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2014 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R ABS
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2014 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R ABS Review

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.


Intake and exhaust port shapes are optimized to suit the displacement and help deliver increased performance and improved throttle response. The intake ports are wider near the throttle bodies and split further upstream from the intake valves. The exhaust ports are wider near the valves and taper on their way to the exhaust header. Lightweight chromoly steel intake and exhaust camshafts feature intake duration, plus intake and exhaust lift to complement the engine’s extra displacement. Meticulously crafted piston crowns increase piston strength and accommodate the valve lift. A molybdenum coating on the piston skirts fights friction and helps with engine break-in. Rigid, straight piston pins help preserve high-rpm durability. Connecting rods are built to suit the kinetic energy of the long-stroke engine.

The airbox features a large internal volume tuned for increased power and a smooth power delivery. Single-bore intake funnels contribute to low-mid range torque and feature unique designs for the inner and outer cylinder pairs to help enhance the engine’s character. Ultra-fine atomizing injectors deliver a sub-60 micron fuel droplet size, for optimum air-fuel mixing and maximum combustion efficiency. Precise Digital Fuel Injection (DFI®) tuning enhances throttle response and contributes to reduced emissions.

The result is that 636cc engine not only delivers class-leading drive out of corners, it also offers superior flexibility and precise throttle control that pays big dividends when making mid-corner power adjustments or stringing a set of curves together on a racetrack or twisting backroad.

All that power is delivered through a high-tech F.C.C. clutch with assist and slipper functions. It allows quick, effortless downshifts when scrubbing-off speed for a corner and helps minimize rear wheel hop caused by excess back-torque. The F.C.C. design uses two types of cams, an assist cam and a slipper cam that were developed based on racetrack testing and rider feedback. The “assist” cam acts like a servo mechanism to pull the clutch hub and operating plate together and compress the clutch plates under load. This allows the total clutch spring count and tension to be reduced, resulting in up to a 25% overall reduction in effort at the clutch lever. The assist cam also increases the clutch’s maximum torque capacity, to help it cope with the extra power from the 636cc engine, without gaining any weight. Whenever back-torque is present, the clutch’s “slipper” cam reduces clamping force on the hub and operating plate to help prevent rear wheel hop on trailing-throttle and when down-shifting. The spring plate assembly offers smooth engagement and helps minimize vibration and clutch judder.

In keeping with its racing DNA, the ZX-6R also employs a cassette-type transmission to simplify gearing changes at the track, help reduce the time needed for bike setup and allow more time for riding. Strong alloys and gear thickness provide optimum gearbox durability and help it cope with the torque produced by the 636cc engine.

The Ninja ZX-6R features the most up-to-date sportbike and racetrack technology offered by Kawasaki. Its three-mode Kawasaki TRaction Control (KTRC) system is similar to the KTRC unit found on the flagship Ninja ZX-14R, and features even more advanced programming than the S-KTRC system used on the ZX-10R superbike! And its selectable power modes offer numerous tuning options and maximum flexibility compared to its middleweight competition.

“Full” or “Low” engine power modes can be selected by a switch on the left clip-on. The power modes allow riders to adjust the engine’s power delivery to help suit road conditions or their personal preference. Full mode offers the full range of the engine’s performance potential. Low mode offers the same low-rpm power output, but begins to limit power as the rpm rises into the midrange and will only offer 80% of the engine’s maximum power. Low mode also delivers a softer throttle response which is handy when conditions are slippery or the rider wants to relax.

The KTRC traction control system on the Ninja ZX-6R combines the best elements of the S-KTRC and KTRC traction control systems on Kawasaki’s two flagship sportbikes. Three different KTRC modes are selectable via a switch on the left clip-on. Mode 1 offers maximum racetrack performance, mode 2 offers sporty street performance, and mode 3 is tuned to help eliminate wheelspin and reduce rider anxiety on slippery surfaces. Riders may also elect to turn the system completely off.

