By John Burns
Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six.” Which is interesting, because at the millennial, when Kawasaki updated its sweet ZX-6R, I was 66.6% as old as I am now. Coincidence?! I think not. I have to say, though motorcycles really have cometh a long way, everything else seems to be slipping backward. COVID 19, killer hornets, a springtime with no MotoGP… Washeth thine hands, friends, amen.
Completely new. But is it the one for you?
Los Angeles, March 6, 2000 — It’s no surprise that 600cc Supersport motorcycles have been the best-selling class of sport bikes for the past few years.Although their larger displacement brethren make more power, the 600s, with their lighter weight and smaller stature, offer greater rider confidence while producing almost 100 horsepower at the rear wheel, proving that size doesn’t always matter.The 600cc Supersport bike class is among the most competitive, both at the track and on showroom floors. Over the last few years all four Japanese OEMs have significantly redesigned their 600cc SS models.
Kawasaki fired the first shot in 1998 with an all-new ZX-6R and after Yamaha and Honda introduced all-new models in ’99, and they further refined the 6R in 1999 to keep pace.
For the 2000 model year, only Kawasaki has tinkered with their 600 Supersport, giving the 6R a new engine, totally revised suspension and a completely new look. Kawasaki insists the Year 2000 ZX-6R is the bike to own in the 600 SS class and they’ve given us one to see if we concur. Do we? Well …
The ZX-6R’s all-new 599cc power plant received the most attention …read more