I understand what LDH and White Fang are saying about the manufacturer essentially dumbing down the bike for street sales. Still I like what Animal said. It does seem that starting with basic good chassis geometry would only make sense. I mean what better way to squelch chassis issues than to just make it right from the bones up to start with? Besides didn't Kawi already build "a death trap motorcycle that is unstable"? Gen 1 right?
It doesn't really cost any more to make a bike with one geometry setup as another once you have the research done. And KHI certainly has that sorted out. So the bike is in no way "dumbed down".
I thought about this last night for five seconds and realized that this thread is based on one measurement session and ZERO test-riding of the bike.
So we have someone, most likely Chicken Little, proclaiming the bike is poorly-sorted and badly set-up from the factory, just by measuring it and claiming they've got all the answers.
Sorry folks but as I said before, I was using Computrack in the late 1990's and after, and know what it is all about.
We can't just "shoot" a bike and then say, "Oh, well, Kawasaki got this all wrong, you'd better change this, that, and the other and then have us measure it a few more times but WOW, the bike is WAY off from where it ought to be."
The bike has essentially the same geometry as the Gen 5, with a longer wheelbase and slightly longer swingarm and revised riding position to put the rider more over the front tire -- that last is a very good thing.
Forget all these numbers and measurements as being predictive of anything, at least as assessed by this outfit.
Without an exhaustive test session with a capable rider, we don't know a thing.
Also think about the newest R1's numbers, much shorter wheelbase, tighter rake/trail numbers, yet even that bike hardly lapped faster at WSIR than the Gen 4 with Jason Pridmore at the controls. And the Gen 4 had higher mid-corner speeds and a quicker roll rate, but better stability.
MotoGP bikes have rake/trail numbers even MORE conservative than the Gen 4 and 5, and LONG wheelbases and swingarms. They turn pretty good.
Oh yeah, KHI did build a "a death trap motorcycle that is unstable". It was the H2 Mach IV!