Kawasaki ZX-6R Ninja G1-G2 (1998 - 1999)

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1998 to 1999
Great carb fed engine that loves to be revved. Sporty yet roomy riding position and a chassis (when new) that was accurate and forgiving.
Now over 10 years old, suspension and brakes will need some T.L.C. along with the fasteners if it's been left outside or ridden through winter. Carbs are also prone to icing.
Redesigned ZX-6R with rounded bodywork and classic induction noise.

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Submitted by Charlie6R on Wed, 23/01/2013 - 17:09

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With bikes like these to me they were the stuff childhood dreams were made of: At the age of 9 I remember my mum printing me of a picture of this exact bike of later to be laminated and worship not for performance and power but because of its curves, its aggressive styling and its ability to turn heads. 12 years later and today im sat upon one. O.K maybe I care a little more about the power to weight ratio, The BHP and to a minor extent as my daily driver even the MPG but it was still the curves that sold it. I've owned the bike a week now long enough to address some key issues and long enough for it to have already been on the back of a low loader. Corrosion picks up, its an older bike now, expect it! Simple as that! The weather is not a friend either not only making driving conditions more dangerous but increasing chances of problems. Mechanical sympathy can be everything with an ageing bike. Everything likes to be driven in its own way, you have your way of driving , you have the way the bike wants to be driven and you have that sweet spot somewhere in between where your in complete harmony. The saddest thing is as a bike gets older it seems to almost get stuck in its ways like a maturing woman, she knows what she likes you have an input but keep quiet and do what she says and you'll get a much better ride than trying to fight her or upgrading separate parts that will individually never achieve the original mechanical harmony of the bike. The truth is though when you first cock your leg over, face down, eyes just avoiding those old school dials and manual choke. You open the throttle to that instant power and thunderous sound. The revs seemingly rising at the same rate as your speed, then the sweet induction sound kicks in and rises to that incredible whine. At this exact point you become every part of that hero you saw on the bike when you were that nine year old child again. The scuffs on the wheels the fact that the bloke beside you has electronically adjustable dampening means not a thing when you've become everything you ever wanted to be.

Strengths

Induction noise!!! sporty yet comfortable handling Reliability Suopprisingly good MPG

Weaknesses

Corrosion anywhere and everywhere Manual chokes are old school

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Submitted by Bigley on Tue, 11/03/2014 - 19:52

Overall Review

Great bike - would buy another (but probably won't as I'd get a newer model!).

Strengths

I'm 6'4" and I fit it okay. As much as I love it, I'm ashamed to say that I've not looked after it particularly well but it still hasn't let me down after 8 years of ownership. Looks good in green and still goes like stink.

Weaknesses

Eats front pads and constantly stripping the calipers. Wish it had the twin light front. Battery only lasts two weeks if unused - silly Spyball!

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no complaints a lot of bike at a low price for thier age personally mine is like new with 37000 miles well cared for

Strengths

Dependable low maintance powerful for its age and will give newer bikes a good run parts avalibilty is great comfort on long trips is good, the name Kawasaki is legendary

Weaknesses

Fuel economy

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