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In the late ‘80s, the world of race bikes started making some big changes to the look and performance of bikes, and in 1985 to keep up with Yamaha’s FZ600, Kawasaki introduced the all new Ninja 600R. Riders wanted something with more power and better performance than the GPZ predecessor, so Kawasaki designed the Ninja 600R with a modern full fairing body style for better aero-dynamics and a 592cc, four cylinder engine for incredible power. The Kawasaki Ninja 600R was a beast bike for its day. The fact that Kawasaki produced the same bike with no major changes from 1985 to 1997 proves it.

The 600 Ninja has gone through a considerable amount of changes and revisions since it was born in 1985. From the “boxy”, carbureted original 600R to the sleek, fuel injected ZX-6R we know today, Kawasaki has endeavored with each change to improve the awesome bike they created so many years ago.

1985 Kawasaki Ninja 600R

Ninja 600R, ZX600-C

This was the original Ninja 600 and was Produced from 1985-1997 with few changes other than BNG. (Bold New Graphics)

Kawasaki ZZR600

ZZR600, ZX600-E

The ZX600-E was produced from 1993 until 2005, and was called a ZX6 and a ZZR600

Kawasaki Ninja ZX6RR

ZX-6RR, ZX600-K/M/N/P/R

This version was produced from 2003 until 2012 and was known as the double R Version or Race Replica

2004 Kawasaki Ninja ZX6R

ZX-6R, ZX636-B/C/D

This bike had a larger engine than the other Ninja 600s, was originally produced from 2003 until 2006, and was known as the ZX-6R.

2015 Kawasaki Ninja ZX6R 30th Anniversary Edition

ZX-6R, ZX636-E/F

This is the newest version of the Ninja 600. It has a 636cc engine, and is again called the ZX-6R

The Kawasaki 600 Ninja has a myriad of variations. To make understanding them easier, we have compiled a chart that shows each year and model breakdown.

 

 

MODEL NUMBER

MODEL NAME

YEARS

ZX600-C

Ninja 600R

1989-1997

ZX600-D

ZX-6

1990-1993

ZX600-E

ZX-6

1993-2002

ZX600-E

ZZR600

2002-2005

ZX600-F

ZX-6R

1995-1997

ZX600-G

ZX-6R

1998-1999

ZX600-J

ZX-6R

2000-2002

ZX600-J

ZZR600

2005-2008

ZX600-J

ZZR600

2005-2008

MODEL NUMBER

MODEL NAME

YEARS

ZX600-K

ZX-6RR

2003-2003

ZX600-M

ZX-6RR

2004-2004

ZX600-N

ZX-6RR

2005-2006

ZX600-P

ZX-6R

2007-2008

ZX600-R

ZX-6R

2009-2012

ZX636-B

ZX-6R

2003-2004

ZX636-C

ZX-6R

2005-2006

ZX636-D

ZX-6R

2006-2006

ZX636-E

ZX-6R

2013-2014

ZX636-F ABS

ZX-6R

2013-2014

 

 

 

 

Kawasaki ZX-6R Specs

Tires, Battery, and Spark Plug

Kawasaki Ninja 600R Specs

1985-1997 ZX600 A/B/C

Front Tires 110x90x16

Rear Tires 130x90x16

Battery YB12A-A

Spark Plug D9EA (1985-1996)

Spark Plug DR9EA (1997)

Kawasaki Ninja ZX6 Specs

1990-2002 ZX600 D/E

Front Tires 120x60x17

Rear Tires 160x60x17

Battery YB12A-A (1990-1993)

Battery YTX12-BS (1993-2002)

Spark Plug C9E (1990-1993)

Spark Plug CR9E (1993-2002)

Kawasaki Ninja ZX6R Specs

1995-1999 ZX600 F/G

Front Tires 120x60x17

Rear Tires 160x60x17 (1995-1997)

Rear Tires 170x60x17 (1998-1999)

Battery YTX12-BS (1995-1997)

Battery YTX9-BS (1998-1999)

Spark Plug CR9E

Kawasaki Ninja ZX6R Specs

2000-2012 ZX600 J/P/R

Front Tires 120x65x17 (2000-2002)

Front Tires 120x70x17 (2007-2012)

Rear Tires 180x55x17

Battery YTX9-BS

Spark Plug CR9E

Kawasaki Ninja ZX6RR Specs

2003-2006 ZX600 K/M/N

Front Tires 120x65x17

Rear Tires 180x55x17

Battery YTX9-BS

Spark Plug CR9E

Kawasaki Ninja ZX6R Specs

2003-2013 ZX636 B/C/D/E/F

Front Tires 120x65x17 (2003-2006)

Front Tires 120x70x17 (2013-2014)

Rear Tires 180x55x17

Battery YTX9-BS

Spark Plug CR9E

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