While burying the speedometer deep into the triple digits in a car is exciting (and something you should only do on a track…obviously…), doing the same thing on a motorcycle ratchets the excitement up exponentially. And going wide-open on a street bike? Even more knuckle-bleaching, as the big-inch engine bellows between your legs and the avalanche of angry air – undiluted by a full fairing – attempts to throw you off the bike and throw the bike off the pavement.
Here are 20 two-wheeled tarmac scorchers guaranteed to thrill.
You don’t need a PhD in physics to know that adding power to a vehicle will usually make it accelerate faster and give it a higher top speed. Reducing weight will improve acceleration, as well as braking and cornering ability. Do both to the same vehicle and you see a substantial increase in performance. Keep in mind this is as true with two-wheeled machines as it is with four-wheelers.
Armed with this knowledge, Kawasaki has revamped its most menacing crotch rocket – the Ninja ZX-10R – for 2011 by both putting it on a diet and toning its muscles. But that’s not all they’ve done to make this latest in the long line of bikes named for the shadow warrior better. What’s hiding under that aggressive new bodywork? Make like this thing’s tach needle when you give it the beans and jump!
There is a plethora of motorcycle manufacturers to choose from when you’ve decided to buy a superbike. If your heart desires the Asian persuasion, you can choose between the Yamaha YZF-R1, the Kawasaki ZX-10R, the Honda CBR-1000RR, and also the Suzuki GSX-R 1000. These are all machines that started life as divine Moto GP bikes and were then watered down slightly to sell to us mortals—I mean consumers. Each update for Moto GP typically results in an update to the consumer variant.
The latest offering in the 1000cc class is from Kawasaki and its flagship Ninja ZX-10R superbike. Kawasaki has unveiled a teaser of what the 2011 Ninja ZX-10R will offer. Details have not been released to us but here is what can be expected from Team Green: a new engine, a new frame, a new suspension package, and perhaps some updated electronics. Additionally, Kawasaki provided a design sketch of the 2011 bike and a teaser video as well!