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.
MV Agusta reveals another Inline Triple middleweight sportbike, as the stroked out 2014 F3 800 joins its F3 675 sibling.
Aprilia unveils a limited-edition RSV4 offering for U.S. and Canadian sportbike motorcyclists. Find out more in this First Look article.
Triumph release information on its new and improved Daytona 675 middleweight sportbike for ’13.