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2014 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R ABS - Coolness Factor = 69.4%

Unread post by totalmotorcycle » Fri Sep 13, 2013 1:24 pm

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2014 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R ABS

Capitalising on the strengths of the highly competitive engine and chassis package of the 599cc model, the 2013 Ninja ZX-6R has increased the displacement to 636cc giving you more performance at all rpm and greater usability in everyday street riding. With the chassis settings focused on winding roads, the new Ninja ZX-6R is able to deliver more riding exhilaration from the track to the hills, on the highway and in the city...

Continuing the Family Tradition of Dominance



What’s in a number? Only everything. Six percent may not sound like much, but it is the displacement advantage the 2014 Ninja® ZX™-6R ABS supersport has over the rest of the 600cc class. This performance advantage began over a decade ago with the first 636, a revolutionary machine that blew-away the competition’s 600’s and won races against factory 750’s on the track. The 2014 ZX-6R ABS continues family tradition of racetrack dominance and unmatched street cred with its physical embodiment of the family slogan: Performance Counts!

The category shattering heritage, passed down through the bike’s DNA, resides in the 16-valve, long-stroke DOHC 636cc inline-four—the beating heart—of this champion and provides the riding experience demanded of a top-shelf middleweight powerplant. Torque rich and rev happy, the supremely powerful engine easily makes the transition from the track to everyday street use, bringing its broad spectrum of performance to everyone from street riders to canyon carvers to racetrack junkies, proving that power capable of dominating on the track can also be smooth enough for everyday use.

The key is the 636cc long-stroke engine. An additional 37cc of displacement compared to competing inline-fours makes a significant impact on real world riding. Increased performance throughout the rpm range is always welcome when racing or sport riding, but increased low- and mid-range torque also significantly enhances everyday usability. Thanks to this engine’s larger displacement, impressive performance is available throughout the entire powerband. Low-mid range torque is significantly stronger and the engine’s total “area under the power curve” grows substantially when compared to a mere 600cc.


2014 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R ABS - Totalmotorcycle.com Specifications/Technical Details
US MSRP Price: $12,699 USD
Canada MSRP Price: $TBA USD

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Type 4-stroke, In-Line Four
Displacement 636cc
Bore and stroke 67.0 x 45.1 mm
Compression ratio 12.9:1
Fuel system Fuel Injection: 38mm x 4 (Keihin) with oval sub-throttles
Valve system DOHC, 16 valves (4 valves per cylinder)
Lubrication Forced lubrication, wet sump
Ignition Digital
Cooling Liquid


Brakes


Front: type Dual semi-floating 310 mm (x t5 mm) petal discs
Front: calipers Dual radial-mount, monobloc, opposed 4-piston, Nissin
Rear: type Single 220 mm (x t5 mm) petal disc
Rear: calipers Single-bore pin-slide, aluminium piston, Nissin


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Overall length 2,085 mm
Overall width 705 mm
Overall height 1,115 mm
Wheelbase 1,395 mm
Seat height 830 mm
Curb mass** 192 kg (ZX636E)
Fuel capacity 17 litres
Ground clearance 130 mm


Drivetrain


Transmission 6-speed, cassette
Clutch Wet multi-disc, manual
Final reduction ratio 2.688 (43/16)
Final drive Sealed chain
Primary reduction ratio 1.900 (76/40)
Gear ratio: 1st 2.846 (37/13)
Gear ratio: 2nd 2.200 (33/15)
Gear ratio: 3rd 1.850 (37/20)
Gear ratio: 4th 1.600 (32/20)
Gear ratio: 5th 1.421 (27/19)
Gear ratio: 6th 1.300 (26/20)


Totalmotorcycle.com Frame


Type Perimeter, pressed-aluminium
Tire: front 120/70ZR17M/C (58W)
Wheel travel: front 120 mm
Tire: rear 180/55ZR17M/C (73W)
Wheel travel: rear 134 mm
Caster (rake) 23.5°
Trail 101 mm
Steering angle (left/right) 27° / 27°


Totalmotorcycle.com Performance


Maximum Power‡ 96.4 kW {131 PS} @ 13,500 rpm
Maximum Torque‡ 101 kW {137 PS} @ 13,500 rpm


Suspension


Suspension, front 41 mm inverted fork with top-out springs
Suspension, rear Bottom-Link Uni-Trak with gas-charged shock and top-out spring

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Unread post by BRUMBEAR » Fri Sep 13, 2013 5:15 pm

I gave it a cool but it really could go to awesome easily any of the 600 rr bikes have all that is needed to make it a really fun bike. But they also have all that is needed to make it well, very dangerous. These bikes are not toys and just because they are a smaller displacement doesn't make em starter bikes!!!!!
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Unread post by Grey Thumper » Sat Sep 14, 2013 12:02 am

