2013 Kawasaki ZX-6R | First Ride

Return of the 636

By Ari Henning, Photography by Kevin Wing, Adam Campbell

EVOLUTION
The 636’s return is marked by a return to a 636cc engine, Showa’s new SFF-BP, bigger brakes, and the addition of KTRC, KIBS, and variable engine modes.

RIVALS
Honda CBR600RR, Suzuki GSX-R600 and 750, Ducati 848, Triumph Daytona 675, Yamaha YZF-R6

TECH 
Price$11,699, $12,699 with ABS
Engine typel-c inline-four
Valve trainDOHC, 16v
Displacement636cc
Bore x stroke67.0 x 45.1mm
Compression12.9:1
Fuel systemEFI
ClutchWet, multi-plate slipper
Transmission6-speed
Claimed horsepower 129.0 bhp @ 13,500 rpm
Claimed torque52.4 lb.-ft @ 11,500 rpm
FrameAluminum twin-spar
Front suspensionShowa 41mm SFF-BP with adjustable spring preload, compression and rebound damping
Rear suspensionShowa shock with adjustable spring preload, compression and rebound damping
Front brakeDual Nissin four-piston calipers, 310mm discs with optional KIBS
Rear brakeNissin single-piston caliper, 220mm disc with optional KIBS
Front tire120/70ZR-17 Bridgestone S20
Rear tire180/55ZR-17 Bridgestone S20
Rake/trail23.5º/4.0 in.
Seat height 32.7 in.
Wheelbase54.9 in.
Fuel capacity 4.5 gal.
Claimed curb weight428 lbs.
Colors Green, white, black
Available Now
Warranty 12 mo., unlimited mi.
Contact Kawasaki Motor Corp.
9950 Jeronimo Rd.
Irvine, CA 92618
949.770.0400
www.kawasaki.com

VERDICT 4.5 out of 5 stars
An incredible sportbike, no matter what kind of riding you do.

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