2018 Kawasaki ZX-6R Ninja

Kawasaki Ninja ZX6-R 636

The Kawasaki ZX-6R Ninja 636 is one of a number of 600cc-ish super sports motorcycles you can buy. There are two versions of the ZX-6R, the regular ZX-6R which is promoted as a track racer as it fits into the under 600cc class and this one the ZX6R 636. The ZX-6R 636 is the model which most road riders buy due to the to slightly increase engine capacity means more power and torque which is what Kawasaki’s are known for and the softer rider.

Historically Kawasaki designs have always been on the conservative styling side of things, there are no models that stood from the crowd. I’ve seen all their best models and to me it is clear that the designs are for practical reasons rather than being bleeding edge.  The ZX-6R 636 Ninja’s shape  continues their history of conservative designs hence it looks nice but nothing more.

The technical features of the ZX-6R Ninja doesn’t stand out in the class. At a stretch the only feature is the 636cc engine and tuning for mid-range power. Mind you it has all the latest traction control and ABS brakes.

Once again nothing further I can add to the review of the Kawasaki ZX-6R Ninja. It’s a good motorcycle with the latest features for the sports bike rider and if you like the look then this bike for you.  However the price is a little high at over $17,000 on the road.

Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R Key Specifications
Engine: IL4 cylinder 16V DOHC (EFI)
Capacity: 636cc
Power/Torque: 97Kw @ 13,500RPM 72 Nm @ 11500RPM
Gearbox: 6 speed
Kerb Weight: 197Kg Approx
Performance: 0-100kph NA seconds Approx
Max Speed NA Kph Approx
Fuel Economy: 17 litre fuel tank
Seat height: 830 mm
Dimensions: L2085 x W705 x H1115
Recommended Retail Price: $16,750 (2017)

 

2017 Kawasaki Versys-X 300

Kawasaki Versys-X 300

Welcome to the ‘all new’ 2017 Kawasaki Versys-X 300 a new ‘adventure motorcycle’ for the commuter and learner category. The ‘all new’ is in quotes because like it’s competitors specifically the Suzuki V-Strom 250 the Versys 300 is based on it’s regular road motorcycle in the 300cc class, the Ninja 300 and not the much bigger Versys 1000 or even the 650. As per the V-Strom 250 I think the use of the Versys brand is a marketing error as the regular Ninja 300 has more street cred than the Versys and it is only related vaguely to the other Versys in looks.

Regardless of the it’s name the Versys-X 300 is another welcome addition to the class. In the past trail bikes where often used as learner motorcycles due to the tougher mechanicals but the Versys-X 300 is not, it is based on the Ninja 300 which is a tough little bike but in a different way. In terms of marketing I also find some of it degrading to the model like ‘lightening holes’ and ‘reinforced suspension’ give the impression of short cut design. Mind you this sort of ‘error’ is common in Kawasaki’s marketing.

The new Versys-X 300 features a all new style from the other Versys models although we think the design is more inspired from the enduro class. regardless it does look good and well proportioned except for the skinny tyres.  It will be a comfortable ride thanks to it’s long suspension travel and upright riding position and it’s Ninja 300 parts will mean it will be reliable. Like it’s competitors this sort of motorcycle will appeal to inner city couriers and riders. Out on the open road the lack a of a more powerful engine will be annoying especially if you’re carrying all your gear.

Overall the Versys-X 300 is a good looking, decent small capacity motorcycle, at least showroom and spec wise since the major parts are from the Ninja 300 will mean it will attract learner and commuter riders who want a motorcycle that is not a sports style. I like it but wouldn’t buy a Versys-X 300 as it’s engine is on the slow side for easy freeway and country rides, I don’t do city rides. Sure it can do all that and more including the round the country trip but there are compromises as per it’s competitors.

Kawasaki Versys-X 300 Key Specifications (2017)
Engine: 2 cylinder 4-stroke DOHC (EFI)
Capacity: 296cc
Power/Torque: Approx 29.3 Kw @ 11500 RPM 26 Nm @ 10000 RPM
Gearbox: 6 speed manual
Kerb Weight: 175kg
Performance: 0-100kph N/A seconds Approx
Max Speed N/A Kph Approx
Fuel Economy: 17 litre fuel tank
Approx 5 litres per 100km
Seat height: 815mm
Dimensions: L2170 X W860 X H1390 mm
Wheels: 110-80-19F 130-80-17R
Recommended Retail Price: Est $xxxx AUD (2017)