Kawasaki Launches New, 2019-model Ninja ZX-6R ABS and Ninja ZX-6R with New Styling and Enhanced Performance on Both the Street and Track

Oct. 12, 2018

Ninja ZX-6R ABS

Tokyo, October 11, 2018—Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd. announced its launch of two upgraded 2019 models in the 600 cc supersport category: the Ninja ZX-6R ABS and Ninja ZX-6R. Both will be released in selected markets from early October 2018.

The Ninja ZX-6R was designed to deliver the enjoyment and thrills unique to Kawasaki 600 cc class supersport models to a wide range of different riders. Compared with most supersport models in the class, these new Ninja ZX-6R models have the 636 cm3 engine which boasts a 37 cm3 advantage, offering an outstanding performance in the whole rpm ranges. Although its chassis was designed primarily for riding on winding roads in mind, the highly versatile design offers a comfortable ride in a range of different situations, from track racing to street riding.

For the 2019 model, the gear ratio has been updated to provide a more powerful feel in the low-rpm range. Such sophisticated technologies for riding support as KTRC*1, KIBS*2 and Power Mode Selector are given to the new Ninja ZX-6R models as well as other recent sport models. And further, there is an additional feature, KQS which enables upshifting without operating the clutch that supports fun riding on city streets or winding roads.

In terms of styling, various sections including the front and tail cowling have been updated. As the overall appearance matches with that of other Ninja models, the unique look and feel of the ZX-6R stand out in its class . The new LED bulbs, given to the head and tail lamps, improve visibility during night riding and contribute to the bikes' high-graded appearance.

*1: Kawasaki Traction Control
*2: Kawasaki Intelligent anti-lock Brake System
*3: Kawasaki Quick Shifter

Changes from Previous Models

Engine and Body

1. 636 cm3, liquid-cooled, four-stroke, inline-four engine
The new Ninja ZX-6R models comply with Euro 4 (European emission standards) without sacrificing the engine output and torque that the previous models had. This means that the new models maintain more powerful torque from the low-rpm to the mid, compared with other 600cc class supersport models. The engine offers better control when it comes to day-to-day street riding, including stop-and-go riding on city streets and overtaking other vehicles when necessary.
2. Powerful feel in the low-rpm range
A shorter final gear ratio adds an extra emphasis on power feel in the low-rpm range.
3. Bridgestone's latest tires
Bridgestones latest tire model, the Battlax Hypersport S22, contributes to more nimble handling.

Design and Equipment

1. New body design
The front and tail cowling have been completely renewed.
The overall body design that integrates the powerful and sexy character of the Ninja series with sharp, edgy lines, gives these models an unmistakable ZX-6R look. In addition, the front cowling and windscreen have been designed to provide excellent wind protection optimized for sports riding.
2. Newly designed silencer and heel guard
The silencer has been reworked with a new shape and finish, as well as the new end cap having a sportier look. Also, the heel guards are newly designed. These are part of the elements making the dynamic styling of the Ninja ZX-6R.
3. New seat for better fit and position
The front-rider seat has been shortened in length for better fit for riding.
Also, front part of the seat has become narrower to help rider’s feet reach the ground easier.
4. LED head and tail lamps
The headlamps have been improved to provide much greater visibility at night. Additionally, the new tail lamp design is reminiscent of that seen on Ninja ZX-10R model in the larger class, giving this year ZX-6R a more refined and high-end appearance.
5. Kawasaki Quick Shifter (KQS)
This feature enables upshifting without the use of clutch, for a more sporty and fun riding.
6. Handy power-supply cable foraccessories
A new power-supply cable is available inside the front cowling, for accessories that use a plug-in power supply.

Ninja ZX-6R ABS


Product names Ninja ZX-6R ABS, Ninja ZX-6R
Launch dates Early in October, 2018
Region of release Europe, United States, Canada, Australia, Japan, Indonesia, Thailand, Philippines, and others
Colors Lime Green x Ebony x Metallic Graphite Gray
Metallic Spark Black x Metallic Flat Spark Black
Pearl Storm Gray x Metallic Flat Spark Black

Main specifications

Product names Ninja ZX-6R ABS, Ninja ZX-6R
Model ZX636GKF/ZX636HKF
Length × width × height 2,025 mm x 710 mm x 1,100 mm
Wheelbase 1,400 mm
Min. ground clearance 130 mm
Seat height 830 mm
Caster/trail 23.5°/101 mm
Engine type/valve system Liquid-cooled 4-stroke, 4-cylinder/DOHC 4-valve
Total displacement 636 cm3
Inner diameter x stroke 67.0 x 45.1 mm
Compression ratio 12.9:1
Starting system Self-starter
Ignition system Battery and coil (transistor ignition)
Lubrication systemWet sump
Engine oil capacity3.6 L
Fuel supply systemFuel injection
Transmission typeConstant mesh 6-speed return shift
Clutch typeMultiplate wet clutch
Gear ratios
1st2.846 (37/13) 
2nd 2.200 (33/15)
3rd 1.850 (37/20)
4th 1.600 (32/20)
5th 1.421 (27/19)
6th 1.300 (26/20)
Primary reduction ratio /
secondary reduction ratio
1.900 (76/40) / 2.867 (43/15)
Frame typeDiamond   
Suspension systemFront Telescopic (inverted)
Rear Swingarm (Unitrack system)
Tire sizeFront 120/70 ZR17M/C 58W
Rear 180/55 ZR17M/C 73W
Brake typeFront Dual disk 275 mm (outer diameter)
Rear Single disk 186 mm (outer diameter)
Steering angle (left/right)27°/27°
Vehicle weight196 kg (Ninja ZX-6R ABS)
193 kg (Ninja ZX-6R)
Fuel tank capacity17 L

Numbers are overseas specifications.


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