Rumor: New Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R Coming in 2013?

06/27/2012 @ 6:57 pm, by Jensen Beeler8 COMMENTS

If you believe the motorcycle rumor mill, the now long-in-the-tooth Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R is set to get an update next model year. Now four years old, the ZX-6R has long shared a common thread with its 1,000cc brethren, the Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R. With the ZX-10R now two-model-years-old though, the clock has been ticking as to when Kawasaki would give the ZX-6R a similar makeover. While still simply an internet rumor, there does seem to be some logic to the idea that we could see a new Kawasaki ZX-6R by the end of the year, though nothing can be for certain.

With the sport bike market in Europe almost completely falling out, and sales here in the United States just now starting to show some growth (though still way down from pre-recession figures), there is ample economic incentive for companies like Kawasaki to hold-off from updating their sport bike offerings, especially if break-even volumes haven’t yet been achieved in the current production runs.

A lesson could be learned from brands like BMW and Ducati though, both of whom continued to update their lines during the economic downturn, and were met with very favorable responses from sport bike buyers.

With the Japanese OEMs taking a conservative approach, and scaling back production, deliveries, and new model schedules for the recessionary times, we are now heading into a period where brands like Honda, Kawasaki, Suzuki, and Yamaha will begin announcing and releasing the bikes they have been brooding over for the past few years. Stay tuned sport bike fans.

Source: Moto Revue

  • MikeD

    I like to think is closer to fact when we are talking Kawasaki here…it seems to me that from the big four they are the ones pushing THE MOST new models or at least revised ones with more factory farkles at a more constant rate.

    Non the less, i wish for it…but don’t take nothing for granted until December when “all” the cards are laid on the table…(if that’s even possible with Motorcycle Manufacturers as of lately)

    I pray is not a TOTAL EYE-SORE like the current model and it’s big sister…GOD they are HIDEOUS, great machines…..but FUGLY.

    I know, i know……u can’t see her when you are riding it but i would feel bad the minute i park it and stare back at her….im a very shallow visual person…LOL.

    Remenber guys, that’s just some guy’s opinion on the internet…don’t burn him on the stake for such words.

  • David

    The time has come for japanese motorcycle manufacturers to update all sport bikes across the board. The CBR 600RR and 1000RR for example has not changed much since 2008, save for ABS and some minor style updates. That’s five years. Likewise, the R1 since 2009, 4 years and the GSXR1000 since 2009 also. What about the GSXR 600/750 you ask? Pretty much the same as the 2006 model, no significant changes really. And dont get me started on the R6…still the same as the 2006 R6. That’s close to 7 years. I think it’s about time we saw some big changes in motor, suspension, design and new electronics. The only Japanese company putting out continuous updates was Kawasaki, releasing the latest in 2009, and the latest zx10 in 2011. Not bad Kawi. It’s for this reason that Kawi is currently the shoot out winner for liter bikes, because they are the only ones who made significant changes and brought about a new bike. Who has been the 600cc shoot out winner? You guessed it, the zx6r.. It’s held the title since 2009. And that’s because nothing has changed since then. The 600 cc bikes have changed relatively little. My 2 cents. Hope everyone agrees with me here..

  • Adam

    It’s OK Mike, they did miss the boat on the last few models in terms of styling. not sure why Kawasaki and Yamaha have gone to this “bug” like styling? have you seen the front end of the R1? mind you the R6 does look good in race trim! it would be nice for them to make a fresh cleaner look like the Honda CBR1000. but they do have to differentiate them selves from others and create their own brand image. but who am I to say what looks good I ride a black 749 and hum to my self “na na na na na na na na na na na na batman”!

  • JohnMc

    I hope the next zx10 has green white and blue color scheme and hover tubes in the tank!

  • JohnMc


    The projector beams on the R1 make it look like a lobster. There is nothing like a bottom feeding saltwater crustacean to stir a mans senses…blarghhg!

  • Westward

    The R1 leaves very little to be desired style-wise. It’s like a really hot model wearing some crazy avant-garde ensemble.

    The 749 in my opinion is a very cool looking bike, it was and still is a unique animal in the wild…

    The Kawasaki Zx-6 and the Yamaha R6 are the best looking japanese bikes, and if I were so inclined, one or the other would be my choice…

    The next update from the Japanese manufacturers I want to see, would be more along the lines of the bike I saw in the beginning of the most recent Star Trek movie…

  • JasonB

    With sportbike volume in the US, and around the world, down considerably the scale of economy that kept the offerings from the Japanese companies inexpensive is now pretty much gone. Arguably the most expensive R&D product in motorsports its no surprise that sportbike updates and new models aren’t as frequent the last few years. Give the customers what they want, new models every year, and then they’ll complain about the prices being too high. Damned if they do, damned if they don’t.

  • MikeD


    I can’t wait for most of them to go back to headlites using lenses instead of projectors…although that didn’t stop Kawasaki at F-Up their latest ZX-10R front end. LMAO.

    The R1 specially, doesn’t look bad at all with the racing front end (no googly eyes poking out).

    AH! The CBR1000RR u said, i HATED the previous PUG FACE front end with a passion, it totally ruined the looks of A great performer…now the refreshed one…WHAT A LOOKER ! She don’t look like was hit in the face with a cast iron frying pan anymore !

    Sir, ur current steed is a classic…take it from a former 749-999 hater, the twin sisters have grown on me, to the point that if they didn’t use DESMO and belts there would be one on my back porch…
    Keep it up and dare to LOOK DIFFERENT every day, don’t forget to wear your anti-hating visor.


    +1 x 1k. I must say i had to google “hover tubes” ( i haven’t been around motorcycles that long, lol ) OR to be more accurate i have seen it before just didn’t know what it was called.
    Together with twin round-ish headlights on old-school sport bikes…instant classic landmark.

    I love those Tanks…and im not talking about the fuel reservoir. LMAO.


    True story.