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KAWASAKI ZX-9R (1994-2002) Review

Published: 23 November 2006

"Began life as a sports machine, didn't quite cut it and ended up as an excellent sporty sports-tourer"

Kawasaki ZX-9R motorcycle review - Riding

"Began life as a sports machine, didn't quite cut it and ended up as an excellent sporty sports-tourer"

Overall Rating 4 out of 5

Like so many motorcycles the Kawasaki ZX-9R began life as a sports machine, didn’t quite cut it and ended up as an excellent sporty sports-tourer. It’s indecently fast and should put 175+mph on the clock with minimal hassle. Early Kawasaki ZX-9Rs were heavy but from the ‘C’ variant of 1998 onwards it’s light enough to be a capable if not cutting edge sports machine.

Ride Quality & Brakes 3 out of 5

Early Kawasaki ZX-9Rs weren’t good. The Kawasaki ZX-9R ‘B’ series from 1994 to 1997 was too heavy. Fingers were pointed at the rear swingarm and suspension too. It’s the least sporty of the bunch by some margin. Kawasaki ZX-9R ‘C’, E’ and ‘F’ suffix bikes are all much lighter but still stable and relaxed enough to make excellent road bikes. Brakes are effective unless neglected.

Engine 4 out of 5

Always a strong point on Kawasakis even when chassis development fell behind the competition. The Kawasaki ZX-9R's engine is a classic with modest low rev torque, no major fireworks in the midrange but enough urge to keep the Kawasaki ZX-9R swift. But rev hard and very little will pull away. The Kawasaki ZX-9R has a pleasing growly nature too.

Build Quality & Reliability 3 out of 5

Reliability is good – Kawasaki ZX-9Rs will clock up huge mileages without letting owners down. But build quality can be patchy. Paint is so thin on the wheels even regular use of a lock can rub it off. Corrosion and stone chips are a common sight on Kawasaki ZX-9Rs. Shocks go off quickly and steering head bearings can wear fast.

Insurance, running costs & value 4 out of 5

The Kawasaki ZX-9R makes a good buy for two reasons. First, as it was always a close-but-no-cigar sportsbike, it’s seen as undesirable so can be cheap. Second, owners who do go for a Kawasaki ZX-9R are less likely to crash or thrash their bikes than those with GSX-Rs or R1s. Look for a bike with a Fenda Extenda and buy with a smug grin. Find a Kawasaki ZX-9R for sale.

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Equipment 3 out of 5

Depends on your perspective. The Kawasaki ZX-9R’s well equipped for a sports bike, quite poor for a sports tourer. The fuel tap is an antique idea with little to commend it but is useful when removing the Kawasaki ZX-9R's tank. Grease nipples on the Kawasaki ZX-9R's rear suspension are a simple, superb idea which few other machines have.

Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 1994
Year discontinued 2002
Original price -
Used price £2,000 to £2,400
Warranty term (when new) Two year unlimited mileage
Running costs
Insurance group 16 of 17
Annual road tax £88
Annual service cost £240
Performance
Max power 143 bhp
Max torque 74 ft-lb
Top speed 175 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 10.6 secs
Average fuel consumption 41 mpg
Tank range 170 miles
Specification
Engine size 899cc
Engine type 16v in-line four, 6 gears
Frame type Aluminium twin spar
Fuel capacity 19 litres
Seat height 810mm
Bike weight 183kg
Front suspension Preload, compression, rebound
Rear suspension Preload, compression, rebound, ride height
Front brake Twin 310mm discs
Rear brake 220mm disc
Front tyre size 120/70 x 17
Rear tyre size 180/55 x 17

History & Versions

Model history

1994:Kawasaki ZX-9R B original model launched.
1998: Kawasaki ZX-9R C completely new model, new frame and engine, single reflector headlight.
2000: Kawasaki ZX-9R E minor mods including stiffer frame and twin headlight top fairing.
2002: Kawasaki ZX-9R F final version with heavier crank and four piston front brake calipers.

Other versions

None

Owners' Reviews

89 owners have reviewed their KAWASAKI ZX-9R (1994-2002) and rated it in a number of areas. Read what they have to say and what they like and dislike about the bike below.

Review your KAWASAKI ZX-9R (1994-2002)
Summary of Owners' Reviews
Overall Rating 4.7 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4.5 out of 5
Engine 4.8 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 4.4 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4.8 out of 5
Equipment 3.9 out of 5
5 out of 5

Jack of all trades

07 August 2018 by Kegs

Reliable fast and comfortable.

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
Front brakes aren't very good.
Engine
5 out of 5
Revs all way up to 12000 and beyond.
Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
3x oil changes and rear tyre.
Equipment
4 out of 5
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Buying experience

Bought private on a whim (powder coated frame and swinging arm). First bike and I love it.

5 out of 5

Ninja ZX-9R old school Superbike

11 March 2018 by Baranguba

Best : Fast enough, very comfortable with good suspension. Worst: No fuel gauge!

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
Excellent ergonomics and superb fairing make long distances no problems. Seat is excellent, minimal buzzing through bars and pegs. Fuel consumption is good with 350 km's per tank on the highway. Brakes are excellent and predictable as is the handling. This bike is not suitable for pillions.
Engine
4 out of 5
Somewhat rough below 3000 rpm, beautiful above. Enough power to keep more modern sports bikes honest making about 130 bhp at the rear wheel. I would not buy/ride this bike in city traffic, it is not designed for this task. Can get hot quickly if not moving.
Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
Frame and wheel paint is easily scratched. Mechanically it is simply ride (hard), park and repeat. Service intervals can be pricey due to valve shims but rarely do any problems arise.
Value & Running Costs
4 out of 5
Full Major Service can be as high as AUD $750.
Equipment
5 out of 5
There simply is nothing other than a rear rack that this bike requires. The stock seat is superbly comfortable even after 6 or more hours. This bike does not require a double bubble screen as the OEM screen directs clean turbulence free air at your shoulders, neck and helmet while race crouching deflects all air. Bike is easy on tyres as the 900cc engine does not seem to develop monster tyre shredding torque.
Buying experience

An excellent second hand buy as there are plenty of parts and the entire bike is old tech and relatively simple to service.

