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The Middleweight King Returns to Rule the Streets

The new 2013 Ninja® ZX™-6R marks the return of a middleweight sportbike legend, three numbers that strike fear into the heart of the competition: six...three...six. It is a tradition born of street cred and racetrack domination, a performance boost offered at the same price as the competition’s regular six hundreds, and it’s a machine that screams Performance Counts! The new ZX-6R honors a dominating family tradition – started ten years ago with the first 636, a revolutionary machine that blew-away the competition’s 600's on the street and won races against factory 750's on the track.


Model Year
Ninja® ZX™-6R
Starting at MSRP


82.1 in.
43.9 in.
27.8 in.
Curb: 423.4 lbs.
54.9 in.
Seat Height
32.7 in.


4-stroke, DOHC, 4-valves per cylinder, inline-4
636 cc
Bore x Stroke
67 x 45.1 mm
Compression Ratio
Fuel System
DFI® with (4) 38 mm Keihin throttle bodies and oval sub-throttles
Fuel Tank Capacity
4.5 gal.
TCBI with digital advance


Final Drive
520 series X-ring chain


Front: (2) 310 mm petal rotors with 2 radial-mount, Nissin 4-piston, monobloc calipers
Rear: (1) 220 mm petal rotor with 1-piston caliper
Front: 120/70-ZR17
Rear: 180/55-ZR17


Aluminum perimeter
Front: 41 mm inverted Showa BP-SFF with top-out springs, stepless compression and rebound damping, adjustable spring preload; 4.7 in. travel
Rear: Bottom-link Uni-Trak® with gas-charged shock, top-out spring and pillow ball upper mount, stepless compression damping, 25-way adjustable rebound damping, fully-adjustable spring preload; 5.3 in. travel
4 in.


Two-tone Lime Green / Metallic Spark Black, Two-tone Pearl Flat Stardust White / Flat Ebony, Two-tone Metallic Spark Black / Flat Ebony

