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2013 Superbike Smackdown

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2013 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R First Look
…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…
2013 MV Agusta F4 and F4RR First Ride
…things that hampered the bike’s performance as noted during our last big Superbike Smackdown test (read about it in the 2012 MV Agusta F4R Track Comparison and 2012 MV Agusta F4R Traction Control Comparison ). Since the 2013-plus MV’s now source electronics from Eldor, the update is not compatible…
2013 Ducati 1199 Panigale S Project Bike
…than ever before, and of course, its mesmerizing good looks, the 1199 didn’t make as big a splash as we expected in either street or track Superbike Smackdown shootouts last year. Still, we’re curious if the results would be different if we could live with the bike for a more than just a couple of…
2013 MV Agusta F3 675 Supersport Comparison
…4.22 gal. MSRP: $13,999 Colors: Pastel White; Red/Silver; Pastel Black/Metallic Anthracite Warranty: Two year, unlimited mileage 2013 Track Map 2013 Superbike Smackdown Weights
2013 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R First Ride
…-range where the engine’s added ‘oomph’ is most noticeable. At northern California’s Thunderhill Raceway Park, site of this year’s Superbike Smackdown IX Track test, the Ninja drives off corners hard—especially when the tachometer needle is pegged around 8000 revs. The added grunt allowed…
2013 KTM 1190 Adventure R First Look
…we tested last year. Both motorcycles use an LC8 V-Twin engine that is derived from the RC8 sportbike. We dyno’d that bike during the 2011 Superbike Smackdown and it cranked out 152.41 horsepower and 86.13 lb-ft of torque. Those numbers in an AT platform would be insane – similar mind-melting qualities…