I am so farking bored at home recovering so here goes...ZX6RR info for those interested....
The new Kawasaki NINJA® ZX-6RR sportbike marks a dramatic departure from the broad-spectrum appeal of the earlier Ninja sportbikes, giving the bike a much stronger track bias. The limited edition street-legal ZX-6RR boasts aggressive race-worthy features — including engine, chassis, riding position and overall performance upgrades oriented towards serious sport riding, track days or full-on racing. Designed with the expert and professional racer in mind, this new generation motorcycle is destined to dominate Supersport racing around the world.
The heart of the ZX-6RR is a liquid-cooled, DOHC, 16-valve, 599cc, four-cylinder four-stroke engine that delivers increased performance, especially in the high rpm ranges. To make the engine more competitive, new lightweight forged pistons weigh in at five grams lighter, while longer rods and a shorter stroke produce the high revs required for the track. The new plated, all-aluminum cylinders have 5mm shorter skirts for reduced weight. The water passageways have been reshaped for improved cooling performance. The new engine is lighter, more compact, revs higher and makes more power.
Intake and exhaust valves for the compact engine are 10mm shorter, resulting in less weight and improved high-rpm performance. Also improving high-rpm performance and valve control are lighter, oval-shaped intake valve springs. In addition, stepped spring seats better stabilize the valve springs.
To reduce cylinder weight, vibration and engine noise, the outer surface of the cam-chain tunnel has been redesigned. A new crankcase is also lighter and more rigid, allowing oil jets to be positioned closer to the pistons for optimal lubrication. To match the engine’s overall compact design, the engine oil pan capacity has also been reduced.
The ZX-6RR is fed by a new-age fuel injection system that utilizes large-bore 38mm throttle bodies, while a 32-bit high-speed microprocessor-controlled timing is ultra-responsive to engine needs. The integrated system helps ensure smooth linear power characteristics and high engine output and with low emissions. A new centrally located ram-air duct system contributes to added performance, improves intake efficiency and saves weight by eliminating a number of parts needed for the prior Ram-air system.
Reductions in exhaust emissions are also aided by reshaping the guide for the secondary air reed valve. Also assisting in the reduction of exhaust emissions is the KCA (Kawasaki Clean Air) system, which routes fresh air to the exhaust ports. What little exhaust gasses are left are then expelled through a new lighter stainless exhaust system that increases engine performance.
New to the ZX-6RR’s six-speed transmission is a clutch back-torque limiter, which helps prevent wheel hop during aggressive corner entry. The new transmission uses closer ratios for gears three and higher, resulting in improved racetrack performance. Easy and smooth shifting is aided by a modified shift drum and ratio change in the shift lever.
The ZX-6RR’s engine rests inside a new pressed aluminum perimeter frame that is rigid and delivers crisp and stable handling performance to conquer a racetrack of any design. Sheets of aluminum are pressed to shape, then welded together, to produce remarkable strength and low weight. An aluminum subframe is also lightweight and is easily removed for conducting routine maintenance.
Advanced engineering techniques were also used to design the extruded aluminum swingarm. The new swingarm is longer and utilizes adjustable pivot points, which improves suspension action. Other swingarm features include internal ribbing that offers high torsional rigidity and low weight. Lightweight aluminum components are also used in the UNI-TRAK? rear suspension system, which produces progressively stiffer damping and spring rates as the fully adjustable rear shock is compressed. A nitrogen-gas charged Kayaba shock with a piggyback reservoir features fully adjustable rebound and compression damping, while a new top-out spring was added for improved shock action. Racetrack suspension setup is an extremely precise process so the shock utilizes a threaded collar spring preload adjuster and stepless damping adjuster with a check valve to improve damping. To alter ride height, various combinations of 1mm-thick shims can be inserted between the shock and its frame mount.
Up front, the ZX-6RR receives a new fully adjustable inverted 41mm fork to provide high rigidity and superior feedback. Top-out springs and adjustable spring preload are fitted to the fork to assist in optimal performance throughout the stroke range.
Traditionally used for racing applications only, a new radial-mount, four-piston, four-pad front brake assembly graces the ZX-6RR. The first for a production motorcycle, four independent brake pads are used in each caliper to clamp down on new semi-floating 280mm dual front disc rotors. The state-of-the-art braking system delivers exceptional feel and improves heat resistance, braking performance and lengthens pad life. On the back, the single disc measures 220mm and the brake pedal ratio has been changed for improved feel.
To compliment its performance enhancements, the ZX-6RR looks totally different for 2003. The new GP-style fairing offers an exceptionally low drag coefficient for slippery aerodynamics and the reshaped central Ram-air duct gives the front of the bike an aggressive identity. Lightweight and very bright multi-reflector dual headlights provide great visibility while enhancing the aggressive head-on appearance for which Ninja sportbikes are famous. Tucked behind the cowling is an all-new lighter and more compact instrument cluster featuring a bar-type LCD tachometer, digital LCD speedometer, and programmable shift light and a stopwatch-style 99-lap timer. The cluster also includes a digital temp gauge, clock, tripmeter and a comprehensive range of indicator lamps.
Riders will find that the relocated handlebar, seat and footpegs provide improved track-oriented ergonomics. The new one-piece forged aluminum clip-on handlebars are lighter and mounted in a slightly more rearward position, while the tank and reshaped seat allow the rider to mold to the chassis, making the ZX-6RR an extension of the rider.
Engine: 4-stroke, DOHC, inline four
Bore x Stroke: 67.0 x 42.5mm
Compression ratio: TBA
Carburetion: Fuel injection with 38mm throttle bodies
Frame: Perimeter, pressed-aluminum
Suspension, front: 41mm inverted cartridge fork with adjustable compression and rebound damping, adjustable spring preload
Suspension, rear: Bottom-link UNI-TRAK® system with gas-charged shock, stepless rebound and compression adjustability
Wheel travel, front: TBA
Wheel travel, rear: TBA
Tire, front: 120/65x17
Tire, rear: 180/55x17
Front brake: 280mm dual hydraulic discs
Rear brake: 220mm single hydraulic disc
Overall length: TBA
Overall width: TBA
Overall height: TBA
Ground clearance: TBA
Seat height: TBA
Dry weight: TBA
Fuel capacity: TBA
Colors: Lime Green