2013 Kawasaki ZX-6R vs. 2012 Suzuki GSX-R750 vs. 2012 Triumph Daytona 675R - Video

Kawasaki is back in the oddball middleweight sportbike wars

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Conclusion

Picking a winner for this test wasn’t easy. All three are fine and capable motorcycles that can easily attack a race course or your favorite ribbon of asphalt with ease. We liked the confidence the Kawasaki suspension and electronics provided, while the Suzuki’s instant comfort and sizable engine advantage definitely deserve mention. The Triumph, meanwhile, reconfirmed the reason we brought it along in the first place: it’s just a damn fun motorcycle.

We can't describe any of these excellent sportbikes as a loser, but the Suzuki GSX-R750 received the least overall points on the MO ScoreCard. Ultimately we downgraded the Gixxer because “it gets the job done, but doesn’t excite me after riding it like the other two,” Tom says.

2013 Oddball Sportbike Shootout Action Group

Which now leaves the new Kawi and 2012 Triumph 675R in a close race for top honors. Anyone who knows us understands the affinity we have towards the Triumph. It’s one that spans six years and is earned through consistently impressive performances.

So impressive it split our judges final tallies. The Trumpet won the overall contest on Kevin’s scorecard by a scant half point. Meanwhile, Tom and I graded the ZX-6R the winner by healthier margins – three and five points, respectively.

2013 Kawasaki ZX-6R 636

It’s an impressive majority decision for Kawasaki, but with the arrival of the all-new 2013 Triumph 675, however, it looks like we’ll have to do this test all over again! Which is exactly what we intend to do.

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