Tuesday, July 10, 2012

2013 Kawasaki ZX-10R Ninja unveiled

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The 2013 Kawasaki ZX-10R Ninja gets a new speed-sensitive electronic steering damper. And with a claimed 197bhp, the bike remains an exciting, aggressive superbike

Kawasaki have announced the new, 2013 ZX-10R Ninja, which is available with Sport-Kawasaki Traction Control (S-KRTC) and optional ABS. Fitted with Kawasaki’s liquid-cooled, DOHC, 16-valve, 998cc inline-four that produces a claimed 197 horsepower (at the crank, with ram air…?), the big Ninja remains one of the most impressive performers in the litre-class superbike segment.

The Kawasaki ZX-10R Ninja rolls on 17-inch alloy wheels shod with 120/70 (front) and 190/55 (rear) ZR-rated tyres and gets adjustable 43mm big piston inverted forks and a gas-charged rear monoshock that is adjustable for high- and low-speed compression damping, rebound damping and preload. There are twin 310mm brake discs at the front with 4-piston radial-mount calipers, and ABS is optional. Kerb weight is 199kg and colour options include green/black and white/black.

The 2013 ZX-10R Ninja also gets a new Öhlins electronic steering damper that is able to react to current speed as well as the rate of acceleration / deceleration, to provide the ideal amount of damping force at all times. Should certainly up the safety factor by a notch or two on the street. The bike is priced at US$15,299.

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