Kawasaki ZX6R 2019: Supersport revival
With increased cost of development, stricter emission norm and availability of capable sub-500cc sport machines, mostly everyone expected the original 600cc sports bike range to disappear in to non-mass market by the end of this decade. We thought so too, without blame- as upgrades were few and far in between. However, in a promising turn of events, Yamaha brought out their stunning new YZF-R6 and Suzuki even upgraded the GSX, with even a new model rumoured to be on its way for 2019. Now, with this fantastic ZX-6R, Kawasaki just put rocket boosters on a segment that was only slowly regrowing its wings!
|Release date||late 2018|
|Engine||636cc inline four-cylinder|
Kawasaki ZX6R 2019- It looks so good!
Not that we don’t love the current ZX-6R, and believe us we do, but its design has come to be ‘familiar’ over the years. This doesn’t mean that people want a completely different bike (as Yamaha felt) but something must be done to break the monotony. That’s where the Kawasaki engineers have done a brilliant job with the 2019 model, and have seamlessly upgraded its design to something closer to their new flagship- the Ninja H2.
Whether old or new though, there’s really nothing to complain as far as design is concerned. However, we are giving a higher rating to this new model for its mature and ‘sensible’ outlook.
Never before seen specs for the price!
Unless the engine is changed around quite a bit, stricter emission norms usually means a good decrease in power. However, Kawasaki has made use of ultra-fine atomizing injectors to reduce emissions (getting EURO-4 compliance in the process) while still keeping the power within range of the current generation. To supplement the new changes, shorter final gear ratio and more low-end grunt is provided. Another exciting feature is that KQS quickshifter is now provided as standard.
The 2019 Kawasaki ZX6R retains its Chassis, Showa suspension, and brakes but grippier Bridgestone Battlax Hypersport S22 tires come as standard. The top trim also retains its optional electronics suite with KIBS (Kawasaki Intelligent antilock Brake System) ABS, Kawasaki Traction Control (KTRC), and additional power mode selection.
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