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1994 Kawasaki Ninja Zx6e Specifications

by Christopher Rogers

The 1994 Kawasaki ZX-6E was part of the manufacturer's Ninja series of performance-oriented motorcycles. Alternately referred to as the ZZR600 or Ninja 600, the ZX-6E was a midsized sportbike with a full fairing. Like the slightly larger ZX-7R, a bike that had won Kawasaki the 1993 World Superbike Championship, the ZX-6E Ninja came with more than a few full-race components. Kawasaki ended production of the ZX-6 in 2004, but it remained on sale in America until it was replaced by the Ninja 600R in 2008.

Engine

The 1994 ZX-6 had a DOHC, 599 cc, four-stroke engine that Kawasaki developed through its many years of experience in racing. The four-cylinder, liquid-cooled engine produced 97.2 horsepower at 11,500 rpm and 46.3 foot-pounds of torque. Manufactured with a high 12-to-1 compression ratio requiring high-octane fuel, the 599 cc engine was mated to a manual six-speed transmission. Engine serial numbers began with ZX600DE000001, and went up from there.

Chassis

With a full front fairing, the 1994 ZX-6 weighed 430 pounds. Seat height was 30.7 inches at the lowest setting and 32.3 inches at the standard setting. The bike used a 55.1-inch wheelbase with a nearly vertical 3.7 inches of trail in the front forks, making for an incredibly nimble bike that was a bit twitchy in terms of high-speed stability. It measured 79.9 inches long, 28.7 inches wide and 46.3 inches tall at the windshield. The 1994 ZX-6E had dual-front disc brakes and a single rear disc. Fuel capacity was 4.76 gallons with a 1.11-gallon reserve. In 1994, frame serial numbers began ZX600E-020001.

Performance

Cycle World magazine chose the ZX-6 as the “best 600 cc streetbike” of 1993. The fastest sportbike of the period, the ZX-6 claimed a top speed of 153 mph and could complete a quarter mile in 11.19 seconds at 123.5 mph.

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