2006 Kawasaki ZZR600

The ZZR®600 provides a superb combination of back road prowess, sport-touring comfort and the agility of a great daily commuter - and like any bike descended from the race-winning Ninja® sport bike line, it looks good doing it.

The ZZR®600 sets the standard for practical middleweight performance while offering class-leading comfort and cutting edge style. Well on its way to legend status, this modern sportbike has earned a healthy respect from the motorcycling public and finicky motojournalists alike, thanks to its excellent overall balance and scintillating performance.

The ZZR600 is powered by a 599cc, liquid-cooled, inline, four-cylinder engine with dual overhead cams and four valves per cylinder. Kawasaki’s Twin Ram Air Induction system, which features a leading-edge air scoop at the front of the bike’s fairing, forces cool air into the ZZR600’s airbox and then onto its four 36mm carburetors.

Kawasaki ZZR600

The carburetors also feature the Kawasaki Throttle Responsive Ignition Control (K-TRIC), which monitors the throttle position and adjusts ignition timing for the engine’s four spark-plug mounted ignition coils, maximizing the ZZR’s performance at every rpm.

The high-tech engine is matched to a close-ratio six-speed transmission, providing the ZZR600 rider with the best gear for any riding situation, whether it’s freeway droning or handling some back road twisties.

A lightweight aluminum perimeter frame provides the backbone of the ZZR600’s chassis, while suspension duties are handled by 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, matched by a 220mm rear disc brake.

Kawasaki ZZR600

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 provide a smooth ride over bumpy surface streets and freeway expansion joints.

Kawasaki ZZR600 Specifications

  • Engine: Four-stroke DOHC inline four, 16 valves
  • Displacement: 599cc
  • Starting: Electric
  • Bore x stroke: 66.0 x 43.8mm
  • Compression ratio: 12.8:1
  • Cooling: Liquid
  • Carburetion: (4) Mikuni BDSR 36R
  • Ignition: Digital
  • Transmission: Six speed
  • Final drive: Chain
  • Frame: Aluminum perimeter design
  • Rake / trail: 23.5 degrees / 3.7 in.
  • Front suspension / wheel travel: 46mm Cartridge Front Fork, fully adjustable / 4.7 in.
  • Rear suspension / wheel travel: UNI-TRAK® rear linkage, 20-way compression and
  • rebound damping, ride height adjustment / 5.3 in.
  • Front tire: 120/65ZR17
  • Rear tire: 180/55ZR17
  • Front brakes: 300mm dual hydraulic disc with six-piston calipers
  • Rear brake: 220mm hydraulic disc
  • Overall length: 79.9 in.
  • Overall width: 28.7 in.
  • Overall height: 46.3 in.
  • Seat height: 32.3 in.
  • Ground clearance: 5.7 in.
  • Dry weight: 377 lbs. (49-state model), 381.5 lbs. (Calif. model)
  • Wheelbase: 55.1 in.
  • Fuel capacity: 4.8 gal.
  • Color: Galaxy Silver


599cc Four-Cylinder DOHC Engine

  • To decrease engine weight and improve heat transfer, the cylinders have linerless, electroplated aluminum bores
  • The combustion chamber uses a pentroof/semi-hemi design with a higher compression ratio for more low-end torque and more power throughout the rev range
  • The alternator, sump, cylinder head, clutch, and cam chain covers are magnesium to cut weight

Liquid Cooling

  • The automatic fan is on the left side of the curved aluminum radiator to save space
  • A liquid-cooled oil cooler helps keep the oil cool

Twin Ram Air Induction

  • Large ducts for more air pressure, which increases high speed power
  • The extended opening increases pressure in the system for excellent volumetric efficiency

Kawasaki Throttle Responsive Ignition Control (K-TRIC)

  • K-TRIC monitors throttle position and engine rpm, and controls ignition advance for the best power, fuel economy and detonation resistance

Transistor Controlled Breakerless Ignition with Digital Advance

  • A 16-bit central processing unit responds more quickly to engine needs
  • Never needs adjustment
  • The rotor has 12 projections to update the processor often

Spark Plug-Mounted Ignition Coils

  • Four small ignition coils are in the spark plug caps to reduce overall weight, take up less room, and provide strong, consistent spark


  • To meet emissions limits and make even more power at the same time, all models have a pre-catalyzer in the pipe leading to the muffler
  • California models also have a catalyzer in the muffler

Fully Adjustable 46mm Cartridge Front Fork

  • Large 46mm fork tubes are extra rigid to improve handling performance on the street

Bottom-Link UNI-TRAK® Rear Suspension

  • Extruded aluminum swingarm is lightweight and rigid
  • Upper shock mount is threaded for ride height adjustment

