Crazy for 2013 Kawasaki ZX6R

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Bigger is definitely better it comes to engine displacement in the supersport class. Kawasaki is again convinced that is the ticket to sales success in a segment in which only manufacturers Ducati (848 MV Agusta (F3 675) and Triumph 675) have recently willing to take risks. In the of the 2013 ZX-6R, the modest in engine capacity from 599 to feels like all the difference in the when you open the throttle.

isn’t the first time Kawasaki has broken with and built an oversize 600: 2003 and ’06, the company produced a 636cc ZX-6R. But this latest version, the 636 achieved its displacement increase via 2mm bores than its 599cc

I got plenty of practice on both and track during a two-day launch in Northern California included laps at Thunderhill and on the twisty mountain roads Chico.

Although sales of 600cc sportbikes have taken a big hit, Kawasaki the ZX-6R has been a consistent and is predicting that the new machine be its second-most-popular model in 2013. To its product stand out in a class by so many strong contenders, not only bumped up displacement by the existing four-cylinder engine but totally revised the twin-beam chassis and introduced the most electronics package found on any supersport.

Superior performance is to get you noticed, and I only needed a few in the saddle of the ZX-6R at Thunderhill to the engine’s newfound torque. learning a new racetrack, you have to out your shift points and the gear for each corner. In places, the 6R gave me the option of screaming or lugging the engine.

At carrying a taller gear out of a and letting the midrange torque me through to the next section of was a better option than the tachometer needle hovering 15,000 rpm and the engine’s 16,000-rpm rev

In fact, options are something the ZX-6R has in abundance. The new electronics offers four traction-control (including Off) and two power-output plus available ABS, the midsized Ninja with the best rider-aid system on a middleweight supersport.

On the racetrack, I Full power and TC 1 (least which provided exceptional with a bit of a security net. The day on the street ride in the nearby I found that TC 2 was the most in the chilly conditions without away too much performance. Low mode delivers identical up to roughly 7000 rpm, at point output is clipped to 80 of Full-ideal for rainy or slick

What makes the electronics so Their stealth presence, what. At Thunderhill, I was all but unaware of TC Great grip provided by the Bridgestone R10 race tires are standard) definitely contributed to a rear end, but the system’s nature kept it from overly intrusive.

On the street, TC 2 and 3 could be easily activated hard acceleration in now-shorter gear. Outside of my intentional I rarely noticed TC 2 cutting (or additionally, fuel and air in TC 3). I also encounter any hiccups from the fuel injection with its of 38mm throttle bodies; was perfect.

A top-notch chassis a steeper, 23.5-degree steering-head complements that hot-rod and electronics package. The Showa fork (Separate Function Big and revised Uni-Trak/Showa combo out delivered excellent front-end while I trail-braked deep corners, and it capably absorbed bumps. Helping tame entries is a new three-spring F.C.C. with slipper and assist the latter allegedly reducing at the lever by 25 percent.

Nissin front-brake calipers and larger, rotors are another significant That combination provided feel and power without a of grabbiness.


ZX-10R-like styling a revised ram-air intake, headlights and a restyled tailsection Z-shaped LED taillights also mention. New mirrors fitted reshaped glass provide the rear view of any sportbike in memory yet are no larger in overall than before. Three will be available: Metallic Black, Pearl Flat or Lime Green.

The standard model will a suggested retail price of add $1000 for ABS.

My initial of the 2013 ZX-6R was very Considering that the 599cc of the ZX-6R has been a Ten Best winner three of the past years, this performance-improved, refined technological leader has a chance of making that out of five. It’s really good.

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hopes to stimulate the sportbike with the return of a cult the 636-powered 2013 Kawasaki ZX-6R ($11,699). Team latest creation overlooks engine capacity limitations by a stroked 600cc-based engine to acceleration right where you it whether your ride on the or track.

ENGINE

The basic of the Ninja’s liquid-cooled Inline-Four including its case and 67mm dimension, is the same. Piston however has been increased to 45.1mm. This nets a increase in engine displacement Other key updates include the of pistons with an updated design to accommodate the revised lift valve timing

New shorter connecting rods and a new were also installed the engine’s compression ratio was slightly by 0.4 to 12.9:1 due to the bump in capacity.

Many of the intake and components were also for improved efficiency. The fuel-injection now employs only four instead of the previous dual-stage injector set-up. The new injectors are of delivering a higher, more dispersed volume of fuel. The of the engine’s intake and exhaust were also altered to for the added flow. Since the fuel-injectors have been the volume of the airbox could be

Lastly, the velocity stacks the throttle body were lengthened for greater engine at low rpm.

The exhaust was overhauled and the stainless-steel now employ cross-over tubes all four cylinders thereby the engine’s torque output at engine speeds. The muffler has a and more triangulated shape and the U.S. and European ZX-6Rs now identical states of engine and power.

You wouldn’t think a 6% in engine capacity would such a difference on the road-but it Bottom-end power is snappier, but the mid-range where the engine’s ‘oomph’ is most noticeable. At California’s Thunderhill Raceway site of this year’s Smackdown IX Track test, the drives off corners hard-especially the tachometer needle is pegged 8000 revs.

