Lets have some fun speculating and posting anything we can find on the next Great kawasaki ZX10R.
One thing we know for certain. "Kawasaki is Planning “Extreme” ZX-10RR For WorldSBK 2020" Ichiro Yoda stated in April 2019. He said they can tap into their Moto GP race tech and build a GP level bike like Ducati did for WSBK and do it very fast.
What do that mean for WSBK and Racers?
I am sure whatever they build for Rea will be at the maximum WSBK rule book allowance. $40,000 street price, 16,000+ RPM and tons of electronics and tricky valves.
They only need to sell 500. I think this will be the new ZX10RR....Look at what Ducati did with the V4R. They used the rule books to create a formidable bike for it's first year of racing. (Of course AB is part of that equation).
Carbon or Magnesium option marchesini wheel option...
Aluminum Gas tank.
* I feel that since the Japanese bikes/parts cost a good deal less than the italian bikes (Ducati) what they have in the V4R compared to how much more Kawasaki can put in the bike for the same price will help. Or they can just sell a bike with equal parts/trickery for less.
What do this mean for the average Joe?
ZX10R & ZX10R SE
This is where we have to do the largest speculations (Because it's fun to guess what might hit the streets)...
My best guess will be that the new bike will still ride on the same basic frame with more tweaks. It's been working since 2011 with update in 2016. I feel we will get the Race swing-arm (on the street version or at least on the limited RR 500 versions)... the new BMW has the reverse swing-arm currently.
Id guess the 2019 ZX10RR Engine (New finger valves and other updates) will be the new base engine for the 2020 since the RR would get Moto GP level engine trickery.
We will finally get a high end Digital dash.
Of course all new fairings, mirrors, and LED headlights.
SE version with Akropavic Pipe and Electronic control suspension. Possibly the marchesini wheels (magnesium or light weight aluminum).
From a Price point I think the models will be:
ZX10RR : (Limited to 500 units) $32,000-$39,000 range
ZX10R SE: (The RR Replacement for Top of the line street version) $24,000
ZX10R /ABS: similar to current pricing: $16,000 range.
I do feel the RR will now be a night and day difference compared to the R/SE ZX10s
what do you guys think?