Dual Semi-Floating Front Disc Brakes

  • The six-piston opposed front brake calipers have differential size pistons and aggressive pad material for excellent feel and bite
  • 300mm discus are 5mm thick to stand up to extreme use

220mm Rear Disc Brake

  • Small overall diameter saves weight
  • Lightweight, single-piston caliper produces quick, sure stops

Lightweight Aluminum Perimeter Frame

  • Short wheelbase and steep head angle produce quick, responsive handling
  • Rigid design provides good handling and durability

Electronic Instrumentation

  • The speedometer includes a coolant temperature gauge, odometer, trip meter, and a clock
  • The tachometer incorporates a coolant warning light

Comfortable Riding Position

  • The handlebars are an easy reach, a nice flat seat gives comfort for long rides and wide mirrors reveal more than your shoulders
  • The fairing and windscreen offer an easy ride with great protection from the elements

Authentic Kawasaki Accessories

  • Available accessories include tank bra, locks, alarm and bike cover

The simple, sleek lines of the ZZR600’s aerodynamic bodywork are distinctly Kawasaki in appearance, striking an elegant-but-athletic balance with its aluminum frame, angled front fairing, performance-enhancing air scoop and three-spoke wheels.

Plus, 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.

Kawasaki ZZR600

The instrument cluster for the ZZR600 is entirely electronic and includes a speedometer, tachometer, coolant temperature gauge, odometer, trip meter and – one of the most desirable of features – a digital clock.


I spent last weekend running between Ocean Springs, MS and Ft Walton Beach, FL. I took the Dauphin Island ferry to shorten my time on I-10.

This 07 ZZR600 still tries to perform like a giant on the highway and has no problem cruising at 90mph all day.

The roads I found this weekend north of Pensacola let me do battle with some very high speed twisty roads. I ruined a nice pair of levi’s doing a little knee dragging at 70 to 90mph.

I keep looking at newer bikes but this little monster is just absolutely perfect and it will be impossible to replace.

If you are looking for a good used bike. Go and get one of these critters. Mine never breaks (I do take good care of it), and it always cranks and runs like a champ....even the seat/ ride position is comfortable for long rides in the nether-lands.

I have an 08 with a yoshi carbon slip and stage 1 dynojet. This is my 2cd bike and I love it. I’m 6’ & 220lbs. Gets me way faster than I need to be riding as fast as any other bike will, handles well, looks good, and sounds amazing. Only negative is that it is carbed and not "most modern" racebike on the road. I came off a ninja 250r putting 4k on that lil bike before jumping into this. The ins on this bike is $200 LESS a month than on a 09 zx6r for me.

i have an 08 zzr600 got it in 08 new its all stock (no power adders) and iv had my’n to 165 it fun to ride and do tricks on just not real smart driving that fast on city streets lol but its still fun and soon t add new pipe and power commander to it well see how them 1000cc like it thin

I own a ZZR 600 07’ right now and have only added a Muzzy full exhaust to it so far. It will hold 160 mph with no problem. I love it for around town and curves on back rodes. I have taken several interstate trips on it, and it, IMHO, is just too light for the over the road type ride. It gets blown all over the rode. I do love this bike as a everyday rider and it is plenty quick.
I personally don’t plan to take a 600 cc bike much past 160 mph on a public road. It’s not real smart to get that fast on any road with a bunch of idiots driving cars and semi-trucks. Especially in the state of Mississippi!!!
I think they give out DL’s at Walmart down here! But anyway that’s my view on it...Safety and Common Sense go along way when it comes to staying alive on 2 wheels.


From Atlanta, but stuck in MS for now.

I had my zzr up to 155 and it still had some left on the thottle. Its stock except for flush mount front signals. Still not sure of top speed.

i just bought a 2008 ZZR600J
awsome bike. sat on a few!!! suzuki GSX-R 600, GSX-R 750, 2009 YZF-R6S, 2008 YZF-R6S,2008 FZ6,ninja 650R,2008 ZX6R, being my first sportbike this thing is awsome, has great power, to think i might of bought a haybusa i probley be scattered all over dam road lol

i agree i have had my zzr 600 for over a year also going on two years and i have held it at 160mph this is a very comfortable bike to ride i love taking it thru the mountains of CT.

Just bought one from (Havertown, PA) . The ZZR600 cost $7999.00 + $90.00 Freight + tax & tags. The bike was 100% new and perfect; delivered to my home. I took the bike to Atlantic City, NJ... no problems... I used a backpack... it was a lot of fun.

I have know Idea where you got your figures from but the ZZR 600 only has a curb weight of 377 lbs. Also I have had mine over 160. Your numbers are way off

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