This is the Kawasaki ZX-10RR Ninja. It’s basically a way to homologate a more aggressive engine top-end for literbike racing; as a roadgoing proposition it’s unlikely to be significantly different from the new-for-2016 ZX-10R. The reason I’m featuring it today: Kawasaki’s brilliant idea to deliver the bike in “Winter Testing Livery”. It’s a production paintjob that pays tribute to the plain-black bikes used before a team announces its sponsors for the season. There’s a snowflake on the cowl. All of this is brilliant because not even an insane person would ride a 197-horsepower ZX-10RR in anything resembling snow.
I wouldn’t trade my ZX-14R for it — not sure I would trade my ZX-14R for anything, actually — but if I had enough money to put multiple big Ninjas in my garage you can bet that I’d give the snowflake-mobile a chance. Enjoy your weekend, everybody; the Weekly Roundup will appear tonight.