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2013 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R Supersport Shootout Photo Gallery

Kawasaki wants another Supersport so bad it ups the displacement on its ZX-6R. Will it work? Find out in the 2013 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R Supersport Comparison review.

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