The added allowed us to run the bike a gear much like you would a 848 or a Suzuki GSX-R750. Top-end was good-on par with the old machine, it flattened out near redline. the engine spools up quick and lots of over-rev. We also how softly the rev limiter intrudes makes the bike feel it will never stop

Equally as pleasing is the roar of the It begins as a racy induction and transforms into a maniacal rpm shriek that will your eyelids flutter euphoria. The engine is pretty balanced though it does a small degree of vibration the handlebars which was only during the street ride.

never had an issue with the of cable tension required to the ZX-6R’s clutch lever, but the design proves to significantly lever pull, requiring no than one finger. It also a relatively wide range of which makes it easy to get off and Out on track the clutch proved to well under hard with it keeping the rear inline with zero

On the street we did notice that it offer as smooth actuation as the old under the most extreme when you’re purposely the back tire with the brake.

The ZX continues to employ the same cassette-style six-speed transmission the thickness of the gears has been to compensate for the added torque of the First gear has a lower which makes the bike to launch from a standstill as as enhancing straight line Lastly, a lighter O-ring chain was fitted.

Final gearing remains unchanged at

As we mentioned before, the engine’s powerband allowed us to actually a higher gear around of the corners on track and complemented the final drive gearing Our only really complaint is the of an electronic quickshifter, especially the hardware is becoming standard on brand’s offerings.

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Kawasaki Square Four 2 Stroke Prototype

involvement in the aerospace industry is when you see the ’13 bike’s The air intake is larger and the forward is positioned at a sharper angle for drag and to better shield the extremities from wind. The beams, turn signals and LED are also updated and said to greater brightness and visibility before. We’ll have to Kawasaki’s word for it as we didn’t the opportunity to ride the bike dark.

Another nice is the pentagon-shaped mirrors which a wider view from

The primary components of the ZX-6R’s including the frame and swingarm, are for ’13. What has changed is the castor angle (from 24 to in an effort to sharpen steering. the change is a new steering stem that is claimed to further any binding.

Both front and suspension components are new and feature the technology from technical Showa. The fork now employs Big Separate Fork Function design which makes use of a spring in each leg. is split between legs the left housing spring adjustment.

The right leg offers and rebound damping tuning.

are made atop each leg makes dialing in the damping less of a chore. The set-up uses fewer components reducing weight, and of course The gas-charged shock also some attention and is now nearly one longer from eyelet to The spring rate has also reduced by 7.5% and it operates a more progressive linkage.

As before the shock offers preload, compression and rebound adjustment.

Predictable, rock handling has been a hallmark of Kawasaki’s middleweight since its major overhaul (2009), and the new expounds on those characteristics by quicker steering than before. In fact it turns corners so sharply, and with little effort, it’ll some time for your to adjust to its precision.

The damping controlled chassis pitch flaw during all-out and acceleration but felt like it a degree of its hard core ability at that nine-tenths But it’s a small compromise on how well the bike’s suspension on the street. Granted, the freshly rode we treaded on during the of our 70-plus mile street was smooth but the Ninja’s suspension over the occasional bump still serving up a sporty but not taut ride.

Last Ninja was certainly not lacking in of stopping power. But the new model to evolve performance with the of new-generation monobloc-style calipers by Nissin. The calipers employ pistons compared to the 30/32mm before. The design also each binder to be more and lighter, too.

The calipers to larger diameter petal-style (up 10mm to 310mm). In spite of the size the weight of the discs is since the thickness has been by 1mm to 5mm.

The 220mm rear brake is also new and borrowed the Ninja ZX-10R. A new Bosch-sourced ABS is now available for a $1000 upcharge. The offers only one fixed and cannot be disabled. It also almost five pounds to the of the motorcycle.

The machines we rode not fitted with the ABS option so have to reserve comment for a time.

On the track the Kawasaki’s brakes to be downright spectacular. We’ve a lot of laps at Thunderhill and we were by how deep the Kawasaki would run corners. A firm two finger on the front lever netted stopping power with a level of feel-and the best is that the chassis stayed to the ground without excessive (credit also goes to the new

The brakes do fade ever-so-slightly prolonged heavy use which us adjusting out the position of the lever but the six-levels of available adjustment a moot point, unless you crazy large hands and you lean hard on the brake

The Kawasaki continues to roll on six-spoke cast aluminum (the front hub has modified to work with the updated set-up) shod with S20 high-performance road tire in 120/70-17 front and 180/55-17 We had limited time on these but they served up plenty of for medium-to-fast paced cornering and warm-up time was quick,

Kawasaki trickles down its electronics package as used on its top shelf sportbikes. The ZX-6R can now choose from two separate power modes: Full and As the name implies, Full mode allows access to engine performance, all the time, at any

The ZX-6R’s traction control is another first for the Japanese class. The set-up borrows from the Ninja ZX-14R a pair of wheel speed The electronics monitor front and wheel speeds and compute from the engine’s other to calculate when wheel can potentially occur.

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