2015 Ninja ZX-6R (636) ABS

NINJA ZX-6R ABS The Everyday Supersport

Thirty years ago, the Kawasaki 600 Ninja literally invented the 600cc supersport segment, which today remains one of the benchmark performance classes in the world. Capitalising on the strengths of the highly competitive engine and chassis package of the 599 cm³ Ninja ZX-6R (ZX600R), the 2015 Ninja ZX-6R (636) model, expands the area of expertise, offering performance and riding excitement in a wider range of situations. With displacement of 636 cm³, the new bike offers more performance at all rpm as well as great usability in everyday street-riding situations. Additionally, with chassis settings focused on winding roads, the new bike is able to deliver riding exhilaration in situations ranging from the track to the hills, and the highway to the city.


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Key Features

  • Class-leading Supersport performance and styling delivers an abundant dose of street potency
  • 636cc inline-four offers racetrack-ready power yet extremely flexible delivery on the street
  • Selectable engine power modes allow riders to adjust power delivery to riding conditions
  • Three-mode KTRC traction control puts the power to the pavement whether it’s dry and grippy or rain-slick
  • Showa Separate Function Fork – Big Piston (SFF-BP) offers light weight, easy adjustability and smoother initial suspension tracking
  • Supersport-grade KIBS ABS provides maximum stopping performance, with added peace of mind
  • Nissin one-piece “monobloc” radial-mount front brake calipers and radial-pump front brake master cylinder offer superb braking modulation with a direct feel at the lever
  • Clutch with assist function offers light clutch pull and strong clamping force for less clutch slippage under acceleration while slipper function minimizes wheel chatter caused by aggressive downshifting
  • Aggressive styling and sharp, aerodynamic bodywork clearly shouts: “Performance Counts!”
  • Lightweight twin-spar aluminum frame places the engine in the optimum position for superb handling and rider feedback and also features a 23.5-degree rake angle for quick steering response, maximum maneuverability and to deliver clear communication from the front tire
  • Reduced friction steering stem seals for easy steering inputs and noticeably improved low speed handling

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636cc Engine

636cc displacement uses a long stroke to boost engine performance throughout the rev range. Low-mid range torque is especially impressive, and provides satisfying real world performance.

Chromoly steel camshafts are light, strong and durablePiston crown enhances strength and accommodates the high valve lift

12.9:1 compression ratio is optimum for this engine’s bore & stroke.

Molybdenum coating on piston skirts reduces friction and facilitates engine break-in.

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Pure Performance

Digital Fuel Injection system features four 38mm Keihin throttle bodies with oval sub-throttles and dual throttle valves for smooth response and maximum power.

Ultra-fine atomizing injectors help ensure complete air-fuel mixing and maximum combustion efficiency. High-performance airbox design contributes to peak power and smooth power delivery.

Single-bore intake funnels improve low-mid range torque. Two different funnel shapes (outer are the same, inner are the same ) help deliver optimized throttle response.


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Clutch with Assist and Slipper Function

The Ninja ZX-6R's clutch is standard with assist & slipper functions and uses two types of cams, an assist cam and a slipper cam that were developed based on racetrack testing and rider feedback

The clutch’s “assist” cam acts like a self-servo mechanism, pulling the clutch hub and operating plate together to compress the clutch plates under load. This creates a very light pull clutch.

The clutch’s “slipper” cam reduces the clamping force on the clutch hub and operating plate when back-torque conditions are present and helps prevent rear wheel hop on trailing-throttle and when down-shifting. Spring plate assembly provides smoother engagement and helps minimize clutch judder.


Short-style silencer

Its triangular design achieves required volume, a high lean angle and a compact image.

Triangular cross-section muffler provides sufficient internal volume while still offering good ground clearance and maximum lean angle, as well as a compact appearance.

Exhaust pre-chamber

Pre-chamber helps minimise silencer volume, contributing to mass centralisation.

Exhaust pre-chamber makes efficient use of space, reduces exhaust noise and allows a smaller muffler to be used.

