6. Thank You, Steering Damper


A steering damper is one of those things you don’t appreciate until it saves your butt, and the Öhlins electronic unit on the ZX-10R works like a charm. Since it’s in constant communication with the ECU to provide the correct amount of damping for the conditions, many times it’s difficult to know when it’s even working. However, during our track test at Auto Club Speedway, as I got hard on the gas the front hit a bump as I was cresting onto the long, banked NASCAR straight. A small wiggle came through the bars, which could have been a big wiggle had it not been for the damper.