ZX-6R has now officially released in New York and will be available in US and Europe but not in Malaysia for now. The bike has return to use the 636cc engine which replaced the 599cc previously. The 636cc is made by increasing the stroke of the engine from 42.5mm to 45.1mm. We can expect better torque around the low to midrange power band and this provide the bike better power handling from the engine. The power of this bike are massive considering is only a ‘600’ bike for 131hp at 13,500RPM. The torque are recorded 70.5Nm at 11,500RPM.
The ZX-6R comes with ABS and KTRC (Kawasaki Traction Control), the same feature can only be found on ZX-10R previously. There are 4 mode available (including ‘Off’) that is Mode 1 for just a little traction control for much sliding, Mode 3 with more traction control applied for sporty driving with limited slip and Mode 3 to eliminates any chances of wheel slippage. There are also power control that comes in two settings, “Full” and “Low”. Full will give 100% of engine power sent to the rear wheel while Low will limits 80% of power. Both of the settings (KTRC and power control) works independently, so, you have maximum 8 settings to choose for.
This is definitely a great bike from Kawasaki. In terms of ‘interestingness’, I personally think that the current generation of ZX-6R carries the different aura than this ZX-6R 636. This makes both of the bike great in their own speciality. The 2012 ZX-6R contains a lot of curves and great double headlight but ZX-6R 636 have more sharp lines and edges which make its more beast-looking.
2013 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R 636 Specifications
Engine: Four-stroke, liquid-cooled, DOHC, four valves per cylinder, inline-four
Bore x stroke: 67.0 x 45.1mm
Compression ratio: 12.9:1
Fuel injection: DFI® with four 38mm Keihin throttle bodies and oval sub-throttles
Ignition: TCBI with digital advance
Final drive: 520 series X-ring chain
Rake / trail: 23.5 degrees / 4.0 in.
Frame type: Aluminum perimeter
Front tire: 120/70 ZR17
Rear tire: 180/55 ZR17
Wheelbase: 54.9 in.
Front suspension / wheel travel: 41mm inverted Showa BP-SFF fork with top-out springs, stepless compression and rebound damping, adjustable spring preload / 4.7 in.
Rear suspension / wheel travel: Bottom-link Uni-Trak® with gas-charged shock, top-out spring and pillow ball upper mount, stepless compression damping, 25-way adjustable rebound damping, fully adjustable spring preload / 5.3 in.
Front brakes: Dual 310mm petal rotors with dual radial-mount, Nissin four-piston, monobloc calipers
Rear brake: Single 220mm petal rotor with single-piston caliper
Overall length: 82.1 in.
Overall width: 27.8 in.
Overall height: 43.9 in.
Fuel capacity: 4.5 gal.
Seat height: 32.7 in.
Curb weight: 423.4 lbs.
Color choices: Pearl Flat Stardust White / Flat Ebony
Metallic Spark Black / Flat Ebony
Lime Green / Metallic Spark Black