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MCN overall verdict rating is 5

In the Kawasaki ZX-6R, Kawasaki has built a race ready 600 which is road legal, just. Everything about the ZX-6R is track focused, you could enter a standard Kawasaki ZX-6R into a club race and you wouldn’t be far behind the top runners. The more you thrash it the more fun you’ll have. The Kawasaki ZX-6R is easily the most fun 600 on track but let down by its real world capabilities.

 

Watch the Kawasaki ZX-6R take on Honda's CBR600RR, Yamaha's R6, Triumph's Daytona 675 and Suzuki's new GSX-R600 K8

 

Engine

MCN rating rating is 5
Owners' rating rating is 4

A measured 109.61bhp at the back wheel made the Kawasaki ZX-6R the most powerful 600 in our recent group test. You have to keep the Kawasaki ZX-6R motor singing to get the most out of it above 9,000rpm ideally, but revving it to its 16,000rpm redline sends shivers down your spine.

Ride and Handling

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

The track-focussed Kawasaki ZX-6R is built for carving up race tracks. The brakes are outstanding, and the Kawasaki ZX-6R remains stable no matter how late you dare to brake. You can carry a stupid amount of corner speed on the Kawasaki ZX-6R, which is really confidence inspiring. The Kawasaki ZX-6R's front will give the odd twitch over bumps and imperfection on the road.

Equipment

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4

The Kawasaki ZX-6R has fully adjustable suspension front and back, radial brakes up front... it ticks all the boxes for a 600 supersport machine. The standard slipper clutch is one of the best on the market something the Kawasaki ZX-6R has always led in term of development for the original ZX6-RR. Compare and buy products for the Ducati Monster 100 in the MCN Shop.

Kawasaki ZX-6R (2007-2008)

Detail Value
New price £7,190
Dealer used prices
£4,240 (2007) - £4,930 (2008)
Private used prices
£3,760 (2007) - £4,270 (2008)
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Engine size 599 cc
Power 110 bhp
Top speed 164 mph
Insurance group 15 of 17
  MCN ratings Owners' ratings
Overall rating is 5 rating is 4.5
Engine rating is 5 rating is 4
Ride & Handling rating is 4 rating is 4.5
Equipment rating is 4 rating is 4
Quality & Reliability rating is 4 rating is 4.5
Value rating is 5 rating is 4.5

Quality and Reliability

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

Kawasaki has never had a problem with engine reliability or build quality and the Kawasaki ZX-6R is no exception. An MCN staffer who owned one of the original high revving ZX6-RRs says it never missed a beat despite its hard life. The Kawasaki ZX-6R feels well built and solid with attention to detail in the finish.

Value

MCN rating rating is 5
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

At £7190, the Kawasaki ZX-6R is the second cheapest 600 on the market and it’s a new model for 2007, only Suzuki’s older GSX-R is cheaper. Haggle with a local dealer and you should be able to steal a Kawasaki ZX-6R for under £7,000 which for the latest, track-focussed 600 which will hold its own against almost anything on track, is a bargain. Find a Kawasaki ZX-6R for sale.

Insurance

Insurance group: 15 of 17

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Model History

2007: All new Kawasaki ZX-6R, now 599cc.

Other Versions

None (RR version discontinued now that Kawasaki ZX-6R is 599cc).

Specifications

Top speed 164 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 11.22 secs
Max power 110 bhp
Max torque 45 ft-lb
Weight 167 kg
Seat height 820 mm
Fuel capacity 17 litres
Average fuel consumption 39 mpg
Tank range 140 miles
Annual road tax
Insurance group 15 of 17
Engine size 599 cc
Engine specification Liquid-cooled, 16v transverse four
Frame Aluminium twin spar
Front suspension adjustment Fully adjustable
Rear suspension adjustment Fully adjustable
Front brakes 2 x 300mm wavy discs, four piston calipers
Rear brake 210mm wavy disc, single piston caliper
Front tyre size 120/70 x 17
Rear tyre size 180/55 x 17

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Owners' Overall Rating rating is 4.5(20 reviews)

  • Great Value

    Robinjj

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    Bought the '08 model in early '09 as the new model was coming out, got a great deal for £5,500 new. First 600cc i'd ridden, i've now owned a second 600cc so i think i'm in a better position to review. This bike is immense power wise if you keep the revs over 6k - sluggish acceleration below this. Great fueling, clinical throttle response and the handling is exquisite - far beyond my ability. Slipper clutch is fantastic, and the Bridgestone B-014 tyres fitted OEM were very predictable and confidence building. A fuel indicator would have been nice, but frankly you're buying a track bike with a numberplate. 'Fuel' flashes frantically on your dash once your tank is down to a certain point. This was the cheapest supersport i could buy in 2009. In 2013 i've just bought a Honda CBR600F new for £6,800; much more comfortable seating position (i'm 6'2) than the Ninja, but frankly the Ninja is a classier act - i felt i could trust it implicitly.

    03 May 2013

  • Easily the best value supersport bike!

    tamlin23

    Average rating rating is 5

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    I have had about 5 of this model this year (I trade), and am shocked at the price every time I ride one. Kawasaki really do their own legs with their 0% deals and end of season discounts, not good if you are buying new - but these are a used bargain as a result. The engine revels in revs, egging you on to go that bit further each time with it's confidence inspiring handling. If you are a nervous rider you should steer clear of these until your confidence is up, not because they are scary to get on with, far from it in fact, these really need to be revved to get the most from them - but thats my point. If you arent going to carry a little speed into a corner to put this bike at an angle it was designed for, or carry speed and go rigid, you won't enjoy this bike, its the same with the engine, it needs to be revved hard, so leave your mechanical sympathy at home when you take this out, or all you are left with is a firm ride (and a stunning bike of course). I am 6'1" and fit ok on this bike, it is one of the better ninjas for fit, unless you go back to the A1P, but then that model is left wanting in the 'top trumps' department against this model of course. These are one of the best 600 sports bikes available - elevated to the best sport 600 when the used value is considered. Buy one of these and you won't be sorry, they are a joy to own and earn nothing but respect on the road.

