After a noticeable absence, Kawasaki makes a comeback with the improved 2013 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R. The sport motorcycle was first introduced in 1995. The manufacturer constantly upgraded the ZX over the years so that it could compete with the Suzuki, Honda and Yamaha models.
The ZX series is the line of Kawasaki also known as the Ninja line. The first ZX-6R was very similar to the former 1994 ZX-9R, with the same ram-air intake used on motorcycles since 1990. It could accelerate from 0 to 60 miles per hour (0 to 97 km/h) in 3.6 seconds. The 1998 G series had an increased power of 108 bhp due to the new airbox design. For the J series, new generator and stick coil were introduced, along with a 180 section rear tyre and a second headlight.
The 2002 models had the same bodywork, but an increased capacity from the usual 600 cubic centimeters (37 cu in) to 636 cubic centimeters (38.8 cu in). In 2009 the appearance of the ZX-6R changed greatly to a more angular display with a redesigned exhaust. An improved engine and slipper clutch were placed on the 2010 ZX along with a spacious exhaust pre-chamber for less noise.
The 636 version of the 2013 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R has a larger Liquid-cooled, 4-stroke In-Line Four engine with 599 cubic centimeters (36.5 cu in) displacement and a low-mid range torque. Performance is enhanced with the new exhaust-port shapes, exhaust camshafts, new lightweight steel intake and revised piston crowns. The air-fuel mixing in more efficient because of the unique atomizing injectors with a sub-60 micron fuel droplet that delivers more fuel. Digital Fuel Injection (DFI) tuning ensures high precision for the motorcycle and reduces the amount of emissions. The airbox is larger, with 12.5 percent more volume and the single-bore intake funnels give it full throttle response.
Designers gave the 2013 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R a more aggressive look with a very bright LED taillight, large one piece fender, projector beam headlights with integrated position lamps, built-in front turn signals and compact rear signals. The panel has an analog tachometer and LCD screen with indicators for Power Mode, KTRC, ABS and Economical Riding (ECO). The driver has better contact with the motorcycle because of the slim fuel tank flared around its top and a narrow front seat.
The Bottom-link Uni-Trak rear suspension has a gas shock and a pillow ball upper shock, 25 mm longer rear spring and a 25-way adjustable rebound damping and spring preload. A new F.C.C. Clutch was created, based on rider feedback and tests on the racetrack with incorporated assist and slipper functions.
The new 2013 Kawasaki Ninja is a top notch flexible vehicle with powerful engine and advanced electronics that any motorcycle aficionado would be proud to own.
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