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2011 Kawasaki Ninja® ZX-6R...Pound for Pound, the Mightiest Middleweight Sportbike in History!
Packing a liquid-cooled 16-valve inline-four (the first ever in a middleweight street bike), wraparound twin-spar frame, anti-dive fork and aesthetics snatched right from the Grand Prix circuit.
By: Jason from Champion Motorsports
The 2011 ZX™-6R carries on a tradition of middleweight dominance started by the Ninja® 600 of 1985. And in today’s ultra-competitive 600 supersport market, where technology, racetrack success and streetbike acumen can change dramatically year by year, that’s saying a lot. Don’t believe us? Then ask Cycle World magazine, who named it one of its Ten Best bikes of 2010.
That impressive DNA begins with the ZX-6R’s jewel-like engine, a 599cc assemblage of everything Kawasaki knows about powerplant building, and the result of untold hours of testing and refinement that amounts to class leading power. Beyond that, the engine’s dual cams, 16 valves, 13.3:1 compression and 38mm throttle bodies produce the sort of smooth low-end and mid-range power that make dealing with traffic, surface streets and everyday riding a much more agreeable affair.
The ZX-6R’s revolutionary Showa-built BPF (Big Piston Fork) front suspension is one large technological step beyond the cartridge-type fork used on other 600s. The reason is its larger-diameter internal piston, which allows a reduction in damping pressure for smoother action and better front end feedback – especially under braking and initial corner turn-in. Speaking of turn-in, thanks to the ZX-6R’s slipper-type back-torque limiting clutch, a squirming rear tire is less of a concern.
Kawasaki’s acclaimed triple petal disc brake package – with radial-mount calipers up front – is as refined and powerful as ever. Highly rigid four-piston calipers and 300mm petal-type rotors provide awesome power and excellent feel at the front wheel. The 220mm rear petal-type disc features a pedal coaxially mounted with the footpeg for increased mid-stroke braking efficiency and optimum pedal feedback. Its master cylinder reservoir mounts forward of the swingarm, freeing space around the footpeg, reducing parts and contributing to weight savings.
The ZX-6R’s instrument panel provides plenty of at-a-glance information, while a race-spec adjustable twin-tube Öhlins steering damper with relief valve completes the track-ready package.
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