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Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R


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Picture  ZX-6R ZX-6R ZX-6R ZX-6RR ZX-6R ZX-6R ZX-6R ZX-6R ZX-6R Engine type Transverse 4-stroke, liquid-cooled, DOHC, 4-valve, inline 4-cylinder Displacement &#;cc (&#;cu&#;in) &#;cc (&#;cu&#;in) &#;cc (&#;cu&#;in) &#;cc (&#;cu&#;in) Bore × stroke 66 x 43 &#;mm ×&#;&#;mm (3&#;in ×&#;2&#;in) &#;mm ×&#;&#;mm (3&#;in ×&#;2&#;in) &#;mm ×&#;&#;mm (3&#;in ×&#;2&#;in) &#;mm ×&#;&#;mm (3&#;in ×&#;2&#;in) Power (crank) &#;kW (&#;hp) @ 12,&#;RPM
[citation needed]87&#;kW (&#;hp) @ 13,&#;RPM
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&#;kW (&#;hp) @ 13,&#;RPM with ram air[15]

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&#;kW (&#;hp) @ 14,&#;RPM with ram air [16]

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&#;kW (&#;hp) @ 13,&#;RPM with ram air

Power (rear wheel) &#;kW (&#;hp)[17]&#;kW (&#;hp)[17]&#;kW (&#;hp) @ RPM &#;kW (&#;hp) @ 13,&#;RPM[18]&#;kW (&#;hp) @ 13,&#;RPM[18]&#;kW (&#;hp) @ 12,&#;RPM (US variant)[19]&#;kW (&#;hp) @ 14,&#;RPM[20]&#;kW (&#;hp) @ 12,&#;RPM[3]&#;kW (&#;hp) @ 14,&#;RPM[3]&#;kW (&#;hp) @ 13,&#;RPM[21]Torque (rear wheel) &#;N⋅m (&#;lb⋅ft)[17]&#;N⋅m (&#;lb⋅ft)[17]&#;N⋅m (&#;lb⋅ft) &#;N⋅m (&#;lb⋅ft) @ 10,&#;RPM[18]&#;N⋅m (&#;lb⋅ft) @ 11,&#;RPM[18]&#;N⋅m (&#;lb⋅ft) @ 11,&#;RPM[19]&#;N⋅m (&#;lb⋅ft) @ 12,&#;RPM[20]&#;N⋅m (&#;lb⋅ft) @ 11,&#;RPM[3]&#;N⋅m (&#;lb⋅ft) @ 11,&#;RPM[3]&#;N⋅m (&#;lb⋅ft) @ 11,&#;RPM[21]&#;N⋅m (&#;lb⋅ft) @ 11,&#;RPM Compression ratio Fuel injection Four Keihin CVKD36 carburetors Four Mikuni BDSR 36R carburetors DFI with Keihin 38 millimetres (&#;in) throttle bodies (4) DFI with four 38 millimetres (&#;in) Keihin throttle bodies, oval sub-throttles, two injectors per throttle body EFI with Keihin 38 millimetres (&#;in) throttle bodies DFI with Keihin 38 millimetres (&#;in) throttle bodies (4) DFI with Keihin 38 millimetres (&#;in) throttle bodies (4) and oval sub-throttles Transmission 6-speed 6-speed with slipper clutch6-speed 6-speed with slipper clutch6-speed with slipper clutch, quickshifter for upshifts Final drive X-ring chain Rake/trail -/&#;mm (&#;in) °/91&#;mm (&#;in) °/95&#;mm (&#;in) °/&#;mm (&#;in) 25°/&#;mm (&#;in) 24°/&#;mm (&#;in) °/94&#;mm (&#;in) 25°/&#;mm (&#;in) °/&#;mm (&#;in) Front wheel travel &#;mm (&#;in) Rear wheel travel &#;mm (&#;in) &#;mm (&#;in) &#;mm (&#;in) &#;mm (&#;in) &#;mm (&#;in) &#;mm (&#;in) Front tire size / /ZR17 /ZR17 /ZR17 /ZR17 /ZR17 Rear tire size / /ZR17 /ZR17 Wheelbase 1,&#;mm (55&#;in) 1,&#;mm (&#;in) 1,&#;mm (&#;in) 1,&#;mm (&#;in) 1,&#;mm (&#;in) 1,&#;mm (&#;in) 1,&#;mm (&#;in) Front suspension 41mm Telescopic forks 46&#;mm (2&#;in) cartridge fork with adjustable preload, compression and rebound damping 41&#;mm (2&#;in) inverted cartridge fork with adjustable preload, stepless rebound and compression damping, TiSiCN coating 41&#;mm (2&#;in) inverted cartridge fork with top-out springs, stepless rebound damping, stepless compression damping, fully adjustable spring preload 41&#;mm (2&#;in) inverted Showa big piston fork with top-out springs, stepless compression and rebound damping, fully adjustable spring preload 41&#;mm (2&#;in) inverted cartridge fork with adjustable preload, stepless rebound and compression damping 41&#;mm (2&#;in) inverted Showa big piston fork, separate function fork with top-out springs, stepless compression and rebound damping, fully adjustable spring preload Rear suspension mono shock, UNI-TRAK Uni-Trak with adjustable preload, compression and rebound damping Uni-Trak with adjustable preload, stepless rebound, (high/low speed) compression damping, and ride height Bottom-link Uni-Trak with gas-charged shock, top-out spring and pillow ball upper mount, dual-range (high/low-speed) stepless compression damping, way adjustable rebound damping, fully adjustable spring preload Bottom-link Uni-Trak system with gas-charged shock, stepless rebound and compression adjustability Uni-Trak with adjustable preload, stepless rebound and compression damping Bottom-link Uni-Trak with gas-charged shock, top-out spring and pillow ball upper mount, dual-range (high/low-speed) stepless compression damping, way adjustable rebound damping, fully adjustable spring preload Front brake Twin (dual) discs Tokico 4 pot caliper Dual discs with 6-piston Tokico caliper Dual &#;mm (11&#;in) semi-floating discs with radial-mount opposed 4-piston calipers Dual &#;mm (12&#;in) floating petal-type rotors with radial mount, opposed 4-piston calipers Dual &#;mm (12&#;in) petal rotors with dual radial-mounted, four-piston, four-pad calipers Dual &#;mm (11&#;in) discs with 4-piston calipers Dual &#;mm (12&#;in) floating petal-type rotors with radial mount, opposed 4-piston calipers Dual &#;mm (12&#;in) petal rotors with dual radial-mount, Nissin 4-piston, monobloc calipers Rear brake Single disc Tokico 1 (single) pot caliper Single disc with single-piston Tokico caliper Single &#;mm (9&#;in) disc Single &#;mm (9&#;in) petal-type rotor with single-piston caliper Single &#;mm (9&#;in) disc Single &#;mm (9&#;in) petal-type rotor with single-piston caliper Fuel tank capacity 18&#;L (&#;imp&#;gal; &#;US&#;gal) 17&#;L (&#;imp&#;gal; &#;US&#;gal) Seat height &#;mm (&#;in) &#;mm (32&#;in) &#;mm (&#;in) &#;mm (&#;in) &#;mm (&#;in) &#;mm (&#;in) &#;mm (&#;in) &#;mm (32&#;in) &#;mm (&#;in) Dry weight &#;kg (&#;lb) &#;kg (&#;lb) &#;kg (&#;lb) &#;kg (&#;lb) &#;kg (&#;lb) &#;kg (&#;lb)[15]&#;kg (&#;lb)[16]Dry Weight (tested) &#;kg ( pounds) &#;kg (&#;lb)[3]&#;kg (&#;lb)[19]&#;kg (&#;lb)[3]&#;kg (&#;lb)[3]Wet weight (claimed) &#;kg &#;kg (&#;lb) [12]&#;kg (&#;lb) &#;kg (&#;lb) Wet weight (tested) &#;kg (&#;lb)[17]&#;kg (&#;lb)[17]&#;kg (&#;lb) [18]&#;kg (&#;lb)[3]&#;kg (&#;lb)[19]&#;kg (&#;lb)[3]&#;kg (&#;lb)[3]Performance 0 to 60&#;mph (0 to 97&#;km/h) sec. sec.[22] sec.[17]0 to 1&#;4&#;mi ( to &#;km) sec. @ &#;km/h (&#;mph)[17] sec. @ &#;km/h (&#;mph)[17] sec. @ &#;km/h (&#;mph)[17]Top speed &#;km/h (&#;mph)[17]&#;km/h (&#;mph)[17]–&#;km/h (–&#;mph)[1][22]Fuel economy 41 mpg - miles range[citation needed]&#;L/&#;km; &#;mpg&#;imp (&#;mpg&#;US)[22]
Sours: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kawasaki_Ninja_ZX-6R

Kawasaki ZX-6R

Make Model

Kawasaki ZX-6R  (ZX )

