The international press launch for the ZX-6R took place in Japan at the Autopolis Circuit, the Kawasaki-owned race facility used extensively throughout the bike's development. I was able to log seven 20-minute sessions over two days aboard the heavily updated 600. I dedicated one entire session to droning along at a street pace—short-shifting, freeway cruise speeds, lugging the engine down to basement revs in the upper gears. I found there to be a perceptible improvement in low- to mid-rpm power production over last year's bike, very nice shift action and minimal engine vibration. Looking forward to some "real" street seat time when we get our testbike back home.