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2009 Kawasaki ZX-6R First Look

Saturday, September 20, 2008
Meet the all-new 2009 Kawasaki ZX-6R unveiled at the Kawasaki Dealer Show in Texas this weekend.
Meet the all-new 2009 Kawasaki ZX-6R unveiled at the Kawasaki Dealer Show in Texas this weekend.
The 2009 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R was unveiled at the Kawasaki Dealer Show in Texas this weekend. Team Green's supersport contender comes with a long list of improvements including a 22-lb weight reduction, improved bottom-end to mid-range power and racy ZX-10R-inspired bodywork to a paddock near you.

Use of lighter materials like magnesium case covers, lighter camshafts, lighter starter and a few minor weight saving treatments combine to pare away a few pounds. More importantly is that Kawasaki says they have made significant improvements to both bottom end and midrange power while smoothing out the delivery by implementing a couple tuner tricks to improve 'combustion efficiency'.

The application of the 'double bore velocity stacks' is supposed to specifically help with midrange power as well. By incorporating a stack within a stack it should provide the benefits of multiple length stacks without employing variable length technology or some variation thereof. It will still utilize a slipper clutch and cassette-style 6-speed transmission. If these changes provide the significant boost that Kawi claims then it will address one of the issues we had with the 2007-2008 Ninja ZX-6R.

The previous ZX-6 was the heaviest of the current crop of Japanese super sports so we expect it to tip the scales at the 380-lb range, without fuel if the numbers pan out as advertised. A low-slung exhaust system, which locates the pre-chamber underneath the bike, will keep weight low and centralized.
Showa s new Big Piston Front  BPF  41mm fork features a large-diameter internal piston  which is supposed to reducing the effects of damping pressure and eliminating the heavier internals found in cartridge-style forks.
Showa's new Big Piston Front (BPF) 41mm fork features a large-diameter internal piston, which is supposed to reducing the effects of damping pressure and eliminating the heavier internals found in cartridge-style forks.

Changes to the chassis include a 2-piece aluminum subframe that is narrow and light, a revised ram-air intake casting that doubles as the support for gauges and mirrors in an effort to further reduce weight. Showa's new Big Piston Front (BPF) 41mm fork features a large-diameter internal piston, which is supposed to reduce the effects of damping pressure and eliminate the heavier internals found in cartridge-style forks. Kawasaki says this will improve front-end feel and decrease turn-in effort.

In addition to the new fork, steering geometry is altered significantly. This year the ZX features 24-degree rake and 4 inches of trail compared to 25-degree and 4.3 inches on the 07-08 model. Quicker steering, lighter weight and more power could put the 6R back in the hunt in the middleweight class comparisons. The same Ohlins steering stabilizer from the ZX-10 has found a home on the ZX-6R.

Kawasaki made it very important that the company's commitment to racing is an important part of the plan so expectations are high for the 2009 Ninja ZX-6R. It will be available in Lime Green, Metallic Black, Candy Blue, Flat Black and in Monster graphics with an MSRP of $9,799.

2009 Kawasaki ZX-6R Specs
Engine: Four-stroke, liquid-cooled, DOHC, four valves per cylinder, inline-four
A new exhaust layout with a short side muffler lowers the weight previously located under the seat and an exhaust pre-chamber further contributes to the new ZX-6R s mass centralization.
A new exhaust layout with a short side muffler lowers the weight previously located under the seat and an exhaust pre-chamber further contributes to the new ZX-6R's mass centralization.
Displacement: 599cc
Bore x stroke: 67.0 x 42.5mm
Compression ratio: 13.3:1
Fuel injection: DFI with four 38mm Keihin throttle bodies, oval sub-throttles, two injectors per throttle body
Ignition: TCBI with digital advance
Transmission: Six-speed
Final drive: X-ring chain
Rake / trail: 24 deg / 4.0 in.
Frame type: Aluminum perimeter
Front tire: 120/70 ZR17
Rear tire: 180/55 ZR17
Wheelbase: 55.1 in.
Front suspension/wheel travel: 41 mm inverted Showa Big Piston Front fork with top-out springs, stepless compression and rebound damping, fully-adjustable spring preload / 4.7 in.
Rear suspension/wheel travel: Bottom-Link Uni-Trak® with gas-charged shock, top-out spring and pillow ball upper mount, dual-range (high/low-speed) stepless compression damping, 25-way adjustable rebound damping, fully-adjustable spring preload / 5.2 in.
Front brakes: Dual 300mm petal rotors with dual radial-mounted, four-piston, four-pad calipers
Rear brake: Single 220mm petal rotor with single-piston caliper
Overall length: 82.3 in.
Overall width: 27.8 in.
Overall height: 43.9 in.
Fuel capacity: 4.5 gal.
Seat height: 32.3 in.
Curb weight: 421.2 lbs.
Color choices: Lime Green, Metallic Diablo Black/Flat Super Black, Candy Surf Blue/Flat Super Black
MSRP: $9,799
Warranty: 12 Months


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Comments
corey -color?????  January 24, 2010 01:55 PM
what is a cooler or better color to buy green or monster edition 6r?? an i already have a 08 green zx10r!
JawDropppin -ZX6R  December 9, 2009 07:24 AM
rubbish - it looks HOT!!! I love this look... Really impressed with Showa BPF's as well!! KWAKKA ALL THE WAY!!!
juergen -best kawa i drive  July 30, 2009 01:50 PM
zx6r is the best bike from kawa. wenn i drive this bike for the first time - i fall in love.
Hunter -09 ZX6R Exhausts...  July 29, 2009 08:21 AM
The looks tend to grow on you. One thing that's really been bugging me is the lack of exhaust choices for the 09 ZX6R. I've been waiting for an exhaust that's different than all the cookie cutter designs out there; I found this company Motowerkz.net and emailed them. They said they are making a new gp exhaust for our bikes and it will be available soon. I can't wait to see what it's gonna look like! :)
Z.Johnson -love the new zx6r  May 6, 2009 06:29 AM
i love the new looks and the power of the zx6r and the 10r... i like the fact that they drop some weight off them...
rudi -what are you doing!!!!!!!!!  January 27, 2009 10:22 AM
where is the good looking 636!!!! bring back that bike!!!!!!
C.Jeffrey -Looks could kill  December 28, 2008 05:57 PM
I do not like the "new" 10R looks. I understand the need to drop the underseat pipe but that lowers the "cool looks" factor as well. Love Ninjas...owner of 2008 ZX14. Seems everyone is going to a very narrow track ready look, but to the detrament of kick a$$ beauty...