2017 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R ABS Review

2017 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R ABS
2017 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R ABS


2017 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R ABS
2017 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R ABS


2017 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R ABS
2017 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R ABS


2017 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R ABS
2017 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R ABS


2017 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R ABS
2017 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R ABS



2017 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R ABS Review


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Loaded with high technology features like 3-Mode KTRC Traction Control, Power Mode selection and available KIBS ABS, the Ninja® ZX™-6R helps a wider range of riders to enjoy this machine’s serious sport riding performance on the circuit, twisty roads, open highway or city streets.




•636cc inline-four engine offers racetrack-ready power yet extremely flexible delivery on the street
•3-mode KTRC traction control tuned to cover a wide-range of riding situations and conditions
•Showa Separate Function Fork Big Piston (SFF-BP) offers broad adjustability and progressive damping
•FCC clutch with assist and slipper functions offers light clutch pull and minimizes wheel chatter caused by aggressive downshifting
•Kawasaki Intelligent anti-lock Brake System (KIBS) ABS with monobloc calipers assists braking under certain conditions


Capitalising on the strengths of the highly competitive engine and chassis package of the 599cc model, the 2017 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.





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NINJA® ZX™-6R KRT edition








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636cc Ultra-Compact, Low-Friction Engine
Long stroke engine offers increased performance over many other 600 class engines at all rpm, and especially in the low- to mid-range for better rideability on city streets.
All internal parts are designed to be strong yet small with ideal dimensional accuracy to reduce power-robbing friction.
Close cylinder pitch and compact crankcases result in a small, rigid engine. This compact engine also contributes significantly to the overall slim and compact chassis.
Short-skirt forged pistons, light piston pins and a compact connecting rod small end help reduce reciprocating weight for quick revs.


Mass Centralization
Tri-axis crankshaft and transmission shaft layout concentrates engine mass to idealize the engine’s center of gravity. This helps reduce pitching movement during braking to give the rider better chassis feedback. By reducing the amount of front/rear weight transfer, the loads on the suspension and tires are reduced, providing more freedom when adjusting suspension settings.
Exhaust pre-chamber located beneath the engine helps centralize mass and allows the use of a smaller, lighter muffler.


Ram Air Induction(KP)
High-Volume airbox contributes to increased peak power and smooth power delivery.
Long intake funnels help boost low- to mid-range performance and power feeling.
Ram air duct is rigid and supports the instrument panel and mirror stays to eliminate brackets and reduce weight.
Central ram air duct produces a straight path to the airbox which reduces turbulence and increases pressure for maximum intake efficiency.


Digital Fuel Injection(KP)
Long throttle bodies increase the distance between the main and sub throttle valves for better throttle response.
38mm Keihin throttle bodies with dual-throttle valves(KP) provide optimum performance and rideability. The sub-throttles, located before the main throttle valves in the throttle bore, are controlled by the ECU so that the DFI system has more precise throttle response, similar to a constant velocity carburetor.
Fine atomizing fuel injectors have increased volume and a revised spray pattern to optimize mixing with air for the increased displacement.
Short fuel pump with flat-bottom design prevents fuel warming in the bottom of the pump. Cooler fuel provides better combustion efficiency.


Stainless Steel Exhaust
All four stainless steel header pipes are connected by joint pipes for increased low- to mid-range torque.
Exhaust system helps boost low-end and mid-range power without sacrificing top-end. A pre-chamber under the engine centralizes weight, reduces exhaust noise and helps minimize muffler volume.
Single right-side muffler lowers the overall center of gravity and helps centralize mass. Triangular design provides correct volume to meet noise standards while allowing good lean angle and compact appearance.
A butterfly valve located at the entrance to the muffler is controlled by the ECU using rpm, throttle position and gear position to improve low-end response and help smooth overall power. Optimum exhaust tuning is attained at all engine speeds to prevent blowback that can occur with high overlapping valve timing. The valve also quiets the exhaust so a smaller, lighter muffler can be used.


Cassette Transmission
Short first gear ratio makes it easy to move away from a stop.
6-speed close-ratio transmission is removable as a cassette, providing quick access for making gearing changes.
Gear position sensor is also linked to the dash to provide instant information to the rider. The system is also compatible with semi-automatic, electronic shifters used by racers to facilitate clutchless shifting and help lower lap times.


