Why 30 years? Because it was in 1984 that the GPZ 900 R landed in the motorcycle world, marketed in the United States under the name Ninja. Three decades later, a certain ZX-10R maintains a torch more alive than ever. Appearing in mid-2014 to continue the sport also in 2015, the big sportswoman will be emblazoned with the aura of the commemorations of the thirtieth birthday, just like this little sister 636 ZX-6R.
They are not legion the special series among sports Akashi. All the more reason to appreciate the peculiarities of this one. A green corset, black suspenders and white shoulders, it is with this specific decoration that the ZX-6R 30th anniversary is identified. The rider will appreciate the green anodized plugs of the BPF Showa fork. More discreet, the shock absorber spring is also covered in the favorite color of Kawa. A thin ‘Ninja 30th Anniversary’ sticker completes the set
Beautiful, efficient, and now branded in Ninja history, the 636 ZX-6R has a long tradition of performance here. In France, the 636 will only be distributed in this color.
The 636 has long supported the ZX-6R in the pursuit of performance, electronically assisted for the first, pure sport for the other. Barely different and yet more
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 almost 15 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 in 2013, it was the same recipe.
The impetuous 4-cylinder wins 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-636 R has taken a leap forward. If she did not borrow the plastic of the 10R, she did not hesitate to steal a good part of his electronics. With this opus of the sports 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 the manufacturer of Akashi will fight on the circuits ?
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The technical aspect
Kawasaki ZX-6 R 636 30th anniversary 2015
- 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