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read it here, but they change links a lot, so I'll paste the text below:
http://www.motorcyclenews.com/news/detail?sectionID=212132&documentID=158369

Basiaclly, they really like the ZX-6R, but don't love the RR until you add the factory race kit option...

MCN’s Keith Farr has just stepped off the new Kawasaki ZX-6R he’s been riding on the blisteringly hot Tarmac at the Malaysian circuit of Sepang. Here’s his first impressions…

You can read more from this test and see the first pictures in the November 13 issue of MCN. Don’t miss it.

" We’ve been riding three versions of the ZX-6R: the new road bike, the ZX-6RR World Supersport homologated version as you’d buy it from a dealer and a ZX-6RR with full race kit. "

ZX-6R

" The road bike is better in every way than the 2002 ZX-6R. While the power is the same, the new for 2003 fuel-injection makes the bike much crisper off the throttle than the older bike’s carb-fed motor.

" It has the best mid-range of any current supersport bike. In terms of the current opposition in hammers the CBR600, R6 and the handling is on a par with the GSX-R600.

" The chassis is spot-on. A much tauter package than the 2002 model. This is the sports bike the last model thought it was, but wasn’t.

" It’s much more refined than the 2002 bike and much smaller physically.

" The radial brakes are awesome. The new four-pot Tokicos are incredible, much better even than last year’s six-pots.

ZX-6RR

" Frankly, if you bought this bike and didn’t fit the race kit you’d be disappointed. It gives away so much in terms of torque to the bigger capacity road bike than after riding them back-to-back you’d take the road bike every time. "

ZX-6RR (race kitted)

" The difference between this and the non-kitted RR is huge. Somehow you’ve got all the tug of the road bike, with a mega top end. Very impressive. "

The heat out in Sepang has caught every one out, Farr reports. Journalists have been keeling over in the 35-degree heat and 90 per cent humidity.

The original fitment Michelin Pilot Sports were destroyed in a handful of laps before being replaced with Pilot Race, and the suspension suffered in the extreme heat as the oil thinned and damping went.






Edited by - Grunt_99 on 11/06/2002 11:31:17
 

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I can't believe the first independant info on the new 6R's and not even a single reply on the ZX-6R website! Come on guys, almost 60 people have read this! <img src=icon_smile_wink.gif border=0 align=middle> If brand new info came out on the competition I think their boards would have something to say...

I'm surprised at how they only liked the RR after the kawi race kit was applied. Sounds like the regular 6R might be the way to go...or spend the $$$ and get the race kit installed. <img src=icon_smile_cool.gif border=0 align=middle>
 

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OK OK <img src=icon_smile_sleepy.gif border=0 align=middle>
Your right I was real keen on the zx6rr,and it only will come in green,but unless I got the race kit the zx6r seems to be the go !
We'll just have to see what the other mags have to say after they test them.


mfzx6r
ps- Just read a test on the new 999Duck and the big pig weighs 199kg's dry[437lb]Have you guys noticed that just because its a Duke
that the Mags except the weight ?and if it was a Jap bike they would bag the thing if it weighed that much ???
 

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the zx6rr exists for one reason: TO WIN RACES!!!!! i am confident that all owners of this machine will be satisfied. i expect nothing less than to be fully impressed with my rr. besides, putting the money into the race kit is probably gonna be around the same as piping, filtering, remapping,,,etc,etc, etc on the zx6ri have $3000.00 down on mine and i am sure that is money well spent!!!!
 

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so is the 636 weigh in the same as the RR version?

I heard it will be like 355lbs dry....

if the 636 has more midrange and is lighter like 20lbs lighter than my 02 model, an upgrade might not be out of the question for me...
The RR has nothing I would want for the street....I want more low/midrange!!!!!!


how's comfort on the 03 636? So many questions need answering...i can't wait!!!!!!

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Has there been any indpendent reviews/tests yet apart from the MCN snippet?

