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kAWASAKI zx6r Ninja 2014
(ZX600-RCF)

Kawasaki ZX6R Ninja

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The Key to the Evolution of the Kawsaki Ninja ZX6R

This model is carried on in order to continue to be able to offer a highly competitive machine for the racing world.

Engine & Performance
From 2009 the Ninja ZX6R got a new engine that weighs 2Kg less than the old one helping towards the total weight saving of 10KG yes, 10KG. In fact, throw a leg over it and it actually feels like Kawasaki have shed a lot more than 10 kilos.

New double bore intake funnels (“velocity stacks”) feature inlets at two different heights, allowing performance increases in both the mid- and high-rpm ranges. Optimised cam nitriding and tappets with increased durability enabled the use of high-load cam profiles which improve overall performance. The Kawasaki ZX6R has new pistons with new profiles and improved crown finishing to contribute to the gain in performance. Molybdenum coating on piston skirts reduces friction, piston rings with less tension reduce mechanical loss and revised cam chain guides stabilise chain motion, further contributing to reduced mechanical loss. Revised exhaust collector layout contributes to improved low and mid-range performance while maintaining high-rpm performance.

As seems to have become the norm with the late date Kawasaki superbikes, a slipper clutch that really does the business comes as standard fitment on this new ZX6R Ninja.

The Chassis
While structure of the main frame is basically the same as that of the ZX6R from 2008, revised rigidity around the swingarm pivot and the rear engine mounts optimises front-rear rigidity balance. A 2-piece sub-frame is an aluminium die-casting consisting of a front and rear section. This layout for the 2009 Kawasaki Ninja enables a very precise and very lightweight construction. The new sub-frame is also very narrow, allowing the rear of the machine to be very compact and slim. Steering head angle (rake) has been adjusted in order to allow the ZX6R to turn in more easily. An ohlins steering damper has been fitted as standard ensuring that the more agressive attitude of the Kawasaki ZX6R does not get out of hand.

Suspension and Big Piston Forks (BPF) - Here's what Kawasaki have to say

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"The new BPF is one of the great contributing factors to the new Ninja ZX6R ’s great composure under braking. Compared to a cartridge-type fork of the same size, the BPF features a main piston almost twice the size (φ37 mm vs φ20 mm on ZX6R of 2008); oil inside the BPF acts on a surface area almost four times the size. The larger surface area allows the damping pressure to be reduced while ensuring the damping force remains the same. Reducing the damping pressure allows the slide pipe to move more smoothly, which is especially noticeable at the initial part of the stroke. The result is greater control as the fork begins to compress and very calm attitude change as bike weight shifts forward when reducing speed, and thus greater chassis stability on corner entry. Because the BPF eliminates many of the internal components used in a cartridge-type fork, construction is simplified resulting in lighter overall fork weight. Compression and rebound damping adjustment are located at the top of each fork tube. Preload adjustment is at the bottom of the ZX6R fork."

The Brakes
The radially mounted front calipers of the Kawasaki ZX6R that grip the two 300mm front wavey discs are driven by a very powerful radial master cylinder that allows the brakes to put the new forks to task.

The Instruments
In the heat of battle, even racers occasionally lose track of what gear they’re in. The convenient gear position sensor gives instant information to the rider. The clocks are very clear and clean to read with the swiftest of glances.

The new Ninja ZX6R offers the power of a high-performance 600 mated with the nimble handling characteristics of a small-displacement racer. A combination that raises middleweight supersport performance to a new level.

KAWASAKI ZX6R COLOURS - Lime Green, Ebony and Blue

 

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Kawasaki ZX6R 2013 Model Specifications

Engine type Liquid-cooled, 4-stroke In-Line Four
Displacement 599 cm³
Bore x stroke 67.0 x 42.5 mm
Compression ratio 13.3:1
Valve/Induction system DOHC, 16 valves
Maximum power 94.1 kW {128 PS} / 14,000 rpm
Maximum power with RAM Air 98.5 kW {134 PS} / 14,000 rpm
Maximum torque 66.7 N.m {6.8 kgf.m} / 11,800 rpm
Fuel system Fuel injection: ø38 mm x 4 (Keihin) with oval sub-throttles, dual injection
Ignition Digital
Starting Electric
Lubrication Forced lubrication, wet sump
Transmission 6-speed, return, cassette
Final Drive Sealed chain
Primary reduction ratio 1.900 (76/40)
Gear ratios: 1st 2.714 (38/14)
Gear ratios: 2nd 2.200 (33/15)
Gear ratios: 3rd 1.850 (37/20)
Gear ratios: 4th 1.600 (32/20)
Gear ratios: 5th 1.421 (27/19)
Gear ratios: 6th 1.300 (26/20)
Final reduction ratio 2.688 (43/16)
Clutch Wet multi-disc, manual
Frame type Perimeter, pressed-aluminium
Rake/Trail 24˚ / 103 mm
Suspension, front 41 mm inverted fork with top-out springs
Compression damping: Stepless
Rebound damping: Stepless
Spring preload: Fully adjustable (0-15 mm)
Suspension, rear Bottom-Link Uni-Trak with gas-charged shock, top-out spring and pillow ball upper mount
Compression damping: Stepless, dual-range (high/low-speed)
Rebound damping: 25-way
Spring preload:Fully adjustable (5.5-15.5 mm)
Wheel travel, front 120 mm
Wheel travel, rear 134 mm
Tyre, front 120/70ZR17M/C (58W)
Tyre, rear 180/55ZR17M/C (73W)
Brakes, front Dual semi-floating 300 mm (x t6 mm) petal discs
Dual radial-mount, opposed 4-piston (aluminium), 4-pad, Nissin
Brakes, rear Single 220 mm (x t5 mm) petal disc
Single-bore pin-slide, aluminium piston, Tokico
Steering angle, left / right 27˚ / 27˚
Dimensions (L x W x H) 2,090 mm x 705 mm x 1,115 mm
Wheelbase 1,400 mm
Ground Clearance 120 mm
Seat height 815 mm
Fuel capacity 17 litres
Curb Mass 191 kg
Automatic Headlights On (AHO) n/a
Complies to EU emission limit -
** This is now a wet weight wth full fuel tank and battery installed etc.

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