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2013 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R First Look

Monday, July 9, 2012
2013 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R Specs
Engine: Liquid-cooled 998cc Inline-Four, 16-valves
Bore and Stroke: 76.0 x 55.0mm
Compression Ratio: 13.0:1
Fuel Delivery: Fuel-injection
Clutch: Wet multi-plate slipper clutch; Cable actuation Transmission: Six-speed
Final Drive: Chain 17F/39R
Frame: Twin-spar aluminum
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
Tires: 120/70R17, 190/55R17
Curb Weight: 439 lbs.
Wheelbase: 56.1 in.
Seat Height: 32.0 in.
Fuel Capacity: 4.5 gallon
MSRP: $14,299
Colors: Lime Green/Metallic Spark Black; Pearl Flat White/Metallic Spark Black
Warranty: 12-month, unlimted mileage
After achieving third and fourth place finishes in our recently published liter-bike shootouts (see 2012 Superbike Smackdown IX Track and 2012 Superbike Smackdown IX Street) Kawasaki is arming up its 2013 Ninja ZX-10R with a new electronically controlled steering damper.

Sourced from Ohlins, the damper is mounted behind the triple clamp and is controlled automatically via a combination of the bike’s internal sensors and a separate ECU. The latest generation ZX-10R doesn’t have excessive headshake or instability issues so this update is a tad curious. The change comes at a cost of $300 with the ’13 model retailing for $14299. Kawasaki also offers a model with anti-lock brakes for a $1000 upcharge.

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motousa_adam   July 10, 2012 02:54 PM
@superbikemike: lets hope so!
Superbikemike   July 9, 2012 01:41 PM
i hear big changes are coming 4 the zx6r... can't wait