2019 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R

A middleweight sportbike with an all-around sport focus and a sub-$10K MSRP

2019 Kawasaki ZX-6R Right Front
2019 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R Right FrontKawasaki

Kawasaki has been carefully crafting its popular Ninja lineup for decades, and the 2019 ZX-6R has received a number of upgrades to help it stand out from the competition on the motorcycle dealer’s showroom floor. This middleweight sportbike punches above its weight courtesy of a long-stroke 636cc inline-four, which offers more midrange torque than a typical 599cc supersport yet still spins to 16,000 rpm. An electronic quickshifter and a one-tooth-smaller countershaft sprocket were added for ’19 to help improve acceleration. The latest ZX-6R also wears new bodywork that is more clearly matched to its Ninja heritage, including the best-selling twin-cylinder Ninja 400. LED lighting, comfortable ergonomics, and forgiving suspension settings make for a motorcycle that is well-suited to life on the street.

The combination analog/digital gauge cluster has been updated too, and now features a nifty programmable shift light integrated within the tachometer needle. Rider safety aids, including three-way adjustable traction control and ABS, carry over, with the latter only available as an option. The ZX-6R is also one of the first sportbikes to wear Bridgestone’s updated and even more versatile Battlax S22 rubber as original equipment.

Likes: Broad power for a middleweight inline-four, cushy suspension

Dislikes: Dated powertrain and electronics package

Verdict: Well-rounded road and track performance at a great price

2019 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R Reviews And Comparisons

Cycle World sampled the 2019 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R at the US press launch in Las Vegas. A street ride on curvy mountain asphalt around Mount Charleston was followed by a day of lapping at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. We came away from the experience impressed with the ZX-6R’s versatile performance and value-conscious MSRP.

2019 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R Competition

The 2019 Kawasaki ZX-6R stands out from other middleweight sportbikes due in part to the additional displacement provided by its long-stroke 636cc engine. Current competition includes the MotoAmerica Supersport championship-winning Yamaha YZF-R6 and a pair of popular four-cylinder Suzukis, the GSX-R600 and GSX-R750.

2019 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R Specifications And Pricing

The 2019 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R is available in two colors—Pearl Storm Gray/Metallic Spark Black or Metallic Spark Black/Metallic Flat Spark Black—with antilock brakes (ABS) offered as a $1,000 upcharge. A special KRT edition ($1,200 premium) includes ABS and special racing paint and graphics.

Manufacturer Claimed Specifications

Price $9,999/$10,999/$11,299
Engine Liquid-cooled, DOHC, inline-four
Displacement 636cc
Bore x Stroke 67.0mm x 45.1mm
Horsepower N/A
Torque 52.1 lb.-ft. @ 11,500 rpm
Transmission 6-speed
Final Drive Chain
Seat Height 32.7 in.
Rake 24.5º
Trail 4.0 in.
Front Suspension 41mm; fully adjustable; 4.7-in. travel
Rear Suspension Fully adjustable; 5.9-in. travel
Front Tire 120/70-17
Rear Tire 180/55-17
Fuel Capacity 4.5 gal.
Wheelbase 55.1 in.
Claimed Dry Weight 425/430 lb.

Cycle World Tested Specifications

Seat Height N/A
Wet Weight N/A
Rear-Wheel Horsepower N/A
Rear-Wheel Torque N/A
0–60 mph N/A
1/4-mile N/A
Braking 30–0 mph N/A
Braking 60–0 mph N/A
2019 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R Left Rear
2019 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R Left RearKawasaki
2019 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R Left Side
2019 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R Left SideKawasaki
2019 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R Top
2019 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R TopKawasaki