The new Z800 - designed successor to the hugely successful Z750 - is probably the real star at the Kawasaki stand in Milan, but there are some other models from the Akashi-based house that turned out to be quite popular with the crowd of the 2012 EICMA exhibition. The brand new ZX-6R 636 is definitely one of them; the model marks the return to the 636 cc displacement of its in-line four, meaning that the new Ninja 600 is will come with an output of 131 horsepower (137 with the Ram Air duct) and 70.5 Nm of torque.
Quite predictably, the ZX-6R 636 comes with an adequate electronic package for its class, which includes ABS (managed by a ABS ECU vy Bosch) and Kawasaki Traction Control (KTRC) selectable on 3 levels, while the engine can be set on two independent power modes: “Full” (providing full power) and “Low” (which keeps it down to 80% of the whole potential).
Braking will come from a new system developed by Nissin, which provides for 310 mm wave discs at the front (bitten by lighter 4-piston calipers) and a 220 mm wave disc at the back. As for the suspension, at the front there’s a 41 mm upside-down Showa fork while at the rear there’s a Uni-Trak monoschock that is 25 mm longer compared to the outgoing model. The geometry of the frame and the clutch have been optimized too.