KAWASAKI has announced prices for its 2013 models and might raise some eyebrows with the £9999 tag on the ABS-equipped version of the new ZX-6R.
OK, so prices have been heading that way for a while, and an ABS-fitted version of Honda's about-to-be-replaced CBR600RR is already £9400, but so far the £10k mark (ok, £1 short of it) has been the domain of bikes that shuffle towards the exotic end of the market – Triumph's Daytona 675R and MV's F3 both have the same £9999 sticker. The non-ABS version is £1000 less at £8999.
While there's little doubt that Kawasaki's new ZX-6R will be stunning to ride, can it overcome the mental barrier of a price tag that, just a few years ago (2008) would have bought a new ZX-10R and left more than a grand in change (the new-for-08 ZX-10 listed at £8950)?
Elsewhere in the range, the new Ninja 300 is going to set you back £4799, or £5199 with ABS, while the Z800 is £7499. The lower-powered Z800e is cheaper at £6899.
What do you think? Is £10k a barrier for 600-class sports bikes, or just another number, irrelevant in a world where the really important figures on expensive purchases are more often interest rates or monthly repayments?