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2020 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R MC Commute Review

\n \n ENGINE:\n 636cc, DOHC, liquid-cooled inline-four\n \n \n BORE x STROKE:\n 67.0 x 45.1mm\n \n \n TRANSMISSION/FINAL DRIVE:\n 6-speed/chain\n \n \n MEASURED HORSEPOWER:\n 109.7 hp @ 13,400 rpm\n \n \n MEASURED TORQUE:\n 45.4 lb.-ft. @ 11,000 rpm\n \n \n FUEL SYSTEM:\n Fuel injection w/ 38mm Keihin throttle bodies\n \n \n CLUTCH:\n Wet, multiplate\n \n \n FRAME:\n Tubular, diamond frame\n \n \n FRONT SUSPENSION:\n 41mm Showa SFF-Big Piston fork, fully adjustable; 4.7-in. travel\n \n \n REAR SUSPENSION:\n Bottom-link Uni-Trak shock, fully adjustable; 5.9-in. travel\n \n \n FRONT BRAKE:\n 4-piston Nissin calipers, dual 310mm discs w/ ABS\n \n \n REAR BRAKE:\n 1-piston caliper, 220mm disc w/ ABS\n \n \n TIRES, FRONT/REAR:\n Bridgestone Battlax S22; 120/70-17 / 180/55-17\n \n \n RAKE/TRAIL:\n 23.5°/4.0 in.\n \n \n WHEELBASE:\n 55.1 in.\n \n \n SEAT HEIGHT:\n 32.7 in.\n \n \n FUEL CAPACITY:\n 4.5 gal.\n \n \n MEASURED WET WEIGHT:\n 432 lb.\n \n \n AVAILABILITY:\n Now\n \n \n CONTACT:\n kawasaki.com\n \n
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KAWASAKI ZX-6R Motorcycle Reviews

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  • KAWASAKI ZX-6R (2019-2021) review

    KAWASAKI ZX-6R (2019-2021)

    New price: N/A

    Used price: £7,700 - £10,000

    • 636cc
    • 128 bhp
    • 50 mpg
    • Medium seat height

    We salute Kawasaki for helping to keep the 600 class alive

    MCN rating

    3 out of 5(3/5)

    Owners' rating

    4.3 out of 5(4.3/5)

    (from 3 reviews)

    Reliability rating

    4.3 out of 5(4.3/5)

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  • KAWASAKI ZX-6R (2013-2016) review

    KAWASAKI ZX-6R (2013-2016)

    New price: N/A

    Used price: £5,300 - £8,300

    • 636cc
    • 120 bhp
    • 41 mpg
    • Medium seat height

    Kawasaki has tried to make the new ZX-6R more usable for the road. And in many ways they've succeeded

    MCN rating

    5 out of 5(5/5)

    Owners' rating

    4.7 out of 5(4.7/5)

    (from 7 reviews)

    Reliability rating

    5 out of 5(5/5)

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  • KAWASAKI ZX-6R (2003-2004) review

    KAWASAKI ZX-6R (2003-2004)

    New price: N/A

    Used price: £2,500 - £4,500

    • 636cc
    • 112 bhp
    • 38 mpg
    • Medium seat height

    "At its launch this was the hardest, most technologically advanced 600 of all time"

    MCN rating

    5 out of 5(5/5)

    Owners' rating

    4.9 out of 5(4.9/5)

    (from 11 reviews)

    Reliability rating

    4.9 out of 5(4.9/5)

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  • KAWASAKI ZX-6R (2009-2012) review

    KAWASAKI ZX-6R (2009-2012)

    New price: N/A

    Used price: £4,200 - £6,500

    • 599cc
    • 115 bhp
    • 39 mpg
    • Medium seat height

    "New big piston forks use MotoGP technology"

    MCN rating

    5 out of 5(5/5)

    Owners' rating

    4.9 out of 5(4.9/5)

    (from 11 reviews)

    Reliability rating

    4.5 out of 5(4.5/5)

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  • KAWASAKI ZX-6R (2007-2008) review

    KAWASAKI ZX-6R (2007-2008)

    New price: N/A

    Used price: £3,500 - £5,200

    • 599cc
    • 110 bhp
    • 39 mpg
    • Medium seat height

    "Everything about the ZX-6R is track focused"

