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The 2017 Kawasaki ZX-10RR Is Race Ready

The ZX-10R gets a homologation special

Kawasaki ZX-10RR

2017 Kawasaki ZX-10RR

Courtesy of Kawasaki

Kawasaki have thrown a whole host of fancy bits at their ZX-10R to create the 2017 Kawasaki ZX-10RR homologation special.

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The biggest changes come inside the motor, where a modified cylinder head sits waiting and ready to accept high lift cams (which must be ordered as part of the race kit). The tappets in the valve train get DLC coating to help reduce friction and mechanical loss, and the crank cases have been beefed up to better deal with the stress of the race tune.

The wheels have also been ditched in favor of seven-spoke Marchesini rims to shave unsprung weight which, while the same size as stock, now come wrapped in Pirelli Supercorsa SP rubber. The RR also comes with Kawasaki's new bi-directional quickshifter that they claim allows for seamless gear shifts in both direction. That system is in addition to the pre-existing six-axis IMU that feeds the traction control, ABS, electronic engine brake control, launch control, and cornering management system.

Kawasaki ZX-10RR

2017 Kawasaki ZX-10RR

Courtesy of Kawasaki

The RR is only being made in a limited run of 500 units, and comes in the Winter Edition matte black paint and it even comes with a special key.

Okay, so maybe it isn't quite race ready. But race kit ready is likely close enough for anyone seriously considering this thing, which hopefully at least means one of us Cycle Worlders will score a ride.

Kawasaki ZX-10RR

2017 Kawasaki ZX-10RR

Courtesy of Kawasaki

Kawasaki ZX-10RR

2017 Kawasaki ZX-10RR

Courtesy of Kawasaki

Kawasaki ZX-10RR

2017 Kawasaki ZX-10RR

Courtesy of Kawasaki

Kawasaki ZX-10RR

2017 Kawasaki ZX-10RR

Courtesy of Kawasaki

Kawasaki ZX-10RR

2017 Kawasaki ZX-10RR

Courtesy of Kawasaki

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