FCC Assist & Slipper Clutch(KP)
Using the rotational forces of the clutch hub and pressure plate, the clutch is forced together during acceleration (Assist function) so that fewer and lighter clutch springs can be used for a lighter feel at the lever. During high back-torque, such as when too low of gear is selected, the slipper function allows some clutch slippage to help prevent engine lock-up and stalling, and rear-wheel hop.
Use of a spring plate assembly in the clutch contributes to smoother clutch engagement and helps minimize clutch vibration (judder) noise.


Advanced Electronic Riding Aids
The Ninja ZX-6R features several of Kawasaki’s latest technological systems. Its traction control system is the same as found on the flagship Ninja ZX-14R. Combined with two selectable Power Modes, this offers riders eight combinations covering a wide range of riding situations. And, like the Ninja ZX-10R, available ABS models are equipped with KIBS, a highly advanced system design specifically for supersport models.


Kawasaki Traction Control System (KTRC)(KP)
3-mode system combines the best features of Sport-KTRC from the Ninja ZX-10R and KTRC from the Concours® 14 to help provide maximum traction with some degree of slippage for sport riding and rider assurance by facilitating smooth riding on slippery surfaces.
Modes 1 and 2 control ignition timing like S-KTRC, which uses complex analysis to predict when traction conditions are about to become unfavorable and act before wheel slippage exceeds the range for optimal traction. Mode 3 has higher sensitivity and controls ignition timing, fuel and air for ultra-smooth operation.
The system distinguishes between smooth, power front wheel lifts and sudden lift, allowing smooth lift if acceptable acceleration is maintained.
A switch on the left handlebar switch housing gives the rider the option to turn the system off.


Power Mode
Allows riders to set power characteristics to suit riding conditions and style. Riders can choose between full power operation or low power, which is approximately 80 percent of full with a milder throttle response.


Rider-Responsive Chassis
Designed in conjuction with the suspension to provide a controlled, comfortable ride on streets and highways while allowing high cornering prowess for quick lap times on the track.
The frame and swingarm were developed with an ideal stiffness balance, so the Ninja ZX-6R responds instantly and precisely to the rider’s commands and provides excellent rider feedback.


Aluminum Perimeter Frame(KP)
Stiffness balance designed for superb handling. Frame rigidity is optimized to help prevent road or track irregularities from upsetting the chassis. Working with the suspension, the frame helps provide a more planted ride and helps absorb impacts without upsetting handling.
Steep 23.5? degree rake angle for sharp handling and more feedback from the front tire.
Engine mount angle designed for precise turning and less effort leaning into a turn.
Engine mounting position at the rear of the cylinder head also compliments the frame’s stiffness balance.
Combination of pressed and cast aluminum components are welded to form the perimeter type frame. By combining cast and pressed pieces frame weight is kept to a minimum while still providing high strength and stability with responsive handling.
Two-piece die-cast aluminum sub-frame is light and narrow.


Showa – Big Piston Separate Function Inverted Fork(KP)
With springs in both legs, preload and damping functions are separated into the right and left fork tubes. Preload adjustment is made on the left side, compression and rebound damping on the right. All adjustment screws are at the top of the forks for easy access.
37mm pistons produce high damping force for improved performance during heavy braking.
Suspension settings idealized for winding roads and city riding while maintaining high performance on the track as well.


Uni-Trak® Rear Suspension(KP)
Uni-Trak lever ratios and shock damping settings offer a plush ride on the street and highway.
Cast aluminum swingarm has a perfect balance of stiffness and flex and works with the frame’s stiffness balance to provide exceptional handling.
Showa rear shock features preload, compression and rebound damping adjustments as well as adjustable ride height.(KP)


High Performance Brake System
Radial mounted Nissin monobloc front brake calipers utilize integrated mounting points at both the top and bottom of each caliper, which makes the caliper more rigid for improved brake feel and performance.
Monobloc caliper is machined from a single aluminum block that contributes to superb feel, increased heat dissipation and lighter weight.
310mm front discs provide strong braking performance.
Direct action front master cylinder mounts the brake piston vertically between the handlebar and front brake lever instead of having it parallel to the handlebar. The straight push on the piston assembly improves front brake feel and performance.
Nissin rear brake caliper with 30mm piston from the Ninja ZX-10R is light, resists fade and offers good control.