Year

Engine

Four stroke, transverse four cylinder, DOHC, 4 valves per cylinder

Capacity

cc / cub in
Bore x Stroke x mm
Compression Ratio
Cooling SystemLiquid cooled

Induction

4x 38 mm Keihin, twin injection
LubricationWet sump

Ignition

TCBI with Digital advance

Starting

Electric
Spark PlugNGK, CR 9 E
Motor OilSynthetic,

Max Power

96 kW / hp @ rpm

Max Torque

Nm / kgf-m / 52 ft. lbs @ 11, rpm

ClutchWet, multiple discs, cable operated

Transmission 

6 Speed 
Final DriveX-ring chain
FramePerimeter, pressed-aluminium

Front Suspension

41 mm inverted cartridge fork with top-out springs, stepless rebound damping, stepless compression damping, fully-adjustable spring preload
Front Wheel Travel mm / in

Rear Suspension

Bottom-Link Uni-Trak® with gas-charged shock, top-out spring and pillow ball upper mount, dual-range (high/low-speed) stepless compression damping, way Adjustable rebound damping, fully-adjustable spring preload
Rear Wheel Travel mm / in

Front Brakes

2 x mm discs, 4 piston calipers

Rear Brakes

Single mm disc, 1 piston caliper

Front Tyre

/65 ZR17

Rear Tyre

/55 ZR17
Rake 25°
Trailmm / in
Dimensions

Length mm / in

Width     mm / in

Height  mm / in

Wheelbasemm  /  in.
Seat Height  mm /  in.

Dry-Weight 

kg / lbs
Wet-Weight kg / lbs

Fuel Capacity 

17 Litres /  gal

Standing ¼ Mile  

sec

Top Speed

km/h / mph

While the world’s top motorcycle magazine editors are still shaking their heads in amazement at the staggering performance of the NINJA® ZXR sport motorcycle, Kawasaki is unveiling a new middle-weight sportbike that will again leave them breathless.
The NINJA ZX-6R exemplifies Kawasaki’s commitment to developing the world’s leading-edge sportbikes, strongly reaffirming Kawasaki as the brand of choice for hardcore sportbike enthusiasts.

Like the ZXR, the NINJA ZX-6R is oriented toward serious sport riding and track performance. It features ultra-aerodynamic bodywork with Ram Air, GP-style swingarm, under-seat exhaust system, six-spoke wheels, petal-style disc brakes, inverted forks and a powerful engine that will leave riders itching to find their local twisty highways.

Leading-Edge Style

Along with its racing-homologated sibling, the ZX-6RR, the new NINJA ZX -6R is the most aerodynamically efficient sportbike Kawasaki has ever created – even more streamlined than the leading-edge ZXR. Specifically, the new fairing helps to divide the air stream farther ahead of the bike; by moving the “bubble” of still air farther forward in the cockpit, the rider experiences less buffeting around the head and shoulders.

The point of convergence – where the divided air streams comes together behind the rider – is critical to aerodynamic efficiency, so Kawasaki engineers designed the tail section to smoothly blend the air together while minimizing turbulence. The result is quicker roll-on acceleration and higher top speeds at the race track, as well as enhanced rider comfort and control.

The new body work also includes a ZXR-style central Ram Air duct and a flush-surface LED tail light, which makes the ZX-6R more visible to drivers of other vehicles. It also features an aerodynamic ZXR-style front fender for a strong NINJA family resemblance.

From the cockpit, the NINJA ZX-6R rider will notice several more leading-edge features that put this bike at the forefront of design and performance. Foremost is the new split-seam fuel tank/airbox cover. The rear half is the actual fuel tank, designed to fit neatly between the frame spars and down behind the engine’s fuel injection system, while the front half covers a new, quick-access air box. By centralizing the fuel mass near the center of the bike, chassis responsiveness is enhanced – weight transfers from turn to turn are lighter, and the chassis is exceptionally stable under acceleration and braking.

The advanced split-seam design also enabled engineers to make the airbox larger, thus enhancing engine performance. It also makes filter access quick and easy. Plus, a depression in the top of the fuel tank enables the rider to tuck in for improved aerodynamics.

The final tribute to aerodynamic efficiency is the new under-seat muffler, which gives the NINJA ZX-6R a slim, racy look.

 Exhilarating Power and Performance

No sportbike can garner mass approval on good looks alone, and here again, the NINJA ZX-6R sets new standards of performance for the middle-weight class. For that, the engine includes a new cylinder, new cylinder head, and 38mm oval-shaped sub-throttle valves fed by twin injectors and redesigned Ram Air.

The NINJA ZX-6R utilizes oval-shaped sub-throttle technology. Combined with the improved Ram Air design, the oval-shaped throttle bodies increase airflow without making the fuel delivery assembly wider – intake efficiency is improved nearly 20 percent while helping to maintain a slim chassis profile.

Larger intake and exhaust valves, revised cam profiles and an exhaust valve integrated with the muffler improves low and mid-range response of the cc engine.

Also, the engine control unit has more memory for controlling the exhaust valve and second set of fuel injectors. Plus, the radiator is 40mm taller and features more-tightly packed cores for increased cooling capacity.

The NINJA ZX-6R features a more durable, smoother-shifting six-speed transmission, and includes a taller third gear ratio. It also utilizes a multi-disc wet clutch with a back-torque limiter. Designed to maximize on-track performance, the back-torque limiter helps to reduce rear-wheel hop that may occur when downshifting a high-rpm.

Chassis Features

The matte-black aluminium frame features a shortened the wheelbase and the swingarm pivot point has been moved forward. Combined with a longer, braced aluminium swingarm, the new chassis gives the NINJA ZX-6R improved cornering performance and high-speed stability.

The fully adjustable Showa fork delivers improved ride quality and outstanding cornering performance. At the rear, new UNI-TRAK® linkage ratios provide more linear action, and new shock settings improve ride quality and track performance.

Radial-mounted, four-piston front brake calipers deliver exceptional feel and performance; four independent brake pads are used – one for each piston – for more even wear and improved heat resistance. The mm petal-style front discs are mm thick for high heat capacity and the front brake master cylinder uses direct action for better rider feedback. Also, the caliper for the mm rear disc brake mounts directly to the swingarm, negating the need for an independent brake tie-rod.

The NINJA ZX-6R rides on light, six-spoke wheels shod with /65ZR17 front and /55ZR17 rear tires for exceptional cornering performance.

The Cockpit

The riding position is also based on the NINJA ZXR. By pulling back the steering head assembly, the distance between the handlebars and footpegs is reduced, which provides the rider with an idealized position for performance riding. Combined with the new frame, seat and fuel tank, the rider sits “in” the bike, rather than “on” it.

The NINJA ZX-6R’s racing-style instrument panel features a bar-type LCD tachometer, digital LCD speedometer, stopwatch-style lap timer and adjustable shift indicator lamp, which includes Off, Low and Bright settings. A digital temperature gauge, clock and tripmeter are also included.

Features and Benefits

- Designed for #1 performance on the circuit and winding roads
- Power boosting features include bigger intake and exhaust valves, new cams, and larger-area oval-shaped sub-throttles fed by dual injectors

- Exhaust valve integral with the under-seat muffler improves low- and mid-range engine performance

- Improved aerodynamics give this middle-weight SuperSport the best CdA of any NINJA to date

- Back torque limiter is standard

- New frame and swingarm with revised chassis dimensions improve cornering performance

- mm petal-style front disc brakes with radial-mount calipers and direct-action brake master cylinder provide excellent performance and feel

- Revised riding position based on the ZXR lets the rider take advantage of the awesome performance

Engine Details

- New cylinder head design locates each pair of intake/exhaust valves farther apart for improved breathing and higher combustion efficiency

- Complementing the new head are new pistons with reshaped crowns and improved, low-friction skirt profiles

- Larger diameter intake and exhaust valves, together with new cam profiles, contribute to the new engine’s enhanced performance

- Dual-injector fuel injection system uses fine atomizing injectors for the main injectors and features a set of secondary injectors located in the airbox for improved cylinder filling, crisper throttle response and higher power output

- Extremely narrow included valve angle of 25 degree allows the fitting of large valves in a compact, highly efficient combustion chamber

- Breathing passageways, one located between each pair of cylinders, contributes to effective crankcase breathing, which reduces pumping loss

- Thicker castings used for the engine cases improve engine rigidity and reduce vibration and feature improved lubrication

- The new lower case has separate mounting bosses for the oil filter and oil cooler

- New aluminum oil cooler improves cooling efficiency.

- Further performance gains were achieved by increasing the width of the oil pump while changing its drive ratio to reduce its rpm

- Deeper oil sump lowers the oil level for reduced windage losses

- The crankshaft has been strengthened to reduce flexing and now features larger diameter main journals (from 30mm to 31mm), and the crank has been re-balanced for smoother running

- Catalytic converter located at the collector helps keep emissions friendly

- New auto-fast-idle system improves starting

Review

There has been a lot of excitement and buzz about the cc class this year, with all the major players rolling out new or improved machinery. Suzuki kicked it off with their latest GSX-R in and since then Yamaha, Honda and Triumph have unveiled their respective weapons. Now Kawasaki has joined in on the act so the only wait remaining is for the new CBRRR that is expected in a few months.