5 out of 5

The sleeper sport-touring bike that everyone underestimated

21 January 2018 by e1

The big Ninja is a great comfortable sportbike to learn from. The California emissions model sold selectively throughout the U.S. has some unique capabilities, in that it recycles fuel vapors, effectively extending the bike's range beyond other non-CA 9Rs and every other sportbike in its class. The E/F 2000 - 2003 variants are the best of the 9R lot. Excellent at 20+ MPH cornering and stable at those speeds and above. This bike doesn't excel however, at lower speed corners or in drag racing scenarios with newer lighter, more powerful bikes. But use the bikes long range, handling, and comfort capabilities and you'll find it rises like dairy cream over its rivals.

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
The stock Tokico 6-pot calipers become a problem after about 20K miles, but are easily replaced by Nissin's from Triumph. Nissin's aren't Brembo's, but for street use and the occasional track day, they get the job done. This gives the bike the same braking performance as the 02/03 F1/F2 models.
Engine
5 out of 5
It's a 200,000+ mile engine. Mine's at 122,000. Great power whenever you need it and super efficient at producing HP too. Solid and reliable.
Build Quality & Reliability
4 out of 5
The engine is virtually bulletproof end-to-end. Change the oil and adjust the valve shims and you can keep riding the bike endlessly. The main ding this bike gets is from repeated cleaning or from prolonged moisture damage to the painted rims.
Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
USD ($) not GBP for annual upkeep, assuming 15,000 miles per year: oil, oil filters, and a valve clearance adjustment if you perform it yourself. Fairly standard. This bike is really inexpensive to operate. I'm talking if you rode it like a 250cc bike, this would be near-on as inexpensive to operate: 4.5 L/100km. Only, with a 9R, let's be realistic, you're going to go through 3+ sets of tires each season.
Equipment
4 out of 5
Favorite features of this sportbike are three: 1) its handling 2) long range comfort 3) tank range that puts it above everything else on the road less the huge fuel capacity touring bikes.
5 out of 5

Kawasaki ZX-9R (F1P) 2002 - A Ninja for all seasons and the odd track day too ;)

08 November 2016 by Bikermouse

A cracking and reliable bike which I have proudly owned for over 7 years now. Will never sell it as it all for me, it ticks all the boxes. One of the last big framed superbikes, at 6'3 I avoid looking like a demented Spider-man on a tricycle - you get the picture right! Yes - it doesn't cut it with the ZX10r's, GXSR's and BMW's et al, but it's fast, a great road bike and has it's own loyal cult of followers. Lastly - it has carbs, and the mechanics on it are fairly simple overall - a tinkerers dream! Buy one and you'll not regret it!

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
Brakes are good. Braided lines help. I have replaced these and levers with 2 finger style ones. Much better brake feel IMO. Change brake fluid regularly as a rule. Bleeding is easy. Pick and choose pads carefully - I use EBC. Ride quality is fine. Not hard/firm (like a Ducati) and not squidgy (like a HD) - Perfect for road riding. Track settings - incorporate using the C' Spanner to tighten up the Rear shock (preload). I have also dropped the yoke through the forks by 15mm. Perfect for sharpening up the front. Smaller tie rods raise the rear nicely too - along with spacers under the mounting point.
Engine
5 out of 5
A rocket! Nothing loses it down Nurburgring, Mallory or Anglesey straights! Sucks the paint off some 'race' 750/600cc's it passes! General rule - Lose 1/2 teeth front the front sprocket. Lowers top speed to a mere 160mph (ahem!), but up's acceleration beautifully (required from pulling hard out of slower corners - and encourages short-shifting = satisfying feeling).
Build Quality & Reliability
4 out of 5
Wheel paint is rubbish and best replaced in time with a quality plastic coating (dipped). Other than that - my bike has been reliable and corrosion free. She's now 14 years old - blimey!
Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
I do all the servicing myself. Source parts at trade prices.
Equipment
3 out of 5
Analogue looking clock (actually digital but dials). Numbers so small you struggle to read them above 40mph!! No fuel gauge (has fuel tap - really!), lack of rear bungee hooks, no place to mount hard luggage. Remedies - Use soft luggage (e.g. Oxford), Use mobile phone as GPS Speedo, learn to guestimate fuel level via miles run between fills (owners get good at this!). Hugger and fender extender - recommended as is a double bubble screen (wind protection).
Buying experience

Brought from ebay (private) after promising myself one ten years earlier. Good price (can't remember exactly what though as was smitten!).

4 out of 5

CHEAP SUPER BIKE!

25 June 2016 by JustinD93

I have loved owning this bike, practical for my every day riding, however riding in rain is twitchy and i kinda find that intimidating. But they are cheap enough to buy, i spent £1000 just in performance mods and making it look better, well worth it! But don't expect to get that money back when selling it.

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
brakes are good, providing you get braided lines and sintered pads, after all you are stopping a superbike that weighs over 210kg. plus your own weight. The ride itself is amazing!!
Engine
5 out of 5
Reliable, beautiful sound, bullet proof, need to keep the engine looked after, as for the gearbox too, if you abuse it 24/7 the gearbox will keep jumping out of gear and back end will snake.
Build Quality & Reliability
4 out of 5
great, however its an old kwak so it does the have the carb issues in winter, other then that i never have a problem, fork seals go quickly to if your ride hard all the time.
Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
cheap! i run mine every week on super unleaded
Equipment
4 out of 5
don't get much equiptment, a fuel guage that doesn't work, no grab rails, but i like that it has no grab rails, it means i can't realistically carry pillion.
Buying experience

Bought privately, was completely standard when i bought the bike.

4 out of 5

The One And Only Kawasaki Ninja

28 March 2016 by Karl

Some quality issues with paint on the rims being to thin and bad corrosion on the inside and outside of the rims, the swing arm paint is also to thin and leads to bad corrosion but front brake callipers demand too much attention this is made worse when you ride the bike every day in all weathers.

