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Kawasaki ZX10R

Marks 2004 Kawasaki ZX10R

This is Marks 2004 Kawasaki ZX10R. Kawasaki built this bike to rebuild their reputation of having the fastest and best handling superbike. It has lots of go from the engine, however it can be a bit of a beast to handle.

All fairly typical here. Kawasaki didnt feel the ZX10R needed any engine modes. Although a lap timer on the right hand cluster is a nice touch.  As with all bikes of this year there is no option to turn the the headlights off only using high and low beam controls. The dash is an all in one unit having the rev counter build up around the speedo and tacho.  The idiot lights are around the outside of the unit utilising the indicators, high beam, neutral and fuel injector light and also an adjustable shift light.

The Ride
The 2004 ZX10R has a superb engine with great power characteristics giving a great surge of power when required. The handling is very stiff but does give in return, great feedback. The fuel consumption is not great though, only averaging between 29 and 38 mpg. The brakes as standard, I felt needed upgrading ( see modifications ) as I found they suffered a lot with brake fade, however once upgraded they are excellent. All in all the Kawasaki ZX10R is, once sorted a fantastic and exciting bike to ride.

Stats and Everyday Superbikes stats
  • Engine size - 998cc
  • Top speed - 180 MPH
  • Power - 181 BHP
  • Weight - 170 kg
  • Fuel tank size - 17 ltr
  • Average MPG - 38
  • Tank Range - 146
  • Insurance group - 17
  • Tyres - Front 120/70 x17, Rear 190/50 x17
  • Suspension - Fully adjustable
Brembo RCS master cylinder with braided lines
Zero gravity double bubble screen
BOS tri oval pipe ( with dyno read out of 152bhp at rear wheel)
Harris riser bars 50mm higher at the ends
R&G tail tidy
Radiator guard

No double yellows here! its photoshopped
Reviewed by Mark

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