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Specifications, pictures and owners reviews for Kawasaki ZX-6R:
Mootorcycle type:Sport bike
Year:Since 1995
Dimensions L/W/H(cm):208.5 / 70.5 / 111.5
Engine size (cc):636 cc displacement
Fuel supply:Fuel injection with oval sub-throttles
Compression ratio:12.9:1
Bore and Stroke:67x45.1 mm
Ground clearance:130mm (5.1 inches)
Engine oil capacity:3.1litres (3.3 quarts)
Fuel tank capacity :17.0 litres (4.5 gallons)
Top speed:279 km/h (173 mph)
Peak horse power:135 hp
Max torque:71 nm (52.4 ft lbs)
Dry weight:182 kg (401 lbs)
Wet weight:206 kg (454 lbs)
Front suspension:41mm inverted Showa fork with top-out springs and 120mm wheel travel
Rear suspension:Bottom-Link uni-track with gas charged shock and fully adjustable spring preload. 135mm wheel travel
Front tyre size:120/70-ZR17
Rear tyre size:180/55-ZR17
Transmission type:6-speed
Ignition / starting:TCBI with digital advance
Front brakes:Dual 310mm petal rotors with Nissin 4-piston monoblock calipers
Rear brakes:Single 220mm petal rotor with single piston caliper
Final drive:Chain drive
Cooling system:Liquid cooling
Fuel consumption:5.40 l/100km (43.6 mpg)
Picture of Kawasaki - ZX-6RZX-6R

Additional notes regarding the technical specifiaction of Kawasaki ZX-6R:
- Fuel consumption (fuel economy) measured in L/100km or MPG (miles per gallon) shows how many liters of fuel the motorcycle burns for a 100km rum and respectively how many miles it can run with one gallon of fuel. The fuel efficiency of Kawasaki ZX-6R based on its technical specifications will let it run for 43.6 miles burning one gallon of fuel. It also means that it will burn 5.40 liters on a 100km trip. It can be calculated that Kawasaki ZX-6R can cover a mileage of 195 miles with a tank full of fuel based on its fuel efficiency and fuel tank capacity - 17.0 liters.
- 636 cc engine size (displacement) - this is the total volume enclosed in the movement of all pistons in the engine cylinders from their bottom to their top position in a stroke. In the common case bigger displacement of the engine means more horse power and more fuel consumption. The engine displacement is measured in cubic centimeters (cc) or liters (l) and for Kawasaki ZX-6R it is 636 cc as per the specifications above.
- 130 mm ground clearance - this can be defined as the distance between the lowest point of the ZX-6R's chassis and the level ground surface below it. The lower the ground clearance the better the handling but on the contrary higher clearance makes the bike more practical on uneven roads and off-road.Bore and stroke of Kawasaki ZX-6R engine
- 67x45.1 bore and stroke - this is a term concerning the engine parameters describing the ratio between cylinder bore diameter and piston stroke. If bore and stroke have equal measures then the engine is called square. According to the technical specifications of Kawasaki ZX-6R its bore is 67 mm and the stroke is 45.1 mm. For this particular Kawasaki engine bore is bigger than stroke meaning that ZX-6R has a short stroke engine.
- Compression ratio 12.9:1. Imagine an engine's piston is at the bottom of its stroke (step one) and moves up compressing the gas in the cylinder till it reaches its top position of the stroke (step 2). The compression ratio is the ration of the volume in step one over the volume in step two. To avoid engine knocking when compression ratio is high those motorcycles might be recommended to use premium fuel only. Higher compression ratio means bigger pressure of the fuel/air mix in the combustion chamber and better efficiency achieved of its ignition.
- Chain final drive: All three variations of the final drive (shaft, belt and chain) are perfectly doing their job and one of them is always preferable depending on the type of motorcycle and it can not really be said which one of them is the best as each one has its advantages on certain occasions. Bikes have been designed with all three variations of the final drive for many years and each of them has performed well for the purpose it's been used. The final drive of Kawasaki ZX-6R is chain.
motorcycle with chain final driveChain final drives are known for their simplicity and efficiency in driving power from the engine to the rear wheel of the motorcycle and are one of the most popular final drive options by far. However all chains require keeping an eye on them and proper lubrication when they get dry and cleaning when they get dirty.
- Liquid cooling: the constant cooling of the motorcycle engine is mandatory for its efficiency and durability. Liquid cooling is better for the engine in high traffic and speeding but its biggest advantage is that liquid cooled engines tend to produce more horsepower.Kawasaki ZX-6R turn signals - replacement
- Replacing the turn signals of Kawasaki ZX-6R is not a difficult undertaking and usually turns out to be much simpler than expected. When disconnecting the wires of your motorcycle turn signals it is advisable to stick distinct tapes on them if they are not color coded. In the case of box connection all you have to do is clip off both ends (the male and female). Connect the wires properly after the new Kawasaki ZX-6R turn signals are placed in position.Kawasaki ZX-6R with protective bike cover
When choosing a motorcycle cover the dimensions of the Kawasaki ZX-6R should be taken into consideration. Some aftermarket accessories can change the overall dimensions of the bike. Accessories like saddles bags, backrest or windshield will call the need for a larger motorcycle cover.

