The unveiling came with a very slick (and expensive) commercial filmed at the Isle of Man.
The all-new Ninja ZX-6R 636 will be coming to Canada, based on the latest product offering on the Canadian Kawasaki website. By all accounts, it would appear that the 636cc displacement ZX-6R will be replacing Kawasaki's 599cc sport bike.
The 636 model, a popular hit with Kawasaki enthusiasts circa 2003, has returned with all-new styling drawing a great deal of it's design from the Kawasaki ZX-10R. The in-line four, 4-stroke motor is expected to see increased performance with an anticipated 129 peak horse power, as well as increased power and torque through the rev range.
New intake and exhaust port shapes were optimized to suit the 37cc displacement increase and help deliver increased performance and improved throttle response.
Suspension up front is handled by a 41mm inverted fork with top-out springs, while the rear gets a Bottom-Link Uni-Trak with gas charged shock and top-out spring. Dual semi-floating 310mm petal discs with dual radial-mount, monobloc, opposed 4-piston Nissin calipers handle stopping up front, while the rear braking system sees a 220mm petal disc with single-bore pin-slide, aluminium piston Nissin.
Power is delivered through a new high-tech F.C.C. clutch with assist and slipper functions, allowing for easier downshifts and minimizing rear wheel hop. The Ninja ZX-6R 636 is also reported to be getting traction control for 2013.
With it's perimeter, pressed-aluminium frame, the 636 has a reported curb weight of 423lbs (192kg), which includes all necessary materials and fluids to operate correctly, including a full tank of fuel. This is almost the same weight as the slightly lower powered 2012 Ninja ZX-6R that weighed in at 421lbs. The fuel tank capacity is 17 litres (3.7 gallons).
The Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R 636 will come in standard and ABS options, while colour options are Lime Green/ Metallic Spark and Pearl Flat Stardust White/ Flat Ebony for the standard model and Lime Green/ Metallic Spark and Metallic Spark Black/ Flat Ebony for the ABS model.
Pricing for Canadian models remains to be determined, however we will provide further information as it becomes available.