Top 10 600cc Supersport bikes - 03. Kawasaki ZX-6R (1998-2002)

Visordown presents the Top 10 secondhand supersport bikes

Posted: 6 May 2010
by Visordown

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03. Kawasaki ZX-6R (1998-2002)

Engine: 599cc, 16-valve, carb’d, four
Power: 111bhp
Torque: 48 lb/ft
Weight: 171kg
Top speed: 150mph
Insurance group: 14
Rating: ★★★★
Used prices (highest, average, lowest): £2,800 • £2,000 • £1,450

These older 600 Ninjas are far less track focussed than the later versions and that makes them much better road bikes. The early G models are great although most are knackered now. The 2000/2001 J1 and J2 models are pretty similar but with a more protective fairing and improved headlights. The 636cc A1P model of 2002 is the final and best incarnation before the model went bonkers for ’03. There’s the odd report of gearbox failures but they’re very rare. Likewise cam-chain tensioner issues but that’s much cheaper to fix anyway. The finish can be patchy and most problems will be down to skint owners, neglect, crash or theft damage.

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I've owned and ridden many bikes in the course of my life. Sometimes you get one eyed and don't give any other make of bike a go.
I'm in the market for a strong, fast reliable bike. I applaud the creator of this site for their accuracy,fair judgement call, and unbiased representation of these top 10 600 cc bikes... Very refreshing.

Posted: 20/08/2011 at 07:29

if you include the duc 749, you should also include the gixxer 750, wich is superior to all. I agree with the bikes, not so with your picking order. still, nice to read.

Posted: 06/09/2011 at 10:03

its a deram and my dream is to buy a 600cc byke.

Posted: 06/01/2012 at 09:38

For me triumph daytona 675r is the best sportbike in the market now

Posted: 24/01/2012 at 17:26

Kawasaki zx636a1p one the best bikes 65k on the clock and still going stronge no major proplems, just a major service once a year and a oil and filter every 6 months shell v-power and castrol oils, happy days.

Posted: 30/01/2012 at 15:35

I have a 600cc Yamaha YZF-R6 year 2010... It is very fast bike and moreover it can reach so quick above 280km/h resulting from after I changed the standard exhaust with yoshimura full system. I plan to upgrade with PC5 very soon.

In year 2006, I used to have 600cc Honda CBR600RR, but if compare the way we ride both of these, I would vote that YZF-R6 is pretty easy in handling and faster at top end. But, too fast will be too easy to lose control for beginner. I don't recommend new rider to ride this R6 unless we are familiar with fast riding.

Posted: 13/03/2012 at 13:52

For me the kawasaki zx6r c1h was the bike i dicided on as the extra 36cc make all the difference that and all the little extras you get like the slipper clutch and the petal discs perfect for going hard into corners and it sounds awsome with the ram air, and considering the price of most of the the others in the list its allot of bike for little money not to be overlooked.

Posted: 24/05/2012 at 20:20

Oh right, so somehow Supertest's King of Supersports was forgetfully omitted from the Visor-down top 10 supersports list? The Triumph Daytona 675 is part of the FIM World Super Sports class too, along side all the japanese 600cc CBR's, R6's, Gixxer 6's and ZX6's and the last two MCN reviews on youtube state that the 675R is superior to the MV Agusta F3 and the Ducati 848 evo corse.

Posted: 12/07/2012 at 10:35

Yes, but most seem to forget that the 675 overheats, has Chinese parts all over it most notably the crap regulator rectifier, don't like the wet... Japanese every day of the week. Yes the 675 is a great bike,but would I opt for one over a jap?? Not in a month of Sundays.

Posted: 01/09/2012 at 10:19

No TT600?

Posted: 01/04/2013 at 01:24

Mate of mine has a 675 Daytona.Bought new just over 3 years ago.Second motor,original seized and try as they might Triumph had to admit it was their fault not his but it took long enough.Incidentally it could also have killed him as it locked up and threw oil all over the rear wheel,skidmarks all round.Wiring loom fell apart and it failed it's first mot as it had a European mainland spec headlight which dipped the wrong he'd been dazzling other road users for 3 years apart from the safety issue.Yes he should have realised but he's a summer rider and has zero mechanical knowledge.triumph conceded that they knew some bikes had got out of the factory with the wrong lights but no there hadn't been a recall,naughty,naughty.
I've heard of 2 Street Triples with the same motor self-destructing.
Triumph's after sales appears to be to try to blame the rider every time and only grudgingly sort out problems after arguing the toss.

Posted: 16/04/2013 at 18:31

Where is the Triumph Daytona 675R in this. It is a quicker bike than the Honda and it is better handling but for some strange reason it has been omitted from this review.

Posted: 21/05/2013 at 01:36

I've walked gsxr 750's many times (so you can't blame the other riders) and have never been beat by anything even beat a Ducati 999 and a 05 gsxr 1000. Gsxr 750 isn't the top dog....sorry bro. Sincerely -2007 honda cbr 600rr rider.

Posted: 21/08/2013 at 21:38

If you are on a really tight budget then look at the 1996 onwards yamaha yzf600r thundercat. Like the honda cbr600 they are super comfy but are a very underrated bike. Great mid range for a 600. The blue spot calipers are still awesome and were first used on these and the thunderace before the first R1's used them to stop. The yzf600 thundercat will tour in comfort and if you spend some money on sorting the suspension then you can surprise quite a few newer bikes. Some love the styling (like myself) and some don't. Try one

Posted: 18/04/2014 at 01:57

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