Kawasaki have started deliveries of their much acclaimed supersport motorcycle the Ninja ZX-6R in India, breathing life into a segment that has been dormant since the Triumph Daytona 675 was discontinued. Priced at Rs 10.49 lakh (introductory, ex-showroom), it seems like a great deal.
The design of the Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R is similar to its bigger sibling, the Ninja ZX-10R litre-class superbike, albeit with an evolution of the cowling. The motorcycle is feature-packed too, with twin LED headlamps, LED tail-lamps, a quick-shifter, Kawasaki’s anti-lock braking system, traction control, a multi-functional LCD screen and more.
The Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R is a middleweight super-sport that packs a 636-cc in-line four-cylinder engine, making 130 PS at 13,500 rpm and 70.8 Nm of peak torque at 11,000 rpm, mated to a six-speed gearbox. However, once in motion and that ram-air intake starts to work its magic, the power output goes up to 136 PS. It sure is a rocket, but, it is also fun staying alive, hence to curb the speed you get dual semi-floating 310-mm discs up front and a single 220-mm disc at the rear, equipped with ABS, of course. The handling is supposedly enhanced by the pressed aluminium perimeter frame, making the bike quite flickable with good mid-corner composure. This, however, we shall only confirm once we ride it. Tarmac is met with Bridgestone’s new sports tyres, the Battlax Hypersport S22.
Commenting on the start of deliveries, Naoki Matsumoto – Managing Director, India Kawasaki Motors said, “The Ninja ZX-6R created a great stir when its entry in Indian market was announced. Because the Ninja ZX-6R is an ambitious project for us, starting deliveries of the Ninja ZX-6R is indeed an exciting moment. We hope that our customers relish riding Ninja ZX-6R on streets as well as on race tracks.”
The Indian version is being assembled at Kawasaki’s facility in Chakan, Pune and has been launched in Kawasaki’s racing edition colour.
Story: Zal Cursetji