I rode a new 10R yesterday at Burnaby Kawasaki. My current bike is a 2003 ZX6R, and these are my thoughts about the 10R.
I suppose the words, "Holy Sh*t!" aren't very descriptive, but from an emotional point of view that was the immediate reaction once on the road. Even at legal speeds, between the ergos and the throttle response I felt like a professional assassin (black bike, black gear helps).
I did a couple of figure 8's in the BK back parking lot before setting out and was impressed how easily the 10 maneuvers in slow circles. Good start so far. In terms of comfort it didn't feel much bigger than my 6, but there is a longer reach to the bars if you slide to the back of the saddle, which you taller people will like. Short guys like me can just stay planted in the middle of the seat and still feel in control ( as if!). The fairing really is small, and it felt like I could lean over and bite the front tire, ie. very aggressive feeling ergos.
Power. I don't race and I'm about an average rider who occasionally has his moments. On the road and the freeway I never took it up higher than third gear or revved beyond 6,000 or 7,000 rpm. The entire time I was extra careful with the throttle but could always feel what lurked beneath and that was a big part of the emotional equation for me. I like to ride my 6 at high revs when the roads allow, but I can't quite fathom what 12,000 rpm would feel like on the 10. Probably a broken nose from getting whacked in the face by the instrument cluster. Even at lower rpm's the thing lunges. Pipe sounds pretty good for stock, but it's .. stock.
Suspension and brakes. I never flogged the bike so I don't really know. At legal speeds it's well-behaved that's about as much as I can say. Nice front brake feel feel though, definitely. Shares some similar-looking bits with my 636, all of which work fantastically on my bike.
I would buy this bike if ... never mind.
For those of you who I have seen out there on the new 10R's, my hat's off to you, that is one fine bike. But coming from an Average Joe like me, please take your time to get know her before opening up that throttle. For those of you considering it, don't consider it unless you've been riding for a long time.
Thanks to Brian at Burnaby Kawasaki for the opportunity.