Kawasaki has some of the best looking bikes in its portfolio and one of them is Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R. It is a 600 CC motorcycle that has been attracting customers for the past four years. Recently, Kawasaki USA has launched the new 2013 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R. No doubt its been a long while since the bike was launched and there has been no major update since then.
The new 2013 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R is a stunning machine with 636 CC 4 stroke, liquid cooled inline 4 cylinder MPFI engine with 4 valves per cylinder. This engine is mated to a 6 speed transmission gearbox. The chassis frame of the 2013 ZX-6R is made out of aluminum perimeter frame. Tyre size on front is 120/70 ZR17 and on the rear is chunky 180/55-ZR17 which gives it the grip it needs to utilize the power of its mighty motor.
image – 2011 Kawasaki ZX-6R
Kawasaki ZX-6R Official Videos
The kerb weight of the 2013 ZX-6R is 192 Kg or 423 lbs. with a fuel tank capacity of 4.5 gallons. The dimensions are: LxWxH = 82.1 in x 27.8 in x 43.9 in. It comes with a standard 1 year warranty and the colour options include:
- Pearl Flat Stardust White /Flat Ebony
- Metallic Spark Black / Flat Ebony
- Lime Green / Metallic Spark Black
The front brakes are large 310 mm petal dual disks with Nissin four-piston, monoblock calipers while the rear brakes use single 220 mm disk with single piston caliper. Talking of suspension, the rear wheels use a Bottom-link Uni-Trak with gas-charged shock, top-out spring and pillow ball upper mount, step-less compression damping. The front suspension unit is a 41mm diameter inverted Showa BP-SFF fork with top-out springs, step-less compression and rebound damping.
The argument may have emerged but a new ZX-6R next year is not justified. The market situation for supersports 600 class is pretty much not in favour of the bike and this is not the case in the UK only but in markets like Europe and America too. Moreover other major manufacturers have also not brought major changes to their 600 products.
Honda hasn’t updated its CBR600RR and only brought a handful of tweaks and ABS option back in 2009. Yamaha’s R6 is bears the same original look since its launch in 2008. Suzuki is the only manufacturer that has dared to act differently and launched the updated version of GSX-600R in 2011. So evidently the ZX-6R is younger to its competitors and there is no sense in updating the same in 2013.
The ZX-6R is strong in terms of looks but when it comes to performance it is not as impressive as its Japanese counterparts. So spending heavily on the development of a new model would be a big gamble as no one is sure about its sales performance.
2013 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R Price In USA
The ZX-6R is priced starting at US $11,699 in the USA. Detailed price information is as follows:
- Pearl Flat Stardust White / Flat Ebony / $11,699 ($12,699 ABS)
- Metallic Spark Black / Flat Ebony / $11,699 ($12,699 ABS)
- Lime Green / Metallic Spark Black / $11,699 ($12,699 ABS)
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