Last week at a special event in New York City’s Times Square, Kawasaki unveiled two more 2013 models: the international version of 2013 Kawasaki ZX-6R with 636cc and the U.S. 2013 Kawasaki Ninja 300.
2013 Kawasaki ZX-6R
Kawasaki manufactured the ZX-6R with a 636cc engine between 2003 to 2006. And according to Don Canet the bike was very popular among street riders because of “its robust low-end and midrange power.” For 2013, Kawasaki reintroduces a similar concept but with a completely revamped 636cc engine.
The most significant new feature is the three-mode KTRC traction control system similar to that of Kawasaki Ninja ZX-14R. Other new features to the 2013 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R include an F.C.C. clutch with assist and slipper functions for a light clutch pull, new aggressive bodywork, and Showa front forks (SFF-BP – Separate Function Fork with Big Piston) that will make it very easy to make changes to the front suspension.
The base 2013 Kawasaki ZX-6R will cost $11,699 for a base model. It will be available with optional ABS (ZX-6R ABS) costing $1000 more. Generally the upgrades, including the traction control, justify the higher base-model price.
2013 Kawasaki Ninja 300
Kawasaki Ninja 250 has been a very popular entry-level sportbike since it entered the market in 1983. Finally, the manufacturer decided to completely overhaul the bike, replacing the Ninja 250R with the new Ninja 300.
The new Ninja will offer the same benefits for entry-level riders as the 250R: easy-to-ride, affordable, lightweight, optimal fuel mileage. New features include a bigger all-new 296cc liquid-cooled engine, a new F.C.C. clutch with assist and slipper functions, digital fuel injection, and an optional ABS system costing $700 more than the base. A base model will cost you $4,799 – about $600 more than the 2012 250R.
In my opinion, the bump in price is an overkill—it’s an entry-level bike.
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