Only thing i can fault is the pain in my wrists after about an hr in the saddle but thats an easy though expensive fix with some bar raisers. Engine vibration is quite low and vibration through the pegs is virtually non-existent. Only a notchy gearbox stand in the way of perfection. Unlike the Suzuki competitor, the Katana, signal lights on the Kawasaki's cluster were amber instead of green. The engine has bags of character and the Kawasaki is great fun when the going gets twisty.
Best: Overall power is outstanding while feeling fairly lightweight and having a quite tight rider compact design, the '03 zx636r is absolutely a extreme blast to ride and literally shows true meanings of what a rocket is! The engine is a peach. The new engine, in particular, is stellar. You and your advantage will be long gone by then. Despite feeling like it has a fair amount of weight over the front wheel and the inherent stability discussed earlier , the 6R will power wheelie in first gear if you wack the throttle at 11,000 rpm — even if you have your weight right over the tank and bars. The front wheel will also catch some air in second gear in this same rpm range 11,000 — 15,000 rpm without touching the clutch. If your a tall chap like me it may be a problem but its one i can live with!! I bought my 2003 zx6r 636 brand new with 3 miles on it when I was 16. The performance is mindblowing, a little lumpy at low revs but thats not where this bike is used to being! However, this track-focused nature means riders must make compromises when riding on the road every day.
This is unique on a stock supersport machine in addition to the other unique features discussed in our preview article dated September 16, 2002. We are pretty confident that this particular F4i would walk away from virtually any stock 600 in the mid-range. Looks the best kawasaki zx6r by far, as the other models have plastic tanks and don't have the same lines. And preferably a softer spring in the shock. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. Initial bite was noticeably stronger than our companion 600, although overall power appeared to fall somewhat short of our exalted expectations.
. Kawasaki has significantly increased tuning potential of the 6R by providing slotted cam sprockets on the stock machine yes, that means adjustable cam timing. You know the engine is working underneath you, but those sensations as well as feedback from the road never disturb your comfort. New top-out springs offer improved fork action under hard acceleration. This could relate to the fact that our test unit was flown in from the Malaysian race track intro — where the front brake pads could have received a glazing.
Those radial brakes everyone is talking about are quite good. I love it to bits, very quick, easy to handle, awesome brakes and looks the biz. Related bikes List for comparison of specs. An additional compartment could be found on the left side of the fairing and the ignition key was needed to open it. The only thing i would recommend for comfort and road handling would be to get the shock revalved and resprung k-tech. The 6R will wheelie whether you want it to or not, so be ready! It is important to bear in mind though that a supersport bike is not designed for the everyday - and therefore you must put up with the drawbacks, in order to experience its full potential when the roads get fun. Most modern Japanese sportbikes employ fuel injection.
Over damped and over sprung. The 37cc displacement advantage 6. The new instrument panel pictured in our preview article works well, with one exception. A little old now but holding it's. Also check out our at Bikez. Strengths: Handling Looks More grunt than other 600's Light weight Induction noise Wheelie ability It's not a Honda. And check out the bike's Show any on our Bikez.
Shift indicator lamp adjustable for engine rpm and brightness. After one session through a particularly tight, twisty road that Willy and I are familiar with, Willy commented that the 6R exiting a corner at 10,000 rpm in second gear smoothly power-wheelied from corner exit to the next corner entry, where it dropped its nose and smoothly turned into the next corner without even a hint of head shake. Yes it eats the other 600's breakfast and spits them out. The trade-off is reduced comfort, and increased weight on the wrists at sub-60 mph speeds, while cruising in a straight line. With a full system and a Power Commander this machine will put out a genuine 114bhp.
On paper, you would expect the thoroughly modern engine design offered by Kawasaki including fuel injection and an extremely high, stock compression ratio of 12. Yes the rear shock is a minger as standard. This indicates the motorcycle is mechanically identical to the earlier motorcycle, and differs only in paint schemes. You can also sign up for e-mail notification when such bikes are advertised in the future. You want corner speed, demon brakes, plenty of strong drive but with sensible insurance then their can be only one choice.
Rear disc brake measures 220mm and improved master cylinder ratios improve both feel and performance. A ride on a new, production unit at a later date should clear this up. Worst: 1st thing anyone should do is invest into a steering stabilizer if it doesn't have one aftermarket installed as the '03 and '04 did not come with one factory. Strengths: The engine is awesome. Kawasaki seems to have mated this rigid fork design with chassis rigidity quite well. Design of the front cowling directs air into the intake for improved efficiency. These new features, plus a host of additional design changes, are sure to leave the competition hung out to dry.
The fully-adjustable fork and shock including rear ride-height adjustment on our own unit came with settings presumably from the intro at Sepang, and worked quite well out-of-the-box. Weaknesses: The carb icing the bike has suffered in the last 2 weeks has been depressing. Composite chrome-plated cylinders with 5mm shorter skirts reduce weight. The two parts chassis aluminium frame and steel sub-frame changed to a one piece full aluminium chassis, and aesthetic changes. Read the riders' comments at the bike's.