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MCN overall verdict rating is 5

In terms of chassis and handling the new Kawasaki ZX-6R a big step forward over the old ZX-6R. The new big piston forks use MotoGP technology and make a huge difference. They take a little getting use to at first but enable you to brake devilishly late yet the bike remains stable. Engine wise 115bhp at the back wheel makes it the most powerful standard 600 we have ever tested, say no more.

Engine

MCN rating rating is 5
Owners' rating rating is 5

On the initial launch of the 2009 Kawasaki ZX-6R the engine improvements didn’t feel too significant, more midrange but not too much at the top end. However, the Japanese test track was at altitude, and now we’ve had the bike on the Dyno in the UK its easy to see the gains. Kawasaki is claiming a significant boost in the midrange which was always a weak point of the old bike with some serious power up at the top end.

Ride and Handling

MCN rating rating is 5
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

Kawasaki is claiming they have shed 10kg off last years bike, which is a huge amount for a supersports 600. It certainly feels lighter, more lively and turns in much easier. It’s easy to spot the difference between the new and old bike when riding them back to back. But the huge gain over the competition is the new big piston forks which are stunning.

Equipment

MCN rating rating is 5
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

Fully adjustable suspension front and back, designed with help from Showa using MotoGP technology for starters. Slipper clutch as standard which works excellent, radial brakes with wavy discs and there is even a lap timer incorporated into the clocks, what more would you need? Compare and buy products for the Kawasaki ZX-6R in the MCN Shop.

Kawasaki ZX-6R (2009-2012)

Detail Value
New price £8,468
Dealer used prices
£4,710 (2009) - £7,150 (2011)
Private used prices
£4,150 (2009) - £6,440 (2011)
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Engine size 599 cc
Power 115 bhp
Top speed 161.62 mph
Insurance group 15 of 17
  MCN ratings Owners' ratings
Overall rating is 5 rating is 4.5
Engine rating is 5 rating is 5
Ride & Handling rating is 5 rating is 4.5
Equipment rating is 5 rating is 4.5
Quality & Reliability rating is 5 rating is 4
Value rating is 5 rating is 4.5

Quality and Reliability

MCN rating rating is 5
Owners' rating rating is 4

Kawasaki build quality has really improved over recent years, not that it was poor to start with. We’ve run many Kawasaki long term bikes over the years at MCN with very high mileage and never had a problem with any of the bikes therefore there is no reason to question the reliability of the new ZX-6R

Value

MCN rating rating is 5
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

Its right in the ball park up against the competition, and considering it’s a new bike with the latest technology it seems good value for money. Kawasaki also run an attractive insurance package too. The Suzuki GSX-R600 is slightly cheaper and there are deals to be had on the Yamaha R6 but they are a few years old now. Find a Kawasaki ZX-6R for sale.

Insurance

Insurance group: 15 of 17

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Model History

New version for 2009
2011: ZX-6R Performance (Akrapovic silencer, tank pads, seat cover, bubble screen) [£9,081]

Other Versions

Specifications

Top speed 161.62 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 10.97 secs
Max power 115 bhp
Max torque 46.67 ft-lb
Weight 191 kg
Seat height 815 mm
Fuel capacity 17 litres
Average fuel consumption mpg
Tank range miles
Annual road tax
Insurance group 15 of 17
Engine size 599 cc
Engine specification 16v (67X42.5), 6 gears
Frame Aluminium perimeter frame
Front suspension adjustment 41mm Big Piston Forks, full adjustability
Rear suspension adjustment Fully adjustable
Front brakes 2 x 300 radial 4 pot cal
Rear brake 220mm disc single pot
Front tyre size 120/70x17
Rear tyre size 180/55x17

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£7,680

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£8,699

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£10,149

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£3,695

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£3,295

Owners' Overall Rating rating is 4.5(9 reviews)

  • Great with a few tweaks

    camwlkr

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    I have a 2011, which I bought used last year. After 6 track days (B-grp pace) and 3500 miles or so on the road last year, it was time to assess and make a couple of changes. The shock seems a weak point, and I spent a lot of time dialing it in, but without success -- it would fade, and the compression damping (in particular) was poor. New shock (JRi) installed this Spring. Huge difference - among the changes was adding a little ride height, which enhanced stability and feel. Brakes are great, forks are great - no changes. Double-bubble screen - good change. Found a used Akra full-Ti system with PC-V. Wow....motor was never weak, but now if properly revved will pull pretty evenly with a stock GSX-R750 on the track...only loses a tiny bit on top, and is loads smoother after the re-mapping. This is a proper sports road & track machine, and she'll be kept around for a while. Highly recommended - and getting the suspension dialed makes it a truly willing accomplice....