Kawasaki chose the challenging Almeria racetrack, and surrounding mountainous countryside of southern Spain, to introduce their latest weapon to the world’s media.

Over the course of two days, we got to sample the ZX-6R in a variety of riding situations, as well as attend the usual technical briefing to learn about the bike and some Q and A with Kawasaki’s engineers.

For ’05, Kawasaki has stuck with their successful formula of offering the R model for the street with a larger cc engine, while their identical looking RR handles race duties with its race legal cc power plant. The RR also features a few minor chassis changes, a close ratio transmission, and other changes to better suit it for racing, but we weren’t in Spain to test the race version so more about that at a later date.

My time on the original had been limited to a few track sessions, but I came away with good memories of a solid handling machine with good useable mid-range grunt and superb brakes. Talking with my fellow scribes at the launch, apparently harsh suspension was the bike’s Achilles heel, but I didn’t ride it off the smooth track so can’t comment in that area.  What I can say is, the new ’05 6R might just be the most perfect mid-range sport bike on the market.

With no real cc class, Suzuki GSX-R excluded, the next choice is one of the litre bikes. And, while the four cylinder bikes on offer in this category are absolutely phenomenal, they are all total overkill on the street and need some serious commitment for fast track work. The V-twin offerings are a little easier to handle but come with a significantly higher price tag.

A cc on the other hand, while still ballistic missile fast, is a little more user friendly for the street, and a lot less intimidating for track days. Sure they typically suffer from modest low and mid-range power, but the rush of adrenaline to be found approaching red line while cog swapping as fast as possible goes a long way to overcoming this.

Not so anymore.

The extra 36cc to be found in the Kawasaki 6R motor gives the rider some serious mid-range and low speed drive ability from as early as rpm if needed. There is no pronounced step in the power, or holes in the power band, and the engine pulls strongly all the way till the shift light tells you its time to change up around 15,rpm.

This year’s bike makes ten more horsepower than last year’s model for a quoted hp at 14,rpm with ram air assistance. This has been achieved with some significant work to the top end of the engine. Starting in the cylinder head, the ports are treated for extra smoothness, and larger valves are placed further apart to get fuel in and out faster.  The previous higher lift race kit cams open and close the valves while new pistons are claimed to reduce friction and realise an increased compression ratio.

Larger 38mm throttle bodies help to boost the power and they are now oval shaped to save width.  Firing fuel into the bigger, more efficient throttle bodies is a dual injector system; utilizing extra-fine atomizers in the throttle bodies which are now joined by a secondary set of injectors in the airbox.

A new centrally located, more efficient ram air system is now used to help the extra fuel do its job in the combustion chamber. The result of these changes is absolutely perfect throttle response anywhere in the rev range in any gear.

Our first couple of sessions on the track were ridden in damp, cool conditions, and there is never a more important time to have smooth throttle response. The system is so perfect, I was able to run low gears and high rpm to better control my corner exits, the small throttle openings needed to make forward progress giving instant, smooth trouble free power on demand.

Rolling off and back on the throttle again where needed the smooth response inspired confidence and allowed me to circulate the damp track with at a reasonable clip.  If there were any problems to be found in the system, those first sessions would have most certainly showed them up.

No prizes for noticing the new exhaust. With its fashion following under tail routing, it gives the bike a very clean and sleek look. What you can’t see is the internal exhaust valve. A first for a Supersports bike, an ECU reads engine revs and throttle position to determine when to open or close the valve. This helps the ZX-6R make better low and mid-range power, and only gets praise from this corner, especially on the rain soaked mountain roads around the Circuit Almeria during our street ride. The exhaust system also gets a catalytic converter in some markets for cleaner running.

Before moving on, there are a couple more things to note with the drivetrain. Firstly, a slipper clutch is now employed to help with premature down shifts. While I never used the feature it was a comforting feeling when peeling down from around mph on the back straight going down through the box to second gear for the next right-hander. 

The engine cases have been beefed up to handle the extra power, and a deeper sump is used to lower the amount of oil circulating around the moving parts in the upper end of the engine.

There are some slight changes in the transmission also with a new bearing on the shift drum locator arm for better shifting, a taller third gear, and needle bearings at the end of the transmission shafts for greater strength. I didn’t have any problems with the previous model’s gearbox and certainly didn’t experience any with the ’ It shifts with silky smooth precision and no missed gears made it into my notebook over the two days.

Wrapping around the screaming 15,rpm power plant is a new frame. Reduced in length by 13mm, it allows the use of a longer swing arm, while also shortening the wheelbase 7mm. The rake is also tightened up half a degree, but the changes in no way bestow any twitchy handling traits on the 6R.

Suspension duties are taken care of by Showa this year in an attempt to find more compliance. Tough looking 41mm upside-down forks score a trick new surface coating to reduce stiction while the race inspired ZX-6RR also scores this coating on the internal surfaces of the fork sliders. 

They are of course fully adjustable as is the gas charged shock out back, the ride quality is second to none. (Ed's note: This sounds like a big turnaround as the previous was far from happy on rough Aussie backroads)

The new suspension package allows the bike to literally float across the many surface irregularities to be found on the Spanish coastal roads, while not sacrificing any stability or cornering precision, I was very impressed with the set up.

For the track, the suspension settings were firmed to deal with the higher speeds, and there were no disappointments to be found here either. The bike was extremely compliant, with no extra dive under hard braking or squat under equally hard acceleration, staying committed to my chosen line with the lightest push on the bars.

Attaching to the excellent forks are some of the best stock stoppers in the business. Radial mount four-piston calipers bite down on m stainless steel petal rotors and simply inspire confidence.

There are some seriously heavy braking points at Almeria and the brakes allowed me to make lots of ground chasing down a fellow hack.  The front master cylinder has also been improved which will be a great relief to racers loyal to the Kawasaki brand.

The front-end just stays planted, and the bike tracks solid in a straight line as the digital speedometer numbers drop almost as fast as they rise under acceleration. Aiding and abetting the process, a five way adjustable radial piston master cylinder pumps the necessary fluid to the pistons with little more than a light two-finger squeeze.

There is a back brake also, but I can’t say I used it much, although I did try it to make sure it didn’t lock up too quick in the rain in case I needed it, and it has a useful amount of travel before that happens. Taking a look at the lightweight under slung caliper, which also grabs a petal rotor, gives a good opportunity to check out the sexy looking satin black swing arm.

It would be easy to think that all of this super slick hardware and increased engine performance would have pushed the ZX-6R toward a more radical ride position and ergonomics, but in actual fact the opposite is true.

The seat now angles back and the bars are closer to the rider due to a more pulled back steering head. This allows you sit more “in” the bike, and it is actually extremely roomy for a cc machine, even bordering on comfortable out on the road.

I was actually thinking a set of bar risers and some soft luggage could easily extend the 6R’s abilities to sport touring duties if needed.

The riding position also worked extremely well on the track, making the fast left/right transition through the hairpin a breeze. It also allowed me to tuck well down for the long back straight, and to circulate the track with a good degree of comfort. There is also an indentation in the gas tank to further allow the rider to get lower behind the screen on those mornings when you are late for work.

Visually, the bike is little short of stunning from any angle, and all new bodywork, fuel tank and wheels help to compliment the under tail exhaust, are responsible. And, as well as being a looker, the new ZX-6R is also more aerodynamic for improved top speed and acceleration. Designed to allow the air to pass over the rider in a smoother path, the top speed gains are said to be the equivalent of adding ten horsepower.

For the test the standard fitment Bridgestone BT radials were wrapped around the new wheels, with super sticky race compound BT’s going on in the afternoon. The damp conditions in the morning didn’t allow us to push the stock tyres, but on a dry track the 02’s allowed me to push as hard as I wanted without any drama. For track days, a set of these is a must.  The 04 model had three-spoke wheels but the new machine arrives with six-spoke rims shod with a /65ZR17 at the front and /55ZR17 at the rear.

At the end of my ride, I noticed an ’04 in one of garages and it was interesting to note how different the two bikes are. The '05 is softer, sleeker and with more flowing lines it is also faster (the local track expert went seconds quicker) along with better handling and a more comfortable riding position.

Is this the best cc bike on the market? Well, with the bigger motor giving so much extra mid range, the superb ergonomics, and a chassis and suspension package that is at least on a par with anything out there, I have a strong feeling the Kawasaki ZX-6R could go to the top of the class this year. 

The Honda is the only Supersport bike still to arrive and we will have to wait and see if the upgrades are enough to overcome the Kawasaki.

