The 636 second the ZX-6R in the pursuit of performance, electronically assisted for the first, pure sport for the other. Previously revised in 2009, the 600 Ninja adopted the design of its big sister ZX-10 R. The latter has since changed significantly. It would have been logical for the mimicry to continue, but this 636 prefers just to be inspired by it to reshape its headlights. The central air intake changes a little, the end of the muzzle too. It is much more marked at the level of the fairing sides. New panels with a tortured design with inlay of new indicators mark a desire for a new identity. The tank seems more slender thanks to the addition under it of a large plastic tongue. The rear part changes little, except by the LED light and a different pot lining.
Of course, what will have struck you the most is not this upgrading of the silhouette but this incongruous figure: 636.
Let’s go back 10 years. In 2002, Kawasaki had doubled its ZX-6 R of the time by a version re-cubed to 636 cm3 (already). As a result, more trunk, more availability, and smooth power for more pleasure on the road. And for 2013, it’s the same recipe.
The impetuous 4 cylinders gain 37 cc per increase in piston stroke. With this extra volume of explosion, the ZX-6R will offer more torque at low and mid-range, better acceleration, and a more exploitable engine character; a plus for road use of the machine.
On the piloting assistance side, the ZX-6 R has taken a leap forward. If she did not borrow the plastic of the 10R, she did not hesitate, however, to steal all of her electronics. With this new opus of the sport 600, you will be able to open in all directions and brake like a hymo. Want to solder the handle? The KTRC 3-mode traction control combined with 2 choices of maps ensure traction and evasion. Heavy braking all sideways on approach? The KIBS anti-lock system helps you to brake. This ABS " intelligence by Kawa " helps prevent rear wheel lift during heavy braking and takes into account the effect of counter torque during downshifts.
It is more "wise" chassis side. By that, mean that it does not undergo a notable overhaul. Aluminum perimeter frame and large section swing arm are carried over from the old version to this one. Precise gear that is difficult to fault. Only the fork evolves: the latest generation from Showa combining SFF (damping on one sleeve, hydraulic on the other) and BPF (Big Piston) technologies.
Now classic but still very appreciable, the 636 Ninja is equipped with quality sports peripherals: FCC anti-dribble clutch, 4-piston radial brake calipers pinching petal discs, complete and compact dashboard (it does not change, except by the removal of the green or red coloring of the engine use ranges), double butterfly injection and boiler that loves revs.
With this 636 ZX-6R, Kawasaki is clearly aiming for a daily pleasure superior to the competition. But this displacement preventing him from entering competition (600 cc maximum for the Supersport category), how will the manufacturer of Akashi fight on the circuits? The former 600 continues his career in parallel to fight hard in the different championships.
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ZX-6 R 636 2013
Model marketed in
260 km / h
The technical aspect
2014 Kawasaki ZX-6 R 636
- Tank: 17 liters
- Width: 705 mm
- Height: 1115 mm
- Wheelbase: 1395 mm
- Weight in running order: 192/194 kg
- Train before
- Secondary chain transmission
- Rear axle
(67 x 45.1 mm)
at 13,500 rpm
at 11,500 rpm