Kawasaki ZX-6R vs. Triumph Daytona 675R | Iconoclastic Supersports

Going Their Own Way, and Quickly

By Ari Henning, Photography by Kevin Wing

Horspower

Torque

Both bikes leave your average 600 for dead with flatter lines and more space under the curve. The Daytona cranks out 35 lb.-ft. of torque at just 3500 rpm, while the Ninja doesn’t cross that line for another 2500 rpm. It’s a game of catch-up all the way to 14,000 rpm, where the Triumph hits an electronically mandated wall while the Kawasaki keeps on spinning.

Ergos

The 675R is slimmer between your knees and firmer under your backside, while the Ninja is wider, lower, and softer. Better wind protection and softer suspension go a long way toward making long days in the Ninja saddle bearable. Legroom is ample on both bikes. The Daytona’s clip-ons are racebike-low, but they’re almost an inch closer to the rider than the Ninja’s bars.

Tech Spec

Kawasaki ZX-6R

Engine type: l-c inline-four

Valve train: DOHC, 16v

Displacement: 636cc

Bore x stroke: 67.0 x 45.1mm

Compression: 12.9:1

Fuel system: EFI

Clutch: Wet, multi-plate slipper

Transmission: 6-speed

Measured horsepower: 112.0 bhp @ 13,300 rpm

Measured torque: 46.4 lb.-ft. @ 11,300 rpm

Corrected 1⁄4-mile: 10.71 sec. @ 130.96 mph

Top-gear roll-on 60–80 mph: 3.33 sec.

Fuel mileage (hi/low/avg.): 43/34/40 mpg

Frame: Aluminum twin-spar

Front suspension: Showa 41mm BP-SFF with adjustable spring preload, compression and rebound damping

Rear suspension: Showa shock with adjustable spring preload, compression and rebound damping

Front brake: Dual Nissin four-piston calipers, 310mm discs

Rear brake: Nissin single-piston caliper, 220mm disc

Front tire: 120/70ZR-17 Bridgestone S20

Rear tire: 180/55ZR-17 Bridgestone S20

Rake/trail: 23.5°/4.0 in.

Seat height: 32.7 in.

Wheelbase: 54.9 in.

Fuel capacity: 4.5 gal.

Weight (tank full/empty): 422/395 lbs.

Colors: Green, white, black

Available: Now

Warranty: 12 mo., unlimited mi.

Contact: www.kawasaki.com


Triumph Daytona 675R

Engine type: l-c inline-triple

Valve train: DOHC, 12v

Displacement: 675cc

Bore x stroke: 76.0 x 49.6mm

Compression: 13.0:1

Fuel system: EFI

Clutch: Wet, multi-plate slipper

Transmission: 6-speed

Measured horsepower: 112.9 bhp @ 12,800 rpm

Measured torque: 48.6 lb.-ft. @ 10,000 rpm

Corrected 1⁄4-mile: 10.54 sec. @ 132.05 mph

Top-gear roll-on 60-80 mph: 2.79 sec.

Fuel mileage (hi/low/avg.): 43/35/40 mpg

Frame: Aluminum twin-spar

Front suspension: Öhlins 43mm NIX30 fork with adjustable spring preload, compression and rebound damping

Rear suspension: Öhlins TTX36 shock with adjustable spring preload, compression and rebound damping

Front brake: Dual Brembo four-piston calipers, 310mm discs with ABS

Rear brake: Brembo single-piston caliper, 220mm disc with ABS

Front tire: 120/70ZR-17 Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SP

Rear tire: 180/55ZR-17 Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SP

Rake/trail: 22.9°/3.4 in.

Seat height: 32.7 in.

Wheelbase: 54.1 in.

Fuel capacity: 4.6 gal.

Weight (tank full/empty): 420/392 lbs.

Colors: Crystal White

Available: Now

Warranty: 24 mo., unlimited mi.

Contact: www.triumphmotorcycles.com

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