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Hello! New guy here.

I just bought a 1987 600R from a new brother in law. Bike needs work and I thought it would be a great project. I ran Yamahas in my younger days, wasn't real familiar with the Kawis. I am hoping to find out more about this bike.

What is the HP and typical acceleration?
What is the general consensus of this bike, was it pretty good in its day?

Thanx!
 

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hey there,

The horsepower is around 90. As for the bike, i have a 95 600R and LOVE IT. Fast as hell and will kill any car off the line.

Have fun

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andrew i think you are thinking of another bike. the first generation 600r was based off the gpz550 motor but the zx600r(not zx6r) is liquid cooled with 4 valve head but it only put out about 76hp at the crank at 10500rpms. 38ftlbs at 9 grand which isnt bad, (i think those are the right numbers). the bike almost weighed in at 500lbs. first year for the zx6r was 95, totally different beast. but the 600r was good for its day and by no means counted out. now it suffers from 80s tech but you can still get 80s to the wheel with pipe, filter and some major tuning i bet. i dont have any accel numbers for you but id guess 0-60 in under 6seconds.

this is the bike he is talking about


this is your bike


95-97 was the zx6r. or the 600F1-F3 ninja
85-87 was the 600A1-A3
 

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no biggie

No biggie andrew. kawasaki uses very similar names for bikes and its hard to determine the difference, ps, your bike is a sweet ride. a friend of mine raced one very succesfully back in 99. another friend raced a 96. both did excelent. the one on the 95 won amature 600 class for the season.
 

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My 1991 600r has great acceleration despite whatever some dumbass with a new one says. As for looks, after painting mine I am happy with how mine looks now, but the edges on it were difficult to perfect.
 

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mistake

andrew i just read your other post. I was mistaken, your bike isnt a 6r, i didnt think they still made that version of the 600r in 95 but i guess they stopped in 97. for some reason i thought it was earlier. they are still two different bikes but alot closer then i thought. i think 88 they changed the frame and riding position even though they look similar, your motor has about 5 more hp then his bike because of a higher compression ratio. after 97 they only carried on the 6R and the 6E.

sorry for the confusion.
 

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The 87 600r for its day was top dog with the Honda Hurricane (white/Red) The Hurricane was much lighter and felt like a toy under you, but the Ninja's motor pulled all the way through the revs. The bike as I remember it did not weigh 500 pounds though as the Ninja 900 did! I believe it was 440 dry...It's been a long time so don't quote me on the weight. I think it was in the 87 model year they made a special with an all aluminum frame - all black with red pinstripe that was lighter.
 

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So...can anyone tell me...if the newer 600r's got any hp love? I have a 97, and...motorcycle specs has it at 74 hp (rear wheel) for an 87.

Any thoughts, someone please tell me they gotta little hp love.:-D
 
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