10. Looks


Nobody wants to ride an ugly motorcycle, and thankfully the Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R owner won’t have to. The new bike doesn’t look drastically different from the 10R it replaces (which wasn’t bad looking either), but I happen to like it. The angular nose is attractive, the exhaust canister doesn’t look like an afterthought, and the trademark Kawi green color scheme looks better in person than it does in the photo. Swap the three-spoke wheels with something of the 10-spoke variety (like Honda’s CBR1000RR) and I’d be completely happy.

Looks are subjective, of course, and the new Kawasaki can’t hold a candle to the Ducati Panigale in the styling department, but I’d crack a smile each time I opened my garage door and found this staring back at me.