Source MCNews.COM

Sours: https://www.motorcyclespecs.co.za/model/kawasaki/kawasaki_zx6r%htm
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KAWASAKI ZX-6R ( - ) Review

MCN rating5 out of 5(5/5)

Owners' rating out of 5(/5)

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Kawasaki ZX-6R motorcycle review - Riding

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At a glance

Prices

Overall rating

Next up: Ride & brakes

5 out of 5(5/5)

Author: MCN Staff

Published: 23 November

Updated: 17 May

The hardest of modern times just got a little softer – and a little better, too.

The Kawasaki ZX-6R's track-intent is still present and correct, but thankfully the suspension is more responsive and less harsh. Its new slippery shape means that mph is just a following wind away. Also new for is a slipper clutch and petal discs.

Ride quality & brakes

Next up: Engine

4 out of 5(4/5)

The most appreciable difference between this and the Kawasaki ZX-6R it replaced is the quality of the ride. The swap from Kayaba to Showa means a plusher, more sophisticated suspension that, mated to a new, stiffer chassis, makes the / ZX-6R so much easier to push hard. There’s a new radial master cylinder for improved braking up front and new ‘petal’ discs for the all-new Tokico radial brakes to bite on, too. It all works flawlessly.

Engine

Next up: Reliability

5 out of 5(5/5)

Good Lord, the Kawasaki ZX-6R's DOHC, 16v motor is so close to being perfect. The exquisite fuelling, the easy mid-range, the searing power, the screaming airbox….incredible. It makes a genuine bhp at the back wheel, which easily makes it the most powerful middleweight motor of its time.

Reliability & build quality

Next up: Value

5 out of 5(5/5)

The Kawasaki ZX-6R is well finished and well built. There’s nothing that stands out as worth y of attention, but it’s worth checking any secondhand bike carefully for damaged lock stops, chipped wheels, under-fairing damage etc.

Value vs rivals

Next up: Equipment

5 out of 5(5/5)

The only thing that counts against the / Kawasaki ZX-6R is its newness. Dealers tend to ask silly prices and a brand spanking new isn’t that much of a leap away from that kind of money. Find a Kawasaki ZX-6R for sale.

Equipment

5 out of 5(5/5)

You couldn’t add more toys to the Kawasaki ZX-6R if you tried. There’s a slipper clutch to smooth out hurried downshifts, a lap timer, an underseat exhaust with a mid-range boosting exhaust valve.

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Specs

Engine sizecc
Engine type16v in-line four, 6 gears
Frame typeAluminium twin spar
Fuel capacity17 litres
Seat heightmm
Bike weightkg
Front suspensionPreload, compression, rebound
Rear suspensionPreload, compression, rebound
Front brakeTwin mm discs
Rear brakemm disc
Front tyre size/65 x 17
Rear tyre size/55 x 17

Mpg, costs & insurance

Average fuel consumption40 mpg
Annual road tax£96
Annual service cost£
New price-
Used price £3, - £5,
Insurance group 15 of 17
How much to insure?
Warranty termTwo year unlimited mileage

Top speed & performance

Max power bhp
Max torque52 ft-lb
Top speed mph
1/4 mile acceleration11 secs
Tank range miles

Model history & versions

Model history

Kawasaki ZX-6R introduced.
Model set to be replaced by all new, cc ZX-6R.

Other versions

ZX-6RR: This is a cc machine homologated for racing in Supersports competition. It boasts refined engine internals, a close ratio gearbox, stiction-reducing fork coatings, revised suspension and a boss for a steering damper. Kawasaki can also supply a racing kit to help push the power up towards bhp.

Owners' reviews for the KAWASAKI ZX-6R ( - )

30 owners have reviewed their KAWASAKI ZX-6R ( - ) and rated it in a number of areas. Read what they have to say and what they like and dislike about the bike below.

Review your KAWASAKI ZX-6R ( - )

Summary of owners' reviews

Overall rating: out of 5(/5)
Ride quality & brakes: out of 5(/5)
Engine: out of 5(/5)
Reliability & build quality: out of 5(/5)
Value vs rivals: 5 out of 5(5/5)
Equipment: out of 5(/5)
Annual servicing cost: £
5 out of 5The best all round road bike

29 February by Stan Tollerton

Version:

Year:

Annual servicing cost: £

I've committed a sin with this bike Lowered the rear by 40mm, Reversed the footrest adapters to lower them by 40mm(instead of raising them), put a 36T sprocket on the back in place of the 44T, installed some engineered handlebar raisers + 80mm, kicked the screen up to miss the bars It's the best ever bike I could imagine!! It's not the track missile anymore, but what a road bike!! kg, BHP, Engine pulls from 25mph!!! to mph+ in top!!! If Kawasaki made one it would be a best seller!!!

Ride quality & brakes5 out of 5

The mods have turned the best class sportbike into a fantastic allrounder, easily does a full tank ( miles) without a break

Engine5 out of 5

What can I say, WOW!!!

Reliability & build quality5 out of 5

so far %

Value vs rivals5 out of 5

still got to do that

Equipment5 out of 5

the balanced complete bike

5 out of 5Time to go psycho

26 October by Zx6r

Version:

Year:

Definitely recommend this bike she is amazing. No worst features ok doesn't have this day and age technology that's what makes her more fun.ive had 6 gsxr from , and ,to R1,TLR Ducati (don't ask) nc30 etc, my just makes me laugh not the fastest however I totally enjoy this bikes just summit about it, also looks so aggressive and doesn't look old.

Ride quality & brakes5 out of 5

Great bike I am over 6ft no problems on this bike for comfort.

Engine5 out of 5

Amazing after 6, rpm it goes wild love it. And sounds amazing with aftermarket exhaust.

Reliability & build quality5 out of 5

Bike looks like new condition totally mint.

Value vs rivals5 out of 5

Equipment5 out of 5

5 out of 5

16 November by Nick hollett

Version: C1h

Year:

Annual servicing cost: £

What a bike. I've had a fair few sportsbikes over the years GSXR ,, ZX10r, supermotos and a few others but this thing is so much bang for your buck. I had one in track form a few years ago but wasn&#x;t road legal but found this one for with 10, miles in champagne colour with some nice extras. Yoshimura, r&g&#x;s, braised lines, steering damper etc. The engine is definItely the strongest I've ridden that extra 36 cc makes a difference. The seat is surprisingly super comfy. I&#x;m 6 foot 1 and find the riding position fine possibly not as comfy as the GSXR but not far off! Would highly recommend to anybody looking for a value for money sports bike that has the ability to keep up with the best of them.

Ride quality & brakes4 out of 5

Great brakes from standard better than GSXR. Updated lines, pads and fluid on mine

Engine5 out of 5

Howler. With useable midrange for a smaller cc sports bike on the road and cracking top end.

Reliability & build quality5 out of 5

Not had any problems my road one is on 10, miles. My track one had about 5, miles nearly all on track as it was written off within a month of being registered and I had no problems with that one either.

Value vs rivals5 out of 5

Would service myself.

Equipment5 out of 5

Lap timer slipper clutch all you needed for this era of bike.

Buying experience: Bought off a friend for good price he never used it much as he preferred his

4 out of 5

08 April by Duncan Overington

Version: B1h

Year:

Annual servicing cost: £

An all round decent mid range Lots of fun for your buck.

Ride quality & brakes5 out of 5

Engine5 out of 5

Reliability & build quality5 out of 5

Value vs rivals5 out of 5

Equipment5 out of 5

5 out of 5Amazing middleweight

28 April by WraithXCVI

Year:

BEST MIDDLEWEIGHT OUT THERE. Originally bought with the intention of it being a daily rider, but I felt so at home on it that it had to be ridden to it's full potential on the track. Yeah, I've put more money into it than I bought it for (full exhaust, ecu flash/tune, race bodywork, chain/sprockets, brake lines, engine covers etc.) but it still makes me as happy as it did when I first test rode it. Kawasaki did an amazing job with the The bike will eat any other middleweight out there. The ONLY similar bike that has kept up with it was a ZX6R and that speaks volumes about Kawasaki's engineering. I like it WAY more than my FZ09 (current daily bike) or my Fireblade (also a track only bike).

Ride quality & brakes5 out of 5

Engine5 out of 5

Reliability & build quality4 out of 5

At 15k miles I had to replace the top end gaskets. The OEM gaskets were a bit pricey at >$ for the valve cover, cam cover, and a series of smaller internal gaskets. Head gasket was completely fine though.

