The Kawasaki ZX-10R has a state-of-the-art traction-control system that comes standard. There is no TC-equipped sportbike less expensive than the ZX-10R. Fully fueled, this puts the new ZX-10R in a tie with the 2010 CBR1000RR. As the tire wore in a predictable manner, TC level 2 allowed enough movement from the rear end that I was able to confidently ride through the powerslides and spins while in Full power mode.Not once during my ride did it cut in abruptly and cause the bike to stumble and sputter, even when in level 3. The system’s activation is notably seamless and not nearly as assertive as Ducati’s DTC.
No doubt this new ZX-10R is more fun than my Honda CBR600, yet how much fun can I have at 70 MPH freeway speeds? Slim at best? The Honda engine is just as top-notch quality, though more dated. The carsoup selection at the time didn't give affordable price points for 09s, 10s, and 11s for any of used 600cc or 1000cc bike last month.