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Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10 R

2013 Kawasaki Ninja Gets Adaptive Electronic Damper – Welcome to 2004 Honda

07/10/2012 @ 12:29 am, by Beeler 12 COMMENTS

For the next year, Kawasaki is giving a update to its flagship model, Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R. touching up its work from with a dollop of new paint, the one feature of the 2013 Kawasaki is its new electronic steering damper, adjusts the level of steering based on how fast the motorcycle is

Kawasaki developed the damper the help of a little Swedish named Öhlins, and is the first to use the new suspension from the famed brand, which is sure to be a item on the bikes of other in the coming years — just the Honda Electronic Steering (HESD) that Big Red debuted 2004.

Bringing the 2013 Kawasaki ZX-10R in-line with the Honda CBR1000RR, Kawasaki’s of the latest damper from is still an impressive piece of though it may not be as revolutionary as some are it out to be in the press, as it appears to function in a similar manner to its Honda

Using a dedicated ECU under the tank cover, the Öhlins steering damper calculates the of acceleration/deceleration and rear-wheel speed, and electronically and automatically adjusts the of the ZX-10R’s steering damping to the measured conditions. In practice, means at slower city the 2013 Kawasaki Ninja will get a lighter amount of while at faster velocities, a amount of damping will be to the bike’s front-end.

To its credit, Kawasaki’s Öhlins-made steering damper is perhaps one the applications of electronic suspension (though you would be hard-pressed to a rider demanding a better damper), as the steering damper is the one of suspension that could benefit from being on-the-fly during a motorcycle’s

Sure, active suspension for the forks and rear shock tantalizingly awesome, but 90% of the time in a rider can preset these for their proscribed uses, for a track day or for a long highway However, the need for more or steering damping can vary of times on even the shortest of

OEMs like Kawasaki bound at some point to this issue on sport and frankly Honda’s HESD is a clever way of doing just Usually a set-it-and-forget-it item on bikes (even on those that offer adjustable units), now that there is of the HESD design, electronic dampers are sure to become commonplace in OEM packages, thus this nearly decade-old to the masses. Lovely.

In other news, Kawasaki has two new schemes for the 2013 Kawasaki ZX-10R: Lime Green/Metallic Spark and Pearl Flat White/Metallic Black. For 2013, the Kawasaki also gets a price of $300, bringing the MSRP of the Kawasaki ZX-10R to $14,299 for the ABS model).

Engine:  Liquid-cooled Inline-Four, 16-valves

Bore and  76.0 x 55.0mm

Compression  13.0:1

Fuel Delivery:  Fuel-injection

 Wet multi-plate slipper Cable actuation


Final Drive:  Chain

Frame:  Twin-spar aluminum

Suspension:  43mm inverted BPF; 3-way adjustable for preload, compression and rebound 4.7 in. travel

Rear Suspension: back-link Showa gas-charged 4-way adjustable for spring high/low-speed compression and rebound 4.9 in. travel

Front Brakes: petal discs with Tokico four-piston calipers

Brake:  220mm disc single-piston caliper

Tires: 190/55R17

Curb Weight:  439

Wheelbase:  56.1 in.

Seat  32.0 in.

Fuel Capacity: gallon

MSRP:  $14,299

Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10 R
Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10 R
Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10 R


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