Standard Features

Key Features
 Genuine Supersport performance and styling with an added dose of street potency  
 New 636 cc inline-four is supremely powerful on the racetrack and extremely flexible on the street  
 New selectable engine power modes  
 New three-mode KTRC traction control  
 New Showa Big Piston Separate Function Fork (BP-SFF) offers light weight, easy adjustability and fantastic wheel control  
 New one-piece “monobloc” radial-mount Nissin front brake calipers and radial-pump front brake master cylinder offer superb braking power and control  
 New F.C.C. clutch with assist and slipper functions offers light clutch pull, strong clamping force and helps minimize wheel chatter caused by aggressive downshifting  
 New sharp and aggressive bodywork and styling details clearly shout: “Performance Counts!”  
 Revised lightweight twin-spar aluminum frame places the engine in the optimum position for superb handling and rider feedback and features a new steeper 23.5-degree rake angle that helps quicken steering response, enhance maneuverability and promote clear communication from the front tire  
 New steering stem seals produce less friction for easier steering inputs and noticeably improved handling at low speeds  
New 636 cc Engine
 New 636 cc displacement uses a longer-stroke to boost engine performance throughout the rev range. Low-mid range torque is especially enhanced, making roll-on and real world performance more usable.  
 Digital Fuel Injection (DFI®) system features four 38 mm Keihin throttle bodies with oval sub-throttles  
 Revised intake and exhaust ports suit the engine’s larger displacement. The intake ports are wider near the throttle bodies and the passages to the valves split earlier. The exhaust ports are wider near the exhaust valves.  
 New intake cam lobes feature longer duration, intake and exhaust lobes have increased lift for additional power  
 Chrome-moly steel camshafts are light, strong and durable  
 New pistons feature a revised crown to enhance strength and accommodate the increased valve lift  
 Revised 12.9:1 compression ratio suits longer-stroke and increased displacement  
 Molybdenum coating on piston skirts reduces friction and facilitates engine break-in  
 New straight piston pins have increased rigidity to help maintain high-rpm performance and reliability  
 New connecting rods are shorter and stronger to suit the increased power. They also feature thicker stems and larger-radius small ends for additional strength.  
 Modified passages connecting cylinders were revised so the longer stroke would not cause the pistons to obstruct them and increase pumping losses  
 New larger airbox contributes to increased peak power and smooth power delivery  
 New longer, single-bore intake funnels improve low-mid range torque. Two different funnel shapes (outer are the same, inner are the same) help deliver optimized throttle response.  
 Ultra-fine atomizing injectors help ensure complete air-fuel mixing and maximum combustion efficiency. More precise tuning contributes to reduced emissions. The injectors can also flow a greater volume of fuel, to help match the new larger-displacement engine.  
 New exhaust features balance tubes on all four header pipes to maximize low-end torque  
 Exhaust pre-chamber makes efficient use of space, reduces exhaust noise and allows a smaller muffler to be used  
 New muffler features a triangular cross-section to provide sufficient internal volume while still offering good ground clearance and maximum lean angle, as well as a compact appearance  
 New lighter generator with revised coils produces less heat and reduces mechanical loss  
 New zero-cross control voltage regulator significantly reduces the amount of electronic noise produced when it interrupts the generator’s output  
 Cassette-type transmission helps simplify ratio-swaps and reduce set-up time at the track  
 New shorter first gear, stronger alloys and revised gear thicknesses improve durability and help cope with the extra torque produced by the 636 cc engine  
 Lightweight X-ring drive chain uses lightening holes on the inner link plates to reduce weight.  
New Selectable Power Modes
 New power mode selector on the left clip-on gives ZX-6R riders the option to choose between two different engine power delivery modes to suit their needs  
 Output at low rpm is the same in both modes, but “Low” mode limits engine output to approximately 80% and gives a milder throttle response. “Hi” mode allows the full performance potential of the engine to be unleashed.  
New Three-mode Kawasaki Traction Control (KTRC)
 New three-mode KTRC traction control combines the best elements of the Ninja ZX-10R S-KTRC and ZX-14R / Concours™14 KTRC systems.  
 Three different modes are tuned to cover a wide-range of situations from advanced racetrack use, to normal street riding, to mixed / slippery conditions, for enhanced rider confidence  
 Mode 1 is tuned to maximize acceleration, like the ZX-10R S-KTRC system  
 Mode 2 is tuned to help provide a balance of performance with minimal wheel slip  
 Mode 3 prioritizes slip elimination, similar to the Concours14 ABS sport touring KTRC system, for enhanced rider confidence in mixed or slippery conditions  
 The KTRC system may also be turned-off completely, at the rider’s discretion  
 Handy mode selector on the left clip-on makes it easy for the rider to change KTRC settings  
 Using complex programming algorithms, the KTRC system is able to predict impending wheelspin and act before slippage exceeds the optimum range, allowing reductions in power to be minimized for ultra-smooth operation  
 In modes 1 and 2, conditions are analyzed 200 times per second and any necessary adjustments are made through ignition timing alone, for extremely quick response from the engine and KTRC system  
 In Mode 3, the system functions like mode 2 under most conditions, but when excessive rear wheel spin is detected, Mode 3 switches to complete three-way control of ignition timing, fuel delivery and intake airflow to regulate engine output to a level that allows the rear wheel to regain grip. By controlling the sub-throttles in the intake tract for precise torque management, a smooth and natural feeling can be attained: Mode 3 intervention and on / off transitions are very smooth to help maintain stability during extended operation.  
 The system uses minimal hardware supplemented by advanced software. In addition to the engine’s ECU, the system only requires front and rear wheel speed sensors, meaning minimal additional weight is required for traction control.  
New F.C.C. Clutch with Assist and Slipper Functions
 New F.C.C. clutch with assist and slipper functions uses two types of cams, an assist cam and a slipper cam that were developed based on racetrack testing and rider feedback  
 The F.C.C. clutch’s “assist” cam acts like a self-servo mechanism, pulling the clutch hub and operating plate together to compress the clutch plates under load. This allows the total clutch spring count and pressure to be reduced, resulting in a 20% reduction in effort at the clutch lever.  
 The assist cam also increases the torque capacity of the clutch so it can cope with the extra torque produced by the new 636 cc engine, without gaining any weight  
