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Question ZX-6R 600cc vs 636cc

Okay guys, here's the deal...

I'm looking at grabbing a ZX-6R, but I'm faced with a bit of a quandary. It's a money vs machine issue.

Basically, if I go for a 2002 model (or newer), I'll be climbing onto a 636cc, but I'll be shelling out more folding stuff than for, say, a 2001 600cc. I'd rather spend as little as I can, but still get the updated front end, so I won't be going older than a 2000 model.

Apart from an increased engine capacity and a few extra hp, are there any dramatic differences between the two??




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Re: ZX-6R 600cc vs 636cc

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Okay guys, here's the deal...

I'm looking at grabbing a ZX-6R, but I'm faced with a bit of a quandary. It's a money vs machine issue.

Basically, if I go for a 2002 model (or newer), I'll be climbing onto a 636cc, but I'll be shelling out more folding stuff than for, say, a 2001 600cc. I'd rather spend as little as I can, but still get the updated front end, so I won't be going older than a 2000 model.

Apart from an increased engine capacity and a few extra hp, are there any dramatic differences between the two??

about 40 RWHP

about 100 LBS

Seating position became more aggressive

1st and 2nd gears were left untouched, but 3,4,5, and 6 are closer together.

Top speed was increased over 30 MPH

Redline was increased about 1,200RPM

The air duct was centralized to increase air flow into the box

brembo brakes were equipped stock

front tire was changed to a 65 series instead of 70

Rake was changed, though Im not sure how much

Carbs were switched out for fuel injection


There are many many more things that I just cant think of off the top of my head, but the 03-04 machines were completely redesigned. Not a lot was carried over.


Spend the extra money and go for a 636.




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Thanks heaps for the info!

I might have to stick with a 2000 model 600cc though. I rang my current insurance company for quotes and this is what they came back with. Bear in mind, I'm on the maximum no-claim bonus (never had an accident - cage or bike), am 33, but have only been riding for around 12 months.

2002 636cc = $720 / year + $350 claim excess (US$550 + $270)

2000 600cc = $530 / year + $350 claim excess (US$410 + $270)


I'm going to ring around and see if I can get better, but it looks like I'll have to go with the 600. I just can't justify paying almost $1000 / year (US$770) - including rego - just to put a bike on the road. It costs me that now for my 6 cyl cage!!




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Thanks heaps for the info!

I might have to stick with a 2000 model 600cc though. I rang my current insurance company for quotes and this is what they came back with. Bear in mind, I'm on the maximum no-claim bonus (never had an accident - cage or bike), am 33, but have only been riding for around 12 months.

2002 636cc = $720 / year + $350 claim excess (US$550 + $270)

2000 600cc = $530 / year + $350 claim excess (US$410 + $270)


I'm going to ring around and see if I can get better, but it looks like I'll have to go with the 600. I just can't justify paying almost $1000 / year (US$770) - including rego - just to put a bike on the road. It costs me that now for my 6 cyl cage!!

Ride a 636 just one time and you will be able to justify the extra 200/year.



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I've been directed towards another insurance company, which deals mainly with bikes. Hopefully they can make it less financially taxing.

Trust me, I'd MUCH rather jump onto the latest model I can.

Thanks again for your help.




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The 2002 636 is not the 636 you are thinking of. It is the older model 6oo with the engine bored out.

The 636 that is more HP less weight is the 2003+ 636

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Thanks for that.




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i am currently riding an R1 and my sisters 636,, truth be told, id rather the 636 for track day purposes.,,, that is an awesome machine.. i think you should go for the 636 instead of the 600.. pending experience level. that thing is very very fast,, i was able to leave the FZ1 on the 636.


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I don't know where you are getting all your numbers, but 40 more rwhp and 30 more mph top speed is just wrong.

All top speed numbers I have seen have been about 5 to 10 mph faster. And about 1/2 second faster in the 1/4.

And about 20 hp more.

Theres definitely a difference, but not as big as people would lead you to believe. And definitely not enough that rider skill wouldn't compensate for.
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