THE 2008 KAWASAKI ZZR®600 IS A SUPERB ALL-AROUND PERFORMER.
The quick, practical and affordable sportbike.
The benchmark for well-designed middleweight performance, the Kawasaki ZZR®600 maintains this status with offering class-leading comfort and cutting edge style. With an excellent overall balance and dazzling performance, this modern sportbike has earned a healthy respect from the motorcycling public and finicky motojournalists alike.
A 599cc, liquid-cooled, inline, four-cylinder engine with dual overhead cams and four valves per cylinder is the core of the ZZR600 its lively performance. Further enhancing the engine is Kawasaki's Twin Ram Air Induction system, which takes in cool air via its leading-edge air scoop on the fairing front and forces it to the ZZR600's airbox and then into its four 36mm carburetors. The carburetors also feature the Kawasaki Throttle Responsive Ignition Control (K-TRIC), which monitors the throttle position and adjusts the ignition timing for the engine's four spark-plug mounted ignition coils, maximizing the power at every rpm.
The high-tech engine is mated to a close-ratio six-speed transmission, providing the ZZR600 rider with the best gear for any riding situation, from freeway droning to handling some back road twisties.
That excellent handling comes from the ZZR600's chassis, a lightweight aluminum perimeter frame combined with a fully adjustable 46mm cartridge-type front fork and fully adjustable UNI-TRAK® rear suspension.
Stopping power is provided by six-piston calipers gripping dual 300mm semi-floating front disc brakes and a 220mm rear disc brake.
The ZZR600 is shod with high-performance radial tires mounted on 17-inch aluminum wheels. The 120/65ZR17 front and 180/55ZR17 rear tires provide maximum traction and help smooth the ride over bumpy surface streets and freeway expansion joints.
The simple, sleek lines of the ZZR600's aerodynamic bodywork strike an elegant-but-athletic balance with the combination of its aluminum frame, angled front fairing, performance-enhancing air scoop and three-spoke wheels. Superbly matching this function to form, the ZZR600 makes long-distance rides a pleasure with a stepped flat seat, bars that are easy to reach and wide mirrors that provide an exceptional view.
The entirely electronic ZZR600 instrument cluster includes a speedometer, tachometer, coolant temperature gauge, odometer, trip meter and a digital clock.
|Engine Type||Four-stroke DOHC inline four, 16 valves|
|Bore and Stroke||66.0 x 43.8 mm|
|Fuel System||(4) Mikuni BDSR 36R|
|Front Suspension||46 mm Cartridge Front Fork, fully adjustable / 4.7 in. travel|
|Rear Suspension||UNI-TRAK® rear linkage, 20-way compression and rebound damping, ride height adjustment / 5.3 in. travel|
|Front Brakes||300 mm dual hydraulic disc with six-piston calipers|
|Rear Brakes||Single 220 mm disc with single-piston caliper|
|Seat Height||32.3 in.|
|Fuel Capacity||4.8 gal|
|Dry Weight||377 lbs|
|Colors||Ebony or Candy Plasma Blue|