Value vs rivals5 out of 5

Equipment5 out of 5

Run Q3s, Rosso 3s or similar "tall profile" tires. It flicks into corners like mad

Buying experience: Private party for $3, Well worth it. Originally bought with the intention of it being a dailt rider, but I felt so at home on it that it had to be ridden to it's full potential on the track. Yeah, I've put more money into it than I bought it for (full exhaust, ecu flash/tune, race bodywork, chain/sprockets, brake lines, etc.) but it still feels the same as it did when I test rode it. Kawasaki did an amazing job with it. The bike will eat any other middleweight out there. The ONLY similar bike that has kept up with it was a ZX6R and that speaks volumes about Kawasaki's engineering. I like it WAY more than my Fireblade (current daily bike) or my R6 (track only bike)

5 out of 5The best bike in the world

23 February by Jerry

Version: ZXC

Year:

This is the best bike in the world. It only weighs kg wet after I installed an Akrapovic exhaust & a lithium battery. It was also dyno tuned to wheel hp. Now on roads and race tracks the SRR riders have problems to keep up with me ,-) The weight to power ratio is amazing & the brakes are brutal. The stock setting position is not the best but I installed ABM handlebars. I own the bike since (km), I am currently at km and hope to keep it for ever. I test rode the SRR, SR, Z '15, Street triple '13, Daytona & Tuono All these bike have too much power for road use & I don't want to kill my self. Only downside is it has no ABS. Last but not least don't forget he candy plasma blue colour ;-)

Ride quality & brakes5 out of 5

Engine5 out of 5

Reliability & build quality5 out of 5

The spark plug connector and secondary throttle sensor broke at km.

Value vs rivals5 out of 5

Equipment4 out of 5

wish it had ABS

5 out of 5Truly amazing

21 August by roflepiclol

I've had my for just over a year now, and it has never failed to thrill me on the road and the track. It's a truly outstanding machine which just so happens to be my first bike after passing my test. I'd reccomend a Kawasaki to anyone. GSXR can go away >:D Kawasaki is the king ;D

Ride quality & brakes5 out of 5

Engine5 out of 5

Reliability & build quality5 out of 5

Value vs rivals5 out of 5

Equipment5 out of 5

5 out of 5Great first bike!

19 August by Feakster

I can't help but feel a tad nostalgic. This was my first ever bike and I still miss it dearly from time to time. Definitely the best () of it's time, plus ninjas always seem to cost about £ less than the equivalent R6 (& are an insurance group lower) Bargain! Unmolested it'll top mph and feels far more planted in the corners than a twitchy new daytona The rubber brake lines are a tad crud, but braided hoses don't cost that much these days. Apart from that and the paint finish on the callipers (& those pointless exhaust butterfly valves manufacturers insist on using that work for about 4, miles then seize), I can't fault it. Put 16, miles on it and it never missed a beat.

Ride quality & brakes5 out of 5

Engine5 out of 5

Reliability & build quality5 out of 5

Value vs rivals5 out of 5

Equipment4 out of 5

5 out of 5Suits disabled rider

17 December by andyzx

What a stunning job the Kawasaki boffins did on this. I'd not ridden (legally) since losing my left arm in And decided that the ZX would be the right choice. Buying it has to be one of the wisest decisions I've ever made. I was easy to adapt for right hand only & I haven't stopped smiling since. I fitted an SCX damper 'just in case' & have found the handling to be precise & faultless - the faster I ride, the more planted it feels. As for the engine, wow talk about hyperspace Had to fit rear sets so that I'd have something to push against whilst getting it up the the red line. The power surge between 9 - k is just unbelievable - but at lower revs is has bags of pulling power & actually behaves well in slow moving traffic. I've done miles on it so far. Not once has it tried to throw me off or misbehaved on bumpy bends. A seriously well planted machine & enough power to suit anyone. I'd definately buy another

Ride quality & brakes5 out of 5

Engine5 out of 5

Reliability & build quality5 out of 5

Value vs rivals5 out of 5

Equipment5 out of 5

5 out of 5cont'd

20 September by Ash77

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YZL5XSPn2dU&feature=channel_page

Ride quality & brakes4 out of 5

Engine5 out of 5

Reliability & build quality5 out of 5

Value vs rivals5 out of 5

Equipment4 out of 5

5 out of 5had a great summer thanks to this

19 September by Ash77

Done nearly miles this summer and enjoyed every one of them. An awesome all round tool and I mean all round. Been to Wales, Lakes, Dales, Peak District, North Yorks Moors etc and it never misses a beat. Have no probs doing miles a day on a/b roads if needed thanks to a smooth ride and comfortable seat. Easily does miles a tank too, so a tank does me on most days out & its does 50ish mpg. Initially it was getting low-mid 40's mpg with under 3k miles on, but the engine gets stronger and more fuel efficient over time it seems. Had 58mpg on a run once where I didn't overtake much due to following my mate in his by all accounts fast car. Enjoyed my first bike, an SVs that i kept for only a year due to outgrowing it, but this is a keeper & a future classic so they say. Going by that imperious engine and the various noises throughout the rev range alone, I can see why. I could have just said theres reasons I love this bike because thats how many revs there are, but that wouldn't do justice to the other things that are attached around the engine and the Ram Air fed air box!

Ride quality & brakes4 out of 5

Engine5 out of 5

Reliability & build quality5 out of 5

Value vs rivals5 out of 5

Equipment4 out of 5

5 out of 5Well worth the money

28 July by

Brilliant little Bike. I have no trouble keeping up with all my mates & they all ride newer litre bikes. You just have to keep the engine spinning. I do get lower fuel economy than the bigger bikes though, Only about 30 miles to the gallon. Only grips are 1: the standard suspension settings which are just wrong for any type of riding. What were Kawasaki thinking! when set up properly it transforms the bike into a brilliant handleing road bike better than R6 etc & 2: The Fi light comes on when the bike is left for any length of time, due to the exhaust valve motor not cycleing properly. A good thrash & then turning it off & then on again sorts it, but it is a pain.

Ride quality & brakes5 out of 5

Engine4 out of 5

Reliability & build quality4 out of 5

Value vs rivals5 out of 5

Equipment4 out of 5

5 out of 5WOW

13 July by mjf65

Only just picked up an 06 bike with 20k on the motor but its as sweet as a nut, what a motor! Loads of mid-range for a , would eat R6 or CBR in the midrange and I would be suprised if any other 's were quicker up the top end too. I believe its till the most powerful 4 cylinder sports around (OK having an extra 36 cc is cheating but it works). Handling is much improved after fitting a new pair of Avon Vipers, it didn't ride well on worn Bridgestones. Suspension is firm on stock settings even with my 13 stone on it but its still effective for soaking up the worst on crap roads without being sloppy in the corners. Feels very roomy compared to the newer bikes which suits me, seat is good for at least a couple of hours in the saddle. My advice is buy one if you can find one, there's not many around. You won't be dissapointed.

Ride quality & brakes4 out of 5

Engine5 out of 5

Reliability & build quality4 out of 5

Value vs rivals5 out of 5

Equipment3 out of 5

5 out of 5how do they do it!

10 April by Ash77

mines the c1h 05 in titanium which looks great in the flesh. fitted the essential bits, puig double bubble screen, rear hugger (mudguard to protect suspension), r&g crash protectors. forget extra bhp etc, this feels like a ! theres an incredible low-mid range for a from k which gets stronger all the way through. forget the all 's are gutless/peaky stuff here, you can leave this in top if you want, it pulls at 30! at k it gets pretty science fiction tho! you have to hold on tight and make sure the ever lighter front end stays planted! power delivery is turbine smooth and the sound is like a supercharged ariel atom in the mid range before the race roar of the power band. its an incredible engine that dominates the experience and you even get mpg. the suspension feels and looks expensive and with a pretty comfy seat makes for a nice sports touring ride over longer distances. the handling is sporty and sharp, tho its pretty big for a so maybe isnt quite as flickable as some. its unlikely many will get near its limits on a road or even a track tho. overall this has to be one of the best 's ever, throw value into the equation and it has to be a no brainer! its probably overkill for many or very near for much less for buyers. +'s everything -'s poor visibility from mirrors so you need to move around a bit, poss licence probs, horn corroding quite quickly, tho everywhere else seems well finished. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lYNkZt3P2ZU&feature=channel_page

Ride quality & brakes5 out of 5

Engine5 out of 5

Reliability & build quality5 out of 5

Value vs rivals5 out of 5

Equipment4 out of 5

5 out of 5top bike

08 March by superbol

I baught a 06 last year i wanted another blade but money was a bit tight.But wow! its great reminds me of my old 92 blade its that good .My only gripe is that its the titainum colour (more metallic hearing aid beige) but a respray will sort that out .Anybody downsizing from a 1 liter need not be worried about a flat non midrange bike its fab .