    MCN rating

    5 out of 5(5/5)

    Owners' rating

    4.7 out of 5(4.7/5)

    (from 22 reviews)

    Reliability rating

    4.6 out of 5(4.6/5)

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  • KAWASAKI ZX-6R (2005-2006) review

    KAWASAKI ZX-6R (2005-2006)

    New price: N/A

    Used price: £3,300 - £5,000

    • 636cc
    • 114 bhp
    • 40 mpg
    • Medium seat height

    "Hardest 600 of modern times just got a little softer"

    MCN rating

    5 out of 5(5/5)

    Owners' rating

    4.9 out of 5(4.9/5)

    (from 30 reviews)

    Reliability rating

    4.8 out of 5(4.8/5)

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  • KAWASAKI ZX-6R (1995-1997) review

    KAWASAKI ZX-6R (1995-1997)

    • 599cc
    • 100 bhp
    • 41 mpg
    • Medium seat height

    "Measured against the latest metal it feels harsh and crude"

    MCN rating

    3 out of 5(3/5)

    Owners' rating

    4.6 out of 5(4.6/5)

    (from 7 reviews)

    Reliability rating

    4.4 out of 5(4.4/5)

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  • KAWASAKI ZX-6R (1998-1999) review

    KAWASAKI ZX-6R (1998-1999)

    New price: N/A

    Used price: £2,500

    • 599cc
    • 106 bhp
    • 41 mpg
    • Medium seat height

    "The bike that overnight made the 750cc superbikes look superfluous"

    MCN rating

    4 out of 5(4/5)

    Owners' rating

    4.8 out of 5(4.8/5)

    (from 14 reviews)

    Reliability rating

    4.7 out of 5(4.7/5)

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  • KAWASAKI ZX-6R (2000-2002) review

    KAWASAKI ZX-6R (2000-2002)

    New price: N/A

    Used price: £1,900 - £2,700

    • 599cc
    • 109 bhp
    • 39 mpg
    • Medium seat height

    "Got a beefier 636cc motor, which made it a much improved road tool"

    MCN rating

    3 out of 5(3/5)

    Owners' rating

    4.8 out of 5(4.8/5)

    (from 38 reviews)

    Reliability rating

    4.6 out of 5(4.6/5)

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Video Review: 2021 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R 636 KRT Edition

In 2019 Kawasaki did a host of updates to their Ninja 636. For 2021 we have the hot looking KRT edition. We spent a few weeks on the road and a day on track. Here’s our ZX-6R video review, check it out!

Jeff had loads of fun on the ZX-6R 636 KRT edition at a recent Sydney Motorsports Park Ride Day, comfortably lapping in the 1:43s on the Bridgestone S22 rubber and stock settings.

Jeff had loads of fun on the ZX-6R 636 KRT edition at a recent Sydney Motorsports Park Ride Day, comfortably lapping in the 1:43s on the Bridgestone S22 rubber and stock settings. A great little bike and comfy to ride home!

The ZX-6R is an excellent little road or track day bike. The extra capacity gives it broad, useable torque for daily road riding and the overall chassis set-up provides comfort and stability on even the worst of our Aussie roads. While the styling is definitely 2021, the rest of the bike is slightly old school, despite having traction control, ABS, a quickshifter and ride modes, in terms of electronics the systems are a few years old now. However, at $15.199 + ORC, you are getting a lot of motorcycle. Anyway, check out the video review for all the info and don’t forget to subscribe to our YouTube channel!

2021 KAWASAKI ZX-6R KRT EDITION VIDEO REVIEW



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TECH TALK, 2021 KAWASAKI ZX-6R 636

The Kawasaki ZX-6R 636 was an early adopter of a range of rider aid technologies, including power modes, traction control and their own ABS system, which continue to be found on these machines. The updated Ninja ZX-6R ‘636’ features gearing aimed at delivering stronger low-end response, making the new model even more fun on the street and winding roads, and goes from 43/16 to 43/15, in a move that no doubt mirrors the choice of many owners on the previous edition.