    23 April 2014

  • zx6r 09

    rocketzx6r

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    Bought it after arriving back in the UK 20 months ago after having a er6f in Australia.Set my heart on a 07 cbr 600,but stumbled on a zx6r 09 at millenium in warrington for the same price as a 07 cbr.After riding on boring Australian roads the ZX is a revelation still to find its limits.Good seating position for a sports,powerfull engine,brilliant brakes,the engine revs like a prostituite begging to be abused more,the brakes wipe off speed with no dive,the slipper clutch lets you knock it down gear like kicking a politician on the head repeatedly.Bad thing lost a bit of paint on the mirror stems,but did take it on the motorway with salt on the road one day,the paint hasnt got any worse though.In genneral a good fast bike which will be in front on a sunday thrash,never regretted not buying the cbr,as this one howls like a virgin on wedding night.

    06 April 2012

  • Great commuter if you want to arrive at work smiling

    Anonymous

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    Bought a new 2010 model as a step up after 4 years with my first bike - an SV650S. Thought I was going to go for a more sensible upright position (ER6) but turns out I actually prefer a sportier riding position. I did have reservations about buying a 'proper sportsbike' for 250 miles a week commuting (half of it in London traffic). But my worries disappeared in the first few days. It's comfortable (max ride has been 1.5 hours so far), gives me better wind protection on the motorway, brakes are brilliant, and I've found I can actually manoeuvre at slow speeds better than on my old bike. (Seems that I've still got my feet firmly on the pegs filtering through stationary traffic when the scooter riders are dragging their feet along the ground.) Absolutely fine in the rain, my other worry that the throttle would be too ‘twitchy’ for commuting was completely wrong too. I can’t compare to other 4 cylinder supersport bikes as I haven’t ridden any, but to me the performance is brilliant. When I find that rare bit of open road it actually recaptures the buzz I felt when I first passed my test. The same goes for handling – I’m not saying I’m fast around the bends but I’m definitely leaning over further than I ever did on my SV and it feels rock solid and capable of a hell of a lot more than I am. My only negative is that the mirrors are not as good as my K2 SV650S, but I’ve yet to find any other bike with mirrors that are. This makes me more vigilant about life-savers anyway so not all bad. My recommendation – buy one!

    24 October 2011

  • 2010 ZX6-R is a great performer

    gamey75

    Average rating rating is 4

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    I would say this is the best 600 I have ever had and probably the best around at the moment (2011). Fairly comfy allrounder takes a while to get used to. Engine sounds and goes like crazy. A mad machine.

    19 June 2011

  • perfect

    monkeymagic

    Average rating rating is 5

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    Had mine a year now, and still love it. Can do it all, and is still pretty comfy. No faults at all.

    16 February 2011

  • Love it etc

    eddieknocker

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    Forgot to say that despite smaller turning circle than my er6 it's as docile and as practical for commuting.And then as bastard mad as you want the rest of the time. Will know how good the finish is after it's first winter!

    26 May 2010

  • Love it etc

    eddieknocker

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    Forgot to say that despite smaller turning circle than my er6 it's as docile and as practical for commuting.And then as bastard mad as you want the rest of the time. Will know how good the finish is after it's first winter!

    26 May 2010

  • Love it.

    eddieknocker

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    This is my second bike after an er6n which i loved. It is the natural progression i wanted. I can only review this bike in isolation as haven't ridden any other sports 600s. I got the black. I like the angular look and back to back with the previous model it looks more modern. The induction roar(?) is addictive and so whatever bike i get next has to sound as good. The forks are as everyone raves. Pull hard on the brakes and very little dip which i like. Comfort and economy are not fantastic but that's what i expected and i didn't buy this bike for that. Acceleration is awesome. Exhaust is a bit fugly but i guess Kawa assumes most people will change the exhaust? Price was £6900 for this years plate ('10) and 0% finance - rude not to.

    26 May 2010

  • great bike

    haldaios

    Average rating rating is 5

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    the bike rules at 600cc

    26 April 2009

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newbiebiker

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i think youve got the rrp wrong for the r6 seing as thoguh i found a 2009 one with o miles on for 7,800 the r1 costs 9,999 plus if your going for a cheaper supersports the cbr600rr is the cheapest at 7345 or something like that!

03 June 2009 19:38

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£7,899? Pah!

I've heard the Yamaha R6 has a £9,999 rrp! At £7,899, the ZX-6R's a steal (compared)! And Kwak dealers aren't rubbish... in fact, I've found that they're some of the best! But I do agree that even £7,899 is way too much, especially in these times...

27 May 2009 20:02

jimisking

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The problem with this bike is the dealers are rubbish and the bike is way over priced. RRP of £7899 for a 600 Kawasaki? Please. That price is unbelievable in these times. Which is why I went for the 2009 CBR600RR. It felt much better to ride AND was significantly cheaper. Not to mention it will hold its value better and will stand the test of time better. Say no more.

10 April 2009 19:50

mgivogue

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zx-6r

Too bad for kawasaki that a lot of people look at how the bike is doing in racing...specially since there are only 2 riders on little Z and both are well down in points!

06 April 2009 08:07

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