The 2013 Kawasaki Ninja® ZX 10R comes with the development of a new electronic steering damper to help provide the ideal level of damping force across a wide range of riding scenarios, as on its little brother. The variable damping provides optimum rider feedback by enabling the use of lower damping forces during normal operation, without sacrificing the firm damping needed for high-speed stability. It result in light and nimble steering feel at low speed, as well as superior damping at higher speeds or during extreme acceleration. Comparing with previous model, the customizable Sport Kawasaki Traction Control (S-KTRC) lets riders harness and capitalize power and responsive handling. It offers a level of performance that raises the rest of the open sport bike class, such as CBR1000R or Yamaha R1. The system works by crunching numbers from a variety of parameters and sensors, wheel speed and slip, engine rpm, throttle position, acceleration, etc. Unlike the KTRC system on Kawasaki’s Concours™ 14 ABS which primarily minimizes wheel slip on slick or broken surfaces as a safety feature, it is designed to maximize performance by using complex analysis to predict when traction conditions are about to become unfavorable. Learn more detail specification and features on 2013 Kawasaki Ninja® ZX 10R.
2013 Kawasaki Ninja ZX 10R Specification
Engine Type – Four-stroke, liquid-cooled, DOHC, four valves per cylinder, inline-four
Displacement – 998cc
Bore x Stroke – 76.0 x 55.0 mm
Compression Ratio – 13.0:1
Fuel System – DFI® with four 47mm Keihin throttle bodies with oval sub-throttles, two injectors per cylinder
Ignition – TCBI with digital advance and Sport-Kawasaki Traction Control (S-KTRC)
Transmission – Six-speed
Final Drive – Chain
Chassis and Dimension
Available Colors – Lime Green/Metallic Spark Black, Pearl Flat White/Metallic Spark Black
Rake/Trail – 25 Deg/4.2 in.
Front Tire Size – 120/70 ZR17
Rear Tire Size – 190/55 ZR17
Wheelbase – 56.1 in.
Front Suspension/Wheel Travel – 43mm inverted Big Piston Fork (BPF), adjustable rebound and compression damping, spring preload adjust-ability/4.7 in.
Rear Suspension/Wheel Travel – Horizontal back-link with gas-charged shock, step-less, dual-range (low/high-speed) compression damping, step-less rebound damping, fully adjustable spring preload/5.5 in.
Front Brakes – Dual semi-floating 310mm petal discs with dual four-piston radial-mount calipers
Rear Brakes – Single 220mm petal disc with aluminum single-piston caliper
Fuel Capacity – 4.5 gal.
Seat Height – 32.0 in.
Curb Weight – 436.6 lbs.
Length – 81.7 in.
Width – 28.1 in.
Height – 43.9 in.
2013 Kawasaki Ninja® ZX 10R Features
Engine and Transmission – The engine design is compact, narrow and lightweight. Secondary fuel injectors enhance power output and power characteristics at high rpm, the lower injectors are always on, while upper injectors come on as needed according to degree of throttle opening and engine RPM. A lightweight radiator with tightly packed cores provides efficient engine cooling. Idle Speed Control (ISC) valve on the throttle body unit automatically adjusts idle speed, contributing to easier starts and off-idle throttle response. Race-style cassette transmission allows simple track-side gearing changes to suit individual circuits. Primary and final reduction ratios minimize rear end movement (squat/lift) during acceleration and deceleration. Overall gear ratios suit the power characteristics for ideal power delivery in all RPM ranges.
Chassis and Suspension – The aluminum-alloy frame offers optimal flex and rigidity characteristics for balanced handling on street or tracks. All-cast construction of only seven pieces, with ideal wall thicknesses that provide adequate strength and optimized rigidity. The Big Piston Fork’s (BPF) 43mm inner tubes is one of the contributing factors to the bike’s composure under braking. Compared to a cartridge-type fork of the same size, the BPF features a 39.6mm main piston. Reducing damping pressure allows the inner fork tube to move more smoothly, which is especially noticeable at the initial part of the stroke. The result is greater control as the fork compresses and very calm attitude change as vehicle weight shifts forward under braking, and contributing to greater chassis stability on corner entry. Shock and linkage are positioned above the swing-arm, it offers excellent road-holding, smooth suspension action, and stability and feedback when cornering. An adjustable twin-tube steering damper ensure the stable damping and excellent feedback even under racing conditions on 2013 Kawasaki Ninja® ZX 10R.