Ride quality & brakes4 out of 5

Engine5 out of 5

Reliability & build quality5 out of 5

Value vs rivals5 out of 5

Equipment5 out of 5

5 out of 5Bonkers

19 February by kawasakipillion

Do you know that this is the bike to own full stop - i know we can go a little faster on the bigger more expensive to run and own, tyre munching bikes but in the real world do you need more than a ish cc bike..! I think you should know that at mph with rpm left ,still pulling and creaping up i guessed to about /7 on the clock at the limiter on the over run wow amazing, from a standard bike ok down hill and 3miles to wind it up, wind behind, but it goes striaght to on the flat,with no help. Maybe the clocks are inacurate but i know my zx12 did on the clock it was derestricted as was max before, and its blood fast over mph no matter what you are on cause its pulling your arms off and your head off, where at that speed, everything that is moving is stationary, and you count the flyovers by in quick succession..ummm vanishing point is important very important. BUT this bike tracks like its on rails at high speed and you can keep your line and your speed just keep throwing it at the tarmac and it goes round the corners. i did not give it 5stars for ride as i set it for track days and the good few roads out there so the rest of the time the ride is harsh but worth the rewards when you find a good piece of road to let rip on.I might add there is a time and place for over enthusiasum.! and thats not in rush hour-although there is a buzz from riding down the middle of cars the bike is very narrow and i have not had any bikes follow me through yet..detracting from the zx6r well at just over half the price of the out going new model you would have a lot of change for all your gear ,insurance , paint job and accessories list etc.. with a bike that is still producing power the same or better than any current bikes,and definatly a beater of top speed,and you won't need to run it in either..remember only on paper is a bike quick its down to the rider to make it that quick.so dont be surprised if a pizza hut delivery boy leaves you in his wake if you are a new rider in town lol..nothing to be ashamed of it happens lol ohh the virtues of twist and go but they cant get through the gaps like me on my zx6 amazing if it wasn't for traffic lights i would be a winner haha. My recomendation is to buy one, to give you an idea! when i had my zx12, a real nice bike by the way, i still preffered the zx6 to ride most of the timeit puts a grin factor of 10 on your face and you dont feel like your on old metal like some bikes make you feel over time -think this will be a classic one day for many reasons.

Ride quality & brakes4 out of 5

Engine5 out of 5

Reliability & build quality5 out of 5

Value vs rivals5 out of 5

Equipment5 out of 5

5 out of 5After 1yr

22 September by Gigas

At first amazing machine. My 1st big bike only 3 weeks after I passed. Extremely quick the 1st few days to get used to the injection I had the feeling my vision was bluring after 10krpm :))))) . Anyhow great! the handling is super, it allows alot of mistakes which to be honest on other bikes would have been devistating, going through holes on a corner is not funny (even worse with a pillion), but it sticks like glue. although they say it hits mph I did manage abroad to max that to mph (kmh) it can do more (reason: bad quality fuel). Due to its power this machine MUST MUST have DAMPER installed it has personally saved my life a dozen of times especially on front wheel lock (glass smooth tarmack) or going through massive fallen rocks from mountain area, or even the stupid dips in road from buses when accelerating. When I purchased the bike it was on miles now is on miles, I ride it all year round and only slight cosmetic problems from weather and jet washes. The pain on the tail has started peeling off here and there leaving black patches but hey! it is plastic with paint no paint can stand vibration long enough and still stay in place. It accellerates like crazy not many can keep up. The bike is so steady and smooth ride that I am already using the full base of the rear tyre and scraping my boots on corners, and I have still not felt any sway of the back tyre on corners (BUY GOOD TYRES IT IS WORTH IT!) this could be counted strongly on the slipper clutch, one bad thing about the size of the front wheel is that it is /65 which means not easy to find the tyre you want with that 65profile size you can not get michelin pilot power 2ct that size which is a shame but /70 handles pesently too even thow they do not recommend it. It has only given me one problem and that goes with all (do not know about the ) model, wheeling it can throw engine oil if you wheelie for a long distace on high revs , in america they do a so called 'clean air' modification to bypass that airbox filling with oil (causing ceasure to the engine when oil gets in the FI),so what the mod does is direct the oil to the exhaust so it doesn't stall the bike (it is cheap to do it yourself, i beleive is not too nice for the engine and you do need to carry a bottle of engine oil with you hehe) , but if you are like me and not being anctious about wheelies etc then you have no worries. As a young rider the insurance is too high if you are from the EU it is better registering and insuring the bike abroad with a green card it is hell alot more cheaper, bad point is 'it is only legal in the country for 6months then you have to register in DVLA (again)' . Anyhow this is the best ever made. It was not only the best on the track but look in america half the pro-stunt riders ride with ''06 models. I hope Kawasaki manufacture a new one in the upcomming years. And if it has to be kawasaki get this GREEN MEAN MACHINE!

Ride quality & brakes5 out of 5

Engine5 out of 5

Reliability & build quality4 out of 5

Value vs rivals5 out of 5

Equipment5 out of 5

4 out of 5Superb

05 September by Dr_Strangelove

I must start by saying this is the first 'big bike' i have ever owned. Stops, accelerates, corner's and rides brilliantly. my previous experience was with a GS , and a Faser - this bike blows them out the water. the throttle is progressive and has a ton of midrange which makes it easier to ride than other 's ive ridden. Definately first class in my opinion

Ride quality & brakes5 out of 5

Engine5 out of 5

Reliability & build quality5 out of 5

Value vs rivals5 out of 5

Equipment4 out of 5

5 out of 5LOVE IT

17 August by MATT/ZX6R

paid £ for a 55 plate green one with miles on it with warrenty its my first big bike and boy do i love it put miles on it in a week only the british summer has stopped me doing more. hit rpm and your flying first day i had it nailed it looked down at the speedo i was doing a mph shit myself taking it steady now building my confidence and the more i ride the better i get. good points great engine great handling great looks bad points wrist and a bit of back ache on long trips but i am 6'2 but its well worth it.

Ride quality & brakes4 out of 5

Engine5 out of 5

Reliability & build quality5 out of 5

Value vs rivals5 out of 5

Equipment4 out of 5

4 out of 5Green meanie, more like Green softie.

23 June by bodger racing

Just got the bike 05 plate with miles on the clock, preivously had triumph daytona which was awsome, but the ninja just does everything that bit better, braking, handling, plush ride, (dont hardly notice bumps at all!) and of course that screaming engine, ACE! Love the digital rev bar and the toys that come as standard, slipper clutch, wavy discs, mono block brakes. very easy to ride geled with it very quickly, the only bad things to say about it is the more racey riding position compared to my daytona my wrists and higher back were aching more, but that was only when slowed up by traffic once on the boil its fine, recomended, go green!

Ride quality & brakes4 out of 5

Engine4 out of 5

Reliability & build quality4 out of 5

Value vs rivals4 out of 5

Equipment4 out of 5

4 out of 5Awesome Middleweight

14 April by kwakas

Rode several 's when buying and this is the only one I would buy. It actually has power compared to others, handles well, rides well, brakes are ok. Only thing is it feels a little nervous when going quickly through corners but a steering dampner should fix that. Wheelies with incredible ease even if you don't mean to. The paint is poor quality, I've got about small blemishes where stones have hit it and the paint is raised Honestly the only cc bike I would ever own next up however will be a gixxer cc

Ride quality & brakes4 out of 5

Engine5 out of 5

Reliability & build quality4 out of 5

Value vs rivals5 out of 5

Equipment3 out of 5

5 out of 5Love it Ride it

14 February by kawacross

Having just updated from a zx6rf3 (Jan ) the bikes are worlds apart. I loved my old f3 but since getting the model i feel like i did 15 years ago when i got my first bike i just want to ride it every where. It goes like stink and handles superb and looks great. The only problem i have with it is seeing the dash display.

Ride quality & brakes5 out of 5

Engine5 out of 5

Reliability & build quality5 out of 5

Value vs rivals5 out of 5

Equipment4 out of 5

5 out of 5fun all the way

17 September by king01

I have owned a Plasma blue 05/54 for a year now. I love it to bits and really enjoy getting out on it with the lads. The standard Bridgestones are super grippy and the bike is very forgiving. Was a tad uncomfortable on a trip to France but miles in 3 days is asking a lot. It clocked a comfortable mph on the Autoroute.

Ride quality & brakes5 out of 5

Engine5 out of 5

Reliability & build quality5 out of 5

Value vs rivals5 out of 5

Equipment4 out of 5

5 out of 5why dont you own this

01 September by 1motion

fast enough to give the big bikes fitseasy to ride hard and enjoy its great handling. ive put in over miles in 2 days and have 15, miles and counting, i havent had any problems with it at all and ergonomically speaking it is a very comfortable sportbike, the seat is better than anything else you will findi love this bike and evertime i try something else out i still cant wait to get back on my

Ride quality & brakes5 out of 5

Engine5 out of 5

Reliability & build quality5 out of 5

Value vs rivals5 out of 5

Equipment5 out of 5

5 out of 5What a rush

13 May by DangerousDel

Some galvanised fittings cant take a winter, but the engine and chassis are just superb! Its a bike well worth owning, no matter what sort of riding you do!

Ride quality & brakes5 out of 5

Engine5 out of 5

Reliability & build quality4 out of 5

Value vs rivals5 out of 5

Equipment5 out of 5

5 out of 5A superb choice as a first bike, top all round performer

08 October by peterhutton

My eyes were opened to the joys of motorcycle ownership August this year when I purchased my first bike. It has exceeded my expectations in every field. It looks the business, goes like stink and is so forgiving and easy to ride. Strengths: Massive grin factor, exellent sales & after sales team, easy to ride, sounds superb. Weaknesses: No rear wheel hugger, speed points accumulator.