KQS (Kawasaki Quick Shift) is standard equipment, complementing advanced support technology like three-mode KTRC (Kawasaki Traction Control), Power Mode selection and KIBS (Kawasaki Intelligent Braking System). New styling also offers the next evolution of Ninja design, and gives the new Ninja ZX-6R strong family looks to the brand’s highly successful WorldSBK winning machinery, with a revised front fairing and the adoption of twin LED headlights. The tail has also been revised and now also incorporates an LED taillight.



Kawasaki are also boasting improved performance with the 636cc liquid-cooled, four-stroke in-line four-cylinder engine, which offers greater performance across the rpm range, particularly for low and mid-range torque for usability in everyday riding situations. Updates also ensure emissions clear Euro4.

2019 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R 636

Shorter gearing care of the revised final ratio works alongside race-inspired clutch technology offering both a back-torque limiting function as well as a light feel at the lever. In addition to the standard fit assist and slipper clutch, other rider friendly features include a handy 12V power outlet.



The race-developed perimeter frame is the key to balanced flickable handling, mid-corner composure and an ability to change lines on command, along with excellent chassis feedback. SFF-BP forks (Separate Function Fork – Big Piston) offer both racetrack performance and everyday usability, while preload and damping (rebound and compression) are separated, facilitating setup to suit owner’s needs. Adjustability for the rear monoshock includes preload, rebound damping and compression.

A two-piece rear frame is an aluminium die-casting consisting of a front and rear section. This layout enables a very lightweight construction, which is also very narrow, allowing the rear of the bike to be very compact and slim. Bridgestone’s Battlax Hypersport S22 tyres are also standard fitment, to contribute to lighter handling, while offering superior grip in both dry and wet conditions, which translates to greater rider confidence and enjoyment.



Large 310mm petal rotors, radial-mount monobloc calipers and a radial-pump front brake master-cylinder complete the front brake package. A 220mm rear petal rotor and lightweight caliper slow the rear wheel.


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The LED dash feature a large analogue tachometer flanked by warning lamps on one side, and a gear position indicator, fuel gauge and remaining range function and multi-function LCD screen on the other.

2021 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R 636 KRT Specifications

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Price: $15,199 + ORC (Click here and add your postcode for R/A pricing)
Claimed Power: 95.4kW[130PS]@13,500rpm (136hp with ram air)
Claimed Torque: [email protected],000rpm
Wet Weight: 196kg
Fuel capacity: 17L


Engine: Liquid-cooled, four-stroke, four-cylinder, DOHC, 636cc, 67 x 45.1mm bore x stroke, 12.9:1 compression ratio, EFI, KRTC, Ride Modes, KQS
Gearbox: Six-speed, return Clutch: Wet multi-disc, slip and assist


Chassis: Perimeter pressed-aluminium tubular diamond frame, two-piece die-cast subframe
Rake: 23.5° Trail: 101mm
Suspension: 41mm Showa SFF-BP forks, rebound, compression and preload adjustable, Bottom-Link Uni Track rear shock, piggyback reservoir, compression, rebound and preload adjustable
Brakes: KIBS, semi-floating 310mm stainless-steel front petal rotors, radial-mount four-piston monoblock calipers, radial-pump master cylinder, 220mm rear rotor, single-bore pin-slide caliper
Wheels & Tyres: 120/70 – 17, 180/55 – 17, Bridgestone S22.


DIMENSIONS
Wheelbase: 1400mm
Seat height: 830mm
Ground clearance: 130mm
Overall width: 710mm
Overall Length: 2025mm
Overall height: 1100mm


Instruments & Electronics: Analogue tacho, digital multifunction display, KQS, Dual Throttle Valves, A&S Clutch, KIBS, ABS, KRTC, ECO Mode, Power Modes


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2019 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R review, test ride

How long have we dreamed of this one then? The ability to walk into a showroom and legally get your hands on a proper, faired and racy Japanese 600cc supersport? In the recent years, we’ve been treated to everything – from the world’s best litre-class superbikes, to affordable street nakeds, to a huge variety of retro and adventure bikes of all sizes and prices. But aside from the now-defunct Triumph Daytona 675 and the much bigger and more expensive, Panigale 959, the supersport segment has been a frustrating vacuum so far. Well, no more, as today, you can walk into a Kawasaki showroom and get on your hands on a legal 600cc supersport.

