Destiny is a game, where pawns weave their way between fashions, arcana, passions and cruelties. That of the 600 supersports is gloomy these days. Manufacturers are in no hurry to renew them, or even to develop them. What’s the point ? The market is dying. But these little moths don’t want to go away without a fight. And still know how to please and praise the pistard. The one who likes very high speeds between the vibrators or under the sky of the long rows. Therein lies the fortune of the ZX-6R 636. It puts forward fine technical arguments and intends to take advantage of the aura of the Kawasaki Racing Team to stand out even more. Its atypical displacement is not enough. A decoration with the coat of arms of the Superbike team adds a layer of pleasure. A superbly sporty dress, where scents of green try to escape from the threatening black.
It is not a simple exercise in ornament; it is also belonging to the replica KRT family. Three dimensions of sport at Kawa, under the colors of the WSBK: discovery with the Ninja 300 R, the hysteria of towers and lightness with this 636, the fury of hypersport with the ZX-10R.
Without complex, the ZX-636R has not finished shaking the needles with its technology. More trunk, availability, and smoothed power for more pleasure on the road. Since the old 600, the impetuous 4-cylinder has gained 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.
As for piloting assistance, the ZX-6 R had made 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 pig. 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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ZX-6 R 636 30th anniversary 2015
Model marketed in
260 km / h
The technical aspect
Kawasaki ZX-6 R 636 KRT Edition 2016
- Tank: 17 liters
- Width: 705 mm
- Height: 1115 mm
- Wheelbase: 1395 mm
- Weight in running order: 194 kg
- Train before
- Secondary chain transmission
- Rear axle
(67 x 45.1 mm)
at 13,500 rpm
at 11,500 rpm