Written on: 08/01/2014
Overview: I bought my 1996 ZZR on a whim and after watching clips of their acceleration on YouTube. The intention was to use her as a cheap, fast winter hack. Whilst she did fill this role (well, until she broke) I find the ratings given by a lot of riders hard to justify. Here's what I found out the hard way. Engine: The engine is the best part of the bike. It's rough as a fragged sewing machine at idle - coming from Yamahas and Hondas I felt a huge difference in the vibes and general... (read more)
Written on: 01/08/2013 by kwaka600 (1 review written)
low slung cumphy seat, easy on longer rides, loads of usable power 100 horses, bit heavy in the front, solid good stoping front brakes back not much to say,good on the hills, stable on the sweepers,quite fast for an old girl easy to keep looking great and parts avalable,good on gas,great comuter,it goes easy on the tyres & chains as well,pricing will hold its value, over all great all rounder. (read more)
Written on: 16/12/2012 by Jimzzr (1 review written)
I love this bike, apart from a regulator/rectifier it has not let me down once, I use it every single day in all weathers. The bike has done 63000 Miles! and runs as good as new. I recently replaced the Micron 4 -1 exhaust (fitted by previous owner) with a stock as I had enough of the noise and the difference was amazing, smoother, more power through the range and a better idle. Keep them as stock and show a bit of TLC and they will go on forever. The gearboxes can be a bit clunky, I find... (read more)
Written on: 02/10/2012
I'd had a 600 Bandit for two years and was happy with it, commuting, some touring and running around. Fancied something with a full fairing and saw the ZZR locally so chopped the Bandit in against it. Had the ZZR for two years now. It's been totally reliable, economical and cheap to run and I still look forward to riding it. It's got a great engine which thrives on revs, but can potter about town at less than 2000rpm. Give it a fistfull and it leaves most things at the lights. Take it easy... (read more)
Written on: 16/01/2011 by Desoz (5 reviews written)
Had a 1995 ZZR600 as my first bike. Performance-wise, it was good for a 600 and more than enough for a new rider. Handling was OK too, as was comfort. On paper, it's a decent all-rounder.
Where the ZZR suffers is build quality. I bought it with only 12,000 miles on the clock and the exhaust headers had already rotted through. Paint on the engine cases was bubbling up too.
I used the bike all year, and the first winter really showed it's limitations. Halfway through winter, the brake... (read more)
Written on: 20/04/2010
The ZZR600 is a great all rounder. I use mine for touring, short blasts and even commuting. Easy to ride, with a great engine with more than enough power with good fuel economy. Handling will easily cope with anything the average rider can throw at the ZZR. The only issue with mine, is a less than smooth gear change into second gear, but this has never resulted in any problems. With the bike being classed as mid-size, insurance is very resonable, as is the cost of tyres. Kawasaki has... (read more)
Written on: 19/02/2010 by dazzy b (1 review written)
my 1990 h-reg zzr600 purchased from ebay for £10.50, it was all in pieces and took just over 3 months to build useing donor parts from other makes of bikes.zx636 headers, zxr7 callipers, zx6r linkpipe n can, zxr400 rear shock, honda front fender.. streetfightered and on the road for the grand total of nil.. performance is excellent , stopping is great, handles as well as a modern sports bike,and is just as fast or is that just cos i'm a lunatic. looks a bit messy paint wise but not had... (read more)
Written on: 29/08/2009 by halboy10 (9 reviews written)
My ZZR 600 is the second ZZR 600 I have bought, the first one was in 1995. Why would I buy this bike? Well its not a pure sports Kawasaki as I intend using it alot, not just to thrash it on a weekend. But saying that, when Sunday comes round and you want some fun its also MORE than a commuter!
Below 6-7000 revs its a mild mannered plodder with great MPG. But when wring the throttle over 7K it breaks through its power band takes off like rocket!!