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
Amazing bikes one of the best bikes I have ever had the pleasure in riding, would strongly disagree with it not cutting it as a sports bike! can and had run rings around Fireblades and R1's hell even more modern models don't get away from you. a brilliant all rounder unlike the others you can put mega miles on and still feel fresh, biggest ride I have done was 600+ miles only stopping for fuel.
Engine
5 out of 5
Lovely low end torque and bags of power throughout the rev range and will keep pulling to 180 mph, and that ram air growl is so addictive when hard on the power! nothing else on the market comes close to the fun factor this bike gives.
Build Quality & Reliability
4 out of 5
Over all the build is much better then well any bike on the market, I have had a few ninjas now and have had a lot of Hondas and other high quality bikes and Kawasaki are by far the most reliable and well built bikes out there but not faultless. Paint on the rims and swing arm are their biggest let downs on some models C1/C2 especially. Never have a ninja brake down on me or give me much trouble, corrosion is the biggest headache I have had.
Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
Keep them serviced regularly and they will run forever but front callipers are an issues requiring regular maintenance and this is not cheap!
Equipment
4 out of 5
Given on a bike you don't get a lot of or any equipment this is hard to rate front suspension could be better and Michelin power 2CT's tyre go well with this bike.
Buying experience

Brought from a dealer every time well priced at £1900 unlike some other manufacturers who cost more than they are worth at almost £3000 and would happily pay more for a ninja as they are worth the money.

4 out of 5

08 September 2015 by Shep

Stonking engine, poor finish (corrosion) Rubbish calipers.

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
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Engine
5 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
3 out of 5
Six pot tokico calipers need new seals and rebuild quite often.Poor.
Value & Running Costs
3 out of 5
47mpg. Upto 58000 miles now and NEVER had the valves checked or adjusted .New oil and filter every year and runs sweet.
Equipment
3 out of 5
18000 miles from BT023 rear, very nice :) Needs EBC pads FA188, cheaper pads just snatch at low speed. 36psi front 40 psi rear.
5 out of 5

The ultimate all rounder

28 August 2015 by KwakkerJack

Outside of any offroad potential, this is the ultimate all rounder. Fast enough for trackdays, comfy enough for touring, good enough in traffic for commuting. Made at a time when sportsbikes were made for the road than overly track focused it is faster than you'll ever need, sounds fantastic (especially with a Yoshi exhaust), and can be had at what can only be described as a bargain price.

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
Sporty handling once suspension is sorted but all day comfort. I've taken it up to Denmark and down to Spain with no problems and felt fine. Bike gives a very plush ride but can understeer a little as standard. I had a KTech fork piston kit put in and now much sharper but ride a little less plush. Rear shock needs ride height jacking up to improve handling (loads on the net about this) but after 21k miles the rear shock was tired so I put in a Nitron Sport which is good.
Engine
5 out of 5
0-3000rpm - pussy cat so easy around town. 4000-7000 - good midrange for lazy overtaking 8000-redline - mental acceleration and weighty front end likes to keep the front down (unless provoked!). 0-60 in 3 seconds, 175mph top speed. 'Nuff said...
Build Quality & Reliability
4 out of 5
Paint on wheels is thin and chips easily. 4 Pot brakes on F1 and F2 models better than older models' 6 pots.
Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
24000 mile service is expensive as shims need doing (factor this in when buying). Bike is unbelievably cheap to buy so spend a few bob on sorting the suspension and enjoy the distance possibilities over and above its rivals. Sports tourer label is unfair. It is a sports bike (of the era) that feels stable as opposed to flighty and will happily tour. (google "zx9r niall Mackenzie" and read what the 3 time BSB champ says about the big ninja as it goes up against its rivals)
Equipment
4 out of 5
As the MCN review states its pretty good for a sports bike. Used an Oxford 50l waterproof rollbag for the tent, sleeping bag etc and a tankbag for clothes when touring. Bike has got double bubble screen on which is good (no experience of standard screen). Gonna have much more fun going somewhere on this than a beemer with hard luggage.
Buying experience

Paid £2200 for bike (in blue) in good condition with 21k miles.

4 out of 5

19 August 2015 by G Falconar

A real 'sleeper'!

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
Excellent ride. Squeaky rear brakes.
Engine
4 out of 5
Strong and reliable. Nice sound - other than the characteristic rattling sounds of that engine.
Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
I have about 60,000 kms with not significant problem.
Value & Running Costs
4 out of 5
Canadian Kawasaki dealers basically double the U.S. price for parts. Fortunately, this bike hardly ever needs anything. Front brake rotors were insane price (well over $300 each) from factory. Got BETTER ones from China for about $150 for BOTH.
Equipment
3 out of 5
No fuel gauge! At least it has a trip meter I can use and a true fuel 'reserve' with a valve.
4 out of 5

zx9r top bike for anyone

11 June 2015 by tesh

Positive- power, handling, brakes, confidence inspiring all what u want from a bike so long as shes been looked after Negative- seat can be a litle sore after a long ride, not much storage but it's a sports bike

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
Surprisingly comfortable even with pillion, brakes are great so long as they are looked after. There is a lot of travel on the front brake lever but doesn't bother me too much, although i will be servicing my brakes this week. Comfort wise it's great but a gel seat upgrade is a must for rides over 60-70 miles. Did 150 miles other week and it destroyed my cheeks.
Engine
5 out of 5
One word for this bikes performance... scatty. You won't will be wanting more power on the road
Build Quality & Reliability
4 out of 5
As mentioned by MCN, some of the paint isn't great, brake calipers and rear footpeg hangers tend to go off somewhat. Haven't had any real problems and starts every time with no trouble.
Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
Not bad for what the bike is. Just The normal full service twice a year, and any consumables
Equipment
3 out of 5
It's a sportsbike so equipment is never going to be great. Enough space for waterproofs though. Shame is doesn't have a fuel gauge.
Buying experience

Purchased from a dealer, got price down from £2299 to £1825, it has fsh and only 17k on the clock when i bought it.

4 out of 5

29 May 2015 by Ian

Excellent grunt and handles like a dream, a very planted bike to ride. A bit on the heavy side

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
At its best in the twisties, loves to be thrown around bends and growls out of the other side. Excellent handling and a comfortable sports touring type seat means you need fuel before you need a rest.
Engine
4 out of 5
Pulls like a train, i had problems with mine in the low revs skipping and missing. Changed jets balanced the carbs and no difference, turned out to be the aftermarket stainless exhaust. Put a stock exhaust on and ironed out most of the issue
Build Quality & Reliability
4 out of 5
Generally very well built, some of the fairing bits look second rate compared to my Honda. They dont like aftermarket exhaust systems, stick to original
Value & Running Costs
4 out of 5
Service it myself, tis a bit on the thirsty side though
Equipment
5 out of 5
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Buying experience

Bought privately, beware of modified to race bikes, bigger jets and different exhausts upset the kwak and make for a horrible round town ride

5 out of 5

15 May 2015 by Joseph Henry

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
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Engine
4 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
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Equipment
4 out of 5
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4 out of 5