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Lightweight Chassis

Race-developed perimeter frame is the key to the Ninja ZX-6R’s superb balance of flickable handling, mid-corner stability and an ability to change lines on command, coupled with excellent chassis feedback.

Lightweight twin-spar aluminum frame places the engine in the optimum position for superb handling and rider feedback. 
A 23.5 degree rake angle helps quicken steering response, enhance maneuverability and delivers clear communication from the front tire. Low friction steering stem seals for easy steering inputs and light low speed handling.
The sub-frame is a lightweight two-piece aluminum die-casting and is very narrow for a compact and slim rear profile.
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Power Modes

Power mode selector on the left handlebar clip-on gives ZX-6R riders the option to choose between “Full” and “Low” engine power delivery modes to suit their needs

Output at low rpm is the same in both modes, but “Low” mode limits peak engine output to approximately 80% and gives a softer throttle response. “Full” mode allows the full performance potential of the engine to be unleashed.

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Fit to the Rider

Riding position ideal for sport riding offers an intuitive fit that puts riders instantly at ease. Tank, seat and rear frame offer good contact with the bike for enhanced rider feedback.

  • Mirror design offers increased rearward visibility without increasing overall vehicle width
  • Ergonomic seat-peg-bar layout places the handlebars close to the rider and the footpegs in a moderate rearset position for an intuitive high-performance riding position that is comfortable enough for everyday use
  • Fuel tank is flared around its top, similar to the ZX-10R, providing a large contact patch for transmitting excellent feedback to the rider
  • Slim-waisted fuel tank makes it easy for the rider to grip the tank with their knees, or to hang off in turns
  • Front of seat is narrow and low for a slim riding position and a short reach to the pavement


  • Front fairing features a sharp design that communicates an aggressive image
  • Lower fairing, rear cowl, and assorted blacked-out panels contribute to the bike’s compact and lightweight appearance
  • One-piece front fender offers excellent aerodynamics
  • Projector beam headlights feature sharp looking housings with integrated position lamps
  • Front turn signals are built into the bodywork and compact rear turn signals complement the minimalist tail section
  • Compact LED taillight is lightweight, very bright and offers modern high-tech appearance
  • Inner fender above the swingarm helps to reduce turbulence and helps keep the undertail clean



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Easy-to-read Instrumentation

Easy-to-read instrument panel features a large-dial tachometer and a multi-function screen that includes a large numerical gear position indicator.

  • LCD functions include KTRC, Power Mode and Economical Riding (ECO) indicators, digital speedometer, odometer, dual trip meter, clock, instant and average fuel consumption, coolant temperature, and shift indicator, traction control activity and low-fuel warning lamps.
  • Large gear position indicator gives instant numerical gear confirmation.

KTRC (Kawasaki TRaction Control)

Three different modes are tuned to cover a wide-range of situations from advanced racetrack use, to normal street riding, to mixed/slippery conditions, for enhanced rider confidence.
  • Mode 1 is tuned to allow a degree of wheel slip to achieve maximize acceleration, like the ZX-10R S-KTRC system
  • Mode 2 is tuned to help provide a balance of performance with minimal wheel slip
  • Mode 3 prioritizes slip elimination, similar to the Concours14 ABS sport touring KTRC system, for enhanced rider confidence in mixed or slippery conditions
The KTRC system may also be turned-off completely, at the rider’s discretion. Handy mode selector on the left clip-on makes it easy for the rider to change KTRC settings

KIBS (Kawasaki Intelligent anti-lock Brake System)

KIBS is a multi-sensing system, using input from numerous sources. In addition to front and rear wheel speed sensors (standard for any ABS system), KIBS also monitors front caliper hydraulic pressure and data from the engine’s ECU (throttle position, engine speed, clutch actuation and gear position)

A compact, lightweight BOSCH ABS unit is used in the Ninja ZX-6R and combined with highly rigid, radial-mount “monobloc” Nissin brake calipers to offer superb control and a firm feel at the front brake lever.

Semi-floating 310mm stainless-steel petal-type front rotors contribute to strong braking performance.