Draw backs, I would say it would be better... (read more)
Written on: 01/07/2010
Only owned the bike for 6 days now but can't stop using it - maybe also something to do with the nice weather, though? Joking aside, I'm really impressed with the bike and I've owned a lot of bikes in my time. I appreciate that it's still early days to give such a high score to my bike but, having owned GPZ 600Rs, a 750 turbo, 2 900Rs, CBR 1000, ZX 750...etc, etc, I wanted a good mid-sized for regular commuting/fun and pondered between the ZZR600, CBR 600 and VFR750/800. All highly-rated,... (read more)
Written on: 11/11/2009
I HAVE HAD MY ZZR600 FOR 3 YEARS NOW AND CANNOT FAULT IT. GREAT IN ALL WEATHER. A RELIABLE VERY ECONOMICAL BIKE 45MPG EVEN WHEN RIDING AT HIGH SPEEDS. THE POWER FROM THR ENGINE IS GREAT AND VERY STRONG IN ALL GEARS. ACCELERATION IS GOOD, MY WORK COLLEAGUES RIDE HONDA FIRBLADE'S AND BLACK BIRDS AND HAVE ASKED ME A FEW TIMES THE SIZE OF MY BIKE, BECAUSE THEY ARE VERY IMPRESSED WITH ITS ACCELERATION AND TOP SPEED, CUS I'M ALWAYS WINNINGAT THE LIGHTS0 OR OVERTAKING.
GO OUT AND BUY ONE ITS A WOLF... (read more)
Written on: 27/07/2009 by Hazelshooting (1 review written)
This Kawasaki ZZR 600 bike was bought from E-bay to sell on as I already owned a 1997 ZZR1100 after riding the little ZZR600 I found that its capability in the real world fitted my expectations perfectly being lighter and more flickable and having very low mileage to boot I had a change of plan and sold the ZZR1100 since then I have not regretted it and could advise others on its real world strengths (read more)
Written on: 29/05/2009 by jason37 (1 review written)
hi i have got a Kawasaki ZZR 600 it is a import . i have had alot of bikes but the zzr is the best bike i have had . it is nearly 20 years old and still looks good (read more)
Written on: 08/05/2009 by nookiebear (1 review written)
I have a blue Kawasaki 2003 ZZR600 and I have done 39000 miles on it without a problem. I have put a HAGON rear shock on to stiffen the rear and highly recommend people do this to theirs. I have also fitted stainless steel braided hoses all round and these improve the braking considerably, also fitted a full stainless system (downpipes aswell) and now know i will not have to worry about rot, and fitted full givi panniers and top box. I also use Bridgestone BT021 tyres front and rear and get... (read more)
Written on: 30/03/2009 by astanyer (1 review written)
I have had my Kawasaki ZZR 600 for 4yrs.....never let me down...come rain or shine......the bike was rego in dec 1997......12yrs old now.....got 88500klms on the clocks......the engine is solid....no probs with brakes, forks,rear shock....had new chain 4 yrs ago and still looks good....had new frt & rear disc's in 2008......and other than new tyres every 20mths....mich pilot....very good/hard wearing tyres thats about it....oh and regarding oil.....I use silkolene fully sinthetic......made... (read more)
Written on: 10/03/2009 by colin9 (1 review written)
What a fanstastic 1st bike the Kawasaki ZZR 600 is, had my bike some 9 months, as a pretty short bloke the biggest problem was how tall most other 600s are. This bikes you can sit write down in the seat, great for us short blokes. (read more)
Written on: 02/03/2009 by crowgen (1 review written)
With my Kawasaki ZZR 600 1990 I will say I will keep this bike even if I buy a bigger one due to its fun aspect to it. I just past my test about 4 months now and even in that short time I have really grown into the zzr mine is a old dear 1990 one of the first. I have had work done on it and I can tell ya she will keep with the new bike np the pick up speed is out of this world I would recommend the bike for all style driving from speed to comfort. Heavy bike but not really a bad point due... (read more)
Written on: 15/11/2008 by Bill Jones (1 review written)
This is the best bike I have ever owned. I put over 21,000 miles on in the last three yeas and no problems. The little 600cc ZZR has been mistaken many times for a much larger bike after running down or out running bikes with large engines. The seat and riding position are great for long trips. I have done 400 miles in one ride and not felt worn down like my friends who were riding similar types of bikes. I ride as many demo rides as possible during bike week every year and I have yet to... (read more)
Written on: 03/10/2008
What a machine. Had my Kawasaki ZZR600 for 5 months and it ' s made a big impression. Solid hard riding bike, with a surprising amount of comfort and power. Motor is a real shocker, it ' s a 1993 bike and it had the power and top end of a much newer 600. Great wind protection and rain protection don ' t even need water proofs! I think it looks good and all, mines in blue, and it looks the biz. Sounds good with the standard cans and all, which is not the case with newer machines. ABSOLUTELY... (read more)
Written on: 13/09/2008 by thezzr600 (1 review written)
Well built with a solid feel, has loads of power and plenty of roll on torque allowing for easy fixed gear riding.
