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2013 Kawasaki ZX-6R 636

2013-01-28 08:04
CAPE TOWN - Kawasaki is on a roll again. in 2012 Kenan Sofuoglu won the World Supersport championship on a ZX-6R (the first Supersport World championship victory for a Kawasaki rider since 2001) and Tom Sykes missed becoming the World Superbike champion by the narrowest of margins.

On the heels of its race track successes, Team Green has introduced its latest ZX-6R as a completely new bike which, the Japanese bike maker says, "is revolutionary rather than evolutionary".


Interestingly, the new bike’s engine capacity has increased to 636cc, which renders it ineligible for World Supersport homologation (World Supersport four-cylinder bikes are limited to 600cc).

Kawasaki justifies the capacity increase on the grounds that the 60c limitation on supersport engines is for racing only, so there's no need for tens of thousands of everyday riders to be restricted by it.

The previous-generation ZX-6R was an attractive machine in its own right but Kawasaki’s designers have pulled all the styling stops on the 636.


Manufacturer: Kawasaki
Model: 2013 ZX-6R 636

Type:  Liquid-cooled, 4-stroke inline four cylinder
Displacement: 636 cm3
Maximum Power: Maximum power: 96.4 kW (101 kW with RAM air) at 13 500 rpm
Maximum Torque: 71Nm at 11500rpm
Fuel supply system: Fuel injection at ø38 mm x 4 (Keihin) with oval sub-throttles
Fuel type: Unleaded, 95 RON
Fuel consumption: 5.7 litres/100 km (actual)

Type: six-speed, return, cassette
Final drive: sealed chain
Overall length x width x height: 2,085 mm x 705 mm x 1,115 mm
Curb weight: 192 kg

Passengers: 2
Fuel tank: 17 liters


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

Front: 41 mm inverted fork with top-out springs
Rear: Bottom-Link Uni-Trak with gas-charged shock and top-out


Front: 120/70ZR17M/C (58W)
Rear: 180/55ZR17M/C (73W)

PRICE: R121 995

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