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The Front End: SFF-BP (Separate Function Fork– Big Piston)

SFF-BP fork combines the features of Showa’s big piston and separate function forks, featuring springs on both sides, with dedicated preload adjustability in the left tube and dedicated damping pistons and adjustability in the right tube.
The result is greater control as the fork begins to compress and very calm response during braking-induced weight-transfer, for greater chassis stability on corner entry.
Fork settings were tuned for maximum effectiveness on twisty roads, allowing a high level of performance for the racetrack, with a comfortable ride in the city and on the highway
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The Back End

Bottom-link Uni-Trak rear suspension offers 135mm of travel and features a gas-charged shock.
Rear suspension linkage has a high leverage ratio for improved rear ride comfort and features a softer rate to enhance ride comfort and compliance when the road isn’t racetrack-smooth.
Full adjustability includes: stepless compression and rebound damping adjustments and fully adjustable spring preload. The top of the shock is also threaded and captured between nuts to allow for adjustable ride height.
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Genuine Accessories

Talk to your local Kawasaki Dealership about the range of genuine accessories that are available for your Ninja ZX-6R.

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  • Tank Pad
  • Rear Seat Cowl
  • Bobbins
  • Rear Seat Bag
  • Bubble Windshield
  • Ohlins Steerign Damper Kit
  • Engine Guards


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Type Liquid-cooled, 4-stroke In-Line Four
Displacement 636 cm³
Bore and Stroke 67.0 x 45.1 mm
Compression ratio 12.9:1
Valve system DOHC, 16 valves
Fuel system Fuel injection: Ø 38 mm x 4 (Keihin) with oval sub-throttles
Ignition Digital
Starting Electric
Lubrication Forced lubrication, wet sump
Transmission 6-speed, return, cassette
Final drive Sealed Chain
Primary reduction ratio 1.900 (76/40)
Gear Ratios:  
1st 2.846 (37/13)
2nd 2.200 (33/15)
3rd 1.850 (37/20)
4th 1.600 (32/20)
5th 1.421 (27/19)
6th 1.300 (26/20)
Final reduction ratio 2.688 (43/16)
Clutch Wet multi-disc, manual
Frame Type Perimeter, pressed aluminium
Wheel travel:  
front 120mm
rear 134mm
front 120/70ZR17M/C (58W)
rear 180/55ZR17M/C (73W)
Caster (rake) 23.5°
Trail 101mm
Steering angle (left/right) 27° / 27°

The specifications mentioned here apply to and have been achieved by production models under standard operating conditions. We intend only to give a fair description of the vehicle and its performance capabilities but these specifications may not apply to every machine supplied for sale. Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd. reserves the right to alter specifications without prior notice. Equipment illustrated and specifications may vary to meet individual markets.

Front 41 mm inverted fork with top-out springs
Compression damping Stepless
Rebound damping Stepless
Spring Preload Fully adjustable (0-15 mm)
Rear Bottom-Link Uni-Trak with gas-charged shock and top-out spring
Compression damping Stepless
Rebound damping 25-way
Spring Preload Fully adjustable (5.5-15.5 mm)
Front: Type Dual semi-floating 310 mm (x t5 mm) petal discs
  Calliper Dual radial-mount, monobloc, opposed 4-piston, Nissin
Rear: Type Single 220 mm (x t5 mm) petal disc
  Calliper Single-bore pin-slide, aluminium piston, Nissin
Overall length 2,085 mm
Overall width 705 mm
Overall height 1,115 mm
Wheelbase 1,395 mm
Ground clearance 130 mm
Seat height 830 mm
Curb Mass 194 kg Includes full fuel tank
Fuel capacity 17 litres
Maximum power 96.4 kW {131 PS} / 13,500 rpm
Maximum power with Ram Air 101 kW {137 PS} / 13,500 rpm
Maximum torque 71 N.m {7.2 kgf.m} / 11,500 rpm
Warranty 24 months, Unlimited Kilometres
Pearl Crystal White  
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