Join Date: Mar 2002
Location: California Central Coast
There's been a huge improvement in brakes since 1982. I notice the difference the other way around when I ride my 1983 Honda Turbo, which is equipped with what I call "plan ahead" brakes. I have to begin braking sooner and use greater lever pressure than on a newer bike. And your ZX-6R has better brakes than any of my other bikes, so you'll feel an even greater difference.
You absolutely must overcome your fear of the front brake. Get out and practice, starting at 25mph and increasing speed as you gain confidence. Use two fingers, and squeeeeze the lever, don't grab it. The first 80% or so of braking force can be applied quickly (but still squeezing, not grabbing), but for the last 20%, work on making the front end compress smoothly as weight transfers forward and front tire grip increases.