For 2013, the Ninja gets the ZX-10R’s rear brake caliper and Nissin one-piece calipers up front, working with new pad compounds and bigger, 310mm rotors. KIBS ABS is also available, though the bikes we rode weren’t equipped. We expected the setup to have a stronger bite due to the larger discs and the calipers’ bigger pistons, but the initial engagement is softer, with a more progressive feel as you increase lever pressure. Kawasaki techs said they retuned to the brakes to offer more feel and control, and they do. Power during maximum deceleration while vertical tests your push-up strength, while excellent feel during trail braking allowed us to confidently continue shedding speed long after our knee puck kissed the pavement. The new clutch allows more slip than the previous pack, so the back end does not chatter after downshifting, and it rarely slides while charging into corners.