Quick cheap machine

13 April 2014 by Leighj0121

This is a very quick bike, the myth these bikes cannot take corners is completely wrong and they love fast straights where you can really pin the throttle but unfortunately I cannot say how good it is without touching that this bike doesn't even have a fuel light or gauge on the 99 model that I own, so me as mr clumsy doesn't have a clue what kind of fuel I'm using but apart from the lack of equipment the price tag I paid of £1000 was more then worth it 4***

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
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Engine
5 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
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Equipment
4 out of 5
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4 out of 5

Great Budget Beast

11 April 2014 by Tomenski

This is the first big bike I had and Oh my was the engine a power house. It's weak points are the brakes but in the end I upgraded the callipers and they were fine. For a bike under 2k you can't beat it much better than buying a beaten up 600.. Reliability issues were purely due to age but a main dealer found the fault in seconds were as a back street garage had it in for a weak and couldn't find the fault. Well worth using a main dealer in relation to your make bike and well worth chosing a bike that you have a local main dealer for...

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
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Engine
5 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
3 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
4 out of 5
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Equipment
3 out of 5
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5 out of 5

Quite Possibly My Most Favorite Bike

21 December 2013 by TheKawasakiRob

An absolute do it all bike that is just as suitable to ripping up your local twisty road as it is taking a long haul cross country. I rode mine for 70k miles before slamming it into a Jersey barrier. I replaced it with a ZX12, and am having second thoughts. A solid bike. Love it Love it Love it

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
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Engine
5 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
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Equipment
5 out of 5
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4 out of 5

Quick n Comfy.

08 June 2013 by yamscot

First big bike after passing my test. After countless hours, reading reviews and researching this that and the other, I decided that the ZX9R sounded perfect. I knew I would have to take it steady for starters with such a powerful tool. I have to say, it's been an absolute delight. So easy to ride quick or steady. Great for comfort with that broad seat and sensible bar height. Cracking prices available on these bikes too. Parts are decently priced and also abundant. Well worth a look if your after some serious fun on a budget.

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
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Engine
5 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
4 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
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Equipment
3 out of 5
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4 out of 5

Excellent all round bike for little money

30 April 2012 by wayofthedarkhand

Great all round bike which can be had now for less than £1500. Only grips are the short service intervals, and the OEM headlight. Nothing a quality aftermarket bulb doesn't fix though.

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
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Engine
5 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
4 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
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Equipment
3 out of 5
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5 out of 5

Underrated

26 December 2011 by Typhon219

Absolutely brilliant fun to ride. All the rubbish about it being bigger and heavier is irrelevant, it's a few kg more than a blade but has more horses to power it. It's longer wheel base makes it more stable in corners, it's riding position is more comfortable than other more modern sports bikes without taking away the control and focus when you want it. It adjustable enough if there is anything you want to improve and when are you ever gonna push it hard enough to need more anyway! The power delivery is incredible, the engine note addictive and overall the zx9r is without a doubt the best balance of performance and real world usability. I absolutely love my f1p and recommend a test ride to anyone looking for something sporty.

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
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Engine
5 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
4 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
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Equipment
3 out of 5
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5 out of 5

Great Bike

22 November 2011 by billdavison1

Ive owned two of these now absolutely fantastic machines very fast comfortable may not be state of the art but a fantastic every day bike

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
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Engine
5 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
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Equipment
5 out of 5
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4 out of 5

ZX-9R

11 June 2011 by CBR11X

These were bloody rippers when they first came out. Wonderful bikes with a ball-tearing top end rush.

Ride Quality & Brakes
3 out of 5
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Engine
5 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
3 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
4 out of 5
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Equipment
3 out of 5
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5 out of 5

enjoyable

06 June 2011 by banditman2010

not into sports bike but had one ofthese and fully enjoyed it. not as good as my bandit but great little machine.till it was killed by car driver. she handled pritty well very cumfertable. the only down side is the numness came to the hands very quickly

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
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Engine
5 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
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Equipment
3 out of 5
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5 out of 5

fair

27 April 2011 by banditman2010

i enjoyed the bike although i had alot of over heating problems... appart from that nice ride

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
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Engine
2 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
2 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
4 out of 5
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Equipment
4 out of 5
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5 out of 5

GREAT BIKE

01 June 2010 by BUSA666

This bike is one of my all time favorites.. fast, good looking, reliable, handles well, everything you want in a bike, highly recommended ..

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
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Engine
5 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
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Equipment
5 out of 5
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5 out of 5

Mad for it!

16 September 2009 by Madforitbaz

I just part ex'd an 06 Triumph ST1050 for a ZX9R 2001, and got lots of cash back.. My triumph was very unreliable and the dealer was cr*p. I looked for a new bike, something fast, light, good 2 up and comfy but most of all reliable - nothing out there. I'd had a couple of Kawasaki's in the past so I knew they were good bikes. But.... WOW I was totally blown away by the ZX9R. The review's are a little harsh, It is still a very quick bike and handles really well on british roads, even 2 up and around the city. It's the perfect blend daily commuter with stacks of weekend fun. It's a shame they don't make bikes like this anymore. I will be sticking with this one!

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
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Engine
5 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
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Equipment
4 out of 5
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4 out of 5

Lots of bike for very little money

26 August 2009 by bigbadmad

Recently bought an '02 plate ZX9R F1P in blue and black. It's a very pleasing bike. It's comfortable, indecently fast, looks mean, well built and it handles much better than it's reputation implies. The only down points so far are the clocks are hard to read and the fuel tap is a rubbish idea.

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
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Engine
5 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
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Equipment
3 out of 5
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4 out of 5

its an animal

18 June 2009 by domin8

got zx9r e1 a year ago for bargin price done about 7000 miles in all weather.this bike will keep up with larger cc machines no problems on the road its is big vulgar an green but smooth and easy to ride fast or slow.the handling can be increased by raising the rear and putting a decent tyre on it,i recomend a mitchelin road pilot 2 its like riding on a roller coaster its that stable.this bike is also exellent 2 up with a comfy seat for a pillon it also looks as fast as it is and stands out which help drivers see you better

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Great sport bike for the street

06 June 2009 by gloverll

I still rue the day I sold her... we have 7000 miles of fun... about 1.5 hours at the time. Surprising amount of power and with heli-bars, I wasn't but so scrunched up. Front wheel could be lofted easily coming out of corners... but it always felt controlled. Great, great sportbike for the road.

