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OK, as these forums helped me pick my bike I thought I should contribute.
12 years driving poxy little Fiestas and Puntos = total lack of enjoyment.
1 month owning second hand ZX6R 2001 J1 = Yeeeeehaaaaaaa!
Despite being a "sports" bike this machine is fine for people returning to 2 wheels. Just be careful with the throttle, as illegal speeds approach before you realise. £2100 for a nice machine with 12 000 on the clock.
Issues: carburretion (I think) as it sometimes when warmed up after a long run. E.g long run, stop to fill up, restart, stall a few times unless you let it run for 2 mins. Think carbs might be in needd of cleaning or old fule still in there somewhere (it was stored unused for awhile by former keeper). Rear shock a bit harsh. A buit "wristy" for 6' 2" people like me, at least in town. Very occasionally miss a gear around 3rd - 4th when very low revs (cruising) and lazy foot action.
Good bits: everything else! POWER (including midrange, and even from 2000rpm it pulls great, but my last bike was a TZR250 and I thought this was OK in terms of low down power considering it weighed nothing), NOISE, LOOKS, cornering is solid, superb and confidence inspiring compared to what I remember of old bikes (AR125, TZR 250). £400 for a 12 000 service so beware of the mileag eof any bike you ar elooking at.
Spend £4000 on a decent car for transport or £3000 for a Kawa, inc insurance, new lid, leathers? No contest. Will buy another £400 banger for winter.
After learning to ride and riding an old Kawasaki GT550 (briefly I moved on to a Suzuki GSX750. This was a beast but nothing compared to my 2004 Kawasaki ZX6r 636. From the moment I set eyes on the bike sitting in the shop I loved it. It just looked mean, it's sharp headlights and gold grilled air intake between the front lights and the standard bubble growled out to be bought. So a short test ride later saw me return with a small deposit and my leathers. The bike is truly amazing. From it's accelleration, speed and handling, to it's good looks, smart engine and querky toys such as the lap timer and gear change light make this bike something I have only ever dreamt about. For me, finding such a good bike wasn't easy. I'm 6'2 and approx 18 stone but the 636 handles like a dream, out pacing many bigger bikes due to it's weight and ability to corner.
The only bad thing I could say about the bike is its crunchy gear box at low revs and it's persistent need to lift it's front wheel when the power is piled on.
With a second set of injectors providing an extra shot of petrol at higher rev ranges the bikes ability to perform at all speeds is evident.
This bike is a great all-rounder, I often take a pillion out with me over long distances and we both enjoy the ride.
I bought my ZX6R G1 after test riding a brand new Yamaha R6. I was disappointed by the R6's lack of slow speed manoeuvrabilty, a fault that I found almost immediately after trying to pull up to a petrol pump. I bet they've kept the CCTV footage for future mailing to Lisa Riley! A used ZXR6R is a bargain at the moment. It has been overshadowed by the R6 and GSXR600. This makes for good discounts on virtually new, dry use only bikes that will almost certainly come with top whack alarms and full service history. Most importantly, this bike is still the dogs; more rider friendly and spot on for covering large distances in relative comfort. Sounds too good doesn't it? You're right. Paint finish is poor. I needed a tank respray after the buckle on my rucksack tore into the paintwork. This is the same rucksack i've used on my previous sports bikes. Gutted ain't the word. I'd only had the bike a day! Also keep an eye on the rear panels which are easily marked by pillion riders. I've left the bike as standard. My mate has fitted a Yoshimura race can to his R6 and has since been attracting much attention from the boys in blue. This is not helped by the small numberplate with the phrase '70 U must be joking!' emblazoned upon it! Shop around for insurance quotes. Sounds obvious but so many owners don't. I found the best quote on the net with a well known insurer; although I confirmed the details by phone before parting with my hard earned. Quotes vary by as much as £450. All in all a top sports bike. My only other gripe is the lack of a fuel gauge. This has caused more than one scary moment. You don't want to be caught out on the motorway with a bike spluttering for juice. You need to be a contortionist to reach the fuel tap whilst on the move. Enjoy riding whatever you ride. Martin.
