MCN VER­DICT

MCN - - UK’S TOUGHEST TEST - MICHAEL NEEVES CHIEF ROAD TESTER

We sa­lute Kawasaki for keep­ing the su­per­sports 600 class alive with their new ZX-6R, but apart from styling tweaks, de­tail touches and gear­ing changes, it’s not re­ally that dif­fer­ent from the out­go­ing model. In truth, that’s no bad thing be­cause dance through few ma­chines corners let so you eas­ily, or rev with such un­bri­dled fe­roc­ity as the ZX-6R. Add in some top-notch chas­sis parts, elec­tron­ics and a classy fin­ish and it seems im­pos­si­bly good value for less than ten grand. A su­pers­port bike like this is bril­liant on the right day when you’re feel­ing it, but is too cramped, revvy and un­com­pro­mis­ing when you’re not, which, un­for­tu­nately, will still drive most sports­bike fans else­where.

New ZX-6R gives tester Neeves food for thought

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