Originally Posted by Turbo329
I remember reading somewhere that they lowered the center of gravity on the ZX-10R by relocating the gas tank a tad. Not sure how true that is but it seems to have worked.
They showed the custom fuel tank during the Race 1 television broadcast; basically it extends underneath the seatpad now and allows the fuel to sit lower; the top of the tank is also reshaped slightly and appears to be a little narrower which probably helps with control. It seems Kawasaki has been compiling data from all over in an effort to cure their handling woes - apparently the bikes were having an issue holding their line on certain corner exits. Roadracingworld had an interesting article last month where they showed photos of some of the ZX10 superbikes being raced in Japan and the changes teams made to the swingarm / swingarm pivot in an effort to cure some of the handling issues. Some teams made extensive changes, while others were running stock.
I'm looking real forward to seeing what improvements are coming in next year's production ZX10 - if the factory is focusing on team feedback as rumored, and the right
changes are made, it could be a serious contender.