2013 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R Review
Kawasaki has been preparing for next year’s newest products and Kawasaki also provide a simple update to its flagship models, 2013 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R. Most touching up the work of 2011 with a dollop of fresh paint, one interesting feature of the new Kawasaki ZX 10R 2013 his steering damper, electronic steering that adjusts damping levels according to how fast a motorcycle is traveling.
Kawasaki damper was developed with the help of a small Swedish company called Öhlins, and is the first manufacturer to use a new suspension of the suspension of the famous brand, which would be a standard item on the bike from other OEMs in the coming years – such as the Honda Electronic Damper Suspension (HESD) the Big Red debuted around 2004.
Bring the 2013 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R in-line with the 2004 Honda CBR1000RR, Kawasaki addition of the new damper from Öhlins is still an impressive piece of technology, though perhaps not revolutionary as some make it in the press, as it appears to function in a very similar with his fellow Honda.
Using a special ECU under the cover of the fuel tank, steering damper Öhlins electronic calculating the rate of acceleration / deceleration and speed rear wheel, and then electronically and automatically adjust the rudder damping ZX-10R to meet the conditions measured. In practice, this means that at slower city speeds, 2013 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R will get a lighter amount of attenuation, while at faster speeds, the number is much faster than the damping will be applied to front-end bike.
For credit, an electronic steering damper Öhlins Kawasaki made probably one of the best applications of electronic suspension technology (although you’d be hard pressed to find a rider demanding better steering damper), the steering damper is a suspension part that really could benefit from adjusted on-the-fly during operation of a motorcycle.
Of course, the active suspension for the front fork and rear shock awesome sound tempting, but 90% of the time in practice the driver can preset these components for their illicit purposes, namely for track days or for a long highway ride. However, the need for more or less steering damping can vary hundreds of times even on the shortest rides.
OEM like Kawasaki are bound at some point to address these issues in motor sport, and frankly HESD Honda is a very clever way to do it. Usually a set-it-and-forget-it item in motor sport (even on models that offer damping unit is set), there is now a version of the Öhlins HESD design, electronic steering damper is sure to become more common in the OEM package, thus bringing This technology nearly a decade old to the masses. Lovely.
In other news, Kawasaki has two new color schemes for the 2013 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R: Lime Green / Metallic Flat Spark Black and Pearl White / Metallic Spark Black. For 2013, Kawasaki ZX-10R is also an increase in the price of $ 300, bringing the MSRP of the 2013 Kawasaki ZX-10R for $ 14,299 ($ 15,299 for ABS models).
2013 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R Review
2013 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R Specifications
|Engine:||Liquid-cooled 998cc Inline-Four, 16-valves|
|Bore and Stroke:||76.0 x 55.0mm|
|Clutch:||Wet multi-plate slipper clutch; Cable actuation|
|Final Drive:||Chain 17F/39R|
|Front Suspension:||43mm inverted Showa BPF; 3-way adjustable for spring preload, compression and rebound damping; 4.7 in. travel|
|Rear Suspension:||Horizontal back-link Showa gas-charged shock; 4-way adjustable for spring preload, high/low-speed compression and rebound damping; 4.9 in. travel|
|Front Brakes:||310mm petal discs with radial-mount Tokico four-piston calipers|
|Rear Brake:||220mm disc with single-piston caliper|
|Curb Weight:||439 lbs.|
|Seat Height:||32.0 in.|
|Fuel Capacity:||4.5 gallon|
|Colors:||Lime Green/Metallic Spark Black; Pearl Flat White/Metallic Spark Black|
|Warranty:||12-month, unlimted mileage|