KTRC Modes 1 and 2 both prioritize maximum forward acceleration –like the S-KTRC system on a ZX-10R superbike– by using complex analysis to predict when available traction is about to be compromised, and then intervening before slippage exceeds the optimum acceleration range. This minimizes how much power must be reduced to improve or restore rear wheel traction and helps to provide maximum forward drive. Operating parameters are monitored and confirmed 200 times per second, and the system only uses ignition timing to regulate the engine’s power output, allowing extremely quick response. KTRC Mode 3 features similar tuning to a Concours®14 ABS sport tourer’s traction control system. During normal operation, it uses the same logic and control method as Modes 1-and-2, but immediately switches to three-way intervention –using ignition timing, fuel delivery, and the intake tract’s sub-throttles– if excessive rear wheel spin is detected. This allows Mode 3 to reduce engine output all the way down to a level that will allow the rear wheel to regain grip, even on very slippery surfaces. The fine control provided by the sub-throttles also results in a very natural feeling and smooth on/off transitions to help maintain traction even during extended operation in unfavorable conditions. This highly effective system uses minimal hardware paired with very advanced software programming that monitors various parameters and rider inputs. The only additional hardware required by the KTRC system is a set of front and rear wheel-speed sensors so it can calculate rear wheel slippage, yet the overall effects of Modes 1, 2 and 3 are easy to distinguish from each other and effectively cover a wide range of riding conditions.

Combining the KTRC and Power Mode options, riders have a total of eight combinations from which to choose, and each system can be independently set to match rider skill/preference, riding location and surface conditions. An experienced rider on dry pavement might choose “Full Power” and “KTRC Mode 1” for a trackday or club race, but in wet and/or slippery conditions, that same rider might choose “Low Power” and “KTRC Mode 3”. The various modes are easily selectable from a convenient switch on the left clip-on.

That impressive engine and traction electronics array is complemented by the Kawasaki Intelligent anti-lock Brake System (KIBS) on the 2014 Ninja ZX-6R ABS. The use of “intelligent” is appropriate, considering just how smart KIBS is. It all starts with a compact and lightweight motorcycle ABS unit, one Bosch designed specifically with sportbikes in mind. KIBS is a multi-sensing system that collects and monitors a wide range of data from wheel speed sensors (the same ones collecting info for the KTRC traction control system) and the bike’s ECU. The monitored parameters include: wheel speed, brake caliper pressure, engine rpm, throttle position, clutch actuation and what gear is currently selected. The KIBS ABS ECU communicates with the engine’s ECU and crunches the numbers, and when it senses a potential lock-up situation, it tells the ABS unit to temporarily reduce brake line pressure, helping the wheel to regain traction. Aside from an ultra-fast response time, it also offers a number of additional sport-riding benefits, including rear-end lift suppression during hard braking, reduced lever kickback during ABS intervention, and enhanced rear brake control during downshifts. A high-precision pressure control unit enables the system to avoid reduced brake performance (unlike some less advanced systems) and maintain proper lever feel.

One-piece “monobloc” radial-mount Nissin brake calipers are highly rigid and offer excellent heat dissipation, they are also 45-grams lighter than a comparable two-piece caliper. The monobloc calipers are paired with 310mm petal-type front rotors to help provide superb braking power, with great feel at the lever. A rear brake caliper from the ZX-10R superbike helps offer good fade-resistance and optimum rear brake performance while squeezing a 220mm petal-type rotor. The rear master cylinder reservoir mounts forward of the swingarm pivot, to maximize free space around the footpeg. The rear brake pedal is coaxially-mounted with the footpeg, for excellent mid-stroke braking efficiency and optimum feel.

The Showa Separate Function – Big Piston Fork (SFF-BP) combines the innovative concepts of an SFF and a BPF to produce this next generation suspension unit. The fork features springs on both sides, with adjustable spring preload in the left tube and adjustable Big Piston compression and rebound damping in the right tube. All adjusters are located on the upper fork caps and can be conveniently accessed from above. Smooth initial stroke action is a one BPF strength that this fork benefits from, excellent composure under braking is another. The large-diameter (Big) damping piston in the right fork leg is much larger than the dampers that are used in traditional “cartridge” forks with the same external dimensions. Since oil inside a BPF fork leg acts against a much larger surface area, the damping pressure can be reduced without compromising the overall damping effectiveness. Reducing the damping pressure allows the inner fork tube to move more smoothly, which is especially noticeable during the initial part of the stroke. The result is greater composure as the fork begins to compress and a less severe change in chassis attitude as the bike’s weight shifts forward while braking. The SFF-BP fork is tuned for use on twisty roads. This tuning still allows a high level of performance at the racetrack, with comfortable responses in the city and on the highway.

