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|Successor||Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R|
|Related||Kawasaki Ninja 600R|
The Kawasaki ZZR600 (or Ninja 600 or ZX-6E) is a sport standard motorcycle manufactured by Kawasaki. The ZZR600 series motorcycles, as sold in the United States, are 600 cc motorcycles designed from previous generation sportbikes but incorporate more ergonomic seating positions and different graphics.
In Europe, the model designation differed. The motorbike was introduced in 1990 with the ZZR600 D1, with the D2 and D3 following in subsequent years. For 1993 the ZZR600 E1 was introduced with more muted colours and a slightly different fairing, and the model numbers went up E2, E3 etc. until the E13 in 2005. In 2006 the model number was ZZR600 E6F. The 100 hp (75 kW) 599 cc engine powered all of the D and E series bikes.
The first generation ZZR600 in North America, marketed during model years 2003 and 2004, was based upon a previous generation sportbike (sold as a Ninja 600 or Ninja ZX-6E), and retains the Kawasaki designation ZX600E from the original motorcycle. This indicates the motorcycle is mechanically identical to the earlier motorcycle, and differs only in paint schemes.
In North America, the 2005 ZZR600 was a reissue of the 2000-2002 ZX600J (ZX-6R) model and remains unchanged save for a new, less invasive fairing stay. It is powered by the same 599 cc, liquid cooled, DOHC, inline four cylinder engine.
Notably, the ZZR600 uses a carbureted engine, even in its later model years, as it retains its similarity to the 2002 ZX-6R model. As such, the ZZR600's choke control sits near the left handle grip. Most modern Japanese sportbikes employ fuel injection.
|2004 ZZR600||2005-2008 ZZR600||2000 ZX-6R|
|Engine Type||Four-stroke DOHC inline four, 16 valves|
|Peak power (est.)||98 hp (73 kW) @ 12,000 rpm||111 hp (83 kW)||110 hp (82 kW) @ 12,500 rpm|
|Front Tire||120/60 ZR17||120/65 ZR17|
|Rear Tire||160/60 ZR17||180/55 ZR17|
|Length||81.5 in (2,070 mm)||79.9 in (2,029 mm)||79.7 in (2,024 mm)|
|Wheelbase||56.3 in (1,430 mm)||55.1 in (1,400 mm)||55.1 in (1,400 mm)|
|Seat Height||30.7 in (780 mm)||32.3 in (820 mm)||32.1 in (815 mm)|
|Dry Weight||430 lb (195 kg)||377 lb (171 kg)||379 lb (172 kg)|
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