We took the mighty Godzilla (ZX-10R SE) to the test on open roads.
Launched back in 2016, and we were among the first in the world to test the all-new ZX-10R thanks to Kawasaki Motors Malaysia letting us and a handful of other Malaysian motorcycle journalist loose on the ZX-10R at Sepang Circuit. Check it out here.
But before that, we also then did a First Ride with a buddy who just brought his ZX10-R a month before the Sepang Test– Review: 2016 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R Road Test.
Now our latest road test is the Kawasaki ZX-10R SE version.
For a 1000cc superbike, the ZX-10R SE can be a comfy road bike to a sharp track weapon at the push of a button and the presets are close to spot on.
This maybe the best ZX-10R yet, the ZX-10R SE (Special Edition) looks stunning with matte black finish and luminous Kawa green stripes and finally Kawasaki decided to replace the tri-spoke rims with forged seven-spoke Marchesini rims.
The SE comes in with addition goodies from the stock ZX-10R like the Ohlins electronic steering damper .
Electronics side gets two-way quick shifter (KQS), Kawasaki Electronic Controlled Suspension (KECS), the same 3 Power Modes, TC (S-KTREC), launch control (KLCM), and extra, engine-braking control (KEBC)
Additionally need to be mention is the 3D Ninja logos and special edition matte paint.
All of that kit comes at a price of RM138,898, the ZX-10R SE certainly is a high end Japanese motorcycle. The stock model is from RM98,000 so the SE is a RM30++k premium. Is it worth the extra ringgit? Personally, after riding it for a week and comparing it to other sportsbikes with similar spec, I think it is if you can afford it.
All Kawasaki need to improve in the ZX10R is to TFT meter the future ZX-10R’s, and that is what lacking in this Kawasaki! That will complete the package. For a superbike from Japan this Godzilla (SE) is one of the easiest 1000cc superbike to ride in the city and ofcourse in the tracks.
Heat from the engine is generated more to the left leg around the ankle part, and can feel more heat than its Japanese counterparts.
i-RIDE – 2019 KAWASAKI ZX-10R SE