The bottom-link Uni-Trak® rear suspension offers 5.3 inches of travel and features a gas-charged shock with adjustability for spring preload, 25-position rebound damping and stepless compression damping. Linkage and lever ratios deliver impressive ride in city or highway.

The lightweight twin-spar aluminum frame places the engine in the optimum position for superb handling and rider feedback. It features a 23.5-degree rake angle that helps quicken steering response, enhance maneuverability and promote clear communication from the front tire. It also uses steering stem seals that produce less friction for easier steering inputs and noticeably improved handling at low speeds.

The 2014 Ninja ZX-6R features bodywork with a sharp design that communicates an aggressive image. Large fairing openings provide increased airflow and enhanced heat dissipation. The fairing lowers, rear cowl, and assorted blacked-out body panels contribute to the bike’s compact and lightweight appearance. A sleek one-piece front fender offers excellent aerodynamics. Projector beam headlights are encased in a sharp looking housing that features integrated position lamps. Semi-flush front turn signals are built into the bodywork, and compact rear turn signals complement the minimalist design of the tail section. A compact LED taillight is lightweight, very bright and offers a modern high-tech appearance. A “hugger” fender above the swingarm helps to reduce aerodynamic turbulence and helps keep the undertail area clean.

The ergonomic seat-peg-bar layout places the handlebars close to the rider and at an angle that promotes a highly intuitive and comfortable riding position. The fuel tank cover is flared around its top edge to provide a large contact patch and contribute to excellent chassis feedback. A narrow lightweight aluminum rear sub-frame and seat leading edge provide a slender and effective high-performance sportbike riding position, as well as a shorter reach to the pavement.

The instrument panel gives at-a-glance information to the rider, with an analog-style tachometer that is complemented by a multi-function LCD screen. LCD functions include KTRC, Power Mode, and Economical Riding (ECO) indicators. Additional LCD functions include a digital speedometer, odometer, dual trip meters, clock, instant and average fuel consumption, coolant temperature, as well as shift indicator, traction control activity level and low-fuel warning lights. A large gear position indicator gives instant numerical gear confirmation. The mirror design offers increased rearward visibility without increasing the overall vehicle width.

Combine all these features with the power of a 636cc engine and you have the 2014 Ninja ZX-6R, a bike that is ready to prove it is the best middleweight supersport in the world!

A complete line of Genuine Kawasaki Accessories specifically designed and engineered for the Ninja ZX-6R, are available through authorized Kawasaki dealers.



 

 

2014 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R ABS Totalmotorcycle.com Key Features

Key Features

– Class-leading Supersport performance and styling deliver a youthful dose of street potency

– 636cc inline-four offers racetrack-ready power yet extremely flexible delivery on the street

– Selectable engine power modes allow riders to adjust power delivery to riding conditions

– Three-mode KTRC traction control puts the power to the pavement whether it’s dry and grippy or rain-slick

– Showa Separate Function - Big Piston Fork (SFF-BP) offers light weight, easy adjustability and smoother initial suspension tracking

– Supersport-grade KIBS ABS provides maximum stopping performance, with added peace of mind

– Nissin one-piece “monobloc” radial-mount front brake calipers and radial-pump front brake master cylinder offer superb braking modulation with an accurate and direct feel at the lever

– F.C.C. clutch with assist function offers light clutch pull and strong clamping force for less clutch slippage under acceleration while slipper function minimizes wheel chatter caused by aggressive downshifting

– Aggressive styling and sharp, aerodynamic and bodywork clearly shout: “Performance Counts!”

