Kawasaki is set to debut the latest version of its 600cc supersport at the AIMExpo in Las Vegas in a few hours. So here are a few footnotes of what we can expect in the ‘new’ version of the bike.
The ZX-6R has been central to a lot of speculations even before Kawasaki had started to drop hints about it. However, recent reports suggest that the works on the upcoming model will be more of a subtle refresh than a major revamp.
Kawasaki would be retaining the chassis and the engine from the older model. It will carry the same 636c inline four-cylinder engine which is now Euro4 compliant. Apart from that, the company has also added a unidirectional up quickshifter as well as two new riding modes in the package. According to the company, the new engine has ‘improved power and torque feeling’. The Green Team has, however, been tight-lipped about the output figures yet. Rare-new modifications on the chassis include a new Showa balance free forks in the front coupled with Nissin brakes with ABS which are a part of the kit as well. The company also offers Ohlins steering damper as a part of the aftermarket brochure.
Reports suggest that the new bike will get a new body-kit along with a new dash. While we doubt if the company will make headlines with the minimal upgrades on the new ZX-6R, it has been attracting attention ever since its 125-cc baby-twins were unveiled at the INTERMOT in Cologne.
The Ninja 125 and the Z 125 both dropped jaws at the expo as it took design cues from its elder siblings while not compromising on the features of the bike. A quick glance at the bike couldn’t help us notice the looks that the Ninja 125 borrows from the 300, especially the bike’s tank, front mud-guard, muffler and wheels. However, coming to the rear of the bike, the tail appears to be more steeply raked similar to the latest Ninja 600.