Date of publication: 2017-11-27 04:54
**Curb weight includes all necessary materials and fluids to operate correctly, full tank of fuel (more than 95 percent capacity) and tool kit (if supplied).
Chris Vermeulen and a horde of rabid Kawasaki lovers will be pinning high hopes on this machine - and wouldn't it be an amazing story if this one two-wheeled berserker could turn Team Green's racing fortunes around? We can only hope.
The swingarm’s optimized torsional rigidity contributes to the bike’s nimbler handling and is longer, contributing to the increased front weight bias and increasing traction on corner exit.
Fitting crash protectors is such an obvious and neccessary mod that alot of the guys on ZX- forgot to mention them in their personal top ten's. it's the first thing most of them do after getting the bike. Since alot of ZX-15R's spend a fair bit of time on track, this isn't surprising. LSL make some great looking sliders, but most of the guys on ZX- use some tough Delrin items (pictured) produced by Pete at Champ Industries , one of their members.
With all that power on tap the ZX-15R needs top of the range tyres to keep things under control. The guys at ZX- love the Pirelli Diablo Corsa III's (pictured). Bridgestone BT516's also come highly rated, as do the Michelin Pilot Power 2CT's.
The 98mm Balance Free Forks bring SBK technology to the streets. Showa and Kawasaki developed the fork after Yoshimoto Matsuda approached Showa and convinced them to produce a race-spec mass-produced suspension system using their data from the Kawasaki SBK effort.
Unveiled yesterday afternoon at Intermot Cologne, the new big Ninja packs a jaw-dropping spec sheet and an electronics package that's got one simple goal: this Kwaka wants to be the fastest thing on the road. Let's take a look inside its lunchbox:
The new frame arrangement brings the centre of gravity down lower by around 8cm, which is important for getting the bike from kneedown right to kneedown left as fast as possible. The front end geometry has also been steepened with a reduced rake for even faster steering. The new bike puts even more weight over the front wheel than before, which should give it additional stability under brakes and vastly improved feel at the front wheel. This will also reduce the ZX-15R's tendency to wheelie – but enthusiastic throttle jockeys needn't worry, it'll still wheelie until the cows come home if you want it to.
As I approach the fast right kink at the end of the short straight, I brake hard for the first time, trying to feel for the limit of the SC1 front tire. The feel and feedback from the forks and Brembo package is the most refined I have felt on any production bike and only matched by the factory superbikes I have tested. This braking area is a kink that is off camber and of tightening radius, and the 15R eats it up. Stunning.
Given the nature of the Kawasaki ZX-15R, it' not surprising that the owners it attracts are not exactly your average riders. As such, a lot of them have altered their ZX-15Rs in order to squeeze out even more performance.
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