For over two decades now, the Kawasaki ZX-6R has been the quintessential bike for riders who want to take their chops on the track to the next level.
Though Kawasaki didn’t reinvent the wheel when they built the ZX-6R, they did what they’ve always done best but better, which was create a modest, mid-price bike that helped to give mid-level riders something a bit more potent than what they were used to.
A Look Back at the Birth of the Kawasaki ZX-6R
The ZX Series has been around since the 1980s and the line of Kawasaki motorcycles with the Ninja Stamp still carry the name today. The Kawasaki ZX-6R first hit the streets back in 1995 to replace the ZX-9R.
Fearless Performance – The Kawasaki ZX-6R
The 2019 Kawasaki ZX-6R uses the same 636cc inline-four engine that it has been using since 2013. The engine provides 110 horsepower and has a pretty decent amount of power just below the 7,000 rpm line.
The drive gearing has been shortened to 15/43 to help tighten the feel of the bike and riders now get to choose between full and low power modes. An up-only quickshifter is now standard on the bike, as well as a traction control system.
Over The Years – The Kawasaki ZX-6R (1995-Present)
The first major change for the ZX-6R was in 2002 when the company decided to bump up the engine to 636 ccs in order to increase the available torque. By 2003, the engine was fuel-injected to raise the speed by about 500 rpm.
2009 saw a dramatic appearance change with a redesigned exhaust and a far more angular look to better match the ZX-10R in terms of aesthetic. By 2013, the bike was completely redesigned with the 636cc engine and two fuel maps on the handlebars, as well as new side fairings, a new frame, and a new dash.
The Kawasaki ZX-6R In the News
In recent Kawasaki news, Ryan Jones has just won the ASRA National Sprints at Roebling Road Raceway. He began the 25-minute GTU race on his gorgeous Kawasaki ZX-6R.
Celebrity Endorsements of the Kawasaki ZX-6R
Though you might not expect this Australian singer and fashionista to be a motorcycle diva, you can see Kylie Minogue on her decked-out Kawasaki ZX-6R, absolutely dominating the streets.
The Kawasaki ZX-6R in Pop Culture
As one of the slickest sportbikes on the market right now, the ZX-6R can be seen just about everywhere. Keep an eye out for this bike in the music video for Defiant Order by Birdy Nam Nam, the music video for Omen by Disclosure and Sam Smith, and the film Barely Legal,
Best Kawasaki ZX-6R Groups
Surprisingly enough, one of the biggest ZX-6R clubs that we’ve been able to find is on Facebook! This group, which has 15k members, is filled with ZX-6R owners from all around the world.
The Kawasaki ZX-6R – A Supersport Monster
With decades of evolution under its belt, the Kawasaki has continued to evolve into what is now one of the top track-designed bikes on the market. We can only imagine that Kawasaki will continue to raise the bar in the realm of supersport bikes for years to come.