• Jun 21st 2010 at 6:31PM
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2011 Kawasaki ZX-10R teaser – Click above to enlarge

In case you hadn't noticed, there's a new crop of superbikes terrorizing the roadways and racetracks of the United States. And more than any other point in recent history, the Big Four Japanese brands aren't leading the way. Instead, it's the European brands – Specifically Aprilia, BMW, KTM and MV Agusta – that are encroaching on Honda, Kawasaki, Suzuki and Yamaha's territory.

Team Green isn't likely to let the newest challengers turn its flagship Ninja into an also-ran, and the latest evidence of such can be seen in a new teaser of the 2011 Kawasaki ZX-10R. Expect a completely new motorcycle for next year, including a new engine, frame and suspension package. In order to compete with the latest from Europe, we'd also imagine the literbike to get an upgraded electronics package.

While we don't have any details on those hard bits, we do have one rendering that shows an aggressive new look with a gaping ram air scoop front and center. Want more? Check out an enlarged version of the teaser image above and be sure to click past the break for the accompanying video.

[Source: Kawasaki Challenge via Asphalt & Rubber]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      Way too much bike for me at this point in my riding career, but damn does that drawing look gooooood! Maybe it'll be crazy fast enough to supplant the BMW S 1000RR as my future bike-o-death.
      • 5 Years Ago
      These bikes are so ridiculous. Of course they're awesome, but man they're ridiculous. Even the 600s have stupid power and capability.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Well good luck to Kawa, Yamaha will be busy on the race track winning.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I've always thought of these "superbikes" as a great way to kill myself.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The Ninja should be a good bike. The changes they made to the ST were really great.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Kawasaki is a "has been" in the motorcycle industry, they are also losers in AMA, and big time losers in MotoGP. Who's gonna buy a sportbike from them? Fuji Heavy Industries should just stick to building earthmovers.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Last time I checked, Fuji Heavy Industries make Subarus...
      • 5 Years Ago
      It looks alot my 07 R6.
      • 5 Years Ago
      BMW and Aprilia may be encroaching on Japanese supersport territory but KTM and MV Agusta? Please. The KTM RC8is not competitive in any of the major superbike series and neither is MV with their too-afraid-to-change-the-styling 11 year-old F4.

      The new ZX-10R supposedly will benefit from Kawasaki's full focus since they left Moto GP. It certainly needs it because it is the least competitive Japanese superbike in racing.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Good observation and if you want to go to the sharp end of racebike development which is MotoGP the only non Japanese bike is Ducati which has not won a race this year. However, I love the variety and have owned and enjoyed so many different bikes from all over the globe.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Winning races is all well and good but bottom line, the whole point is to sell bikes and unless I'm nuts, the Suzuki Hayabusa rules the street, and that translates into sales dominance. BUT, over the years, all three of the Japanese giants go back and fourth claiming to be the kind of the road. This is unlikely to change.
        • 5 Years Ago
        "Won't see a single 'busa in SoCal"...what?

        You must have your eyes closed, bud...the hay-bus is all over LA.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Eh? You won't see a single 'Busa in So Cal. All they are good for is highway cruising. In the canyons and on the racetracks here, nothing but 600cc and 1000cc bikes. And Ducatis :)
      • 5 Years Ago
      Sorry, but after that insane liter bike BMW released there isn't much of anything that will impress me, 186hp at the rear wheel is so damn scary. When I took one out I could not find a single open area that I dared to go for it.

      and here to think of the days of a turbo 900 kawasaki or original v-max were fast and furious. Best of luck to Kaw on this one
        • 5 Years Ago
        So...when Kawasaki and Honda/Suzuki/Yamaha make bikes with more than 186hp on par or more advanced than the BMW you won't be impressed?

        If you think that's not going to happen, you are quite mistaken.

        Expanding on your examples, consider what BMW was making back with the Z900/Z1R-TC was out. How about when the V-Max came out?

        Come to think of it, aside from the new 1000RR, are there any other BMWs in the history of the company[!] that can keep up with a Z1R-TC or an original V-Max?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Just to let you know the zx10r (08-10) is #1 or #2 in a lot of liter bike showdowns, and the winner on the track is much more about rider skill than the bike. This is a car blog though so I expect as much when its a moto article. Oh and for those comparing it to hyabusa; thats a whole different class of motorcycle (1400cc), and that doesn't make it a better bike.
      • 5 Years Ago
      If there is one thing about these forums that drives me nuts, it is the lack ok knowledge from some of the posters.

      First, the Kawasaki ZX-14 is the most powerful sport bike in production. The Hayabusa was defeated read here:

      Not to mention the ZX-14 is pushing around 200 HP. So Chris, how do you say back to the drawing board in German?


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