2005 Kawasaki ZX-6R First Ride — Motorcycle USA

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Kawasaki ZX 130 KAZE
Kawasaki ZX 130 KAZE

2005 Kawasaki ZX-6R Ride

2005 Kawasaki

During the press introduction of the CBR600RR, a Honda spokesman the middleweight sportbike class as the of the industry. This much is true for Team Green, actually jump-started the 600cc class with the introduction of the Ninja way back in 1985.

How is this market for Kawasaki. its 636cc ZX-6R was the best selling for Kawasaki’s U.S. arm among any of its products, selling in even numbers than its kid’s and dirt machines.

In 2003, the ZX the first in its class to come with an inverted fork and front brakes, not to mention power from its 37cc-larger engine. It made a strong during our 2003 Supersport but was held back to third by unsorted suspension components and an gearbox.

Just one year Kawasaki made some to the ZX’s suspension which vault it up to second place in our Supersport Shootout.

And for 2005-just two after its ground-up redesign-Kawasaki is us what amounts to an all-new ZX-6R on the anniversary of the Ninja 600R, the of the super-sporty 600cc machines.

A look at the pics reveals the most obvious changes: new bodywork and a swoopy undertail system. But there’re many unseen modifications that this new ZX a clear cut above the model.

Kawasaki sent us and 100 other motojournalists from the world to the south of Spain to its new ZX in the twisty mountain roads and on the fun and Almeria circuit. Since I last year’s ZX as my favorite in the class, I was expecting good from the new package-and I wasn’t

Our first day aboard the bikes was to be spent lapping the Almeria but unwelcome rain blew in to our hot laps. Instead we took the screamers for a sortie in the nearby Although blessed with a California-like climate, some of less-traveled roads aren’t smooth.

This was actually a in disguise, as the pock-marked roads the perfect test for the ZX’s new suspension. Replacing the previous components, the new Showa fork and proved to be a huge improvement at the bike composed over The 41mm fork is much supple than the old bike, it not only more comfortable but better behaved.

The fully adjustable rear works through a more linkage ratio to provide a balance that the old bike lacked.

Good stuff here are the new petal-shaped brake Showa inverted fork, radiator and daintier turn

Kawasaki altered the ZX’s position to make it more the successful ZX-10R. The steering has been pulled back by and, with less on the wrists from closer a rider feeds in less into the steering, which was in the wet conditions we initially rode in. making the ZX more comfy is a that no longer slopes the fuel tank.

Speaking of tanks, Kawasaki has taken a cue the CBR600RR. Its new split-seam design the airbox in the forward section the aft portion contains the fuel, greatly to improved mass while also feeling narrow between the knees. A to oval sub-throttle bodies-a on any production motorcycle, according to keep the midsection’s width and are said to offer better power.

Fine-atomizing injectors in the bodies provide squirt light-wrist activity, while injectors mounted high in the kick in above at 5500 rpm for a top-end rush.

The little has enjoyed a power advantage the puny 600s due to its larger and that lead stretches with the 2005 model. has totally redesigned the 636cc for more power everywhere. the intake and exhaust valves one extra millimeter in size for flow through the new cylinder while revised cam profiles aid the and midrange power.

Sounds a fatter powerband overall, and the way it feels in practice. It has a very powerband for a 600, making it seem slower than it is. Helping both ends of the rev is an exhaust valve, the first to be to a middleweight sportbike.

Located in the muffler, the valve is shut at rpm for some added backpressure boosts torque, and then up at higher rpm, taking its from engine speed and position, for a less obstructed at high rpm.

The new ZX-6R is to make 124 horsepower at 12,500 a gain of about 8 ponies the ’04 bike’s rating. And by the way my bike quickly got up to an indicated 168 mph on a Spanish straightaway, I’m a We expect the ZX to be the first 600 (more or to top 110 hp at the rear wheel when we get a chance to strap it to the dyno.

More power is always and for riders with this of thinking you might want to around for a European-spec ECU for your or Canadian ZX. Kawi tells us peak power of its North versions is down about 5 from the European models due to ECU programming necessary to meet noise regulation specifications, differ (rpm, angle of meter, etc.) from standards.

