Sunday, September 21, 2008

2009 Kawasaki ZX-6R Ninja: First pics and video


The Kawasaki ZX-6R gets a major update for 2009...

Kawasaki have revamped the ZX-6R for 2009, with changes to the styling, a revised chassis, beefier swingarm, an engine that’s been fettled for better low- and mid-range power delivery and a weight reduction of 10 kilos.

The 2009 ZX-6R gets magnesium engine case covers, lighter cams and various other mods that make it 10kg lighter than the previous model. Improved combustion efficiency and the usage of double bore velocity stacks is supposed to smoothen out the power delivery and boost low- and mid-range power on this Kawasaki.

The new Ninja also get a slipper clutch, cassette-type six-speed gearbox, a brand-new exhaust system, revised chassis with a new two-piece aluminum subframe and revised ram air intake.


We think the new exhaust system looks cool, and the black paintjob rocks!

Big changes on the suspension front include Showa's new Big Piston Front (BPF) 41mm USD fork, which is fully adjustable and features a large-diameter internal piston that’s supposed to reduce the effects of damping pressure and eliminating the heavier internals found in cartridge-style forks. The result, say Kawasaki, is improved front end feel and reduced turn-in effort. A new Ohlins steering damper has also been added to the bike.

The ZX-6R’s rear suspension remains the same as before – Kawasaki’s Bottom-Link Uni-Trak with gas-charged shock – and is fully adjustable for compression and rebound damping. There are twin 300mm petal-type brake discs at front, with radial-mount four-piston calipers. The rear brake is a single 220mm disc with single-piston caliper.

Available in lime green, metallic black and metallic blue, the 2009 Kawasaki ZX-6R Ninja is priced at US$9,799.


A video of the 2009 ZX-6R in action

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2009 Honda CBR600RR unveiled...
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