If you’re sur­prised to see the re­turn of the ZX 6R don’t worry, so are we. But, it ac­tu­ally makes good sense…


we the Kawasaki thought tubes, Honda that dropped was can­ning that. the 636cc What the CBR600RR ZX-6R with su­pers­port from and their Suzuki sales range ditch­ing go­ing in 2017 down the and GSX-R600, re­turn. But there it is… was no rea­son to think Kawasaki’s ZX6 would The 2019 bike is es­sen­tially the same model that dis­ap­peared two years ago, but with a quick­shifter, fuel range in­di­ca­tor, 12V power take off, LED head­lights, new styling and en­gine tweaks to get it past Euro4 reg­u­la­tions. So what are Kawasaki play­ing at? We sus­pect it’s to do with price and – per­haps – PCP deals. The new bike will cost £9499, which is £1800 less than its only direct ri­val (Yamaha’s R6) and only £300 more than it cost three years ago. Maybe Kawasaki think there’s now an ap­petite for a good value mid­dleweight sports­bike that will train riders up for the ZX-10R. What­ever. It was Bike’s favourite 600 back in 2016, and it’s still a great – if rather un­com­fort­able – bike. Power is around 115bhp and it has loads more midrange than the R6, which means most peo­ple will go faster on it. The elec­tron­ics aren’t cut­ting edge, but they’re good enough for most of us. Wel­come back.

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