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2007 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R
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2007 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R

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2007 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R

Born for the track, the new Ninja ZX-6R was designed to put its rider on the top step of the podium. What Kawasaki's development team found was needed to enable the new 6R to make a huge leap forward in circuit potential was a consummate blend of the power characteristics of a fully tuned 600 Supersport machine and the nimble handling characteristics of a lightweight, smalldisplacement GP-style racer. To incorporate this lightweight-class handling philosophy into the new 6R, Kawasaki appointed a former 125cc WGP racer as the Ninja ZX-6R's chief development rider. The results? A meaty mile-wide powerband. Cornering prowess previously unseen in the middleweight class.

And a man-machine synchronicity that yields instantaneous response to the rider's slightest command. Then we loaded in features usually reserved for our limited-edition Ninja ZX-6RR. More so than any Ninja ZX-6R - or 6RR - to date, this evolution represents Kawasaki's ideal 600cc-class circuit machine. The ultimate middleweight track tool, the new Ninja ZX-6R sets the standard to follow in 2007.

Featuring an all-new engine - completely redesigned from the cases up for the first time in ten years - and all-new chassis, the Ninja ZX-6R was designed to dominate on the track. Let other models talk about rider-friendliness - this bike was designed to take home the trophies, set the quickest lap times and be more exciting to ride than anything else in its category. The Ninja ZX-6R - a pure expression of Kawasaki's racing philosophy.

Super-Responsive Power Across The Rev Range

To be quick around a racetrack a bike needs a wide powerband with plenty of overrev. The Ninja ZX-6R's all-new ultra-high-rpm engine churns out way more mid-range torque than its predecessors. The result is a nice fat powerband with a linear power curve, for hard-hitting acceleration across the rev range. Like a true racebike, the Ninja ZX-6R's over-rev characteristics are equally impressive, allowing riders to stay on the gas longer, while weaker bikes are forced to shift. Other racing technology includes a close-ratio cassette transmission that makes it easy to keep the Ninja ZX- 6R screaming at peak efficiency.

High Cornering Speed - The Secret To A Quick Lap Time

In designing the Ninja ZX-6R's chassis, the development team concentrated on creating a chassis that allows high corner entry and mid-corner speed. Like a bike with much smaller displacement, the Ninja ZX-6R's compact, lightweight chassis allows it to maintain its cornering speed throughout the turn - this is what makes it so quick. Cornering speed control is further enhanced by a perfectly balanced combination of slipper clutch and powerful radial-mounted brake calipers. Complementing this track-biased package are fully adjustable front and rear suspension units. The results are a higher average cornering speeds, quicker lap times and no competition.

All-New, Ultra-Compact, Low-Friction Engine

The Ninja ZX-6R's all-new engine was specially designed for ultra-low friction. Lowfriction engines deliver highly responsive throttle control, making it easier for riders to adjust their speed and line while cornering. To reduce frictional loss, engine components were made stronger, stiffer and more compact. The resulting engine is about 40 mm smaller in width and length than its predecessors. This compact engine contributes significantly to the Ninja ZX-6R's overall slim and compact chassis.

Rider-Responsive Chassis

The frame and swingarm were developed with an ideal stiffness balance, so the Ninja ZX-6R responds instantly and precisely to the rider's every command. Mass centralisation, engine mount locations and a variety of other factors were optimised to ensure lag-free turn-in characteristics. Like those of a lightweight-class racebike, the frame headpipe and engine crankshaft move as a single unit when changing direction, eliminating any sense of hesitation. Once in the turn, the Ninja ZX-6R holds a line with precision and tracks through corners as if on rails. Feedback is very detailed, with the bike communicating its every move directly to the rider. The machine responds precisely and predictably to rider control inputs and shifts in body weight, resulting in a chassis that makes the rider feel like a part of the machine.

The new Ninja ZX-6R offers the power of a high-performance 600 mated with the nimble handling characteristics of a small-displacement racer - a combination that raises middleweight supersport performance to a new level.

Fuel Injection

  • Shorter throttle bodies deliver improved over-rev characteristics, while smaller diameter bores offer more torque in the mid-range. Ultra-fine atomising injectors improve combustion efficiency (and consequently fuel efficiency as well).
  • Pre-chamber Equipped Under-seat Muffler

  • A pre-chamber located below the engine feeds a compact and lightweight under-seat silencer, a layout which improves mass centralisation. The redesigned exhaust header pipes contribute to the improved exhaust efficiency.
  • Dimensions

  • Tri-axis crankshaft and transmission shaft layout idealises the engine's CG, reducing pitching movement during heavy braking and giving the rider accurate chassis feedback. By reducing the amount of front/rear weight transfer, the loads on the suspension and tyres are reduced, giving more freedom when adjusting suspension settings.
  • Suspension

  • New, fully adjustable inverted fork locates the main spring at the bottom of the fork. Because the spring is completely submerged in oil, cavitation is minimised, resulting in stable suspension performance even under the demanding conditions of the circuit.
  • New rear suspension system features a pillow ball upper mount in place of the earlier bushings for a more direct feel and improved feedback.
  • Aerodynamics

  • Compact projector beam headlights contribute to the aerodynamic front cowl and a reduced frontal area. The new Ram Air duct is small but highly efficient. The small under-seat silencer allows the tail section to be made narrower and more aerodynamically efficient. This new design is the most aerodynamically efficient of any Ninja available today.
  • Gear Position Sensor

  • In the heat of battle, even racers occasionally lose track of what gear they're in. The convenient gear position sensor gives instant information to the rider - especially useful should a mis-shift occur.
  • The system is also compatible with semi-auto shifters (permitted in AMA Supersport racing) used to temporarily cut ignition to facilitate clutchless shifting.
  • Riding Position

  • Slim, waisted fuel tank makes it easier for the rider to grip the tank and seat when hanging off in a turn.
  • Colour(s)

  • Lime Green / Flat Stoic Black Type 2
  • Lime Green (USA/CAN/AUS)
  • Ebony
  • Pearl Wildfire Orange / Flat Stoic Black Type 2
  • Passion Red (USA/CAN)
  • Atomic Silver (USA/CAN)
  • Specifications

  • Engine Type - Liquid-cooled, 4-stroke In-Line Four
  • Displacement - 599 cm3
  • Bore and Stroke - 67 x 42.5 mm
  • Compression ratio - 13.9:1
  • Valve system - DOHC, 16 valves
  • Fuel system - Fuel injection: 38 mm x 4 (Keihin) with oval sub-throttles, dual injection
  • Ignition - Digital
  • Starting - Electric
  • Lubrication - Forced lubrication, wet sump
  • Transmission - 6-speed, return, cassette
  • Final drive - Sealed chain
  • Primary reduction ratio - 1.900 (76/40)
  • Gear ratios - 1st; 2.714 (38/14), 2nd; 2.200 (33/15), 3rd; 1.850 (37/20), 4th; 1.600 (32/20), 5th; 1.421 (27/19), 6th; 1.300 (26/20)
  • Final reduction ratio - 2.688 (43/16)
  • Clutch - Wet multi-disc, manual
  • Frame Type - Perimeter, pressed-aluminium
  • Tyre - front; 120/65ZR17M/C, rear; 180/55ZR17M/C
  • Fuel capacity - 17 litres
  • 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.