1. Electronics


As much as I like the front end on the new ZX-10R, I’m more impressed by the electronic suite Kawasaki has stuffed into the new bike, mainly the traction control. The hybrid predictive/reactive algorithms programmed into the ECU, allowable thanks to the Inertial Measurement Unit, give an incredible amount of confidence to the rider to apply liberal amounts of throttle (assuming the TC settings are set to provide more intervention!) with less consequence. For the more experienced rider, turning the TC settings down (less intervention) means you get to decide how much drive is still possible instead of the ECU potentially cutting back more than you want. Of course, it also means you can still highside to the moon if you get too greedy. Nonetheless, the sophistication of the ZX-10R’s electronics suite now puts it on par with leaders in the class.