The back story

Well, almost. And that’s because if you’re a stickler for a spec sheet, the Ninja ZX-6R isn’t exactly a 600cc machine. To overcome these bikes’ tendency for an explosive top end, sitting on top of a dud of a low and mid range, Kawasaki cheekily raised the capacity of their 600 to 636cc a few years ago, and that trend continues with the 2019 model. But much has changed too, as the bike received a big visual makeover and picked up a few features for 2019, in addition to meeting Euro-IV emissions norms.

In its new avatar, the 6R wears a striking and aggressive design, typical of a Kawasaki, and there are some cool touches like the big ram air intake between the headlamps and the layered fairing design. But I’m disappointed by just how similar it looks to the Ninja 400; a bit more individuality would have done it wonders. Still, quality levels are great and there’s no hiding the feeling that you’re sitting on a big and expensive machine. There’s also no hiding that you’re on an extremely sporty one too. The riding position is pure racetrack and while the foot pegs aren’t as extremely high as on a 10R, the clip-ons are seriously low – to the point that the wrists are lower than the backside. Core strength is key here, and if you don’t have enough, a few weeks of riding this bike will change that.

On the road

So nothing new then, you must be thinking. Here’s another hot-shot superbike with silly ergonomics that are made infinitely more difficult to live with by our bumpy, staccato riding environment. But hold your horses, because the 6R has a trick up its sleeve, one which meant that after two long days of riding this bike, I wasn’t as bitterly disappointed and frustrated as I normally get after riding one of these things on our roads. In fact, I’m already hankering for another hit and the reason I’m not writing this from a chiropractor’s waiting room is that the 6R’s suspension is surprisingly good. Scratch that, the 6R’s suspension is incredibly good, considering the kind of bike this is.

Showa makes some superb suspension, and fully adjustable units by the Japanese brands are quite commonly found at both ends of sports bikes these days, the 6R included. What isn’t expected is how forgiving the damping on this bike is on the stock settings. I quickly found myself casually riding through roughly patched tarmac, and sometimes even gravelly, ‘under construction’ roads without a care. Small potholes are dealt with reasonably well and you only need caution over the deeper ones, primarily to protect the rims, and of course, your lower back.

 

Fully adjustable suspension by Showa.

 

Under the brightly coloured skin (the flashy KRT racing scheme is the only option available for now) resides a fat aluminium perimeter frame that hooks up to the rear wheel via an appropriately muscular aluminium swingarm. To say we tested the bike’s dynamics to the limit would be a lie – you would need a racetrack to even try, and the rundown state of the road to Lavasa city doesn’t come anywhere close. It is, however, a good place to have some fun in the corners and the Ninja is a fantastic ally. Nudge the bars and the speed with which the bike drops into a corner instantly tells you that this machine is built to shred the racetrack. There’s no steering damper here, but the only time I felt like I needed one was when accelerating aggressively over a bumpy stretch, and chassis composure is otherwise encouragingly high.

 

Nissin brakes are great, but rubber hoses may lead to brake fade at the track.

 

Without pushing the envelope too far, the softer setup works well because you don’t have to carry crazy speeds to get the suspension to start working (Panigale V4, I’m looking at you). However, brake a little too hard, or push through a bumpy set of corners and it’s clear that the stock setting is a little too under-damped for what you’re trying to achieve. At the racetrack, I’m sure you’d need to tweak the adjustment screws to dial some more firmness, but spend some time to find a good setup, and the 6R will be a serious weapon. It’s a similar story with the twin-disc Nissin four-pot brakes at the front. Street performance is terrific, but I suspect brake fade will set in after a few laps of hard riding due to the odd choice of going with rubber brake hoses.

The real party piece

As impressive as this bike’s dynamics are, what will blow you right away is the engine. The Kawasaki’s engine really is a special thing, so much so that not much has changed in the 2019 update. The motor actually lost a tiny amount of power in the conversion to Euro-IV norms, but it still makes a solid 130hp. Like with most supersports, that power lives high in the rev range and the 6R is quite a docile thing at low rpms. Things get interesting at 6,000rpm, seriously fast by 8,000rpm and then an all out, headbanging screamfest upwards of 10,000rpm. Peak power is a potent 130hp that arrives at a thrilling 13,500rpm. But wait, there’s more! Keep it nailed in first and the bike will slam into the limiter at about 120kph, with the next five gears arriving in rapid succession. Top speed is said to be somewhere in the region of 260kph.

