Bearing good news for ardent fans of the ZX-10R series, the Japanese motorcycle maker will finally put the Kawasaki ZX-10R SE on sale for 2018 model year in the US.
The United States of America has long suffered at the hands of many major automobile manufacturers from across the pond. Companies like KTM, BMW Motorrad, Kawasaki among others take their own sweet time launching highly desirable products in the US market.
The welcome news is here, however, as Kawasaki announced that the ZX-10R SE will be available to purchase in the US as a 2018 model. The Kawasaki ZX-10R SE is essentially a major upgrade to the base 10R in terms of equipment it provides.
The ZX-10R SE debuted in its production avatar at 2017 EICMA and boasted of a serious bunch of goodies that made it a fearsome track attack vehicle. Most notably, it gets the all-new semi-active suspension from Showa. The ZX-10 RR race bike has forged rims from Marchesini, as well as a bi-directional quickshifter, both of which have been carried over to the 10R SE.
If the news seems too good to be true, it is because there is a catch to it. The 2018 Kawasaki ZX-10R SE can be yours for $21,899. The price tag seems as exorbitant as it is confusing, since its sibling the homologated ZX-10 RR from Team Green Racing asks for $18,899. Why the huge premium for a road bike over a road-legal race machine?
For starters, the Showa semi-active suspension is a piece of advanced technology. The Showa Balance Free Forks (BFF) and monoshock (BFRC) are top of the line, rivaling if not exceeding the performance provided by Öhlins suspension. Both the forks and shock have a built-in stroke sensor, which relays real-time readings of the stroke speed and compression characteristics to the IMU and ECU. The Showa suspension is able to record suspension changes every millisecond, while the IMU and ECU adjust every 10 milliseconds.
This makes the Kawasaki ZX-10R SE one of the most technologically advanced road-going bikes in the Mean Green lineup, presenting a viable alternative to BMW S100RR ($19,145), Honda CBR1000RR SP2 ($19,999) and Yamaha YZF-R1M ($22,999).