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2013 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R Supersport Shootout Photo Gallery
The Kawasaki blew us away with its handling which made it the easiest bike to ride at the circuit.
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2013 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R Supersport Comparison
2013 Supersport Shootout X – Horsepower comparison chart.
Supersport Shootout X - Torque comparison chart.
Despite its more street-focused suspension components the new hardware performed well on the track and was a big improvement over our first ride at Thunderhill last fall.
The Kawasaki responded well during deep trail braking maneuvers demonstrating the effectiveness of its fork and brakes.
Despite not employing a quickshifter the Ninja’s gearbox shifted well under load and had a short lever throw.
More top end power helped the Ninja achieve high top speeds down the straightaways earning it valuable points on the score sheet.
The Ninja excelled in nearly every handling category. It also recorded the fastest lap of the test by Pridmore.
2013 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R.
The Kawasaki’s ergonomics prove to be similar to the R6 and still racier than the others with exception of the Ducati and MV.
The suspension lacked the road feel and response of the Triumph but still offered superb chassis balance.
The Kawasaki offered the strongest and most easy to use braking package.
Though Dunstan wasn’t a fan of the green bike’s ergos she loved its engine.
Aside from the Yamaha the Ninja has the most racy ergonomics. It’s also got a taller seat as compared to the Suzukis and Honda.
The Kawasaki’s suspension glides over bumps and delivers a very comfortable ride. It isn’t quite as connected feeling at lean as the Yamaha or Triumph but it still performs well.
The Ninja’s extra cc’s give it much stronger mid-range making it a more effective street bike than ever before.
The Ninja’s rider triangle is more sporty than the Honda but was generally well received by our testing troupe.
The Kawasaki’s Nissin-sourced monobloc-style brakes are fantastic offering excellent feel and power.
The 636-powered Ninja has much wider powerband giving the rider more flexibility in terms of gear selection through turns.
The Ninja’s chassis offers near perfect blend of sport and comfort on the street.
Adjustable engine power modes and three-way adjustable traction control help make the Ninja easier to ride for both experienced and new riders alike.
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