I still gave it a cool overall, but by the standards of an incredibly competent class of bike, it's more "meh" relative to every other 600cc supersport out there. Since these bikes are just so good, it takes something special to be truly awesome, whether its gorgeous design (the new midsize Panigale), a fantastic and characterful engine (like Triumph's triple), or innovative technology (maybe the traction control and adaptive suspensions from the 1000cc class of supersports?).
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Unread post by High_Side » Sat Sep 14, 2013 1:07 pm

It is difficult for me to get excited about bikes like this anymore. Although I have had a couple of ZX6s in the past there is just not a lot to get my interest with this type of bike anymore. If I was going to buy a Supersport the open class machines are actually easier to ride with their torquier engines and slightly bigger size. Therefore I won't vote because its neither cool, nor uncool to me. Sure wish we had the "Meh" option that was mentioned by someone else in another vote....

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Unread post by BobK » Sat Sep 14, 2013 1:27 pm

It's not easy, being green.

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Unread post by snakedoctEr726 » Sat Sep 14, 2013 3:08 pm

Uncool. I don't see the point in owning a ZX-6R (or any supersport really) unless you have quick easy access to a racetrack or an airstrip. Riding one on public roads would be like ordering a prime rib, licking it once, then throwing it in the trash.

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Unread post by Wrider » Sat Sep 14, 2013 4:22 pm

You live in CO but you don't see the point of owning a sportbike? lol

It's all about the canyons here!

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Unread post by snakedoctEr726 » Sat Sep 14, 2013 5:25 pm

It would be exceptionally difficult for me to enjoy a bike like this while still obeying traffic laws.

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Unread post by HYPERR » Sat Sep 14, 2013 5:36 pm

Awesome! Jap. 600s are flat out some of the most fun bikes to ride on the planet. :kicking:
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Unread post by Wrider » Sat Sep 14, 2013 7:14 pm

snakedoctEr726 wrote:It would be exceptionally difficult for me to enjoy a bike like this while still obeying traffic laws.
Think of them more as speed suggestions, not limits... Lol
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Unread post by ceemes » Sun Sep 15, 2013 10:29 am

My third bike was the computer controlled electronic fuel injected GPz1000, the per-cursor of the Ninja. Indeed, when the Ninja first came out back in the dark ages of the 80's, it has GPz stamped on the engine casing. That old GPz was one of my favorite bikes, stupidly fast both off the line and at top highway speed (it was known as the "Arrest Me Red, GPzed" for good reason), ferocious brakes (for the day), and very agile and one hell of a step up from the sedate Honda CB750 I traded in for her.

I remember when the first Ninja's appeared, in what at the time was a most shocking lime green colour, indeed we joked that the poor thing suffered from Quacker Disease, your bike turns a shocking green colour and its bottom end falls out. The first Ninja's did have some reliability issues.

Still the Ninja line has gone on from strength to strength and although has long dropped the GPz badging, it still retains the heart and soul of those early Zed's, the Zed1's, the KZed's and of course the GPzed's. Of all the RR types of bikes out there, the Kawasaki Ninja has a special place in my heart. I would not own one today as I am no longer a suicidal 20 something rider who believed he was near immortal when he was on his GPz, nor do I fold up with great ease into the proper riding position these machines demand, but I still like it, and so give it a cool rating.
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Unread post by montanalifter » Sun Sep 15, 2013 11:09 am

I think it is cool but would not spend my money on one. Sat on an r6 and the lean forward was too much. I don't want to feel like i'm doing a close grip bench press all the time. On my fjr i'm just doing a partial bench :mrgreen:

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Unread post by totalmotorcycle » Thu Sep 19, 2013 1:29 pm

I went with: Cool

It's hard not to vote cool for a bike that's this light, this fast and handles like it's on rails. But IMO, it's a short time bike (ride it for a short time) as the riding position, the seat comfort and perky powerband will wear on you. Shame the 600cc sportbike field is full of these uncomfortable bikes built for those young enough to have the flexibility to contort to ride them. Unfortunately "young enough" and "experienced biker" don't seem to cross often. And marketing being profit, the companies keep making these bikes appealing to the previously mentioned group, thus we see a lot of experienced riders telling new riders "OMG, don't start on a 600cc!" which is 100% right, don't start on one.


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Unread post by totalmotorcycle » Fri Sep 20, 2013 11:19 am

Your Coolness Factor of the 2014 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R ABS is:

Awesome (3 points) 29% [ 7 ]
Cool (2 points) 50% [ 12 ]
Uncool (1 point) 21% [ 5 ]
Fail (0 point) 0% [ 0 ]

Total votes : 24

= a Coolwall Factor of 69.4%

NOTES: if you ARE experienced enough, like a quick, fast ride, don't mind the lack of comfort and a speeding ticket or two, this might just be that Sunday afternoon blaster you have always wanted...

Next bike is now up for voting on, have fun!!
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