I bought my ZX-6R brand spanking new in May 98 at £6600 which was a snip then. It was one of the first G1 models, that was when Kawasaki revised the model substantially from the F3 I think. You can tell the difference because the F3 is squarer in appearance. Anyway, I held on to it for nearly a year in which I did eleven thousand miles around the Highlands of Scotland. Given the severe winter we had and the fact I was in Oz for a month that amounted to a pretty high daily mileage - testimony to the comfort of the machine. I used to get up early and go for a 120 mile blast before work - how sad! Some serious points though: Performance: For a 600cc on your average road the bike will keep up with anything. I found you could get away with murder on the throttle since it was just on that fine line between too much power making you worry about how far you could go and being able to nail the throttle nearly everywhere. Very nice. The only drawback, which is inherent with lower cc machines, was the need to keep in a lower gear for overtaking - i.e. keep the revs up. In saying that I liked to pass as quickly as possible so perhaps I was a little excessive in that respect. Needless to say, given the right gear, acceleration was phenomenal so if the bike fitted the gap you could go. Top speed - the clock went up to 170mph and mine went off the clock (only on three occasions!!!). However, I had my bike fitted with a Micron race can and Dynojet kit and I think this helped. Comfort: Brilliant. Make no mistake, despite all the flashiness and performance you can go touring on this machine no problem. Initially my wrists felt sore for the first week but this was because I was used to a GSX600F which was like a sofa in comparison. But the ZX-6R is a true all-rounder. I am six foot tall and the bike fitted me well. In saying that I had a friend who was only 5'6" and he had to tip-toe around on his. Pillions also liked the back alth
ough a few of them found the side grab rails disconcerting since it isn't the best set up for hard acceleration. But then again, you do want them to go pillion again - don't you? So, the bottom line is it's a big bike for a 600cc machine. Equipment: It has decent hand rails for a pillion. Bungee hooks and a toolkit which can take a few more tools. In the cockpit it has a digital clock - no more no-handers as you push up your jacket sleeve to see your watch. Running costs: Compared to my older GSX600F the costs were high. Insurance for me with one year no claims fully comp was nearly a grand. However I was 27 at the time. I think I could have found a better deal. Tyres - well it depended on how hard you rode. Expect 4,000 miles happy riding from the back tyre and not much more from the front. However, I think you could stretch this to 7 or 8k miles if you were sensible. I fitted BT-56s after the original Dunlops which were far too hard and didn't really give any confidence on the front end. I don't know what they sell with now. Servicing costs were about normal for a bike of this calibre. Beware though - do not skip a service. The valve shims on three valves needed adjusting after 6,000 miles. What else? Well I mentioned I added a race can and Dynojet kit. This improved bhp from around 95 to 102 or 105 if I remember correctly. You must get the bike properly set up on a dyno else the valve seats can burn out - at least with the Micron can. More importantly the can really smoothed the delivery out. Oh yes - and the sound. A deep, rich, throaty, growl which when on full song would give any mortal being goose bumps. I used to wash mine a lot and the paint on the wheels was quite soft. This is a typical Kawasaki trait I've been told! And that's it! I would definitely consider another one if I could afford it! Compared to the CBR600F before it was revamped to the current version (in 99?) the ZX-6R is a much bett
er bike. A serious contender for value for money sports biking with every day practicality and nice looks (in my opinion).
I've had a Kawasaki ZX6-R F1, F3, and now a G1. From the very first time I jumped on the old F1 five years ago I've felt the buzz of the engine, the roar of the intake, and the gut wrenching acceleration is second to none for value. Yes, there are faster bikes, and yes, there are more comfortable bikes, but not at this price, and not at this level of insurance. All my ZX6's have been totally reliable regardless of how infrequently they have been used, I have never used the breakdown services and have never over cooked the bike and found it leaving me in the gravel, despite the occasional scare that I might not make it round the corner. My only criticism of long service is perhaps a harshness of the gearchange as they get older but it's not serious and you can live happily with this. The rear suspension has a tendency to go soggy after a year or two also but a rebuild or change soon sorts this. The bodywork holds up well if kept clear of salt and although the downpipes always look knackered after 3 months but they go on for ages after this, it's a cosmetic thing really. All things considered, I would recommend anyone to buy a ZX6 if they're on a budget. Have fun? I guarantee you will.