Initial turn in is very good and shows great cornering stability. Brakes are good but could be a little better requiring a little extra force on the lever before seriously starting to pull the bike up. The seating position and handle bar height make for long and comfortable rides easily accommodating riders of varied heights. I have only recently bought a 2003 model a few weeks... (read more)
Written on: 28/08/2008
This is a great first bike, and second, and third etc and keep it for as long as you want. Handling is superb, been riding 1 year and this bike has accepted me with all my faults - and has given me bags of confidence. And its great when others get off their sports bike, and stetch and groan after a few miles and you can just smile after many - the comfort is excellent. You can get a really good bike for a couple of thousand, if you shop around. And they are reliable, comfortable. The... (read more)
Written on: 27/08/2008 by Jim Mosley (1 review written)
Great Machine, Well designed and built to a high standard.
Comfort that is hard to beat on this class of bike with protection to match.Fast as anyone will ever need and will see off a lot of more modern machines when ridden well! Had my one years and will never get rid! (read more)
Written on: 20/08/2008
Powerfull, handles great, fuel consumption is good, very confortable. I wouldn't trade it for any other bike. Great bike for both touring and fast riding. (read more)
Written on: 12/08/2008 by shu2b (1 review written)
I have a American imported Kawasaki ZX6 Ninja, this great small 600cc sports tourer will easy take you on long journeys quickly and with resonable comfort. My previous bike a GTR1000 had more comfort on the long runs and went further on a tank full of fuel, with more weather protection, but the ZX6 is much more stable on the road is so much lighter to handle and the lower seat makes it safe when you stop, and yes quick it will keep up with the pack if not lead them. Look after it and it will... (read more)
Written on: 26/07/2008 by oros (1 review written)
A very good 600, easy to handle, fast and reliable. Sorry that Kawasaki stopped producing it. (read more)
Written on: 08/07/2008
Got my new 2004 Kawasaki ZZR600 in 2005 for a very good price. Would only change for a MUCH more expensive Ducati ST3. (read more)
Written on: 03/07/2008
I had mine for a week and bought it brand new, I died at red light and never got back.... so I had tow it to the shop and it's been there for two day and they still can't figure out whats wrong with it. (read more)
Written on: 23/06/2008
I have had my licence less than a year and started off with a vfr 400 but found it to be uncomftable, so I tried a few bikes out and found the Kawasaki ZZR to be my favorite. I have now had my ZZR for 5 months and I love it it is an amazing bike that is so easy to ride and is very forgiving with my lack of experience. (read more)
Written on: 31/05/2008 by kevinb120 (1 review written)
The Kawasaki ZZR has been a great bike for over a decade. The zx6/zzr is from when the days when bikes were designed for the rider, not the spec sheet. Very comfortable and with a very low seat height makes it very accessable. Controllable powerband makes it easy for the less experienced, but there is plenty of power for when you grow into it. Mine is actually a 95 ninja, still yet to see her first scratch with 30k miles on it, still runs great. Parts are plentiful if you need them as the... (read more)
Written on: 28/05/2008 by tomgeorgia (1 review written)
Excellant comfortable bike. This bike is easy to ride and handle very comfortable I have a slight back problem but the seating on the ZZR does not affect it I am over 60 and love to ride this bike. (read more)
Written on: 22/05/2008
I've had a few bikes in the past since getting my full licence 20 years ago. I haven't been riding properly for a good 10 years or more until I got my 5 year old ZZR a month ago. What a great bike. I was wary because of the time off a bike and not being able to test ride etc... but this is fun and not too expensive to buy, maintain (so far!), insure and run. Great at all speeds, acceleration from a standing start is pretty phenomenal and brakes are fantastic. It looks and feels like a... (read more)