Available Kawasaki Intelligent anti-lock Brake System (KIBS)(KP)
High-precision system with smooth feedback for added braking confidence during hard sport riding or emergencies.
The engine ECU communicates with the ABS ECU (which monitors wheel speed and front caliper hydraulic pressure) to provide highly precise brake pressure control. The high-precision control means brake performance is not reduced due to excessive pressure drops and there is a more consistent lever feel instead of sharp lever pulses with conventional ABS systems.


Aerodynamic Bodywork
Front cowl shares the same sharp nose design as the Ninja ZX-10R and has a low coefficient of drag.
Minimalist fairing design looks great and facilitates airflow.


Advanced Electronic Instrumentation
Features a race-spec analog tachometer face for easy viewing engine speed at a glance.
Hybrid instrument layout features special UV-blocking glass to make the LED meter displays brighter and easier to read at a glance. Functions include easy-to-read digital speedometer, multifunction odometer, tripmeter, clock, lap timer/stopwatch and indicator lights.


NINJA® ZX™-6R KRT edition
lime green/Ebony (EhFA / FHFA))
pearl blizzard white / metallic flat raw titanium (EHF / FHF)







2017 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R ABS – www.Totalmotorcycle.com USA Specifications/Technical Details
US MSRP Price: ABS: $12,699 / MSRP NON-ABS: $11,699 USD


4-stroke, 4-cylinder, DOHC, 16-valve, Liquid-cooled
Bore x Stroke
67.0 x 45.1 mm
Compression ratio
Fuel System
DFI® w/38mm Keihin throttle bodies (4) and oval sub-throttles
TCBI with digital advance
6-speed, return shift
Final Drive
Sealed chain
Electronic Rider Aids
Kawasaki Traction Control (KTRC), Power Mode, Kawasaki Intelligent anti-lock Brake System (KIBS)
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 damping adjustment, 25-way adjustable rebound damping, fully adjustable spring preload/5.3 in
Front Tire
120/70 ZR17
Rear Tire
180/55 ZR17
Front Brakes
Dual 310mm petal discs with dual radial-mounted, Nissin 4-piston, monobloc calipers and KIBS ABS
Rear Brakes
Single 210mm petal discs with single-piston caliper and KIBS ABS
Frame Type
Aluminum perimeter
23.5°/4.0 in
Overall Length
82.1 in
Overall Width
27.8 in
Overall Height
43.9 in
Ground Clearance
5.1 in
Seat Height
32.7 in
Curb Weight
427.8 lb**
Fuel Capacity
4.5 gal
54.9 in
Color Choices
Pearl Blizzard White/Metallic Flat Raw Titanium
12 Month Limited Warranty
Kawasaki Protection Plus™ (optional)
12, 24, 36 or 48 months









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Canada MSRP Price: $13399 CAD


Displacement 636cc
Type 4-stroke, In-Line Four
Bore and stroke 67.0 x 45.1 mm
Cooling Liquid
Compression ratio 12.9:1
Valve system DOHC, 16 valves (4 valves per cylinder)
Fuel system Fuel Injection: 38mm x 4 (Keihin) with oval sub-throttles
Ignition Digital
Lubrication Forced lubrication, wet sump
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
Overall length 2,085 mm
Overall width 705 mm
Overall height 1,115 mm
Wheelbase 1,395 mm
Ground clearance 130 mm
Seat height 830 mm
Curb mass** 192 kg (ZX636E)
Fuel capacity 17 litres
Transmission 6-speed, cassette
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)
Final reduction ratio 2.688 (43/16)
Clutch Wet multi-disc, manual
Type Perimeter, pressed-aluminium
Wheel travel: front 120 mm
Tire: front 120/70ZR17M/C (58W)
Wheel travel: rear 134 mm
Tire: rear 180/55ZR17M/C (73W)
Caster (rake) 23.5°
Trail 101 mm
Steering angle (left/right) 27° / 27°
Maximum Power‡ 96.4 kW {131 PS} @ 13,500 rpm
Maximum Torque‡ 101 kW {137 PS} @ 13,500 rpm
Suspension, front 41 mm inverted fork with top-out springs
Suspension, rear Bottom-Link Uni-Trak with gas-charged shock and top-out spring
Warranty 12 months warranty










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Europe/UK MSRP Price: £TBA GBP (On The Road inc 20% Vat)






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