1999 Kawasaki ZX-6R from United Kingdom


If it's your first middleweight 600, it'll teach you a lot


Persistent problems with warped feeling front discs when braking - front discs replaced three times free of charge, but problem never sorted.

Again front brakes. After the discs were replaced a couple of times the brake lever never felt as firm as it did when I first bought the bike, even after fitting braided hoses. Spent many hours bleeding and re-bleeding, but never got it back to normal.

Head bearings at 12000 and 21000 miles.

Rear wheel bearings at 26000 miles.

Unsurprisingly, rear shock pretty slack by 29000 miles!

General Comments:

The power is typical Kawasaki, a big rush towards the top end of the revs. It sounded great too, with it's ally Quill race can. I had to buy a green one, obviously, a top looking machine in my opinion!

Started out on Bridgestone 010's, which felt fantastic and the rear did about 3500 miles. I went to Metzeler Sportecs, which weren't quite up to the 010s' levels for feel. Eventually had to go for more touring type tyres cos of the mileage I was doing. Pirelli Dragon GTS, which lasted about 5000 miles on the back, but neither ends gave much feel.

But the thing was great to ride, very fast (wicked acceleration from about 7000 rpm and top speed of 172 indicated), stable and forgiving. I remember having one mother of a tankslapper when accelerating hard over cats eyes, which by rights should have either had me on the floor or bouncing into the car I was overtaking (must have scared the crap out of them; proper lock-to-lock job). But it kept me upright, which I was very grateful for.

I went up two teeth at the back sprocket in an attempt to get some of the rampant feel of my mates '99 R6. It didn't make a lot of differnce at higher speeds but it did come up on the back wheel a lot more often then, in first and sometimes second.

The only really gutting thing was the trouble I had with the brakes. It still hurts when I think back to all the trouble I had, but the front end was not right from the start. When braking down from a good speed, it always felt like a warped or badly fitted brake disc. To be fair Frasers of Gloucester replaced the discs three times to try and sort it (mind you the last time was because the previous set were 2mm undersize - make of that what you will), and the front wheel was balanced. The problem was never sorted.

Also the front brakes went soft at the lever, and I spent HOURS over the course of a year bleeding over and over again trying to sort that out, ending up with braided hoses and spending a lot more time trying to bleed those. Still never fixed it. That was the only thing that let this bike down. I remember that the brakes were amazing when I first got the bike, but it wasn't long before that feeling was a distant memory.

In the end I couldn't face riding the poor thing through a third winter and so sold it to get myself four wheels and a big stereo...

The build quality is not fantastic, and it will suffer if you take the thing through a couple of winters. Keep up on the servicing and preventative maintenance and it shouldn't let you down.

I did love my time with it and compared to the VFR; what it lacked in torque, it made up with in attitude and handling.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd January, 2007

8th Feb 2008, 14:56

Hi there. Your braking woes I have seen and cured before. It seems as though your front wheel is not centred correctly. This in itself causes two main problems; a slight drag on the brake pads and a tendency to warp its discs, and secondly the master cylinder has to travel further in its bore to displace the pistons, pushing against the preload or side sheer of the discs.

In short, ensure the front spindle and caliper pistons are fully centralised by adjusting the fork end pinch nut to the right position, tighten spindle in recheck centralisation. This should restore a solid feel to the lever, as you're not distorting the disc before pad contact.

2002 Kawasaki ZX-6R from United States of America


I really enjoy this bike


There are no mechanical problems to report as of this date (3/19/05).

I love the bike, but the insurance rates for this bike blew me away when I got the bill. Because I bought it on revolving credit (credit card), I did not have to prove insurance to drive it off the lot as I would had I gotten a loan. Make sure you check insurance rates prior to purchasing to make sure you can afford them. Many young people may not realize the cost to insure this thing. It cost me $1200 my first year and is down to about $750 this year. It's paid off, so I'll probably drop full coverage.

General Comments:

This is my first sport bike. I bought it initially because I love the way it looks. At 33 years old, I should've bought something a little more mature, but now I love the ride and performance.

I ride it to work on nice days and rode it from Indianapolis, IN to Columbus, OH and back, which was tiring toward the end, but still fun. I'm probably not the best consumer to grade the performance because I do not run it hard (have to keep those insurance rates down). I maintain it every spring and fall. If I ever sell it, someone will get a Gem.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 20th March, 2005

1999 Kawasaki ZX-6R from United States of America


One of the best all around bikes to buy


The chain and sprockets.

General Comments:

The motorcycle shifts nice and performs very well.

I can stay on the 04 R6 and ZX-636 ass without falling behind.

The seat gets very uncomfortable after a while.

Pulls up second gear wheelies no problem.

Third gear wheelies are a little more of a challenge.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th January, 2005