2003 Kawasaki ZX-6R & ZX6-RR — Feature Review — Motorcyclist Online

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Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6 RR
Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6 RR

2003 Kawasaki ZX-6R

Thirty years after the Z1 motorcycle, Kawasaki comes out with a fresh pair of sportbikes

Why do midsize sportbikes under a 599cc ceiling most live out their wearing license plates of number plates? Kawasaki has answers for that question in the of two all-new 600s. First, this 636cc ZX-6R for the blessed with a dollop of displacement for more useable just like the 2002 636 that never made it

Then, for you ambitious sods who are going racing, the limited-edition shuffles cylinder dimensions the same all-new engine to stay 600 Super-sport-legal, then a couple of tricks of its own. The news is that both are basically the same; the standard-spec 636 with 95 percent of the trickery of its exclusive little brother.

Valve caps and fuel-tank are the same. Otherwise, all resemblances to ’02-spec 600s are nil. visual and mechanical R6 allusions, are clear. Although hard are elusive in this preproduction the new ZX-6R is noticeably more than its predecessor. We figure come in at least 10 pounds than the current-spec, 435-pound ZX-6R.

Every other facet of the assembly aims at creating a sporting package.

The ergonomic is take-no-prisoners compact: less for gangly arms and legs. the cockpit, modern electronics instrumentation into one round LCD pod. The digital speedometer is by a bar-graph tach, complete a tantalizing, 15,500-rpm redline.

beyond the typical array of lights, 6R instrumentation includes a light—programmable from 12,000 to rpm—to signal the rev limit’s arrival. There’s also a by new handlebar switch gear—that can your last 99 laps on day.

Right now, chassis are limited to what you can see, the good news is that bikes share the same bones. The new twin-spar aluminum looks lighter and more than before. Braking and bits are clear signals Kawasaki aims to build its heart-… serious 600s The 41mm Kayaba fork is the inverted unit on a modern 600.

Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6 RR

Now look at the brakes: calipers—big news on the racetrack a over a year ago—are equipment. In theory, aligning and rotor in this radial increases stopping power by the inherent flex of a standard and allowing a more rigid design. Each four-pot front caliper pushes brake pads instead of the two, theoretically turning leading edges against the into more stopping

The 636cc heart of the matter from 599cc by adding 2mm to its ancestor’s 66mm bores and with the same 43.8mm The cylinder head itself 10mm lower, and gets and exhaust valves that are shorter. Crankcases and assorted structures are shorter, too.

A NACA-style duct feeds the fire—no more carburetors—funneling atmosphere straight through the head, which is much efficient than bending two around it. Although cam-timing are predictably murky, adjustable on the cams themselves are more and there’s less lift for power at five-digit rev levels.

Kawasaki is betting big chips on its new arsenal. The venerable ZX-6E is for an encore as the ZZR600; it’s a bookend to the ’02 ZZ-R1200. The 6R also be very competitively at $7,999. Beyond that, numbers for the ’03 ZX-6R—including its RR sibling—will jump 50 percent last year’s levels.

time and real test will tell us how well bet plays out, but one thing’s for This is prime time to be in the for a new 600.

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