By nature of its extremely short gearing (the 2019 upgrade received a smaller front sprocket on the final drive, by one tooth, which made things shorter still), the 6R packs the most flexible motor I’ve seen. So much so, I found myself climbing over tall speed breakers in 6th gear at 20kph without any fuss from the engine. That kind of flexibility vastly improves the bike’s street-ability.

Tech spec

For 2019, there’s also a new quickshifter, which is impeccably smooth. In fact, it’s so good that I immediately started to miss having an auto-blipper for quick and easy downshifts to match. The electronics are otherwise unchanged and the bike continues to offer three stages of traction control, ABS and two power modes. However, what’s worth bearing in mind is the conspicuous sticker on the fuel tank that reminds you of this bike’s desire for 95 octane.

The ZX-6R isn’t the most cutting-edge thing out there, but I find the big analogue tachometer and cable-operated throttle endearing in a rapidly digitising world. That’s not to say the bike is weak on kit either, as you get a set of impressive Bridgestone Battlax S22s, a pair of full-LED headlamps, adjustable levers and a proper slipper clutch.

 

The sweetest of updates the ZX-6R received for 2019 was a sizeable drop in price, and India reaps the benefits of this too. At Rs 10.49 lakh (ex-showroom, India), the 6R is quite nicely priced, given what you get. It even slots below the excellent Triumph Street Triple RS. Then again, you could get the more powerful Ninja 1000 sport tourer for slightly less money. So whether this bike makes sense depends on the experience you’re after.

But to sum up, this is a thrilling bike to ride, and while you may well be better off with something more practical for the street (the slightly more expensive Street Triple RS comes to mind) this is certainly one of the nicest fully faired ‘superbikes’ to ride, and yes, even enjoy on our roads.

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Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R (2019) - Road Test Review

Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R 2019 Review Price Specs
Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R 2019 Review Price Specs
Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R 2019 Review Price Specs

 

It’s a traffic light. In Mansfield. Hardly the Nürburgring and not the place Kawasaki’s designers had in mind when they were planning the performance envelope of the 2019 ZX-6R. But this is where we happen to be and this rider has a smile as wide as his saggy, ageing face muscles allow. Light goes green, release the clutch and wind it on. 0-16,000rpm in as much time as it takes to say it. By the top of second gear we’re doing oh-so-many mph and already on the brakes because whoever plans the timing of Mansfield’s traffic lights assumes that drivers take more time between junctions and enjoy the view of, er, Mansfield.

All of the things that make the ZX-6R such a great bike on the backroads and racetracks – the fast-revving motor, strong acceleration, sharp, but predictable steering, compliant and controlled suspension and confidence-inspiring brakes – also make it a surprisingly good bike in town too. Nipping in and out of traffic, taking advantage of the smallest gaps (you might have to fold the mirrors in), crazy avoidance braking and putting a daft ‘still-getting-away-with-it’ smile on your face at every set of traffic lights. Imagine the stresses going on inside that motor as two pairs of pistons go from 25 ups and downs per second at idle to 270 times at the redline. Childish, churlish imbecilic behaviour revisited. Grinning like it’s 1995, haven’t blinked since Nottingham.

 

Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R 2019 Review Price Specs

Prettier than Yamaha’s YZF-R6 and a whole lot cheaper too

 

Price

At £9499 (plus another £200 for this KRT paint scheme) the ZX-6R undercuts Yamaha’s YZF-R6 by a couple of grand. That’s a hefty saving for a bike that’s fully compliant with Euro 4, has state-of-the-art suspension and brakes and this many grins-per pound. It must also have the highest rpm-per-£ ratio of any motorcycle out there. A typical PCP deal with a £1000 deposit over 37 months will cost £128 per month with a £5300 final payment.

