There are a lot of Isle of Man videos out there, and they just don’t get old. Case in point: this latest one from Kawasaki, which shows the behind-the-scenes action of the making of a ZX-6R (636) commercial on the TT course. This video, a big production with amazing angles and photography, should tide us [...]Read Full Post | Comments(3)
R&G Racing Products Press Release: R&G has released a comprehensive range of damage protection products and styling bolt-ons for the new Kawasaki ZX-6R 636 Ninja. A leader in motorcycle crash protection has acted quickly to get what will arguably be one of the most popular bikes for 2013 into its prototyping facility. The result is [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Kawasaki Uses Bigger Engines To Strengthen Sales Manufacturers keep consumer interest high with proven engine-building techniques.
When times are hard, manufacturers know they must keep interest high even if they can’t do the same for sales. But new products cost money—money for engineering, for testing, for new tooling. That money just doesn’t exist! Where is the new pizzazz to come from? Help is at hand from two well-proven techniques. One is [...]Read Full Post | Comments(1)
We rolled our 2013 Kawasaki ZX-6R (aka Ninja 636) onto Cycle World’s newly acquired Dynojet 250i dynamometer to determine what, if any, power gains have resulted from the 37cc increase in engine displacement. The accompanying chart compares rear-wheel output of our 2013 model (red) to that of a ’12 testbike we tested on our previous [...]Read Full Post | Comments(1)
Photographer : Fran Kuhn
Over the past 25 years, 600cc, liquid-cooled, inline-Four supersport bikes have dominated the mid-displacement street category in Cycle World’s Annual Ten Best Bikes awards. Prior to our selecting the Ducati 848 Streetfighter this year, the only other departures from the norm have been a V-Twin Honda Hawk GT taking the honors in 1988 and the [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
2013 Kawasaki Ninja 636 – First Ride New middleweight ZX-6R has a bigger, more powerful engine and handles better than ever.
Photographer : Kevin Wing and Adam Campbell
Bigger is definitely better when it comes to engine displacement in the middleweight supersport class. Kawasaki is once again convinced that formula is the ticket to sales success in a market segment in which only European manufacturers Ducati (848 EVO), MV Agusta (F3 675) and Triumph (Daytona 675) have recently been willing to take risks. [...]Read Full Post | Comments(10)
Supersports: Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R vs. Suzuki GSX-R600 – Comparison Test Searching for 600 supersport supremacy.
Why only two 600s, you ask? Because the new-for-2009 Kawasaki ZX-6R prevailed in that year’s crotch-rocket comparo, and the Honda CBR600RR and Yamaha YZF-R6 haven’t received serious engineering attention in the meantime. Why should they? These bikes are expensive to develop, and sales in the 600cc class have been about as lively as a Bourbon [...]Read Full Post | Comments(2)
Best Middleweight Streetbike: Kawasaki ZX-6R – Ten Best Bikes 2011 Team Green’s middleweight monster.
For a third year running, Team Green has been the envy of its class. It can be argued that Kawasaki retained the Best Middleweight crown last year by default due to an uncharacteristic void of new challengers, but 2011 witnessed Suzuki stepping up with its all-new GSX-R600. Although the latest Gixxer has closed the gap, [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Supersports: Kawasaki ZX-6R vs. Suzuki GSX-R600 – Video With a brand-new Suzuki released this year, CW had to see if it could conquer the Ten-Best winning Kawasaki ZX-6R and its mega-powerful engine.
Welcome to the Contidrom motorcycle tire test track – Special Feature We blitz Continental Tires’ banked oval on the new ContiRoadAttack 2 sport-touring tire.
A decade ago, I traveled to Hannover, Germany, as a guest of Continental Tire to ride its then-new ContiForce sport radial at the manufacturer’s Contidrom proving grounds. Much has remained the same at the 173-acre facility that includes a spectacular high-speed banked oval, separate wet and dry handling courses and various skidpads.What has changed a [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)