|07-09-2012, 09:52 PM||#1|
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Illinois, USA
Kawasaki makes subtle changes to four 2013 models
Kawasaki released news today about changes to four of their 2013 models. The motorcycle company has also hinted about some new motorcycles in their lineup to be announced in September.
Coming off a ground-up redesign in 2011, the ZX10 has disputedly been the king of the hill in the superbike class. High horsepower, light weight, and advanced technology were the goals for the ZX10 redesign. The other manufacturers have been in close competition with Kawasaki with their own version of a liter superbike, and have introduced electronic steering dampeners that vary the dampening force depending on speed. Not to be outdone, Kawasaki is introducing electronic dampening units on the 2013 ZX10. Built by Ohlins, the twin-tube dampeners not only consider the speed of the motorcycle when making adjustments, but the rate of acceleration and deceleration as well.
The popular Ninja 650 is adding an optional ABS system for 2013 after a cosmetic redesign in 2012. The Abs will be available for an additional $500 over the standard model.
The 2013 KLR 650, expected to hit the showroom floor this month, is mechanically unchanged since the redesign in 2007. More aftermarket support is expected as well as some color and graphics changes. The dual-sport workhorse has been a favorite of those who like to ride the streets and hit the trail at a moment's notice.
The KLX 250 will also be available this month, alongside it's big brother the KLR650. At a lower price than comparable Yamaha or Suzuki competitors, it faces stiff competition from Honda's new CRF250, that's priced even $600 lower than the Kawasaki.
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