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Review by Alan - owner from Murfreesboro TN, United States

Alan from Murfreesboro TN, United States  OVERALL RATING:9.4-star rating BRAKES:5-star rating
RIDE AND HANDLING:5-star rating FUEL ECONOMY:5-star rating
QUALITY AND RELIABILITY:4-star rating VALUE (PRICE):5-star rating
ENGINE PERFORMANCE:5-star rating COMFORT:4-star rating


People go through different periods in their lifetime and I’m in this stage when most of my time is committed to my career and I have decided to sell my bike 3 years ago. I won’t fall in details describing that moment of sadness seeing my trustful Yamaha FJR-1300 leaving me. It’s like saying good buy to an old friend after spending years of good time together, trusting and supporting each other. A year later I realized that this unpleasant feeling of missing the fun of riding a bike will not fade away over the years and decided to get another bike. I didn’t want to invest much in it as it was clear that I wouldn’t have much spare time to fully enjoy it and take the most out of it. So I aimed at cheaper and not that big motorcycle ending up with a beautiful 1998 model of Kawasaki ZX-R6 in my garage. Of course I read enough reviews and opinions from other owners in different forums and there were people complaining of this and that but I thought that there is no such a think like a perfect bike anyway and went for it.
Now that I have it for two years already all I can say is that Kawasaki ZX-6R is very fast, extremely light and beautiful motorcycle with precise handling on the road – what else do you want from a bike. The price is more than affordable or at least it was for mine. Yes it is an old bike but is in mint conditions. It had less than 30K on it when I bought it and run like new.
Positive accents: Affordable, good looking and reliable bike for fun.
Bad points: No petrol gauge to warn you when you are running out. However the reserve always lets you reach the next gas station.
Review by J. Finey - owner from Colorado Springs,CO - United States

J. Finey from Colorado Springs,CO - United States  OVERALL RATING:9.1-star rating BRAKES:3-star rating
RIDE AND HANDLING:5-star rating FUEL ECONOMY:5-star rating
QUALITY AND RELIABILITY:5-star rating VALUE (PRICE):5-star rating
ENGINE PERFORMANCE:5-star rating COMFORT:4-star rating


I had my Kawasaki ZX-6R for couple years and apart from one service involving adjusting the valves it didn’t show any other weaknesses. With the top speed of 170 miles per hour which is totally achievable I was able to ride along with the bigger bikes. It never let me down taking me to my work place and back home when the weather was nice to enjoy riding.
Kawasaki ZX-6R is designed with fully adjustable front and rear suspensions and it is stable at any speed running over bumps or other imperfections on the road. Another good feature is the slipper clutch.
It has a fresh expression and looks really cool in the typical Kawasaki's lime green. The fuel economy is impressive - I guess you’d reach 180 miles or so with one tank before having to push the bike towards the next petrol station. This bike really suites me and keep giving me joy so I’m planning to keep it for long. Definitely good value for its price.
Positive accents: This bike impresses with powerful acceleration and optimum rideability.
Bad points: Need better brake calipers.


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