Best Superbike: Kawasaki ZX-10R

Ten Best Motorcycles of 2005.

Best Superbike: Kawasaki ZX-10R - Ten Best Bikes 2005

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The more things change, the more they stay the same. There wasn’t a whole lot of competition on the Best Superbike grid in 2005, “just” the all-new BMW K1200S and the heavily revised Suzuki GSX-R1000. Unfortunately for those hopefuls, the Beemer’s U.S. debut was delayed by niggling fuel-injection and gearbox issues, and the Suzook wasn’t the giant leap forward we were expecting. And so the Kawasaki ZX-10R retains its title as Best Superbike for the second year in succession. With its revised transmission, the Mean Green Machine is even more deserving this year, though it would still benefit from a steering damper. Maybe next year, Kawasaki?