2019 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R Launched at AIMExpo

  • The 2019 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R has been unveiled.

  • It features a new look with revised components.

  • The engine is still the 636cc unit but tuned for Euro4.

The new 2019 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R has been launched at the AIMExpo in Las Vegas after rumours had been circulating for a couple of years.

The new model features a changed styling to look sharper and aggressive (in Kawasaki’s words), besides new additions to its spec sheet such as LED lighting and more.

The highlights are:

  • Kawasaki Quick Shifter (KQS) as standard although only for upshifts.
  • New styling with twin LED headlights and taillight.
  • “High-grade” instrumentation although the design is similar to all new Kawasaki motorcycles, including the Versys-X.
  • Euro4 emissions-compliant engine tuning.
  • Optimized gear ratios to improve low-end power.

The 2019 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R’s engine still looks the same: 636cc, liquid-cooled, DOHC, inline-Four. However, it is now tuned to comply with Euro4 emissions standards “without compromising the engine’s performance.” No power and torque numbers were released, though.

The fuel injectors have been revised for low to midrange performance. The number one and four intake funnels are shorter while two and three are longer.

Piston skirts are molybdenum-coated to reduce friction. There are connecting passages between cylinders to reduce pumping losses.

Lastly, spent gasses exit through a redesigned exhaust system, which is again tuned for low and mid-range torque.


Features a cassette-style gearbox for easy gearing changes. The KQS is standard although available for upshifts only.

Assist and Slipper Clutch

The assist function compresses the clutch plates together on acceleration, producing a lighter pull at the lever. The slipper function reduces back-torque and prevents rear wheel hop during deceleration.


The 2019 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R uses a pressed-aluminium perimeter frame. The manufacturer claims that it is narrow and compact.

The bike will now utilize the Showa SFF-BP (Separate Function Forks – Big Piston) forks that combine the features of the SFF and BPF forks.

The Showa rear shock is fully adjustable.

Traction Control and Power Modes

KTRC traction control has 2 modes, ABS is standard and the power modes are “FULL” or “LOW”.

Wahid's lust for motorcycles was spurred on by his late-Dad's love for his Lambretta on which he courted, married his mother, and took baby Wahid riding on it. He has since worked in the motorcycle and automotive industry for many years, before taking up riding courses and testing many, many motorcycles since becoming a motojournalist. Wahid likes to see things differently. What can you say about a guy who sees a road safety message in AC/DC's "Highway to Hell."

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