Kawasaki recently released details on the new 2013 ZX-10R, which is now sporting updated green/black and white/black paint schemes, as well as a new Öhlins-Kawasaki electronic steering damper that is controlled by a dedicated ECU located under the gas tank cover to help provide the ideal level of damping force no matter the riding scenario. The variable damping improves feedback to the rider by enabling lower damping forces during normal operation without sacrificing the firm damping needed for high-speed stability. With this new damper, the steering is claimed to be more nimble at low speeds and superior at higher speeds or during extreme throttle modulation.
The anodized damper unit incorporates Öhlins’ patented twin-tube design to create stable damping performance to relieve possible headshakes. It is mounted horizontally at the front of the fuel tank like the previous model, but adds almost no weight compared to last year’s damper. Returning features include optional ABS, traction control, a big piston fork and titanium exhaust system to name a few. The 2013 Kawasaki ZX-10R will be available in September at an MSRP of $14,299.