Any links or cut 'n' pastes would be nice! :)

Do you lot get MCN over there (this seems to be a predominantly North American board)? AFAIK it's a British publication so I'll put up the report next week when it comes out if there's any interest... unless someone else does it first!
 

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The '03 6R looks sweet. Love the coated forks and the new bodywork and the more subtle paintwork. But it seems to have lost some of its all-rounder appeal. I am trying to decide between the '02 or the '03 6R and one of my primary considerations is pillion accomodation / performance with a pillion as well as medium range touring comfort. The '03 model looks to have given up those assets in favour of all out track performance (right up there with the GSXR600 and the R6). Hmmm.. so many decisions! It's a hard choice!
 

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quote:
Has there been any indpendent reviews/tests yet apart from the MCN snippet?

Any links or cut 'n' pastes would be nice! :)

Do you lot get MCN over there (this seems to be a predominantly North American board)? AFAIK it's a British publication so I'll put up the report next week when it comes out if there's any interest... unless someone else does it first!
Nope no MCN over here...well at least not in Canada - that I know of. So yeah, share info! :)
 

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I've read that the new 6r is about the same compact size of the 02 r6.If you are short I don't see the 03 6r being a problem as afr as comfort,but for me at 6'1" that is a little cramped for me so I,ll stick to my 02 nice and comfy.
 

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more info & pics...

"Two days after the last Grand Prix of the season held in Valencia, Garry McCoy rode for the first time a 990cc MotoGP on the Ricardo Tormo track, as he joined Kawasaki, who will enter the 2003 MotoGP Championship with the new Ninja ZX-RR.
After this first contact with the new machinery from the Akashi-based maker, McCoy was enthusiastic, even if he knows that he will have to face a steep learning curve after spending five years aboard a 2-stroke 500cc. ´I´m happy, finally, I got a 4-stroke. I just have to take it smoothly, stay calm and avoid to do anything silly. I have to get comfortable with the bike. It´s quite different from what I´m used, it will take a couple of goes before I´m 100% comfortable´.

He added : ´There´s a few things we´ll change and it will takes time, but I´m pretty confident for the future´.

Last sunday, his new team mate and aussie fellow Andrew Pitt scored the first points of Ninja ZX-RR in the World Championship, bringing the four-races program of the Kawasaki Racing Team to a satisfying end. However, Pitt knows there´s no room for complacency and is willing to make the most of the winter testing, alongside McCoy. ´The bike needs work, but I also need to do as many laps as possible, so testing is a good opportunity to build up experience. Garry has a lot of experience, and I think I´ll be able to pick a few things from him´."



 

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I really like the look of the new '03 and look at it lustfully in pics. I believe that the majority of people that buy a 6RR will more than likely not keep it in stock kit, so I think it's a good Idea to plunk down the extra cash and get the race kit. I would love to do so myself but am worried about that back end. It's like there is a war between manufacturers to make the tallest rear. Being a shorter rider than most I'm on the tips of my toes on my '02 (unless I lean the bike to one side) and wonder what it'll be like trying to get on any other bike if rearends continue in this fashion. Otherwise, love the bike, and find it the looker for '03.

Ken

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what an idiot I am...I meant to post the latest info and pics in the Gary McCoy thread, not this one!<img src=icon_smile_dissapprove.gif border=0 align=middle>
 

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hahahaha You just got abit exited !!!! like the rest of us <img src=icon_smile_tongue.gif border=0 align=middle>


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I just got back from the international Motorcycle show and saw the 636 and the RR. AWWWWESOME...wish I had the funds to buy one, but more so, I would take the 636 in nasty black. And for just for the love of bikes, the naked streetbike Z1000 in black with red is so damn smooth and aggresive, I gotta one of those too. Team Green lives on and will be, no doubt the best 600 class sportbike on the planet. I need to get my 2000 green 6R and reassure her I still love her even though I fell in lust for her newer siblings. -Ninja 6R
 
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