 The F.C.C. clutch’s “slipper” cam reduces the clamping force on the clutch hub and operating plate when back-torque conditions are present and helps prevent rear wheel hop on trailing-throttle and when down-shifting  
 New spring plate assembly provides smoother engagement and helps minimize clutch judder  
 New aluminum clutch hub is 600-grams lighter than the previous steel unit  
New Radial-mount Monobloc Brakes
 New highly rigid, radial-mount “monobloc” Nissin brake calipers offer superb control and a firmer feel at the front brake lever. They are a total of 90-grams lighter and offer increased heat dissipation compared to the previous model.  
 New larger-diameter semi-floating 310 mm stainless-steel petal-type front rotors contribute to stronger braking performance  
 Radial-pump master cylinder gives excellent lever feel and helps offer superb brake modulation  
 Front brake hose routing features a three-way joint at the lower triple clamp that facilitates effective brake line bleeding to help maintain a firm feel at the front brake lever  
 New lighter rear brake caliper from the ZX-10R superbike helps offer good anti-fade performance and squeezes a 220 mm petal-type rotor  
 Rear brake pedal is mounted coaxially with the footpeg for good braking efficiency mid-stroke and excellent response to lever inputs  
 Rear brake master cylinder reservoir is mounted forward of the swingarm pivot, to maximize space around the footpeg  
New Big Piston – Separate Function Fork: (BP-SFF)
 New BP-SFF fork combines the features of Showa’s big piston and separate function forks, featuring springs on both sides, with dedicated preload adjustability in the left tube and dedicated damping pistons and adjustability in the right tube  
 New 0.3 mm thinner fork tube walls provide a 220-gram weight reduction  
 Big Piston design provides smooth action during the initial part of the stroke and contributes to excellent feel during heavy braking. The large-diameter damper piston is much bigger than those used in traditional “cartridge” forks.  
 Big Piston design allows the fork oil to act on a much larger surface area, so the damping pressure can be reduced without compromising effectiveness. Reducing the damping pressure allows the slider to react more smoothly, which is especially noticeable during the initial part of the stroke. The result is greater control as the fork begins to compress and very calm response during braking-induced weight-transfer, for greater chassis stability on corner entry.  
 Fork settings were tuned for maximum effectiveness on twisty roads, allowing a high level of performance for the racetrack, with a much better ride in the city and on the highway  
 BP-SFF design offers much easier adjustability, by locating all adjusters in the caps at the top of the two fork tubes: preload on the left; compression and rebound damping on the right.  
Rear Suspension
 Bottom-link Uni-Trak® rear suspension offers 5.3 inches of travel and features a gas-charged shock with top-out spring and a pillow ball upper shock mount  
 New rear spring is 25 mm longer and features a softer rate than the previous model to enhance ride comfort and compliance when the road isn’t racetrack-smooth  
 New rear suspension linkage has a higher leverage ratio for improved rear ride comfort  
 Full adjustability includes: stepless compression damping, 25-way adjustable rebound damping, and fully adjustable spring preload  
Lightweight Chassis
 Revised lightweight twin-spar aluminum frame places the engine in the optimum position for superb handling and rider feedback  
 New steeper 23.5 rake angle helps quicken steering response, enhance maneuverability and promotes clear communication from the front tire  
 New lighter steering stem seals produce less friction for easier steering inputs and noticeably improved handling at low speeds  
 Intake resonator box and supports for the instrument panel and mirrors are unitized with the ram air duct, contributing to weight savings and increased rigidity  
 Forward-tilted engine layout gives a steep intake angle and excellent CG  
 The sub-frame is a lightweight two-piece aluminum die-casting and is very narrow for a compact and slim rear profile  
New Bodywork
 Front fairing features a sharp design that communicates a new, more-aggressive image  
 New larger fairing openings provide increased airflow and enhanced heat dissipation  
 New lower fairing, rear cowl, and assorted blacked-out panels contribute to the bike’s compact and lightweight appearance  
 One-piece front fender offers excellent aerodynamics  
 New projector beam headlights feature sharp looking housings with integrated position lamps  
 New front turn signals are built into the new bodywork and compact rear turn signals complement the minimalist tail section  
 New compact LED taillight is lightweight, very bright and offers modern high-tech appearance  
 Inner fender above the swingarm helps to reduce turbulence and helps keep the undertail clean  
 Instrument panel gives at-a-glance information to the rider. An analog-style tachometer is complemented by a multi-function LCD screen.  
 New LCD functions include KTRC, Power Mode and Economical Riding (ECO) indicators  
 Additional LCD functions include a digital speedometer, odometer, dual trip meter, clock, instant and average fuel consumption, coolant temperature, and shift indicator, traction control activity and low-fuel warning lamps  
 Large gear position indicator gives instant numerical gear confirmation  
 New mirror design offers increased rearward visibility without increasing overall vehicle width  
 Ergonomic seat-peg-bar layout places the handlebars close to the rider and the footpegs in a moderate rearset position for an intuitive high-performance riding position that is comfortable enough for everyday use  
 Fuel tank is flared around its top, similar to the ZX-10R, providing a large contact patch for excellent rider feedback  
 Slim-waisted fuel tank makes it easy for the rider to grip the tank with their knees, or to hang off in turns  
 Front of seat is narrow and low for a slim riding position and a short reach to the pavement  
Genuine Kawasaki Accessories
 An adjustable Öhlins twin-tube steering damper is available as an accessory, to help ensure stable damping performance and superb kickback absorption, even under race conditions.  
 A taller, “bubble” windscreen is available to provide enhanced aerodynamic protection  
 Frame sliders / engine guards are available to help protect the engine and chassis  
 Axle sliders are available to help protect the fork legs and front brakes  
 A stylish color-matched seat cowl is available and mounts in place of the rear seat to enhance the visual aggression of the new Ninja ZX-6R  


Two-tone Lime Green / Metallic Spark Black

Two-tone Pearl Flat Stardust White / Flat Ebony

Two-tone Metallic Spark Black / Flat Ebony
*Price, if shown, is Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) and does not include government fees, taxes, dealer freight/preparation, dealer document preparation charges or any finance charges (if applicable). MSRP and/or final actual sales price will vary depending on options or accessories selected.

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