– Lightweight twin-spar aluminum frame places the engine in the optimum position for superb handling and rider feedback and also features a 23.5-degree rake angle for quick steering response, maximum maneuverability and to promote clear communication from the front tire

– Reduced friction steering stem seals for easy steering inputs and noticeably improved low speed handling


 

 

2014 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R ABS Totalmotorcycle.com Features and Benefits

636cc Engine

– 636cc displacement uses a long-stroke to boost engine performance throughout the rev range. Low-mid range torque is especially impressive, and provides satisfying real world performance

– Digital Fuel Injection (DFI®) system features four 38mm Keihin throttle bodies with oval sub-throttles

– Chrome-moly steel camshafts are light, strong and durable

– Pistons crown enhances strength and accommodates the high valve lift

– 12.9:1 compression ratio is optimum for this engine’s bore & stroke

– Molybdenum coating on piston skirts reduces friction and facilitates engine break-in

– Strong connecting rods suit the power delivery of this engine

– High-performance airbox design contributes to peak power and smooth power delivery

– 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. Optimum tuning contributes to reduced emissions.

– 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

– Triangular cross-section muffler provides sufficient internal volume while still offering good ground clearance and maximum lean angle, as well as a compact appearance

– Generator designed to produce less heat and reduce mechanical loss

– 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

– Lightweight EK 520 RMX/3D x-ring drive chain is very compact and uses lightening holes on the inner link plates to reduce weight.


Selectable Power Modes

– Power mode selector on the left clip-on gives ZX-6R riders the option to choose between “Full” and “Low” engine power delivery modes to suit their needs

– Output at low- rpm is the same in both modes, but “Low” mode limits peak engine output to approximately 80% and gives a milder throttle response. “Full” mode allows the full performance potential of the engine to be unleashed

Three-Mode Kawasaki Traction Control (KTRC)

– 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

– 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.

F.C.C. Clutch with Assist and Slipper Functions

– F.C.C. clutch with assist & 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 up to a 25% 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 636cc 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

– Spring plate assembly provides smoother engagement and helps minimize clutch judder


Supersport-grade KIBS ABS with Monobloc Nissin Calipers

– KIBS is a multi-sensing system, using input from numerous sources. In addition to front and rear wheel speed sensors (standard for any ABS system), KIBS also monitors front caliper hydraulic pressure and data from the engine’s ECU (throttle position, engine speed, clutch actuation and gear position)

– Compact, lightweight BOSCH ABS unit was designed specifically for sportbike use and made its first mass-production appearance on the 2011 Ninja ZX-10R

– Highly-precise brake pressure control enables the system to avoid a reduction in brake performance due to excessive pressure drops, and allows good brake lever feel to be maintained during KIBS intervention by providing smaller and lighter ABS pulses than comparable systems

– Supersport models frequently encounter higher braking forces than less sporting models, so there is a greater likelihood of rear tire lift under extreme deceleration. By monitoring hydraulic pressure at the front calipers, KIBS is able to regulate pressure increases and help reduce the tendency of the rear tire to lift.

– By accounting for back-torque, KIBS is able to offer increased rear brake control during downshifts. KIBS parameters include throttle position, clutch actuation and gear position, allowing the system to predict back-torque caused by trailing-throttle at high-rpm, or down-shifting. Rear wheel slip due to engine braking often triggers ABS action on standard systems, but by preventing unnecessary ABS intervention in these situations, KIBS helps enhance rear brake control

– Thanks to the compact size and light weight of the ABS unit, the entire system adds only 4.4 pounds compared to non-ABS models

– Highly rigid, radial-mount “monobloc” Nissin brake calipers offer superb control and a firm feel at the front brake lever

– Semi-floating 310mm stainless-steel petal-type front rotors contribute to strong 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

– ZX-10R superbike rear brake caliper helps offer good anti-fade performance and squeezes a 220mm 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

Separate Function – Big Piston Fork: (SFF-BP)

– SFF-BP 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

– 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 comfortable ride in the city and on the highway

– SFF-BP 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.

