So been reading more into how geometry affects bike handling, and I wanted to see what Kawasaki changed from past iterations of the ZX10R
Specifically, I looked at the original 04 machine as it was known for it's flighty nature, due in part to a relatively short wheelbase (I heard that the chassis was based on a 250 GP race bike but not sure about that).
I've never ridden an 04 but I figured the 2011 is quite the opposite of this so I looked at some specs between the two.
Rake: 24 degrees
Trail: 102 mm
WBase: 1385 mm
Rake: 25 degrees
Trail: 107 mm
WBase: 1425 mm
Looking back at evallarta1's post near the beginning of this thread, you can see that the final rake and trail numbers he posted (23.6 degrees and 103 mm respectively) are close to that of 2004 stock geometry.
The big difference is in wheelbase which he had as 1422 mm, as opposed to 1385 mm on the 2004.
To me the gen 4 ZX10R feels very stable at the front and it's not too difficult to turn (no race track experience with this bike yet though), but definitely more input required than other litres I've owned.
Not wanting to change front end stability too much, when I start prepping the bike for track, I was thinking to play with shortening the wheelbase slightly first, rather than changing front rake and trail.
I know this will make the bike more wheelie prone, but will this introduce agility and keep some of the front end stability on the brakes and in the turn?