Bri­tish Su­per­sport ZX-6RR

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16,000rpm, fast-han­dling, 145bhp… if only you could buy a 600 like this for the road...

The bars are sur­pris­ingly wide, the pegs aren’t up near my arse and the seat has lit­tle pad­ding al­low­ing me to freely move around. Over the start/fin­ish the noise from the full Scor­pion ex­haust is in­tox­i­cat­ing. Make it scream up to the red­line, tap­ping on the FWR quick-shifter up to fifth gear, be­fore squeez­ing the Ren­thal lever and chang­ing back two gears and once more in to knee­down hap­pi­ness. It’s bliss. Ob­vi­ously the power is im­pres­sive, but it’s not a peaky and un­ride­able screamer, there’s plenty of torque and drive from low down. The Öh­lins front end is im­pres­sive as is the rear shock. What sur­prised me was the han­dling. This bike is man­age­able, with bril­liant drive and me­chan­i­cal grip and all with­out clever elec­tron­ics.

Tech spec 145bhp, 161kg Race record Bri­tish Su­per­sport Cham­pi­onsh ip win­ner. Why it mat­ters? It shows just how dy­namic a 600 can be.

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