PM   #2
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I feel sorry for anyone that buys a first gen Kawasaki....history always repeats it's self with them it seems...
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Old 02-10-2011, 01:46 PM   #3
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I feel sorry for anyone that buys a first gen Kawasaki....history always repeats it's self with them it seems...
How so?
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cool review, i think they had some good points on the bikes.
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Old 02-10-2011, 01:58 PM   #5
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How so?
we can start with the crappy transmissions
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Old 02-10-2011, 02:06 PM   #6
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we can start with the crappy transmissions
Ok start. My 06 636 has 34,000 trouble free miles. Learned on this bike back when I bought it March 2006 so it's gone through that, hard street riding, track riding, a high speed accident or two, some not so high speed, etc. . .

I see you had an R6, and you speak of trans. problems?
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R6 never had a problem..

2 bikes side by side.. 1998 R1 1998 ZX-9
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R1 had nothing but reg maint.
ZX-9 was on 3rd Tranny and second engine and was having shifting problems

put a few more miles on that bike...
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Plenty of R6's DO have trans. failures though, along with catching fire. GSX-Ride Smart seem to go through regulators, rectifiers, and fuel pumps like underwear. Several frame issues as well. There are plenty of higher mileage 636s than mine out there with no problems either. Several on this board in fact have had or still own high mileage ones.

If I go through an engine or transmission or two at 100k after thousands of 15,000rpm shifts and general extreme abuse, then that's perfectly fine with me, though I don't see that being a problem at all.
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5 posts in and the topic burns
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from their reviews the only improvement the ZX10R need is the low/midrange, it has a great TC software and strong top end already.
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I'm not making a this is better than that point....
The issue being pointed out is that Kawi has been known to have probs with their first year production models.
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the ZX10R had a major recall recently, anybody knows the actual details of this recall? I remember Aprilia RSV4 had a major recall a few years ago, then they came back with a improved version and started to win races at WSBK.
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from their reviews the only improvement the ZX10R need is the low/midrange, it has a great TC software and strong top end already.
Kawasaki was building the bike with the racetrack in mind, so it doesn't surprise me it doesn't have the power in the lower revs that its' competitors do. All modern literbikes have lots of power everywhere though. Kinda like getting hit by a train or an 18 wheeler . . . . both are going to fk up.

I have to say WTF to them mentioning they couldn't use the upper revs on the track though. The BMW has more power and it seemed to do just fine.
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the ZX10R had a major recall recently, anybody knows the actual details of this recall?
ya BIGPAT was saying something about the 2011 ZX10R at the last SMR
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good vid that bmw does sound nice.
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ya BIGPAT was saying something about the 2011 ZX10R at the last SMR
i must have missed it when he was talking about it....
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Weak valve spring causing valve float at high RPM I'm guessing . . . .
SALES HOLD ON 2011 NINJAŽ ZX-10R TO BE LIFTED IN JANUARY

Kawasaki dealers to resume sales as normal.

IRVINE, Calif. (Dec. 29, 2010)---Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A. today announced that the recent sales hold placed on the 2011 Ninja ZX-10R sportbike is expected to be lifted in late January and that sales of the highly-anticipated unit will resume as normal.

According to Kawasaki engineers, the proactive sales hold resulted from a finding that indicated possible surging of the intake valve spring when the unit is operated under unique riding conditions, such as on a racetrack. The surge could cause the intake valve to seat improperly, resulting in poor engine performance.

The camshaft, valve springs, and spring retainers are being replaced to prevent the valves from surging, without affecting engine performance.
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I have to say WTF to them mentioning they couldn't use the upper revs on the track though. The BMW has more power and it seemed to do just fine.
I wondered about this too, I mean the 250 is the same way you have to run it up to 10k (redline 12.5k i think?) and stay up there to get the power you want and its kind of frustrating sometimes to keep an eye on it especially if you're changing speeds alot and shifting often it gets kinda annoying but i dont see how it would be *that* problematic on the ZX10..
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