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Oscarsdad

05 June 2009 by Oscarsdad

Had my C1 since 1998 and clocked up 47.000 miles! still puts out 130bhp at the wheel on dyno. Will do everything you need ..tour commute,track days.Still looks good for 11 yr old. Had Race cans but back on standard one, dynojet (remember them) ,double bubble & hugger really all you need & keep carbs balanced. Keep on top of brakes,seals & master cylinder ,fit braided hoses. Bad bits; carb icing and thin paint on wheels Build quality on this C1 is excellent much better than the B1 model I had. & zx6 zzr,s Brilliant underated bike,

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you wont be dissapointed

02 June 2009 by sparkysbandit

iv had mine (c2 1999 in red) for 18mth now, and i love it...iv street fightered it by choice, for added comfort, and it still upsets newer 1 ltr sports bikes...even twos up

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under rated blaster

09 April 2009 by oldthing

on my 2nd zx9 a e1, had a c1 first, great bikes, fast ,cheap to buy, easy to work on, cheap to run, pretty comfy, a great all rounder, on a dry road it all ways puts a grin on my face, if you aint got one than get one!

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goes like sh*t

19 February 2009 by bostonbiceps

Had my e1 for 3yrs now ride about 5-6oomiles a week it has never let me down what can i say .Ride it on a daily basis 365 days a year whatever the weather will only get rid of the old girl for a black 1098s as i regularly ride a 1098 and although that is a mean machine i have no problem keeping up with it.

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Ninja 2000 for life

16 October 2008 by carllb

I got the ninja bug when i saw my mate's C1, bought mine new in 2000 and to date can't fault it.I've had galfer disc's fitted recently, which combined with braided lines makes a big difference to its stopping power.Other mods i've done,ixil end can and suspension set up by STEVE JORDAN MOTORCYCLE'S in bookham. I still find the fruity ram air induction iresistable after 8 years of owning. Since sj sorted the suspension my bike corners even better, the only thing that will improve it is a complete suspension overhall which i'm considering as i've no intention of selling.

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Ninja 2000 for life

16 October 2008 by carllb

I got the ninja bug when i saw my mate's C1, bought mine new in 2000 and to date can't fault it.I've had galfer disc's fitted recently, which combined with braided lines makes a big difference to its stopping power.Other mods i've done,ixil end can and suspension set up by STEVE JORDAN MOTORCYCLE'S in bookham. I still find the fruity ram air induction iresistable after 8 years of owning. Since sj sorted the suspension my bike corners even better, the only thing that will improve it is a complete suspension overhall which i'm considering as i've no intension of selling.

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1999 and won't swap it

03 October 2008 by ninjachica

Had 2 600, but wanted a bigger chassis for comfort on longer trips. Can't improve on it now. Sporty, comfy, does everything I need. (And capable of a lot more)

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Grin factor

01 October 2008 by binfer

2000 E1, owned and ridden hard for 3 years. Always get off it with a mega grin even after 3 years. Power is superb, wheelie on the throttle at 6k, knee down all the time. fit some proper rubber and stiffen up the shocks and there's not much that will pass you. nice big nose to hide behind and sooo comfortable to ride. Generally an excellent all rounder - sunny Sundays are the highlight of my life!

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ZX9R 02reg

18 September 2008 by evlcatnw

I love the bike, its fast, responsive and handles well. Its built for speed not comfort and my wrists ache after 35 mins so long rideouts are out of the question. Its also a bit twitchy at times but on the whole it does the job.

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F2P 9R

21 August 2008 by reddragon

I've owned the bike for 6 months now, it's a fantastic bike very stable, kitted out with Michelin Pilot Road 2s. Relatively easy bike to do your own maintenance on, only struggled with the valve clearances. The bike came fitted with a rear hugger and double bubble screen from the previous owner. Great all-rounder. The engine is fantastic, very strong and I'm getting 50+ mpg, mixed motorway and back road commute.

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'98 C1

09 July 2008 by Karlasaki

Recently P/Xed my Green C1, for an '06 10R. They're completely different bikes but the 9R is still great. It boasts a strong engine, with drive from any gear or revs, comfort is good for both rider and pillion and under seat storage is good too. It may be slated by the press sometimes, but in the real world, this is a fantastic bike. Only fitted F.Fabbri screen, HEL lines. Lacks USD forks, slipper clutch e.t.c but doesn't need it. Highly recomended.

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Blue C2

29 April 2008 by stevexjr1200

Was so impressed after a 1/2 hour test ride on a 99 C2 I did a part ex deal on return to the dealer. The big surprise for me is the comfort. I've tried lots of sports bikes only to find them painful after a short time. More important is the engine performance, this bike feels just as powerful as any Fireblade or R1 I've ridden but is so much more useable.

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E1 fitted Hellibars

14 February 2008 by mender

Brill bike, this is my second, had a TL1000s last and it highsided me eventually. The result was bad circulation in my busted up right arm, making my hand go numb. I love the bike so I invested £152 in a set of Hellibar handlebar raisers from Bikebitz. What a difference, they raise the bars by about 1.5 inches and gone is the numbness and discomfort. I did 200 mile trip at the weekend and only stopped for fuel (at 165 mile) cracking bike for the real roads and occasional trackday! love it, love it.

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Blue ZX9R C2

26 September 2007 by Klaus20

My 6th bike in as many years. I previously had a TL1000S, but the engine in the zx9 is just as amazing and takes off at the top-end. The sound from the airbox is addictive to. It's also comfy, fairly economical and even has a clock! I am however having trouble setting up the suspension as it tends to run wide unless you give it a bit of muscle and can be a bit skitish. Will junk the standard shock asap. Overall though, a great real world bike.

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My ZX9R is nice

08 September 2007 by nicolitov

This is my second bike and I had it this full season, I put 6000km on it an I think it is wonderful!It accelerates like hell when needed, the position is relaxed even for me (I am 1.90m), this bike is a wonderful street bike.

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1999 Kawasaki ZX9R C2, standard except dubble bubble screen, in blue. 11700 miles

23 September 2006 by jagman36

I have covered just 70 miles on my ZX9R so far and love it already. It is comfortable, no wrist ache yet and is so easy and forgiving to ride. I have just changed it from a 16 year old CBR600 and can't believe how far bikes have come! I was ready to do a bit of taming, but none of it. It is far easier to ride than my CBR, but jesus, when I open that throttle, it flies! I recently tried my brother in laws £8000 Repsol replica Fireblade with more mods than Brighton seafront in the 60's and my bike has easily as much grin factor and is much more comfy. Strengths: Smoothness, comfort, performance, handling. Weaknesses: No fuel gauge and manual fuel tap (what are they all about??!!). Lights are weak.

