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.
Yamaha announces its new Yamaha R3, an entry-level sportbike powered by a 321cc Parallel Twin and bearing a $4990 MSRP.
BMW claims an increase of six horsepower and eight pound weight reduction for its latest generation BMS S1000RR Superbike courtesy of engine and chassis updates.
Suzuki launched two new variations of its Gixxer 1000 at Intermot, the 2016 GSX-S1000F sporting a more relaxed riding position than its superbike in addition to different bodywork and a taller windscreen.