Meet the new ZX-6R: new styling, upgraded electronics, street-use features
Kawasaki updated its ZX-6R inline-four supersport machine for 2019. We can’t say it’s an all new bike, but considering the fact that the 600cc sports bikes market is having a difficult time, we should be pleased that at least Kawasaki didn’t abandon the race.
There’s the same 636 cc inline-four engine – 130hp @13,500 rpm and 70 Nm of torque at 11,000 rpm but it gets shorter gearing due to a revised final ratio thad adds up to the engine’s strong low-end. There’s an assist & slipper clutch that offers lighter lever feel and backtorque limiting function and the Kawasaki Traction Control – three modes. The 2019 Kawasaki ZX-6R also offers two riding modes.
The new version features radial-mount monobloc calipers and large-diameter semi-floating 310mm front discs. The tires: Bridgeston Battlax Hypersport S22.
The quickshifter works only for upshifting. The curb mass: 196 kg.
It will be available in two different colors – green and black.
As for the looks, the 2019 Kawasaki ZX-6R gets LED headlight, a redesigned front cowling and a new tail cowl. The dash now includes a fuel gauge and remaining range info.
By looking at the ZX-6R “key features” outlined on the official website, we get the impression that Kawasaki suggests that this new Ninja is not only track focused, but also features some street-dedicated updates: fuel range, “strong low and mid-range torque for increased usability in everyday street-riding situations” or “a shorter final gear 1 ratio (43/16 >> 43/15) further emphasises the engine’s strong low-end. Well suited to the Ninja ZX-6R’s street focus, this change promises even more fun on the street and on winding roads”.