 

Power and torque

128bhp and 52lb-ft torque from 636cc are respectable figures in 2019, but the speed at which the ZX-6R revs makes it feel even more powerful than that. Kawasaki have geared the bike about 30 per cent lower – roughly 1000rpm for every 10mph (other 600s tend to be more like 800rpm per 10mph) meaning it loses a few mph at the very top end but has much stronger acceleration in every gear through the whole rev range. So much so it feels like you could set off in fourth gear at one extreme, but you can also ride it like a giant twist and go in top and still have clean drive and strong acceleration.

 

Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R 2019 Review Price Specs

Say hello to the hardest working engine in motorcycling

 

Engine, gearbox and exhaust

Kawasaki’s reborn ZX-6R has updated suspension, styling, headlights, electronics and instruments. But the most significant difference to the riding experience comes from fitting a slightly smaller drive sprocket to the engine. This teeny steel star has 15 teeth instead of the previous model’s 16, but the transformation to the Ninja’s performance is striking. The bike now revs like a maniacal 400cc race bike and that means the power comes very quickly indeed. On a 1000cc superbike you’re blatting through the gears in a frenzy of revs, but on the 636 you can hold onto each gear for a couple of seconds longer and enjoy the music.

Don’t buy one and complain about the revvy nature – this is how a sporty middleweight should be, feeling like a piece of precision engineering in a way that no twin or triple ever does. I’d even suggest that the older generation of sports 600s were hamstrung by manufacturers trying to make them too road-friendly and gearing them to cruise at motorway speeds at low revs (and co-incidentally pass the roll-on noise test at the same point). Maybe Euro 4 and the exponential recent advances in fuelling and ignition technology has allowed Kawasaki to build the bike they always wanted (it certainly feels like the 600 that I always wanted), while passing all the emissions and noise regulations too.

The 2019 ZX-6R engine is structurally the same as the last major revamp in 2013. That’s no bad thing because it also means the reliability has been long-proven in hundreds of clubman, domestic and world championship races all over the planet. Which means you and me can rev the thingies off our ZX-6Rs all day knowing that a well-maintained engine will almost-never break.

And to be honest, most bike engines on sale these days can trace their lineage back further than 2013 too. The pace of development has slowed significantly in the last few years – it’s the electronics where the revolution has happened.

The ZX-6R’s performance is stunning…and flexible too. There’s a quickshifter fitted for upward changes (no autoblipper for going down), but on the road it’s fine and more consistent without it. The gearchanges are slick, accurate and precise. Neutral is easily found and the only benefit you’d get from a bigger bike is a little more thrust when you find yourself halfway through a misjudged overtake.

 

Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R 2019 Review Price Specs

Quickshifter is standard for 2019, swing-arm looks like a one-off works race item

 

Economy

The flipside of that high-revving craziness is an appetite for fossil juice. Over the full test period our ZX-6R averaged 46mpg, which is slightly disappointing, given the sophistication of the electronics On a couple of rides it dropped into the 30s too. In mitigation it did spend most of the test period at 8000rpm-plus and we might have forgotten to do any cruising.

 

Handling, suspension, chassis and weight

The chassis is also the same as the 2013 ZX-6R although the seat is narrower at the front and the tank is narrower at the rear, which makes it easier to get your feet on the floor. The revised suspension feels soft when you bounce up and down on it and the ride quality on bumpy roads is excellent.

But it also has superb control in corners, behaves predictably as you go on and off the brakes and doesn’t do anything unexpected. It doesn’t need a steering damper except for the occasional moment when it suddenly does and, as with most good sports bikes you spend the whole ride feeling inadequate and convinced you could have done those corners considerably quicker.

Everything is better than the last 600 you rode. Everything is easy. Simple, well considered engineering with smart ergonomics. Just feel for the side stand or indicators or gear-lever or clutch or back brake and it’s there. Sounds easy, but you’d be surprised how many bikes get this stuff wrong.

 

Comfort

It takes six hours and 13 minutes on the longest day’s riding before my bum aches. Unfortunately, my wrists feel like they’ve been slammed in a door for three hours non-stop and the final two remaining neck muscles were severed when I forgot that you can’t do a lifesaver on a bike with a (Ninja) turtle-inspired riding position wearing zip-together kit.