    16 October 2011

  • Top Bike

    billi808

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    Quick bike, needs to be above 10k rpm to really make the most of it. Well built and fun, recommend for occasional rides and track days. Long days out or touring is a no no. After three or four hours solid riding you'll be in pain, real pain. That said you'll forget about all of that if you keep this machine above the magic 10k. If you want a very quick, superb handling, race ready 600, this is the only way to fly!!!!

    13 April 2010

  • NINJA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Chris Kelly

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    Great Bike love it - Am new to road bikes after being a MotoX'r for yrs. Love the feel and it sounds amazing. Great corner speeds and get it above 9K on the Revs and its a real Dream - SUPERB!!!!!!

    13 October 2009

  • 08 ZX6R Ninja

    topgolfer

    Average rating rating is 5

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    had it about 5 weeks after replacing my er6. Bike is bonkers. The thrill as the revs go above 10k is amazing. The harder it revs the better it sounds and just keeps on pulling. Can't wipe grin off my face. However the brakes are so strong that they could wipe the grin all over the screen if you don't hold on!!! Magic machine and looking forward to trip to watch WSB in Germany next month

    23 August 2009

  • 2007 ZX-6R

    kpaul

    Seattle, WA , US

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    I bought mine in 2009, it was brand new still in the box. A dealer had a special allocation of surplus 07 and 08 models. Compared to my old bike an 01 ZX-6R it was giant leap in handling and engine performance. My only problem is the short wind screen which blocks my view of the tach (I am 6ft.) Plan to get a bubble screen as was suggested by other riders on MCN. I have almost 2000 miles on it with no problems. Fun to ride in the twisty roads near Seattle can keep up with liter bikes easily because of agility and corner speed. Some small vibration right at 6000 rpm but it's a nit.

    21 June 2009

  • 08 model on 09 plate :-)

    pistol86

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    Got this bike on a fantastic deal a couple of weeks ago. So far i think its amazing. Unfortunatley im still runnning it in so i haven't pushed the bike atall. With comfort on the bike i think its not bad. When i picked it up i spent 4 hours on the bike pretty much non stop, and it was only the last 30mins that my arse started to hurt. With weight on your wrists, its not as bad as i thought it would be, but if you buy a supersport bike then what do you expect. Overall i can't fault the bike. It's my first bike ever, so if your a newbie like me it's easy to handle. Looking forward to more sunny days this year :-) Could do with a fuel indicator but i will get used to it.

    17 March 2009

  • Ninja bike - Ninja cramp.

    carl27

    Average rating rating is 4

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    This bike is the first four stroke I have only done 1300 or so miles since I got it in the summer. The bike didn't seem like a massive step-up at first, but when I started to hold each gear longer and harder it felt like a rocket and sounded amazing. For me the handling and brakes feel brilliant, and why don't all bikes have gear indicators? it's of massive use especially to a relative novice like myself. I have had no mechanical problems with mine or any problems with the general build quality/finish of the bike. The main problem I have with the bike (as did it's previous owner) is the comfort of it. When I was told how painful it was to ride I kind of thought it can't be that bad as I never had any problems on my Aprilia RS250 which isn't exactly luxurious. The Ninja however is agony on my wrists after more than a hour or so, especially in traffic and I've come close to pulling over a few times due to this. I'm only 5'10" so not exactly massive and it's not like the bike feels small - it's just wrong! After riding other sports bikes more recently I'll be getting rid of this when the weather brightens up and I'll most likely be getting a Mille. Shame.

    17 January 2009

  • ZXR-6R Ninja

    JesteR6

    DUNSTABLE

    Average rating rating is 4

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    This is a great bike, I can't fault it but I just don't feel right when I'm on it. I suppose it's becase I've only ridden Yams for the past 10 years. I think I'll just have to give it a bit longer as I've only had it since August. Will let everyone know how I get on in the months to come and update the review.

    09 November 2008

  • ZX6R 07

    clearblu

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    I've only got good things to say. Just creeping over the 3k mark and loved every minute of it. Throwing it into coners is a delight and inspires confidence. Smooth power delivery, although a power commander is going to be necessary before the end of the year.

    08 September 2008

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jocasaja

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jocasajasays

zx6r tyres

anyone recommend a reasonable replacement tyre? anyone fitted the scorpion can - comments?

03 March 2008 18:45

antrs250

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love the zx6r

what a bike

it should have a set of wings

07 February 2008 22:55

antrs250

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hi all

 iam waiting to pick my 07 zx-6r  next week hopefully in black ...cant wait  they are just fitting some add ons have to run it in first 600 miles at 7000 rpm   any advise on the running in on the bike

thanks for any info

07 November 2007 17:37

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Kwak zx6 ( 2007 )

My last 3 kwaks have been the b1 h model. all bought new and have loved the track focused aspect of them. I know laot of peeps were put off by the b1 h but i cudnt get enuf!! i love the feel of every bump and ripple in the road, cus i knew the bike was doing its thing!! Not a big fan of letting the suspension hide all the bumps and ripples, so im hopeing when i get to test ride the new zx6 it will feel alive just like me old zx6 ( old cus the b*****ds pinched her 2 wks ago! )

13 March 2007 21:40

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