The European bike its peak power 1500 rpm than the U.S, bike (at rpm). Peak torque is The all-stainless-steel exhaust systems are

There ain’t no replacement for Corner exits are more with the king kong of its class.

The smooth new curves of the inlet not only look prettier, they also to a more proficient system, a straighter path and more internal shape that is to bump peak power to 130 hp at speeds. As a side note, says the 599cc ZX-6RR, new for ’05, comes up about 7 short of the big-bore version.

For the several years, steering has gotten more radical, rake, trail and wheelbase getting ever shorter. the tide is beginning to swing the way. Just as Yamaha has its twitchy steering  YZF-R6 for so too has Kawasaki with the ZX’s new frame.

Rake goes up a to 25.0 and 11mm has been to its trail, up to 106mm. A more cylinder angle, from 25 to 20 makes the engine more front to rear, allowing it to be further forward in the frame. The for ’05 is a slightly shorter despite a desirably longer which now features a braced for added rigidity.

Its engine are now beefier, helping make the more rigid and reducing the transferred to its rider.

On the Spanish roads, the ZX proves quick to and is especially neutral for such a tool. A new set of lightweight wheels are similar to the thin-spoked beauties to the ZX-10R aid hurried transitions due to rotating mass. The gearbox on the ZX is now better than ever, as the shift-drum locator arm receives a new to make it slicker.

The ZX retains Kawasaki’s neutral-finder that some of us feel no place on a pure sportbike, as it into neutral from gear while rolling to a is almost impossible. However, seems to be an easier task before.

Our forays through Spanish countryside included of stops for photography and roadside which gave us ample to take in the dramatic new styling of the ZX. Its is now more graceful, its profile With the new underseat exhaust, the tail gets the most

It cleans up the rear end, off the delicately shaped new passenger brackets, the braced aluminum and the clear-lensed LED taillight. What was perhaps the ugly duckling of the has blossomed into a real

So far so good, although there are two nits that need to be The narrow-set mirrors can’t see a rider’s arms, necessitating the ungraceful of Chicken Dance for a rearward view. (Thankfully, we in Spain, a country that has yet to speed enforcement as a great generator.) Also, the lightweight footpegs can be slicker than with wet boot soles.

to Team Green for creating a set of clothes that don’t flashy decals to make it exciting.

In the evening prior to our day, it rained like we in the Scottish Highlands. Great, travel all the way to Spain and have to a test based only on 40 miles of street riding. by late morning the next day we had a Spanish sun to dry the devilish Circuito de

It was almost exactly two years that I had my first glimpse of when I was there to ride the Ducati 749S. But with blind rises that into tricky corners the 2.5 miles of undulating blacktop in the of rural Spain, the track easy to master. I needed as cooperation as I could get from the

In previous years, the ZX-6R not have been the best on which to learn a track, in comparison to the rider-friendly CBR and R6. The new ZX changes as it offers beautiful steering is exceedingly neutral, tainted slightly by a tendency to stand up braking. The ZX’s extra and new engine tuning results in a wider powerband than the 600s, and its brakes are as good as out there.

The engine is not just more but it’s also more A new cold-start function makes for one-button ignition, and the dual-stage injection performs flawlessly. If a regular MCUSA reader, know one of our pet peeves is abrupt from many fuel-injection when reapplying throttle a closed position.

The ZX is thankfully of this bugaboo, offering smooth throttle response makes it easy to dial in from a closed throttle upsetting the chassis.

Almeria’s turn that leads on to the back straight really the ZX a chance to stretch its legs. The third gear has been slightly taller to deliver a flow of acceleration during the to fourth. The indentation in the top of the fuel gives a rider a smidge room to tuck in under the although the more sharply windscreen doesn’t offer protection as previous ZXs.

