Friday, February 04, 2011

Supercharged Kawasaki ZX-10R: Crank up the boost!

With a claimed 40-50% power hike, the A&A supercharger kit for the Kawasaki ZX-10R is serious stuff. In a straight line, you don't want to go up against this bike!

We suppose they aren’t the most practical thing in motorcycling, but there’s something about the sheer drama of a supercharger bolted on to a powerful motorcycle that we simply love. Now, one of our all-time favourite litre-class superbikes is the 2004-05 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R, which was a bit raw and wild and completely out there. So when someone decides to bolt on a supercharger to the Ninja, the result absolutely has to be featured here on Faster and Faster.

Based in the US, A&A Performance are supercharger specialists for bikes and they have developed a supercharger kit for the 2004-spec Kawasaki ZX-10R. The kit consists of a Rotrex C15-60 centrifugal supercharger that runs 8psi of boost, Gates PowerGrip GT2 synchronous belt, Walbro high-flow fuel pump, high-strength crankshaft interconnect, K&N filters, NGK Iridium sparkplugs and a custom fuel map for the fuel-injection system.

‘Without changing any major internals, you can have a bike that will significantly outpace the brand new crop of litre-bikes and pretty much anything else you come across, for around one-third the cost of a new machine. Best of all, you retain all the rideability you currently enjoy, but with way more oomph should you feel the urge,’ says the A&A website, and we’re quite inclined to believe them. All right, the supercharged 2004 Ninja might not be able to live with a stock 2011 ZX-10R on the racetrack, but on the street, in a straight line, the supercharged bike is likely to kick ass.

‘This kit is not some thrown together mess of parts; it is a thoroughly engineered, road tested and tuned system that will increase the power of your bike by a legitimate 40-50%,’ claim A&A. ‘While the power produced is remarkably controllable, the instant nature of the throttle response and the never-ending power supply means that beginner riders need not apply. And thanks to the vacuum operated bypass valve, part throttle cruising and light acceleration are unchanged from stock and mileage is only affected under heavy acceleration,’ they add.

The A&A supercharger kit for the ZX-10R is priced at a rather reasonable $4,300 and if you want to order one, you can get more details about it here

The supercharged Kawasaki Ninja sure sounds good!

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