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Zx9r new in 2001

22 September 2006 by ZX9MAN

I have had many bikes over my 20 years of riding blackburds cbr 100 fj 1200 the one thing I would say abought the zx9 is that you can ride it all day long for touring and the next day go to a track and thrash it knowing that you will still be fit enough to ride back home in comfort in my opinion its the most underrated bike in the world and its abought time all the journos out there stoped thrashing on about the fastest bikes out and looked at the real world and found a zx9 to live with.  Strengths: The engine its awsome full of life when you want it.  Weaknesses: If I have found anything it would be the rear suspension.

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All round hack

17 September 2006 by ossiesbrother

Had my c1 for almost a year, great bike does all you want. Keep coolent filter clean to prevent carb icing, and chain tension & condition effects gear change, other wise its pretty much bomb proof. Strengths: Got to be that motor. Weaknesses: Paint on wheels.

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Superb bit of kit!

30 May 2006 by kwakkie9rkid

Had a 96 fireblade before the ninja, was a great bike,but lacked the top end and over all excitement of the ninja. Best swap I ever done. Excellent engine, handling and looks, just brakes could do with braided hoses. Beats the modern crutch rockets all round! Strengths: Engine, engine, engine, looks, noise. Weaknesses: Brakes.

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Class act Perfect for every situation

24 April 2006 by ninjaflash

Twisty country roads are where I ride for the most part. The 9R loves them and I love it. whatever about the track, in the real world in my opinon both the fireblade and the R1 take a backseat to the ZX9R. 1500 mile weekends hassle free in comfort. This bike has been seriously under rated by the media. Strengths:
Ability to put the power down without a flighty front. Comfort. Handling. More power than I'll ever be able to use. Fairing actually protects from the elements. Acres of under seat storage. Stable at top speed 165mph. Weaknesses: Not mad about the colour schemes. The tail unit is a bit fat and dated.

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Good allround bike

21 April 2006 by gaztl1000r

Greatbike only let down in a few small areas brakes are weak as standard but a change to ebc hh pads will do the trick after my previous bike a tl1000r it feels gutless at low revs but you soon remember how to ride a 4 comfort is fantastic cant say how it will be on a long ride yet but as I had a zx9rb2 prior to the tl it should be ok only thing about it I do not like is it just does not like cold weather or cool damp weather the dreaded carb icing. Strengths: Comfort smiles per pound. Weaknesses: Carb icing brakes as standard.

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Excellent bike, fast, looks great (best in green) a real world bike

06 April 2006 by zxphil9r

I've had a C2 before, that was good, but this F2 model is amazing. The mag testers don't seem to like it though. It's not the latetst spec but in the real world it does everthing very well. Let the good times role! Strengths: Speed, looks, comfort, useability. Weaknesses: None yet.

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Fast, reliable, cheap

22 February 2006 by andy25

I was going to buy a blade, the zx9 was cheaper and almost as fast. I have toured 2 up and had weekend blasts with mates on gixer thous, kept with them OK. Strengths: Cost speed. Weaknesses: Poor finish.

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Just sold mine

21 January 2006 by A82ADDICT

Had my E1 for three years and just sold it with 16500 miles on it, the last three years it has not let me down it's been a fantastic bike. Longest journey was to cadwell park 2yrs ago 700 miles round trip in a day, blasted it down. Sore arse next day though. Strengths: Comfort for, induction noise, feelfront end. Weaknesses:
Nothing much, major service cost over the top.

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Great sports bike with real road practicality

22 January 2005 by sneville

I bought this in March 04 to replace my 16 year old GPZ600. Must say I'm pretty impressed. The performace is stunning and I'd though the GPZ was quick! Fairly comfortable, and can be ridden slowly if needed. fuel economy suprisingly good at between 50 and 60 mpg; although I'm sure it could be low sometimes. Tyre were tolerable original still has couple of thou left after 3500 miles. ZX10, R1, GSXR new 'blade maybe faster on a track but the ZX9 works; and was cheap. Strengths:
Performance, economy, looks, ergonomics. Weaknesses: Needs to be ridden where there is no traffic i.e. not in SE England.

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Fantastic all-rounder, comfortable and practical on a 90min commute and stupendously rapid.

19 August 2004 by karlmarshall

Bought a 2001 E1 from Millennium M/C in St Helens in Feb 2004. Froze my nuts off riding it home to Sheffield but fell in love with it that day. So much room to move about that my 90min commute to Warrington is thoroughly enjoyable, but it's an awesome machine for just hacking round the Peak District. I'm 6ft and find there's a bit of windblast at high speeds but otherwise I can't find fault with the thing. Some might find the suspension a bit hard but a quick tweak soon sorts it out. Love it! Strengths: Engine is awesomely fast and the blue model is a real looker. Weaknesses: The pilot!

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Bought new at Southport Superbikes when they used to sell real bikes in October 1999

12 July 2004 by NINJAA1

Soon as it was run in went across Europe, 3000 miles in six days 700 miles on the last day coming home, still as good today as when I first bought it, carb icing problem sorted under warrenty, it still is at the front off the pack when we go out on weekend runs. Strengths: Ultra reliable no problems at all since bought, still bloody fast. Weaknesses: None.

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Hugely under-rated

11 June 2004 by alex_zx9r

It might be a bit heavier than the latest trickest machines but this is not a problem. Weight helps stability and size makes it much more comfortable for taller riders. I had it jetted after fitting an Akrapovic race can. Gained 20lb-ft of torque between 2200 and 3000rpm. Who needs an Inter City 125? Strengths: Usable power. Weaknesses: Carb icing but Silkolene FST cures it.

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My Review

18 October 2003 by ZX9RAY

I like the ride and the comfort on this bike is excellent. It sounds great and rides very smoothly and it's very solid and stable at high speed. It's probably not as agile as some other superbikes in corners. Digital Speedo will be much better, dificult to read when riding fast on corners.

