2013 ZX-10R goes white in the US

...but Ninja gets a worthy technical update too

Posted: 10 July 2012
by Visordown News
2013 Kawasaki ZX-10R in white. Like a Zebra - with traction control

KAWASAKI'S ZX-10R has undergone an update for 2013 with the main obvious change being a new white colour for the US market, however, Kawasaki haven't just cracked open a paint tin.

The original model is fitted with an Öhlins steering damper and, unfortunately, as is the case with most production bikes fitted with Öhlins, it doesn't live up to the standards you'd expect from The Original Gold.

The stock Öhlins damper lacks power and the adjustability makes next to no difference.The 2013 model changes that. It now has an electronic Ohlins steering damper - which looks almost identical - and is controlled by a dedicated ECU. The damper's ECU varys the unit's damping based on acceleration, deceleration and rear wheel speed.

The white is calledPearl Flat White but don't worry, Lime Green will still be available.

No word from Kawasaki UK yet, but we expect it to be around £200 more than the current model which retails at £11,999 and £12,999 for the ABS model.

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Here in the U.S., those Kawasakis are not available with anti-lock brakes (ABS) although in other countries they are available with ABS. Apparently Kawasaki believes that the lives of U.S. citizens are less important than the lives of the citizens of other countries.

Posted: 10/07/2012 at 19:00


Posted: 10/07/2012 at 20:59

Nope FRE you're wrong mate. Further, even if it were the case thats because your citizenry is too stupid to realize that you CANT go 150mph down the freeway and then expect ABS to stop you in 10 ft flat if you just yank on the lever! End of! Thats it!


Posted: 10/07/2012 at 21:35

just nudge towards natural selection for the us from kwak. I came of the bike when i was fully leant over and grabbed a handful of front break, im going to sue. Like when harley made a bike with and without abs and nobody checked to see if theirs have and loads fell off. Dumb americans, plus its always sunny over there so they should have plenty of grip.

Posted: 10/07/2012 at 22:59

Forgot to add, it can stay in america

Posted: 10/07/2012 at 23:03

So before ABS was invented, anyone who used a non-ABS vehicle died?...

Posted: 11/07/2012 at 10:30

Why do you guys always hate on the US?

Posted: 12/07/2012 at 03:37

Looks cool in white/black. Shame the top half of the faring still looks unfinished.

Posted: 12/07/2012 at 20:54

They hate on us because they are just as ignorant and uniformed as they say Americans are. Tom Sykes is the worst; go Ben! Cheers, mates!

Posted: 13/07/2012 at 19:15

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