Written on: 27/04/2008 by MiniMeZZR (2 reviews written)
I thought I'd come back once I'd broken in the Kawasaki ZZR 600, I can now say that this is an amazing machine. Once broken in and the service completed everything fell into place, the suspension is a little springy but nothing major. Brakes work well and the power in all gears and a revs is great. I've come across situations where I've felt the front or rear start to step out and found that the ZZR600 is a very forgiving bike. I've now done 1800 miles on it, loving every minute of it. I'm... (read more)
Written on: 27/04/2008
The Kawasaki ZZR 600 can do 500 miles in a day easy. Start it go where you want then stop. On the way home start it get home stop it put it away no problem. A superb machine. (read more)
Written on: 13/04/2008 by audi pete (1 review written)
I am in the process of doing my direct access, and will be considering the Kawasaki ZZR600 as my first big bike. A good friend of mine has just bought one as a daily run about, LOVE'S IT. (read more)
Written on: 02/04/2008 by MiniMeZZR (2 reviews written)
I resently passed my DSA Direct Access course and wanted a fun and powerful bike. My Boss has had a ZZR600 before and now rides a ZZR1200 and has never looked back. I love the look, feel and control this bike gives me. As others say get on one and have a go, you'll be pleasantly surprised and the permeant smile it will put on your face is priceless. Its great for distance and very comfortable, I wouldn't trade mine in for anything else(I've riding a few different bikes) If i want to cruise... (read more)
Written on: 19/03/2008 by ronzzr (1 review written)
Had mine a year now and loved every ride on it. It looks good, sounds great as I accelerate and there ain't much to beat it for me. (read more)
Written on: 17/03/2008 by RCSH (3 reviews written)
After being hurt with the rising cost of fuel, I've returned to 2 wheels after a break of 3 years. I've not had a shortage of different bikes over the years, I've had nearly every CBR600 made, inc the RR which was an awesome bike, but crippled me on longer rides, something the ZZR does not do.
This is the second one I've owned, the first being the D model and this one the E. The main reason for another ZZR was comfort. Of all the sports type bikes I've owned, this has to be the most... (read more)
Written on: 16/03/2008 by KEV MCCARTNEY (1 review written)
I love this bike. People underestimate it as a weaker, middle of the road bike. It looks tame but ain't. They are wrong! OK it ain't a mad out racer but it will easily hit 150mph quickly without too much effort and is a great all rounder/sports/tourer. I have owned 1000ccs and 900ccs superbikes and my little Kawasaki makes me smile just as much especially when comparing fuel and insurance costs. They are a genuine bargain second hand and you can pick up a clean, low miler for probably less... (read more)
Written on: 13/03/2008
You can pick up a lovely low mile example of a Kawasaki ZZR600 for less than 2000 quid depending on age/condition. If you're new to biking its a safe bet or if ure an old man like me its still a reliable fun all rounder that doesnt disappoint and keeps you smiling. Try one and see. You will smile lots. (read more)
Written on: 24/01/2008 by thomasjohn shaw (1 review written)
This is the second zzr600 I have owned. The engine is quite unburstable and if fitted with correct tyres the road holding can exceed my abilities as a rider. Luggage space is enhanced with the retractable hooks and it is the consumate tourer, frugal, fast and very comfortable. This is my all time favourite tourer. Outstanding engine, good build quality, comfort and economy make it an excellent choice for touring. (read more)
Written on: 20/01/2008 by ZZRMAN (1 review written)
I think you either love the Kawasaki ZZR or hate it once you have ridden it you will fall in love with it straight away. If you don't own one go and ride one and you will soon be at your local dealer with deposit in hand. (read more)
Written on: 17/12/2007 by Malcolm Watt (1 review written)
I bought my ZZR600 in 1996 from new and have 22.000 on the clock been round Scotland 3 times twice with my wife 2 up once with my mate 1 up, France twice no trouble at all.