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My Review

08 October 2003 by daveriesebeck

Was missing gears this was due to an over acuating clutch 1/2" slack in the lever prob solved, handling is amazing once suspension is dialed in reallt trust the front, brakes are mind blowing, and it is the fastest thing I have ever sat on, warming up is a pain in the arse.

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My Review

28 September 2003 by mjf1961

What a bike.Fast and easy to ride.

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My Review

29 July 2003 by CHRIS8

My previous bike was a 99 zx6r, I thought that was a great bike, but it felt like a barge compared to the 9. Engine is plenty powerful enough for a mere mortal like me. Brakes are excellent, as is the handling. Seat could do with more padding, thats the only fault I have, if you can call it a fault,i think im just being picky now.

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My Review

08 March 2003 by TERRYKWAKA

GOOD ALLROUND SPORTS BIKE. GETS BAD PRESS BUT UNLESS YOUR NAME IS WALKER YOU WON'T HAVE MANY COMPLAINTS ABOUT THE HANDLING. GOES LIKE A ROCKET ABOVE 8000 RPM AND PULLS WELL FROM 2500. INTEND TO KEEP IT 'COS IV'E NEVER RIDDEN ANYTHING BETTER (YET).

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My Review

05 December 2002 by paulbridgewater

What a stonking motor! It just goes and then goes some more. Coupled with a lovely suspension set up it really is a comfy, fast, cross country missile. With just the Akrapovic is puts out 142bhp at the wheel but it is just so useable. There is a flat spot at 3-4K but its not too bad. Carb icing really affects it though it is easy to ride around. The brakes are powerful but lack feel, Carbone Lorraine SBK pads in at the moment.

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My Review

02 October 2002 by mr ninga

Fantastic smooth power, great feel, sensible riding position, looks the dogs nads, comes out of corners like chris walker. downside, bad gear selection, need to sit in it more rather than on top of it. Need rearsets as my legs don't fit snuggley into the cutaways of the tank. Love it though!

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My Review

27 July 2002 by lorne

Amazing engine very powerfull and smooth.

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My Review

20 July 2002 by owl633

Had a gixer 600 before this. The nine is terrific. The take up is awesome, I can tease the R1 club at leisure, and find it very difficult to find anything approaching in my mirrors. Comfort is very good. Sat in the bike rather than perched on it. Rarely travel without my pillion, she sits in comfort with room for a much larger arse. The performance and handling is awesome, flickable when it needs it, but commanding on the longer runs. Turns an eye at every tea stop and if there are any doubters, turns an ear as it screams past the rest. Solid on the twisties, edges tyres with an embarrasing ease. I am a very happy man.

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My Review

20 June 2002 by zx9rfreak

Likes: Fast as hell. Fantastic screaming motor, best sounding sportsbike by far with a standard end can. Roomy and comfotable for longer trips. Dislikes: Feels rough when it needs a service. Never ticked over properly (lumpy) since new despite carb balancing at every service. Also has sugffered from a metallic tapping sound from top end since new. Eats rear tyres.

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My Review

02 June 2002 by kameran

Only had the Ninja three wks so anything i say will be first impressions really. Having said that what a great bike!! Stacks of torque corners like it's on rails(now that the susp is set up correctly) and is good around town. Only have a couple of gripes so far 1- I get a false neutral between 4th and 5th. Happened twice sofar. 2-On selecting 1st the lever drops futher than normal and I have no drive,pop up the lever into 2nd then back into 1st and your ready to go this has also happened twice. Still love the bike and expect to own it for a long time yet.

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My Review

26 May 2002 by danstagg

More nimble that my old ZZR1100, performance better than I had expected, room for improvement on braking, also rides well with pavillion.

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My Review

22 May 2002 by walnut

Just run in , was getting 165 miles till reserve dont think Ill see that again! so far excellent bike, only downside-fueltap.

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My Review

21 May 2002 by neilww

Had a 6R before this bike and the 9R is a total revelation. I love it, even though it scares the hell out of me sometimes. Just need some more sunshine to see what the bike is really like.

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My Review

16 May 2002 by juliet3

This is my 26th bike in 15yrs. I love it to bits. I did have 010s fitted but have replaced them with D207s. The steering is much slower now. I prefer the Bridgestones. Problems? Well, carb icing in Nov. Carnells took it back and replaced the heaters. Backfires (really loud) on startup occasionally, and there is an annoying hesitancy on throttle take up. Brakes could be better too. Other than that excellent. I'll keep it til the arrival of the ZX10RR!!

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5 out of 5
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5 out of 5
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4 out of 5
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My Review

05 May 2002 by vanman

I COMMUTE 70 MILES A DAY EVERYDAY ALL YEAR ROUND, WENT TO MONZA LAST YEAR, VARIOUS WEEKENDS IN FRANCE,1 TRACK DAY AT BRANDS AND NURBURGRING. I FIND THE BIKE VERY QUICK AND COMFORTABLE, I'VE HAD FRONT DISCS CHANGED TWICE AND SUFFER WITH CARB ICING EVEN IN APRIL-AFTER 5 ATTEMPTS TO CURE! STILL LOVE IT 95.

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My Review

02 May 2002 by alexjackson

Its an exciting bike but startlingly uncomfortable. Been impressed with the build quality and once set up, the handling is excellent. The only problems are the appallingly glitchy throttle response, big holes in the power delivery below 4000rpm and the comfort. Every time you get on the bike, you want to annihilate everything on the road so you get there quicker and R1s are not a problem - its just as quick. Ditto GSXR1000s. Did 2500 in France last year and screamed all the way. Where the magazines get the idea that this is more real world than its competitors, I just don't know. Just bought a Fazer 1000 so my aching butt will forgive me the last 2 years. I'll miss the excitement though!

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3 out of 5
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3 out of 5
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My Review

10 February 2002 by thezx9er

Great bike overall, I cannot fault it's comfort levels, in fact it's so good I don't want to change it and I've had 14 bikes in 3 years.

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4 out of 5
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4 out of 5
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My Review

24 January 2002 by homerdoh

Lacks a bit of finish quality. Had ignitor plug problem at 65 miles but was sorted there and then by dealer. Not cramped at all. Love the induction noise. Don't put macadams on - they kill it but last for ever [they were in my garage at the time and it was end of season]. Went round spain etc couldn't have been on a better bike.

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4 out of 5
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My Review

15 January 2002 by Brianp

For the winter I am trying these Tomahawk remoulds (half the price) - no point in squaring off BT010's. Will fit BT012's once sun shines. I nearly always use a power washer on wide spray after a wet ride (most at moment) and have no corrosion problems. Had to have carbs changed under warranty last winter due to icing. Problem cured. Only took 1 week from reporting to fixing.

