Is it me, or does that look like one of the early drafts for the ZX12R? I got a book about the 12 from Kawasaki in the mail a couple of months after I got my bike. As soon as I find the book I'll post the picture.
Well... mostly it doesn't look bad IF you can get past the horrible muffler (what's with
Kawasaki and mufflers lately?), the ugly-to-my-taste swingarm, the parachute, and
overall just how cluttered and ugly the rear end is. It kind of all falls apart at the back
of the bike.
I'd go with a regular 4:1 pipe, a regular swingarm, no parachute, and I'd ditch the
color coding of the hugger... it should be black so as to be less cluttery.
I'm not skilled at photo editing, but I tried seeing roughly what it would look like to
be rid of the worst of the clutter:
I like the silver one a LOT better, and hope that the real ZX-10R will be like that, but
I'm afraid it won't.
The green one has uglinesses to it that could hardly fail to be real...
Also, I'm losing confidence that this will be a stunning advance. The green one would
obviously be trying to go toe-to-toe with the 'Zook, but if the 160-hp-at-the-crank
figure is true, the best it will be performance-wise is "me too," as Suzuki has done
a stellar job overall, for that sort of bike, that probably can't be beat by much today
at any competitive price if you don't have a hp advantage.
The better approach would have been to, in Kawasaki style, have top performance
equal to impractical bikes while being practical and comfortable.
OR, if going for an uncompromising race replica, then absolutely kicking Suzuki ass on
hp, which 160 hp at the crank will not do.