ps I still have the original chain/sprocket and cush drive. Yes I have done all this and would never get another bike apart from another ZZR 600. (read more)
Written on: 16/11/2007 by GalaKev (1 review written)
I brought my bike from brand new, an E10 model, registered and driven for the first time in 2002.
To understand where I'm coming from and the punishment I give it, I need to explain how I use it. I live in Scotland and live in a town called Galashiels, I work in Edinburgh a journey off 40 miles one way. The road I use takes me over some off the bleakest highest ground in the Scottish Borders, but then Dual carriage way for the last 10 miles. I use it almost every day so 26,000 + miles a... (read more)
Written on: 11/11/2007 by martyzed (1 review written)
My first bike. I worried after I had signed the payment that I had bitten off more than I could chew. But I quickly found that it was an easier ride than the riding school Z500s I learned on, and is oh so much quicker, if you want it to be! Handles beautifully, is very comfortable and - thank goodness - very forgiving of a novice rider's 'odd' moments!
My mate - who has been riding for years - tried mine out for a few days, and then ditched his Triumph 1000 for a ZZR.
I'd thoroughly... (read more)
Written on: 05/10/2007 by pendle600 (1 review written)
What an amazing bike the ZZR 600 is. Cannot fault it. (read more)
Written on: 11/05/2007 by FastFerret (4 reviews written)
I have not been left grinning like this since I was 20 and had a 350LC.
This is the most complete all-rounder I have ever ridden. It is just right for short-legged people like me and feels extremely stable once the wheels start moving. A good tank range and comfortable seat mean more than 2 hours in the saddle is easy and painless.
A vast array of aftermarket goodies means you can personalize it to your hearts content. - GO GET ONE! (read more)
Written on: 30/03/2007 by FastFerret (4 reviews written)
After having recently sold my 955i Triumph sprint and tiger, I wanted something smaller and more cost effective yet still as exciting to ride. The ZZR600 has it all. It can be a pocket rocket at the flick of the wrist or restrained tourer when needed. It is comfortable and ideal for short legged chaps like myself.
I am finally riding a bike that brings back all the fun and excitement of my old RD350LC without the hole in the wallet. (read more)
Written on: 24/02/2007 by charlie88 (1 review written)
I bought my Kawasaki ZZR 600 3 months ago on eBay. After riding bikes of all sizes for the last 30yrs I have now decided that I should have had a ZZR all along. The bike is in great condition with a really nice timeless look to it. It is nice and it handles like a sports bike. Very forgiving on bends and roundabouts and nice and light. The fuel consumption is very good and despite having a power band that cuts in at around 8000 revs, the power goes on nice and evenly. Its a really... (read more)
Written on: 21/02/2007 by Sapper (1 review written)
What can I say? I think it's in the top 3 of all-rounder bikes. It's comfortable for long distance rides, and motorway runs. I love this bike!!! I don't think I'll get rid of her. Shes seen right through all four seasons of the year, including riding in snow. You can ride this bike for the best part of 200 miles straight off, and get off the other end!!!!! Try doing that on an R6. (read more)
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