I spent a few months laboring over which bike to buy for this purpose and it really came down to two. The 2016 R1(always been a Yamaha and crossplane fan) and the 2016 zx10r. The Euro bikes interested me but the cost, reliability, parts availability and ease of set-up were too steep. At the time the Honda was a turd and the gsxr1000 hadn't changed in years.
The r1 was calling me but when I added everything up the zx10r was going to save me a few thousand to get going, I lived about 15 minutes from Farrell Performance who specializes in Kawasaki and the 2015 r1's had just gone through a recall with rumors of crank issues starting to appear. The zx10r also had the option of non-ABS models which saved me the hassle of ripping it out.
So I purchased this lovely 2016 zx10r as a left over in February 2017. Intention was to make it into a track/race bike with the main purpose for racing the CCS midwest region. $11,999 + tax and tags was a hell of a deal I thought!