Ride quality & brakes5 out of 5

Engine5 out of 5

Reliability & build quality5 out of 5

Value vs rivals5 out of 5

Equipment4 out of 5

5 out of 5I bought the bike in July for £ OTR with '0'% finance great deal.

27 July by ianto0evans

I believe it's a great all rounder for new or experianced riders as the new ZX6-R is shorter and handles very well.<br><br>Strengths<br><br>The braking system is very good and the handling into and out of bends is great given the excellent power performance at low rev's if you are stuck in the wrong gear or mis-judge a bend. The standard fitted Bridgestone tyres are also a good choice by Kawasaki.<br><br>Weaknesses<br><br>Engine 'Tappy' at low revs, no rear hugger fitted as standard and the brake fluid container can get in the way of reading the clock.

Ride quality & brakes5 out of 5

Engine5 out of 5

Reliability & build quality5 out of 5

Value vs rivals5 out of 5

Equipment4 out of 5

5 out of 5The best on the market

07 July by dwylie2

I think its the best all round bike today, very good all round package, strong engine , good bakes , very good suspension (last bike was a ZX6R J2)looks very good in green . It has all the trick bits, and a very good on the road price. I dislike the small screen , no hugger as standard, and only one headlamp works on dip (as all the other new are the same)must be an EEC directive thing. Fitted Kawasaki/MRA screen , Pyramids hugger, and Kawasaki tank pad. May fit a S/damper, front a bit twichey riding fast over bump roads &amp; gets worse if you load up a tail pack !. what a tool. Strengths: Looks, speed, torquey motor . Kawasaski deal / price. Weaknesses: Screen too low for a 6'0 person to see the clocks. No rear hugger as standard. should have S/damper as standard like the 06 ZX

Ride quality & brakes5 out of 5

Engine5 out of 5

Reliability & build quality5 out of 5

Value vs rivals5 out of 5

Equipment4 out of 5

5 out of 5FANTASTIC A MUST HAVE!!!

04 July by Ravon

Bought the bike new March my first real sports bike 0% couldn't beat it. Looks the part with the gold forks and callipers plus the petal leaf discs look the business too. Very easy bike to ride and inspires confidence in both town and country riding. Wrists get a bit sore initially but that was sorted by moving the levers round a bit now not a problem. This bike looks like it should go like stink and it does. Now looks even better with the rear seat cowl on it, amazing!! Get one! Strengths: Power seems to be never ending and looks the business. Weaknesses: Very clunky going through the gears.

Ride quality & brakes5 out of 5

Engine5 out of 5

Reliability & build quality5 out of 5

Value vs rivals5 out of 5

Equipment4 out of 5

5 out of 5Plasma Blue, 55 plate.

05 March by rich

WOW! I passed my test last spring () and was gonna get a CBR F. I saw the ZX-6R review in RiDE magazine and decided to 'have a look' at the Kawasaki dealer in Watford. Next thing I know I've bought my first bike! The looks the reviews the 0% finance I couldn't argue. I am the proud owner of the Ninja and love it to pieces. Hoping to get a bit of touring in the Summer (The Alps.) I'm a complete novice but the bike is so forgiving and smooth. I couldn't imagine riding anything else. If you want my opinion: remortgage, sell the wife, do what ever it takes. You need one of these! Strengths: Looks, sound, reliability, braking and grinning like a cheshire cat every time you twist the throttle! Weaknesses: The screen is a little low so you can't see the speedo unless you duck right down. If that bothers you, get the Kawasaki double bubble.

Ride quality & brakes5 out of 5

Engine5 out of 5

Reliability & build quality5 out of 5

Value vs rivals5 out of 5

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Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R ( – ) - Buyers Guide

Kawasaki ZX-6R Ninja Buyers Guide

 

Why you want it:

Having made one hell of a statement that Kawasaki was back in the sportsbike game after a torrid few years by releasing the radical ZX-6R and a year later the fearsome ZXR, many assumed that the firm would take it easy in Traditionally, Japanese manufacturers tweaked their sportsbikes every two years before completely updating them at the end of their fourth year, so in we were all expecting a slightly refined ZX-6R – what actually arrived was anything but!

With the supersport class reaching boiling point, Kawasaki decided to take it one notch higher with a brand new ZX-6R that not only featured a revised look, but also a new chassis and upgraded engine. In just two years Kawasaki had done what most manufacturers were talking four to achieve – but had they shot their bolt a bit too early? If you were into Kawasaki sportsbikes, the answer was a resounding no.

The ZX-6R is arguably one of the most wonderfully bonkers mini-Ninjas ever built. Boasting the same cc capacity engine as before, Kawasaki totally overhauled it for with larger cams, a new head, polished ports and a slipper clutch to name just a few of the updates. These all conspired to produce a claimed bhp, which is simply insane for a supersport bike, and thanks to the big-bore motor this was backed up with a healthy ftlb of claimed torque. And the improvements didn’t stop there.

Most will know this generation as the underseat pipe Ninja, but as well as this funky exhaust routing (which was basically forced upon Kawasaki by emissions laws) the ZX-6R’s frame was all-new and tuned for track riding with a shortened wheelbase and altered weight distribution. Add to this new wheels, upgraded suspension, a cool fresh style and better brakes and you have a wonderfully aggressive and spirited machine. And one that is well worth looking out in the used market.

If you want a used supersport bike that is packed full of attitude, try this Ninja on for size. The larger capacity engine makes it less frustrating to ride on the road than an equivalent CBRRR or R6, yet the revised chassis ensures it is one hell of a track weapon. To be brutally honest the Ninja can often get a bit of a handful and can be a wild old beast on a bumpy road, but it’s a Ninja, what else do you expect? If it was a little dull and overly refined it wouldn’t have Kawasaki’s name on the tank!

 

Kawasaki ZX-6R Ninja Buyers Guide

 

What to look for:

Supersport bikes live their life on the redline and so you have to assume the engine has been thrashed to within an inch of its life. This is no issue, they are built to last, but watch out for any signs of track use as this does up the strain levels considerably. A road bike can soak it all up, but on track is a different story. For this reason have a very good look at the wheels for signs of excessive tyre changes (lots of residue from tyre weights or scrapes) on a low mileage bike and any obvious crash damage. The shock on this generation of Ninja is pretty poor and the paint quickly flakes off the spring, which is visually annoying but doesn’t affect its performance, while the shock itself is harsh in its action and quickly loses its damping. If you can, factor in a new shock to the price or at least the cost of a shock rebuild. Aftermarket exhausts are very common, so check if it complies to trackday noise levels if you fancy the odd bit of circuit riding, and also that the owner has had the fuelling re-mapped to suit. Getting the OE can with the deal is always a good sign, however they aren’t that expensive on eBay. Although the brakes were updated in , they do like to warp and the paint finish is very poor on the calipers, so check this area well and also look at the front tyre. Kawasaki gave the Ninja a slightly odd /65 front instead of the more usual / You can swap this to a /70, but always ensure that the tyre is recommended for use on the Ninja and it isn’t rubbing on the front mudguard.

 

 

Kawasaki ZX-6R Ninja Buyers Guide

 

Any updates?

The ZX-6R was updated in , however while this model looks visually quite similar, and retains the underseat pipe, it is a very different beast. A totally new engine is not only physically smaller, it is back to cc and that makes it a real screamer of a Ninja. This generation is better handling than the /06, but it is rev-happy and frustrating to ride on the road, making the /06 the more popular machine in the used market. If there is an option, get the earlier cc bike.

 

What to pay:

Strangely, the underseat pipe models of Ninja are often overlooked and for this fact prices remain quite reasonable. You can get a fairly high mileage model for under £ in a private sale, but generally you need to spend in the £ region to get a good one from a dealer, which is a bit cheaper than its rivals. Dealers are asking a fairly optimistic £ for minters, but in reality your top level should be under this. Aim to spend a maximum of £ and you should ride away on a beauty.

 

Who to ask:

www.zx6r.com - Somewhat unsurprisingly, this is a forum dedicated to ZX-6Rs and is a great source of information on faults and fixes as well as which go faster bits work and which don’t.

www.colchesterkawasaki.co.uk/ - Home of MSS Kawasaki, who have a vast experience of getting Ninjas to go very fast indeed. When it comes to dyno or tuning work, they should be your first port of call.

 

Specs:

Engine:  cc, inline four, 16v, DOHC

Power: bhp @ 14,rpm

Torque: ftlb @ 11,rpm

Weight: kg

 

 

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2006 636 kawasaki ninja

The ZX 6R is a model so well attuned to its ultimate purchaser – the serious sport rider who sometimes finds themself on a local track – that one can only assume what the company’s engineers and designers do with their weekends.

Kawasaki first unveil the Ninja ZX 6R in as the first middleweight sport bike with an aluminum frame.

