Originally Posted by slowpoke
Warning: threadjack in progress! Canyoncarver, how do you like your new 10r?
A little over 800 miles on it, and I'm very happy. The transmission is the smoothest shifting I've ever ridden. I'm glad Big K fixed the problems they had with the pre-production bikes.
Power is explosive, but manageable if you have a smooth right wrist action. Gearing is way tall. Magazines reporting 104mph in 1st gear at redline. I haven't been there, yet, as I'm still waiting for a steering damper from Ohlins. I want to raise the rear, as the front seems to be pushing a bit out of turns, but I won't until I get the Ohlins shock and damper on.
The reports of headshake issues are true, but inflated, IMO. The ZX is MUCH more stable at speed than my 954 ever was. Rock solid if you sneak up on the speed. It will shake if you're hard on the gas and hit a road imperfection, but what literbike won't w/o a damper?
Back to the gearing, I've already got a +2 rear sprocket coming from Kyle, and a DID ERV2 chain, so that I can move the rear axle back a little. It is all the way forward as delivered from the factory. This has been a problem with the rear hugger, since I fitted my usual D208GP tires, as the tire rubs the inside of the hugger and is burning through. Time for a CF hugger!
BTW, Kyle said that the Big K race teams have been having trouble with running 520 gear/chain setup, as the power is shredding the gears. He suggested that I stay with the stock 525 setup, as a result.
Handling is impressive. It transitions from left to right to left faster than the 954. So much so, that the first day out I almost ran off the INSIDE of a couple turns before I adjusted to the quicker transitions. I believe this is due to the light weight.
Ergos are surprisingly similar to the 954, but with a much more comfortable seat. The 954 seat, although hard as a brick, never bothered me much, as I mostly ride canyons/tracks and don't do much freeway/city cruising. It only bothered me on the way to/from the canyons while on the freeway. The Kwack doesn't bother at all, anywhere.
All in all, I'm very pleased. With some Ohlins suspension, Sato rearsets & pipe, PCIII
(already installed) on order from Kyle, I think I'll be ecstatic!
P.S. Thanks for asking, slowpoke. Hopefully, you guys will still tolerate my presence like you have with Chain, even after I sell the 954. I still think this is the best run, best organized board out there, with lots of good, smart people that frequent it. OK. Thread jack and butt-smooching session over.