10 Things Every Motorcycle Enthusiast Should Know About The 2022 Kawasaki ZX-6R
Ever since the Kawasaki ZX-6R entered production in 1995, it has been one of the most capable track machines on the market. Easy to modify, an abundance of power, plus a capable suspension and chassis made it a favorite among trail riders. With a very fast inline 4-cylinder engine, top-end performance also sucked. With the arrival of the new generation of the ZX-6R launched in 2019, Kawasaki managed to carry forward the DNA of older generations while adding more sophistication and comfort.
The 2022 Kawasaki ZX-6R is a carryover of the same 2019 model and sees no major changes other than minor styling tweaks. Comes with a super smooth and punchy inline-4 motor mated to a smooth 6-speed gearbox and all the other bells and whistles make the 2022 ZX-6R hard to resist. With fierce competition from the Suzuki GSX-R600 and Yamaha R7, here are 10 things every motorcycle enthusiast should know about the 2022 Kawasaki ZX-6R.
ten One of the fastest 600cc motorcycles on the market
The 2022 Kawasaki ZX-6R makes no changes to the powertrain, and as a result, the 636cc liquid-cooled DOHC inline-4 engine also remains unchanged in this iteration. This engine produces 127 hp and 52.1 lb-ft of torque and has a compression ratio of 12.9:1. A DFI fuel system with Keihin throttle bodies and oval sub-throttles takes care of fueling.
Overall, the 2022 Kawasaki ZX-6R engine is pretty superb throughout the rev range. The engine is super smooth and refined and has a wide torque range, making it a capable performer in towns, highways and racetracks. However, the high end is where the bike shines the most. The NVH level is also top notch.
9 Smooth gear changes add to the driving experience
Coming with the same 6-speed manual transmission from the 2021 model, 2022 ZX-6R owners wouldn’t have much to complain about. It’s one of the smoothest gearboxes in the segment. As a result, power shifting is not a problem and the rider would certainly enjoy the experience.
The initial gearing is quite tall and this makes the bike capable enough on race tracks as well as congested city streets. Sixth gear is very tall and this will aid the cruising experience, as the revs are quite low when cruising at highway speeds. It gets a quick shift system and the clutch is also reasonably light. There is also a slip and assist system.
8 Nissin brakes anchor the ZX-6R very well
Unlike some of Kawasaki’s cheaper offerings, the 2022 Kawasaki ZX-6R is going to impress riders with its capable braking ability. Braking hardware is up there with the best of rivals. The front gets twin 310mm petal discs with Nissin 4-piston monobloc calipers. The rear comes with a single 220mm disc with a single-piston caliper.
The front brake is all that’s needed to stop this 425lb mid-weight supersport bike at any speed. The initial bite and braking progression are excellent. The feel and feedback offered by the lever is also excellent. Even though the rear brakes aren’t as impressive as the front, it’s more than enough to bring the bike to a stop.
seven Loaded with features for the price
Being a motorcycle designed to set track times, the 2022 Kawasaki ZX-6R does not lack any technical features and rider assistance. As a result, all major features such as power and slipper clutch, dual throttle butterflies, traction control, power modes, quick shift, etc. are offered as standard.
The multi-function LCD screen is quite crisp and bright. The viewing angle is also there. However, it does not benefit from Bluetooth connectivity, unlike the Ninja 650 and Versys 650. Some of the other features on board are an adjustable clutch lever, a pressed aluminum perimeter frame and an anti-lock braking system.
6 ZX-6R is a sharp handler
Like the previous generation of the ZX-6R, which was on sale until 2019, the current generation is also a capable motorcycle on corners and race tracks. Even with a fairly heavy curb weight of 425 pounds, the bike does a terrific job of cornering, making it one of the favorite trail bikes for beginners and experienced riders alike.
The 2022 ZX-6R is a bit sluggish at the start of the corner, mainly due to the curb weight, however, once it leans over the bike holds the line incredibly well. Road holding is precise and the suspension stiff enough. Mid-corner directional changes are easy, and with the growl of the inline-4 engine, the ZX-6R could accelerate out of the corner.
5 City driving is a little uncomfortable
The 2022 Kawasaki ZX-6R is a supersport motorcycle, and therefore the riding position is very aggressive. This makes it quite uncomfortable to ride in cities. The rider has to lean forward a little which leads to wrist and back pain, especially when riding for an extended period in rush hour traffic.
the the front and rear suspensions are more rigid, and it doesn’t complement the bike’s already aggressive riding position. With a passenger, the pilot is going to have a terrible time, as the passenger would lean on the pilot, which makes matters even worse. Heating could also be felt when driving in cities.
The inline-4 engine could easily handle those long highway trips without causing tantrums for the rider and passenger. The heating is pretty much under control too. However, what works against the 2022 Kawasaki ZX-6R is its riding position and stiff suspension, which tire the rider quickly.
This riding position manages to tire the cyclist when riding on the streets, and the same is true on the highways. The rider’s body position would be quite leaning forward, and the clip-on handlebars aren’t very wide either. Other than that, the Showa SFF-BP inverted fork up front isn’t tuned well for highways, causing it to transmit imperfections to the handlebars.
3 Energy efficiency is similar to that of competitors in the segment
The ZX-6R is synonymous with excellent fuel efficiency figures, even for the older generation. the 2022 Kawasaki ZX-6R is capable of doing 55 mpg, which makes it better than rivals like the Suzuki GSX-R600 and Yamaha R7.
While riding very quietly in Road mode, riders managed to claim even better fuel efficiency figures, and that’s a good thing to know. With a fuel tank capacity of 4.5 gallons, the 2022 Kawasaki ZX-6R could also achieve a combined range of around 250 miles.
2 Build quality is superb
The build quality is nothing to complain about. Being a fully faired supersport bike that isn’t too expensive, potential buyers would expect to see poor quality paint and parts and craftsmanship. However, that is not the case with the 2022 Kawasaki ZX-6R.
The paint quality is quite good and there are no sharp edges either. Exposed screws and wires are also limited. Other than that, there are no vibrations and rattles from any of the panels. The plastic panels are high quality and there is no flexing from these parts giving a very high end feel.
1 The design could be hit or miss
The design of the 2022 Kawasaki ZX-6R is something that receives mixed opinions. Since the launch of the new generation ZX-6R with the updated design in 2019, it has been criticized by many enthusiasts. However, we find the design quite appealing, mainly due to the sporty profile of the front and sides.
The front end comes with a sharp design language with an infused splitter, dual LED headlight and a wide 120 section tire. The side and rear profile also offers plenty of road presence. The chunky exhaust, neat fairing and decals and exposed engine provide character. The rear is fairly simple, with an LED taillight and a 17″ section 180 Bridgestone Battlax tyre.
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