Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R Forum banner

1 - 16 of 16 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
1 Posts
Discussion Starter #1
I'm in the market for a 2009-2012 zx6r and I was wondering if there are any known issues with a particular year?

Thank you
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
63 Posts
2011 is the best!!
Well, I think....haven't really ridden mine for than around the block in below freezing weather
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
1,742 Posts
05/06 - Common MC issue, easy repair...$50 in OEM parts to rebuild your front MC
07/08 - Common Valve Cover Gasket leak...easy fix as its a recall and should be free at your local stealership
09-12 - Common Regulator/Rectifier issue...also a recall so if your bike falls under that should be free

Every model bike will have its own "Common" issue so to speak....but none should be hard to fix or a breaking point in the sale. That's all I have to say.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
8,182 Posts
Well if you are only looking 09-12........... they are all the same sans paint scheme
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,142 Posts
The perfect ZX-6R IMO would be a 2007 in all black with the engine and swingarm of the 2013. That said, my favorite actual ZX-6R is my 2013 which is definitely one of the best looking and is the best performing ZX-6R ever made.

I also have to give a shout out the the very first ZX-6R from way back in 1995 which was such an amazing leap forward in the 600cc class at the time that even the dominant Honda had to really get in gear and actually redesign the CBR600 that they had been basically resting on since 1991. I remember the shock waves that that original Ninja sent throughout the Motorcycle media at the time...
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
8,182 Posts
He isn't asking for the subjective "best ninja ever"...1985 through 2015

he is asking "best ninja ever from 09-12" where they are all identical--so the answer is all and none at the same time...the only thing that has changed is paint really.
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
1,742 Posts
He isn't asking for the subjective "best ninja ever"...1985 through 2015

he is asking "best ninja ever from 09-12" where they are all identical--so the answer is all and none at the same time...the only thing that has changed is paint really.
You know...I did not even piece that together :lol
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
4,305 Posts
05/06 - Common MC issue, easy repair...$50 in OEM parts to rebuild your front MC
07/08 - Common Valve Cover Gasket leak...easy fix as its a recall and should be free at your local stealership
09-12 - Common Regulator/Rectifier issue...also a recall so if your bike falls under that should be free
To add to the above.

05 model also has a known overheating issue with the ECU which can eventually render it useless. Fairly certain this was addressed with the 06 model and that ECU can be swapped in directly.

07/08 model is considered by many to be a poor choice because it is underpowered compared to its other middleweight brethren. Personally, though, I think its one of the nicest looking of the bunch.

09-12 model is considered by many to be the most aggressive and track oriented ZX6 out there. If I was buying another ZX6, it would almost certainly be this generation.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
618 Posts
All identical 09-12. Like the other guys said. Very razors edge bikes. Well built though with som oddities. The oil filter is put in a place to unavoidably piss on your motor when changed. The oil drain pees inside the fairing if you change oil on the kickstand instead if stands. A lot of the allen head bolts use small allen key sizes and weak metal so they strip after a few uses. About all ive run into sofar.
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
1,742 Posts
Guys....guys....looks like the OP went Gixxer instead :gixxer:

End Thread.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
4,259 Posts
Hello and welcome!

Well if you are only looking 09-12........... they are all the same sans paint scheme
This ^

All identical 09-12. Like the other guys said. Very razors edge bikes. Well built though with som oddities. The oil filter is put in a place to unavoidably piss on your motor when changed. The oil drain pees inside the fairing if you change oil on the kickstand instead if stands. A lot of the allen head bolts use small allen key sizes and weak metal so they strip after a few uses. About all ive run into sofar.
The only bolts I have had problems with (2 of them) were because they had too strong of Loctite used on them and/or they were installed too tightly.
 
1 - 16 of 16 Posts
Top