Just in time for fall, we get our first look at the all-new 2013 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R sport bike. The bike was introduced on September 13 at “The Ninja Time Square Takeover” event, along with the Ninja 300.
Like the previous few generations (starting in 2003), the ZX-6R is powered by a 4-cylinder 636cc engine, which has been tuned a bit and produces 129 bhp which is sent to the rear wheel via a 6-speed transmission with a slipper clutch. The chassis is the same as the 2012 model however the bodywork has been reworked and looks similar to the ZX-10R which is not a bad thing.
The biggest change is the availability of traction control on a mainstream bike in this class; my car doesn’t even have traction control, and optional ABS brakes. The traction control system is called KTRC and comes with three modes which should make riding the ZX-6R a little safer. Other changes on the 2013 Ninja include a revised rear suspension and a set of front forks by Showa.
The 2013 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R will be priced at $12,699 with the optional ABS package and $11,699 without ABS.