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When the ZX10 was first launched it was a fearsome beast by anyones standards and its straight line speed is still impressive today. Although it lacks some of the agility of modern race reps like the ZX9R due to its sheer size it is probably less likely to suddenly depart from under you while doing your favourite Mick Doohan impression, also known as earth sky syndrome.

Overall weight is a hefty 488lbs which is actually 35lbs lighter than its predecessor the GPZ1000RX, largely due to an all new lightweight alloy chassis. This was called the e-box (egg box) frame because apparently the main rails encircling the engine resemble the shape of a very large egg when er viewed from above. I kid you not.

Although the 997cc engine was slightly more powerful than its forebear this was largely neutralised by a simple carb mod limiting the bike to 125bhp or at least it was when it left the showroom. 0-60 will take approximately 3 seconds, to the quarter mile mark will take another 8 seconds and if you are brave enough to look down you should be doing around 130mph at this point. Keep the throttle wound and the speedo should level off when you reach 165 give or take 2 or 3mph if it matters.

Despite this bikes revered status in modern circles it did attract some negative comments in its early days. One visually challenged journalist thought that the styling made it look like it had been set on fire and put out with a baseball bat. Other criticisms centred around an apparent flat spot in the powerband at around 3000 revs. This has always been baffling to most owners especially this one. The only flat spot I am aware of is the surface of the starter button when you press it although the power does step up noticeably from about 5000 revs upwards.