The model year made the 0 to 60 mph sprint in only seconds, not bad at all, but with competitors like Honda CBRRR, Suzuki GSX-R, and Yamaha YZF-R6, Kawasaki decided they need to make the ZX 6R more powerful. And they did in , when the engine capacity was increased to cc (from the cc). The modifications continued in , when the engine was fuel injected and its speed was increased with rpm. was another year for engine modifications: speed increased again by 1, rpm resulting in hp at 12, rpm. The exhaust was now centrically under the seat.

The ZX-6R defined the cutting edge of the mid-weight supersports class. Its distinctive cowling and purposeful underseat exhaust contribute to the lowest ever Ninja drag coefficient - so much so that it effectively adds the equivalent of 10ps at the extreme of performance.

Features only previously seen on the race track appear as standard on the ZX-6R all contributing to an exciting and controllable ride. The back torque limiter slipper clutch aids down changes and avoids rear wheel hopping. The radial brakes have individual pads for each piston for ultimate feedback and braking response. Match this to a completely new aluminium beam frame and sturdy yet light Moto GP inspired swinging arm and ZXR style wheels and you have a performance and handling package set to dominate the class.

- *Lightweight instrument package with bar-type LCD tacho and digital LCD speedo includes adjustable shift indicator lamp and lap timer. Immobiliser prevents jealous creeps from playing with your pride and joy.
- * Aggressive new look, improved aerodynamics, flush-surface signals and a more efficient Ram Air intake give the new 6R the meanest face in town.
- * Complementing the sturdy 41 mm fork is a race-developed, bottom-link rear suspension system with new linkage ratios and settings. Of course, both are fully adjustable.
- * Racing-style, all-stainless under-seat exhaust system improves the bike’s aerodynamics, increases cornering clearance and looks very, very cool.
- * Short-wheelbase, aluminium perimeter frame makes the 6R the bike to beat when the tarmac starts to twist and turn.
- * Spinning between the legs of the fully adjustable inverted fork are mm petal front disc brakes gripped by radial-mount calipers operated by a radial-mount brake master cylinder. Powerful stuff.
- * New, 10R-style braced, aluminium swingarm is lightweight and super stiff - one more reason for the 6R’s brilliant handling performance.
- * For high power and hard-hitting torque across the rev range, the 6R engine employs extra-fine fuel atomisers in the 38 mm throttle bodies plus a set of secondary injectors located in the airbox.
- * Engines need air to breathe. The 6R is the first production motorcycle to feature a set of trick, large-area oval sub-throttles. The oval-shaped design allows intake efficiency to be increased without compromising the slim engine design.
- * Delivering smooth throttle response in the low- and mid-range, and huge power at top end, the new 6R’s under-seat muffler is equipped with an electronically controlled exhaust valve which automatically tunes the exhaust for maximum performance at all rpm.
- * Also new for ’05 is a racing-style backtorque limiter, for smooth downshifting from high rpm. Specially designed for Kawasaki’s World Supersport racing machines, this technology is now standard equipment on the new 6R


Design

The ZX 6R features ultra-aerodynamic bodywork with Ram Air, GP-style swingarm, underseat exhaust system, six-spoke wheels, petal-style disc brakes, inverted forks, and a powerful engine that accomplishes what it sets out to do.

For the model year Kawasaki has also added a ZX-6R “Special Edition” model to this mid-size family. To differentiate its look the “Special Edition” features Titanium Silver paint highlighted by Tribal pattern graphics and an attractive high-tech wheel finish.

The streamlined look of the ZX-6R is shared with its racing-homologated sibling, the ZX-6RR. Its fairing helps to divide the air stream farther ahead of the motorcycle; by moving the “bubble” of still air farther forward in the cockpit, so the rider experiences less buffeting around the head and shoulders.

The point of convergence – where the divided air streams comes together behind the rider – is critical to aerodynamic efficiency, so Kawasaki engineers designed the tail section to smoothly blend the air together while minimizing turbulence. The result is quicker roll-on acceleration and higher top speeds at the race track, as well as enhanced rider comfort and control.

The body work includes a ZXR-style central Ram Air duct and a flush-surface LED tail light, which makes the ZX-6R more visible to drivers of other vehicles. It also features an aerodynamic ZXR-style front fender for a strong Ninja family resemblance.

From the cockpit, the Ninja ZX-6R rider will notice several leading-edge features that put this bike at the forefront of design and performance. Foremost is the split-seam fuel tank/airbox cover. The rear half is the actual fuel tank, designed to fit neatly between the frame spars and down behind the engine’s fuel injection system, while the front half covers a quick-access air box. By centralizing the fuel mass near the center of the bike, chassis responsiveness is enhanced – weight transfers from turn to turn are lighter, and the chassis is exceptionally stable under acceleration and braking.

The advanced split-seam design also enabled engineers to make the airbox larger, thus enhancing engine performance. It also makes filter access quick and easy. Plus, a depression in the top of the fuel tank enables the rider to tuck in for improved aerodynamics. The final tribute to aerodynamic efficiency is the under-seat muffler, which gives the Ninja ZX-6R a slim, racy look.


Power and Performance

The Ninja ZX 6R is powered by a cc 4-stroke, liquid-cooled In-line Four engine with an output of hp at rpm and a peak torque of 51 lbs-ft at rpm. The engine is matted with a 6-speed transmission. The engine was specially designed to reduce internal friction. That’s because low-friction engines tend to be more responsive, making it easier for the rider to modify cornering lines with minor throttle adjustments.

The new engine components were also made stronger, stiffer and more compact, resulting in an engine which is about 40mm smaller in both width and length than its predecessors. This compact engine allowed the chassis designers to create a slim and compact chassis. Other racing technology includes a close-ratio cassette transmission that makes it easy to keep the Ninja ZX-6R screaming at its horsepower peak and a slipper clutch which allows quicker downshifts without upsetting the rest of the chassis.

In designing the Ninja ZX 6R’s chassis, the development team concentrated on creating a motorcycle that would make fast entry and mid-corner speeds feel easy. A compact, lightweight design allows it to maintain more cornering speed throughout the turn while entry speeds are enhanced by the slipper clutch and powerful radial-mounted front brake calipers. Complementing this track-biased package are fully-adjustable front and rear suspension units. The entire package of frame, suspension, engine and bodywork was designed to enhance the ZX 6R’s fun-to-ride factor by offering a more exciting ride. The results are faster cornering speeds, quicker lap times and even more worried looks on the competition’s faces.

The frame and swingarm were developed with an optimized balance of rigidity, so the Ninja ZX 6R responds instantly and precisely to the rider’s every command. Mass centralization, engine mount locations and a variety of other factors were optimized to help ensure instant turn-in characteristics. Once in the turn, the Ninja ZX 6R holds a line with precision and tracks through the apex as if it were on rails. All these features mean chassis feedback is very precise, with the ZX 6R communicating every move directly to the rider. The machine responds more precisely and predictably to control inputs and shifts in body weight.

The result is a motorcycle that makes the rider feel like a part of the machine. The new Ninja ZX 6R offers the power of a high-performance Supersport racer mated with the nimble handling characteristics of a small-displacement GP machine. Let the competition compromise performance for rider-friendliness; the new ZX 6R was designed to take home trophies and set the quickest lap times, while being more exciting to ride than anything else in the middleweight sportbike category. The Ninja ZX 6R is a pure expression of Kawasaki’s racing philosophy.


First impressions

About an almost perfect bike you can’t say much. With sexy bodywork, the 6R was born for the track and that is the place it feels the best. With a bike designed for speed there’’s nothing else you can do than speed.

Designed to place its rider on the top step of the podium, the new Ninja® ZX™-6R sportbike elevates class power and handling to the next level. Considering the stellar capabilities of last year’s ZX-6R, Kawasaki’s designers knew it would take a special combination of middleweight power and nimble handling characteristics if they were to make the next leap in middleweight performance. To hone the incredible new machine into an exciting racetrack weapon, Kawasaki appointed a former cc Grand Prix racer as the ZX-6R’s chief development rider. The result is an all-new capable of cornering speeds previously unknown to the middleweight class while retaining the wide spread of power that is pure Ninja.

Competitors

Honda CBR RR

The Honda CBR RR is powered by a cc liquid cooled, four stroke, transverse four cylinder, DOHC, 4 valve per cylinder engine with an output of hp at rpm and a peak torque of 49 lbs-ft at rpm. It has a top speed of mph. It is priced at $

Suzuki GSX-R

Priced at $, the GSX R is powered by a 5 99cc,4-stroke,four-cylinder, liquid-cooled, DOHC, valve engine with an output of hp at rpm. The R weights lbs and has a top speed of mph.

Yamaha YZF-R6

The R6 is powered by an extremely over-square engine, with a bore of 67mm and a stroke of mm. The compression ratio is high for a street-legal machine at to 1. This cc DOHC valve engine transfers power to the rear wheel through a six-speed transmission aided by a slipper clutch. Yamaha incorporated many of the lessons learned from the winning MotoGP riders into the YZF-R6. So this supersport bike is packed with race tech and horsepower at 14, rpm. It is priced at $


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