Kawasaki ZZR600

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Kawasaki ZZR600
Kawasaki ZZ-R 600.jpg
Manufacturer Kawasaki
Successor Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R
Engine 600 cc
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 ZZ-R600 (also known as a ZX600 & ZX-6 Ninja in different continents/markets) was named a D1.

UK ZZ-R600 models[edit]

Year Model Initial frame number
1990 D1 ZX600D-000001
1991 D2 ZX600D-014001 to 028000
1992 D2A ZX600D-600001 to 602500
1992/3 D3 ZX600D-028001 on (Japan manufacture)
1992/3 D3 ZX600D-602501 on (USA manufacture)
1993 E1 ZX600E-00001 to 020000
1994 E2 ZX600E-020001 to 032000
1995 E3 ZX600E-032001 on
1996 E4 ZX600E-038001 to 045000
1997 E5 ZX600E-045001 on
1998 E6 ZX600E-050001 on
1999 E7 JAKZX600EEA057001 on
2000 E8 Information not available
Dimensions D Models E Models
Wheelbase 1440mm 1430mm
Length 2075mm 2070mm
Width 700mm 695mm
Height 1170mm 1175mm
Seat height 780mm 780mm


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.


Kawasaki ZZR600 [1]
Kawasaki ZZ-R 600.jpg
Manufacturer Kawasaki
Production 2005-2008
Successor Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R
Class Sport
Engine 600 cc, 4-stroke, 4 cylinders
Power 100hp@12000rpm
Transmission chain
Wheelbase 1,399 mm (55.1 in)
Dimensions L: 2,029 mm (79.9 in)
W: 728 mm (28.7 in)
H: 1,176 mm (46.3 in)
Seat height 820 mm (32.3 in)
Weight 171 kg (377.0 lb) (dry)
Fuel capacity 18 l (4.8 US gal)
Related Kawasaki Ninja 600R

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
Displacement 599 cc
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)


  1. ^ "Ficha técnica moto Kawasaki ZZR600" (in Spanish). Retrieved 2014-11-18. 

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