Kawasaki reported an operating loss of 2.2 billion yen (US$27.1 million) from its motorcycle and engine business for its second quarter ended Sept. 30, 2012. Despite the loss, the quarter still represented an improvement from the same quarter last year which saw a loss of 2.3 billion yen. (Note: Kawasaki‘s motorcycle and engine business also […]
Report: 2013 Kawasaki ZX-6R to Return to 636cc Displacement
Kawasaki is reportedly set to unveil an updated Ninja ZX-6R for he 2013 model year with a return to a 636cc engine displacement.
According to Motorcycle News, the 2013 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R will receive a styling refresh to resemble the ZX-10R while bringing back the larger 636cc engine displacement used from 2002 to 2006 (the 2003 ZX-6R is pictured above).
The British publication has gotten a hold of spy photos of the new ZX-6R being filmed for a Kawasaki promotional video on the Isle of Man. The photographs published online are grainy and shot from a distance, but the print edition shows a more detailed image revealing the new fairings, longer headlights and the larger displacement.
The immediate question is whether Kawasaki will produce a 600cc (or 599cc like the current ZX-6R) version for supersport racing homologation. From 2003 to 2006, Kawasaki produced two versions, the 636cc ZX-6R which was the primary production model, and a limited production 599cc ZX-6RR. The extra 37cc provided a bit more horsepower and torque while the RR had more track-oriented gearing, a steering damper and revised suspension.
[Source: Motorcycle News]