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.
Kawasaki reveals a supercharged Inline Four engine at the Tokyo Motor Show.
Yamaha saves a surprise for the Tokyo Motor Show, debuting a 250cc entry-level sportbike concept dubbed the R25.
Honda revealed two new models, the 2014 CB650F and CBR650F during the 2013 EICMA show in Milan, Italy.