Kawasaki ZX 130 KAZE

By the end of the the speedometer regularly indicated 153 mph I needed to hammer on the brakes. The package is still the same unit that has been hated for its hard-to-read LCD tach, the yellow shift light is when timing full-throttle Kawasaki says the ZX-6R is the Ninja they’ve yet built, a massive 15% improvement in aero that is worth about 10 at 160 mph!

Although much has made about underseat systems being more Kawi engineers say the difference in is not so much.

New Showa suspension and chassis geometry make the best handling ZX-6R

When it comes time to off those elevated speeds, the new brakes can handle whatever is at them. The rotors are now petal-shaped and rear, and the front discs in diameter from 280mm to Just as important for control and is the new radial master cylinder for the brakes; it offers a very lever similar to the ’05 R6 that impressed us so much, and an bleed screw makes unwanted air out of the system a whole lot

The front brakes are incredibly yet very easy to modulate, and the feels less twitchy braking, perhaps due to the centrally fuel tank. The twin-piston caliper and 230mm rear is weak, which I like it offers a greater range of before locking up in sketchy conditions.

Corner entries are made thanks to Kawasaki fitting the slipper clutch as equipped on the ’04 ZX-6RR. Just on the gas as late as you dare down straight before sending the nose diving under the from the excellent binders. simply bang down the

It matters not how smoothly a rider rpm on downshifts because the slipper allows the rear wheel to freely without any of the annoying hop that can occur during downchanges. The ZX’s clutch be a bit grabby when pulling from a stop, but the slipper itself is awesome-someday every will have one.

We the first half of the day at the track on the Bridgestone BT-014s, which to have a decent amount of for a street tire on a racetrack. A rep in attendance said the Kawi-specific 014 is a lighter than the normal tire. With Yamaha on the 70-series front tire the ZX-6R is the only middleweight a shorter side profile.

engineers say they chose the front tire because it is and offers quick handling, yet remains stable. That hanging on to the bars too much maximum acceleration can induce headshake. The solution is to grip with your knees.

our lunchbreak, Bridgestone technicians on sets of their sticky Like most race-compound the 002s are available only in the 120/70-17 size. A bit more preload was dialed in to somewhat for the taller front tire, similar steering characteristics the expected increase in grip.

at the greater angles of dangle possible by the predictable stick of the buns, I never managed to down a footpeg.

Note the in the top of the fuel tank that a rider to tuck in behind the raked windscreen.

Where’s the you might ask? Although didn’t highlight this during its Powerpoint presentation, the ZX has up a few extra pounds during its seven to be exact. Kawasaki the slipper clutch and undertail system are heavier than the they replace, and partial must fall on the 40mm radiator that offers cooling.

But, since it was the lightest of the last year, its expected weight of 392 lbs is still very

While we’re at it, I’ll out that the gearbox was occasionally to make clutchless upshifts at the Also, fuel range be reduced on the ’05 bike its tank’s capacity has been from 4.8 to 4.5 gallons, matching the and Yamaha.

Hmmm, fly a journalist to and get a glowing review of a new bike. While we do appreciate the air miles, the is the new ZX-6R will finish at or the top of its class in virtually every that good.

Just in 2003 when the ZX-6R radial-mount brakes and an inverted to the middleweight class, Kawasaki to deliver the trick stuff, the first to offer an exhaust and a slipper clutch among its Of course, that stuff money and the ZX’s higher MSRP proves it. Now trailing the $8799 CBR, the Kawi for 200 clams more than the R6 and a $400 more than the GSX-R600.

And coming up from the is the new Triumph Daytona 650, displacement-bending entry to the class lists for just $7999. Yamaha and Honda have improved their offerings in class, so it’s going to be interesting supersport shootout in when we bring all the contenders at once.

But regardless of price, no denying the intrinsic goodness into the new ZX-6R. The mission of any engineer is to make the latest faster, better handling and attractive, and the boys at Kawasaki delivered, adding the bonuses of braking, slicker shifting, a suspension and a wider, more powerband.

Hey Kawi brass, be expecting bonus checks year.

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Kawasaki ZX 130 KAZE
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Kawasaki ZX 130 KAZE
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