The screen is too low and not very effective but there’s room on the seat to move your bum a long way back if you feel the need to try a racing crouch on the A617. The new fairing looks sharp but mostly exists as somewhere to put your sponsors’ stickers. Mirrors are mediocre, despite having stalks long enough to pick up Australian telly, but, thankfully it’s rare to have there something behind you that isn’t going backwards. 

 

Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R 2019 Review Price Specs

Plenty of power, plenty of feel and some clever ABS electronics too

 

Brakes

Radial mounted Nissin calipers have immense power but plenty of feel too. Kawasaki’s Intelligent Braking System (KIBS) links with the ECU to manage braking performance according to the revs, throttle position and gear selected. In practice it means the system can detect the difference between banzai track braking where ABS can be a handicap and a locked wheel on a slippery road. It also means that the pressure drop when ABS is activated is less than on some systems.

In practice what you notice is an ABS system that controls braking to a point where rear-wheel lift is reduced under heavy braking and the rear ABS doesn’t chatter in and out as it does on some systems.

 

Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R 2019 Review Price Specs

Simple, easy to read clocks, intuitive control of riding modes via lhs switchgear, all it needs is heated grips for chilly April mornings

 

Equipment

A fuel gauge and gear indicator are new for this year in the new dash which is dominated by the analogue rev counter. Kawasaki’s ignition immobiliser is also fitted and the riding modes, and information displays are accessed easily through a rocker switch on the left handlebar.

Lighting is now LED and there’s a quickshifter (upchanges only, there’s no autoblipper for downshifts) as standard and the clutch lever is now span adjustable.

 

Verdict

You’ll need to give your muscles and reflexes time to remember what a sports bike felt like, but muscles will stretch and it becomes less painful quicker than you’d think.

Riding a ZX-6R can feel like hard work, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. It’s a hugely rewarding bike to ride and, for the price represents phenomenal value for money.

Sadly, the used market for Japanese supersport bikes is small, meaning residual values can be low and this has a depressing effect on PCP deals.

I finished the test wanting a ZX-6R, because I love the crazy engine and in my world it’s as pretty as the latest Fireblade and Ducati V4 for a fraction of the price. I’ll never be good enough to get the most from the chassis and I know there are other bikes that will go faster and be more comfy and easier to ride. But…but…but…there’s something about a mid-sized, buzzy four-cylinder motor that squeezes my ‘gotta-have-one’ gland. And when a motor like that is fitted in a bike as pretty as this, all that sensible stuff matters a lot less.

Tough choice.

 

Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R 2019 Review Price Specs

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Three things we like about the 2019 Kawasaki ZX-6R

  • The engine performance and feeling on its new shorter gearing
  • Confidence under braking and confident handling
  • Good value at under £10k

Three things we’re not so sure about

  • How long before the novelty wears off?
  • There are more usable ways to get this excited
  • Uncertain resale values make PCP deals expensive 

 

2019 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R Specs

New price

From £9499 [KRT colours £9699]

Capacity

636cc

Bore x Stroke

67x45.1mm

Engine layout

In-line four

Engine details

Liquid-cooled four-stroke

Power

128bhp @ 13,500rpm

Torque

52 lb-ft @ 11,000rpm

Top speed

160mph (est)

Transmission

6 speed, chain final drive

Average fuel consumption

43mpg (tested)

Tank size

17 litres

Max range to empty (theoretical)

160 miles

Reserve capacity

n/a

Rider aids

ABS and traction control, slip/assist clutch, quickshifter

Frame

Aluminium beam frame

Front suspension

41mm upside-down fork

Front suspension adjustment

Adjustable for rebound, preload and compression

Rear suspension

Single shock

Rear suspension adjustment

Preload, rebound, compression

Front brake

2x 310mm disc, radially mounted Monobloc four-piston calipers

Rear brake

220mm disc, single-piston caliper

Front tyre

120/70 ZR17 Bridgestone Battlax S22

Rear tyre

180/55 ZR17 Bridgestone Battlax S22

Rake/trail

27°/101mm

Dimensions LxWxH

2025 x 710 x 1100mm

Wheelbase

1400mm

Ground clearance

130mm

Seat height

830mm

Kerb weight

196kg

Warranty

Unlimited miles / 24 months

Website

www.kawasaki.co.uk

 

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2019 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R Review - First Ride

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