2009 Honda CBR600RR vs. 2009 Kawasaki ZX-6R Comparison Test Review

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2009 Honda CBR600RR vs. Kawasaki ZX-6R – Comparison Green to the extreme.

Photography by Blades

Green, it seems, is the buzz-word to sweep the planet. this, green that,” the Capital Hill privileged purportedly represent us overtaxed While politicians produce hot CO2 to feed a forest and burn newly printed notes as if grew on trees, my idea of transportation is the pair of irrefutably machines we have here.

The in a long line of green Kawasaki’s lime-colored Ninja has been thoroughly reworked for Now even Big Red has boarded the G train, its CBR600RR in a timely metallic-green-on-black scheme. Either of these sportbikes represents a righteous at a time when excess may be as a self-indulgent character flaw.

is, both of these bikes are performers well capable of with the liter-class elite on roads and racetracks.

Honda has down the honor of Best Streetbike the past two years in World’s Ten Best Bikes Aside from offering a option(our testbike was the non-ABS Honda has elected to play out its in 2009 with no significant to the 600RR. Kawasaki has risen to the with a host of 6R updates at improved midrange delivery and handling.

Headlining the list of ZX-6R changes is the use of a Showa Big Piston providing improved damping primarily during the …’s of direction.

Before we pitted the two head-to-head at the track and on the street, was rolled onto the Cycle and dyno. At 398 pounds without the Kawi has shed an impressive 16 closing up on the 386-pound class-featherweight Comparing dyno charts the fruits of Kawasaki’s labor.

A broad torque spread steadily off idle and hits its at 8000 rpm, maintaining foot-pounds beyond 14,000 The Honda holds a slight in torque production from to 12,000 rpm, but it rolls on top with a 10-hp disparity to the impressive 110.2 peak at 14,000 rpm. Both generous over-rev with tailing off out to their respective rev-limiters.

Pulling cleanly away a stop is equally easy either bike, with little throttle application or above idle required to do so. bike suffers from any of hesitation at basement revs in its gears, making each a to ride in town. The same true for the slick shifting when working through six-speed gearboxes.

A tangible is revealed at freeway cruise Both run in the same 6500–7000-rpm at an indicated 70–80 mph, but the clearly stands out, only a hint of vibration through its bars. Not that the high-pitched tingle felt in the CBR is a deal-breaker, but the difference is noticeable.

riders will find the more spacious than the its riding position a bit more out with a slightly longer to the bars. The tinted ZX windscreen is taller, offering a little wind protection, but shorter may find that the turbulent over the top of the screen rocks helmets. Both have roomy saddles allowing of fore/aft movement and making it to fold into a full-tuck

Both saddles are narrow they meet the tank, in less leg-reach to the ground, the ZX’s slimmer midsection and seat height favoring riders in that regard.

ride comfort over slabs is no big priority for either of supersports, both are adept the suspension clickers have dialed back. Even settings provided a tolerable of stiff compliance on the highway, and response and chassis composure excellent for backroad blitzing.

runs to the top of nearby Glendora Road provided as much of a between the bikes’ power characteristics as had the freeway transit for vibration levels. A spirited pace on this twisty of two-lane made frequent use of and third gear, with an visit to fourth throughout the climb.

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The CBR’s 599cc inline-Four with an electric rheostat-like between twistgrip and rear exiting every corner—even third-gear bends that saw drop to 7000 rpm. sharing identical bore-and-… with the Honda, the ZX-6R, by displayed softness below rpm that had previously gone A discernable rush of acceleration on at 8000 rpm, lending to the newly restyled tachometer that places visual on rpm increments at 8000 revs and

Both felt wonderfully when hustled corner-to-corner, giving the slightest hint of The CBR’s weight advantage and wheelbase make for slightly steering, most evident in side-to-side transitions between corners.

A steady tailwind our dragstrip results with times and trap speeds the quarter-mile. The CBR’s upper-midrange gave it a holeshot advantage the ZX’s top-end surge was to overcome. Our test site is 2500 feet above sea so it stands to reason that at elevation the ZX would require less clutch slip to get off the with authority.

Our final phase of testing us to the bumpy and technically busy of Willow Springs road It proved an ideal venue for the BPF front end to strut its stuff, the perceptible difference being a rate of dive when applying the brakes compared to the conventional inverted cartridge The ZX also exhibited less chassis pitch than did the characteristic of a firm setup, yet it the CBR’s level of bump

Both bikes are equipped a steering damper, an electronically unit on the CBR and a manually adjustable damper on the ZX. While both exhibited headshake while the same couple of patches of surface, the Kawasaki maintained composure and instilled greater confidence. The Ninja’s slight in handling competence and top-end proved an unbeatable combination, a best lap time of 1:23.10 to the quickest of 1:23.55.

Quality of fit and finish is superb on but we give the nod to the Kawi for its more styling. It also offers a feature-rich instrument cluster its gear-selection indicator, shift and lap-timing mode.

The middleweight environment has never looked While I’m no tree-hugger, picking a between this pair of machines feels like a beautiful redwood. While is deserving, Kawasaki has grown while Honda has stood

Price is a factor, as well; at the Ninja undercuts the CBR by $700.

Kawasaki ZX 6 RR
Kawasaki ZX 6 RR
Kawasaki ZX 6 RR
Kawasaki ZX 6 RR


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