Bottom-link Uni-Trak® Rear suspension

– Bottom-link Uni-Trak® rear suspension offers 5.3 inches of travel and features a gas-charged shock

– Rear spring features a softer rate to enhance ride comfort and compliance when the road isn’t racetrack-smooth

– Rear suspension linkage has a high leverage ratio for improved rear ride comfort

– Full adjustability includes: stepless compression and rebound damping adjustments and fully adjustable spring preload

Lightweight Chassis

– Lightweight twin-spar aluminum frame places the engine in the optimum position for superb handling and rider feedback

– A 23.5 rake angle helps quicken steering response, enhance maneuverability and promotes clear communication from the front tire

– Reduced friction steering stem seals for easy steering inputs and noticeably improved low speed handling

– 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

Bodywork

– Front fairing features a sharp design that communicates an aggressive image

– Large fairing openings provide increased airflow and enhanced heat dissipation

– 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

– Projector beam headlights feature sharp looking housings with integrated position lamps

– Front turn signals are built into the bodywork and compact rear turn signals complement the minimalist tail section

– 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

Cockpit

– Instrument panel gives at-a-glance information to the rider. An analog-style tachometer is complemented by a multi-function LCD screen

– 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

– 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 Ninja ZX-6R


 

 


 

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


Engine:

Four-stroke, liquid-cooled, DOHC, four valves per cylinder, inline-four

Displacement:

636cc

Bore x stroke:

67.0 x 45.1mm

Compression ratio:

12.9:1

Fuel injection:

DFI® with four 38mm Keihin throttle bodies and oval sub-throttles

Ignition:

TCBI with digital advance

Transmission:

Six-speed

Final drive:

520 series X-ring chain

Rake / trail:

23.5 degrees / 4.0 in.

Frame type:

Aluminum perimeter

Front tire:

120/70 ZR17

Rear tire:

180/55 ZR17

Wheelbase:

54.9 in.

Front suspension / wheel travel:

41mm inverted Showa SFF-BP fork with top-out springs, stepless compression and rebound damping, adjustable spring preload / 4.7 in.

Rear suspension / wheel travel:

Bottom-link Uni-Trak® with gas-charged shock, stepless compression and rebound damping adjustments, 25-way adjustable rebound damping, fully adjustable spring preload / 5.3 in.

Front brakes:

Dual 310mm petal rotors with dual radial-mount, Nissin four-piston, monobloc calipers and KIBS ABS

Rear brake:

Single 220mm petal rotor with single-piston caliper and KIBS ABS

Overall length:

82.1 in.

Overall width:

27.8 in.

Overall height:

43.9 in.

Fuel capacity:

4.5 gal.

Seat height:

32.7 in.

Curb weight:

423.4 lbs.

Color choices:

Lime Green / Flat Ebony,

Pearl Flat Crystal White / Flat Ebony,

Candy Burnt Orange / Flat Ebony

MSRP:

$12,699

Warranty:

12 Months

Kawasaki Protection Plus:

12, 24, 36 or 48 months

 

 


 

2014 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R ABS - Totalmotorcycle.com Canadian Specifications/Technical Details
Canada MSRP Price: See dealer for pricing in CDN


Engine


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


Dimensions


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)


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°


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


* The Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price does not include freight, pre-delivery inspection or applicable taxes. The final price is at the discretion of the dealer. Prices and Specifications are subject to change without prior notice. The amount indicated as "Your price" may include an optional instant Mega Cash credit that is deducted from the manufacturer's suggested retail price before taxes. This promotion is time limited and certain conditions will apply. See your dealer for complete details. Offer not available on financed purchases and cannot be combined with any other special offers. The final price is at the discretion of the dealer. Prices and Specifications are subject to change without prior notice.

** Includes all necessary materials and fluids to operate correctly, full tank of fuel (more than 90% of capacity) and tool kit (if supplied)

‡ Power / Torque figures measured at the crankshaft.

The specifications mentioned here apply to and have been achieved by production models under standard operating conditions. We intend only to give a fair description of the vehicle and its performance capabilities but these specifications may not apply to every machine supplied for sale. Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd. reserves the right to alter specifications without prior notice. Equipment illustrated and specifications may vary to meet individual markets. Available colours may vary by market.