2017 NINJA ZX-6R

2017 Ninja ZX-6R ... Supersport Racing!

Its bodywork and exhaust system puts its appearance in line with the class leading Ninja ZX-10R, while the solid chassis and the Ohlins steering damper ensure it has the responsive handling to match its bigger sibling. The highly developed 599cm³ powerplant provides plenty of low-end and mid-range power without sacrificing the potent top-end. 2017 Ninja ZX-6R - Precise Control for Maximum Excitement.

World Supersport winner on the track, magazine test favourite on road. Kawasaki invented the mid-weight class, feel free to enjoy the result of our experience and success.



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Dynamic Chassis

The 2017 ZX-6R features noticeably light handling. The superb combination of mid-corner stability and ability to change lines on command is maintained from previous models, but frame rigidity is a standout on the 2017 model and mass greatly centralised to make the ZX-6R easy to tip into corners.

Track-Optimised Clutch

Designed for maximum on-track performance, the multi-disc wet clutch features a back-torque limiter to help reduce the rear-wheel hop that can occur when down-shifting at high rpm.


Fuel System

Long throttle bodies increase the distance between the oval sub-throttles and round main throttles resulting in smoother airflow and better drivability.

Cylindrical guides on the top of the air cleaner box ensures more accurately sprayed fuel mist from the secondary injectors for improved combustion efficiency. Double bore intake funnels feature inlets at two different heights, allowing performance increases in both the mid and high-rpm ranges.


Racing Style Instrument Panel

Similar in design to that of the ZX-10R, the instrument panel gives at a glance information to the rider.

Functions include odometer, trip meter, coolant temperature, clock, lap timer and lap counter and fuel injection, oil pressure and immobiliser warning lamps.

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Serious Braking Performance

The front radial mount callipers have individual front brake pads for each piston to prevent pad deformation due to heat.

Petal shaped discs are lighter and able to withstand higher temperatures without warping. Radial action front master cylinder delivers impressive stopping performance and feel.

Brilliant Aerodynamics

A state of the art cowling offers riders excellent wind protection and is designed to better withstand side winds.

Intake ducts at the lower front fairings direct cool air into the engine compartment, contributing to effective heat dissipation from the engine and radiator.

Short Side Muffler

Classy exhaust layout with a short side muffler is low weight, contributing to a light feel when turning in. Use of a prechamber further contributes to mass centralisation.

Natural Riding Position

The naturally aggressive ergonomics package is fine tuned to offer riders a natural “fit” and to enhance the high level feedback that communicates to the rider what the bike is doing.

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Showa Big Piston Front Fork (BPF)

Showa’s Big Piston Fork (BPF) is one of the main contributing factors to the great composure of the Ninja ZX-6R under braking. Compared to a cartridge type fork of the same size, the BPF features a piston that is almost twice as big.


Ohlins Steering Damper

An adjustable Ohlins steering damper with relief valve and twin tube design is fitted as standard equipment. The second tube, which acts like a reservoir tank, and the damper internals, ensure stable damping performance. Even if the damping fluid gets hot it will not froth.


High Torque Engine

The high tuned engine focuses as much on controllability as performance. Throttle response is silky smooth, delivering precise control at all rpm. While the high-rpm performance of the previous model is maintained, powerful mid-range torque means stronger drive out of corners.

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Type Liquid-cooled, 4-stroke In-Line Four
Displacement 599 cm³
Bore and Stroke 67.0 x 42.5 mm
Compression ratio 13.3:1
Valve system DOHC, 16 valves
Fuel system Fuel injection: Ø 38 mm x 4 (Keihin) with oval sub-throttles, dual injection
Ignition Digital
Starting Electric
Lubrication Forced lubrication, wet sump
Transmission 6-Speed with Positive Neutral Finder
Final drive Sealed Chain
Primary reduction ratio 1.900 (76/40)
Gear Ratios:  
  1st 2.714 (38/14)
  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 2.866 (43/16)
Clutch Wet multi-disc, manual with Back Torque Limiter
Frame Type Perimeter, pressed aluminium
Wheel travel:  
  front 120mm
  rear 134mm
  front 120/70ZR17M/C (58W)
  rear 180/55ZR17M/C (73W)
Caster (rake) 24°
Trail 103mm
Steering angle (left/right) 27° / 27°


Front 41 mm BPF (Big Piston Fork) with top-out springs
Compression damping Stepless
Rebound damping Stepless
Spring Preload Fully adjustable (5-15 mm)
Rear Bottom-Link Uni-Trak with gas-charged shock, top-out spring and pillow ball upper mount
Compression damping Stepless, dual-range (high/low-speed)
Rebound damping 25-way
Spring Preload Fully adjustable (0-17.5 mm)


Front: Type Dual semi-floating 300 mm (x t6 mm) petal discs
  Calliper Dual radial-mount, opposed 4-piston (aluminium), 4-pad, Nissin
Rear: Type Single 220 mm (x t5 mm) petal disc
  Calliper Single-bore pin-slide, aluminium piston, Tokico
Overall length 2,090 mm
Overall width 705 mm
Overall height 1,115 mm
Wheelbase 1,400 mm
Ground clearance 120 mm
Seat height 815 mm
Curb Mass 191 kg Includes full fuel tank
Fuel capacity 17 litres
Maximum power 94.1kW {128 PS} @ 14,000 rpm
Maximum power with Ram Air 98.5 kW {134 PS} @ 14,000 rpm
Maximum torque 66.7 N·m / 11,800 rpm

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.

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