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Old 07-24-2003, 08:55 AM   #11
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Default Re: Kawasaki ZX-10R Spy Photos from Europe

I thought the same thing until I looked a little closer and saw bracing.
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Old 07-24-2003, 09:18 AM   #12
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Ha!.. good eye!.. I hadn't seen it either... sorta just looked like part of a chain-guard support at first glance. Upon closer inpsection, it seems they've painted or covered it w/tape to hide the bracing.

My guess is that they think the bike will look like a zx6r to the causal observer so that they can do some semi-open testing???

You see that often in the automotive industry w/concealing tapework and paneling.

If that's true, perhaps that bodywork is also 'developmental/stealthy/disguise' oriented?? It looks too much like the zx6r right now.



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Old 07-24-2003, 09:30 AM   #13
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Working for a corporation that builds curb and gutter/mining machines, I can tell you that just because something looks tiny and weak, doesn't mean it really is. Liter bikes with their huge swingarms are overbuilt for the street the way it is. If they use different materials and/or different processes in making the swingarm they could find a way to make the same strength/stronger swingarm and be smaller and lighter.
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Old 07-24-2003, 09:38 AM   #14
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The Yamaha R-6 has a sweet looking design. The Kawa looks like they got something from the parts bin and said hey this will make a swing arm.
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Old 07-24-2003, 09:39 AM   #15
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Yeah, well, before it assumed room temperature, I could make my 03 R1's swingarm flex during hard corner exits, and it looks a lot beefier than the one on the ZX10R.



On a 2nd gear, high-grip corner exit with 155+ rwhp, I think it'll take more than what I see on the ZX10R to minimize flex. Unless it's made of Martian titanuim/kryptonite/spider-silk alloy, that is...
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Old 07-24-2003, 09:47 AM   #16
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Default What is that part???

Look just in front of the forks, near the axle. It looks like a stabilizer of some kind...anyone else see what I'm talking about??
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Old 07-24-2003, 09:49 AM   #17
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That's part of a sensor package that records information for testing purposes. See all of the cables taped to the bike? That's the sensor cable speghetti. The lump of crap on teh rear seat is prolly the recording device. Or the lanky pilot's lunch.
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Old 07-24-2003, 10:30 AM   #18
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The flex could have been engineered into the swingarm for better weight transfer and traction for all we know. That is unless someone here works for Yamaha???
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Old 07-24-2003, 10:36 AM   #19
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Default This will CREATE problems for Eboz - at first

For sure it's great that Eboz will have a better platform for a race bike, but it will take time to develop into something competitive. It will be a brand-new machine and who knows if they've had enough time to do testing to be in the ballpark.



Suzuki's Superbike was very close chassis-wise to their previous 3-time champtionship winning bike, so they got a new motor with more power which got them right back on the pace.



I don't think there is even a baseline with the new ZX-10R. Can't wait for the road or race bike.
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Old 07-24-2003, 10:48 AM   #20
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Skinny swingarm works fine for my 12R, so I'm assuming it do ok on the 12R. Don't worry, posers can always go spend $2K on a new one that weights 2x as much, tho.
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