Well, this is my second Ninja ( The first was a 98 model) I've had my Y2K ZX6-R just over 13 months now, done 5500 miles on it( 3000 of them across Spain twice! and back through France after going to the Spanish Grand Prix at Jerez!!) Not one ounce of trouble from it the whole way.. now thats reliability! I had a Micron race can put on then had her re-jetted and stage 1 race tuned to smooth out the mid-range ( It's top speed increased also.. considerably I might add!!) I adjusted the suspension set up a little to the specs in Performance Bikes magazines recommendation ( It was a little on the soft side for a lardy arse like me!) and now it go's round corners like it's on rails!! (As if it didn't before- just quicker!! HA!) This is a machine that will not only keep up with, but pass the big boyz on the track and will also get you across Continents with comfort.. I know.. I've done it & It won't let you down. You can load it up with luggage, it'll pull like an ox.. then drop it all off to become a ground level jet fighter! The 6 pot anchors will stop you on a penny everytime with lots of feel on the road and the gears are the smoothest I've experienced compared to other 600's I've tried. You also get a tool kit under the seat that is actually USEFUL, there isn't anything on the bike that cant be taken apart with the kit provided!! The only criticisms I have (believe it or not) is that when revved hard, up or down the box.. and I mean.. racing hard.. then the box will sometimes give a false neutral, which can be a bit annoying on the track, but I've been told it's just me not selecting correctly..?? The paint finish on the wheels is a bit thin and there are no bungee hooks on the back. Apart from that it's a top class machine... AND you can get a brand new one for around 5K sometimes cheaper if you look around.. now thats a bargain!! I've yet to try
out Suzukis new GSXR-600/750, but somehow I don't think I'd be able to cross Continents in the same way without the aid of some ointment from my Doctor afterwards for an aching posterior! If you want to see my bike, sign into http://groups.yahoo.com/group/zx-6r and go to the files link to see some photographs. AND.. YES..The green ones ARE MUCH FASTER!!
When chosing my new bike i had to make sure it was the right machine for me, given that I was returning to biking after a long period and technology had changed somewhat in the intervening years. As I wanted a sports bike that would cope with my inexperience I had to make a decision between the Honda CBR600f and the Kawasaki ZX6R Ninja. I chose the latter purely based on the looks of the bike and I have to say I am sure I made the correct choice. The bike is a dream to ride. It is comfortable even on long journeys.If you are tall, say over 5Ft.10ins, then this is the bike for you. It is forgiving even when you get the wrong gear and when you want the speed then wow! At slow speeds and in town the bike comes into its own as it is so well balanced. When you want oomph the bike has it by the bucketload, 155 mph on a track day at Donnington is quite qick enough for my old heart. The look of the bike is also fabulous with its fox eye headlights and an air intake that looks like a whales mouth. If you want a bike that is easy to ride, beautifull to look at and flies like an angel then this is the one for you.
I've been biking for 12 years and owned a range of toys - my ZX is undoubtedly the best I've come across. Bought the first 95 model with 2 years/5000 miles on the clock and have used it for everything since then - commuting, trackdays and long distance touring. Fabulous bike, never failed to start (or stop!) nothing has gone wrong with it until the exhaust split at 24000. £540 for a replacement pipe means the race systems are better value. Awesome machine. Would definately buy a new one except that mine is still perfect and hasn't aged, the newer ones feel exactly the same as the old and you can't get as many microwave meals under teh seat. nb Make sure you get a green one, they are faster.
I have owned two ZX-6R and have been biking for around 5 years. The bike I wanted was purely for fun and the ZX-6R fits perfectly in this category. Since stepping up from the 125cc bike I had when I passed my test I found the ZX-6R to have great manners and is pretty forgiving to the less able rider. That said I find the handling to be second to none and find I can easily keep up with other riders on Sunday rides. I guess now that the power of the middle super sports has taken the competition higher and higher I personally I fell that the ZX-6R is being closed in by its rivals, however this shows how good the bike is and how high the benchmark it set still is. If your thinking of a sports bike its a great place to start
I bought a ZX6R-G1 from new in May98. Yes I was one of the last suckers, to pay over the odds for a bike. I can get the new 2000 model for £6000. However that out of the way, I would say the bike has been as good as all the magazine reviews, it was crowned King of the 600's in 98/99 beating the favourite CBR with a big stick. The ZX isn't a touring sports like the Thundercat or CBR and it can hold its own (as I have proved) alongside the out and out race bike of Suzuki, the GSX. The ZX is comfortable to ride commuting and is fanatastic on an all out thrash! The handling is great and will top over 160mph. The ZX is a great all round bike, I have it dealer serviced twice a year and ride all year round. The one problem that does happen is that, if it is not started every 10 days it tends to feel negelected and can be miserable in starting. The last 2 years have seen the improvements from all manufacturers in the 600 class, almost making the 750 redundant. The difference between the 600's and 900's are greatly top end speed with subtle 0-100 times. Having said that, see also the R1 review. The 2000 mods to the ZX were minimal, an extra 4/5bhp, (Yamaha rip-off) fox-eye styling were a few. However with the arrival of the Yam's YZF-R6, things could be different. If it rides as good as they say, the ZX is king no more. When I have tested it look out for the review.