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
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5 out of 5
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My Review

06 January 2002 by ninjaspeedfreak

Like power noise looks handling dont like N/A.

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5 out of 5
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5 out of 5
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3 out of 5
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5 out of 5
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My Review

06 December 2001 by cone head

The fourth ZX9 I've owned and easily the best yet - lighter, quicker and better looking. However it is getting left behind by the competition - old fashioned instruments, suspension etc

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My Review

30 June 2001 by jpw1

Gradually getting suspension perfected. Top bike for distance work. Used every single day, but it doesn't get real cold here 2deg c lowest. Careful in the heat tho - 45deg c in summer (shade) poor thing struggles over 35deg in traffic. Low revs a little uneven. Upped idle a little. Very satisfied overall. Much cheaper here too! And got $500 free petrol thrown in!

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My Review

02 May 2001 by tonythake

I commute daily and in all weathers. The bike is a pussy about town. On the occasional trackday, it is not quite as nimble as Fireblades on corners, but blasts the straights and outperforms me by a long chalk around the track. It has a firm planted feeling when cranked and is less twitchy than more 'ultra' performance bikes. I was scared by stories of poor engine performance in wet/ cold conditions, but have ridden summer and winter with no such problems.

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5 out of 5
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5 out of 5
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My Review

30 April 2001 by evenbiggeryin

Love handling, brakes and the never ending power, very addictive. Very comfortable, easily as fast as i'm ever likely to travel (on land!) and to top if off, it looks the boll*cks! Build quality could be better, but reliable and bomb proof engine. Suspension needed adjust ing.

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5 out of 5
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My Review

27 April 2001 by kn7671

Good seating position, but seat is hard and uncomfy. Power is great, love the torque down low. Good fuel mileage, better than my GSXR750 Fuel Injected model. Good wind protection, but could be better with a double bubble wind screen, as I am 6'1". Love the sound of the engine and stock exhaust. Suspension set for lighter riders and needs tightening up for heavier riders, but good as is.

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5 out of 5
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My Review

24 April 2001 by ianscales

This bike replaced a "93" ZX9, Disappointed in the lack of fuel gauge. Had to have new clocks and sump fitted at the 500 mile service, that being said I think it's a wicked piece of kit which suits my size and build. True one finger braking and stunning looks.

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5 out of 5
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My Review

28 February 2001 by miken

This is a great bike that is bypassed by the press because of the R1 and Fireblade. In it's defence it will do everything most of us can acheive on a bike and only a few riders will be able to ride significantly faster on the roads. The handling is positive and stable. It takes a lot to knock it off course. The suspension once adjusted to the riders weight is firm but compliant. I commute on this bike doing lanes, motorway and city. It handles all without batting an eye lid. The engine is storming and pulls from low down to top revs. In the petrol crisis I managed 56mpg. It was boring though. The worst petrol consumption I've had was on a track day at Snetterton where over an evening and full day I only got 38mpg. I can live with that. It shot the tyres to peices though. I had Michelin pilot sports for a while but the bike didn't like them and felt twitchy in the wet. The 010s are brilliant but I've only used them through winter. The only major faults were a rear shock replaced under warranty after 2000 miles and the headraces which are being done as I write. There have been no reliability problems. Its blue and I love it.

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5 out of 5
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5 out of 5
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My Review

28 February 2001 by Cecil

Also owning a 98 Buell S3, this bike simply blows my mind. The motor ismunbelievable! The handling is quick, the brakes are awesome, the bike is totally comfortable (really!), and the Purplish Black Mica color is great. I love it!

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My Review

28 February 2001 by ferdie

Comfortable, fast, not as sharp on the brakes. Good tank range, better with twin h/lights. Seldom eclipsed on the queens highway it`s all down to rider ability be it R1, Blade etc. This bike replaced H/blackbird & TL1000R and I am happy. Haven`t tried GSXR1000 YET THOUGH !! KWAK PAINT still not up to Honda`s std`s .

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My Review

28 February 2001 by AndyB

Bike is fantastic, but cannot wait for some dry weather. No serious faults found yet. But do have mysterious clicking when braking/coming to a stop. Feels like headraces but these seem fine. I am suffering from poor running when v.cold weather but have not had time for carb recall work to be done so this is probably the problem. Have owned mostly Honda's before and do not think build quality is up to Honda standard.

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My Review

28 February 2001 by jeffasaki

My previous bike was a FZR1000 Exup a great bike but a bit slow steering and heavy but very stable. When I decided to change my original choice was an R6 but I wasn't happy with the trade in offer for the Exup, I shopped around and liked the look of the ZX9, I thought this was a cracking bike for the current price £7,500 (sounds dear now but wasn't at the time) the salesman seemed keen to do a deal and offered me £4,000 for my Exup, I took his hand off without even a test drive of the ZX9. I took delivery of the ZX9 in November in the p???ing down rain, headed straight for home and had a monster slide on a deisel covered roundabout just about 500 yards from the dealers, fortunately didn't fall off, but rode the bike upright all the way home. I washed the bike as soon as I got home and put it in the garage but had to go back to have a look every 10 minutes or so, now all I need is a fine day, not forgetting this was November. The forecast for Saturday was good, sunny but about 4 degrees, that'll do for me, put on the thermals and the rest of the gear and set of on a favourite road, the A68 Newcastle to Jedburgh fast A road with not too tight bends perfect for trying a new bike. Running in is a pain in the a??e but I stuck with it. Bike ran well and I experienced the most beautiful sound I had ever heard that puts a stupid smile on your face, makes your hair stand on end and shout at the top of your voice, the intake howl you get from the ram air, all this at running in speeds, what the hell will this be like at full revs. I rode the bike all through the winter but just on the fine days so I would be ready for the fun when the rest of the pack came out of hibernation. The rest of the pack comprised; 748 SPS, 2 x 748's, R1, fireblade x 2, 750 FZR. The only one that could live with the ZX9 was as you would expect the R1 and that was generally down to grunt out of corners. I've got loads more to write about this most under rated bike that has won praise from every one I ride with even the R1 owner and now that I have made the modifications it is even better, would like to write further on track days and Nurburgring but have run out of time.

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
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My Review

28 February 2001 by Steve77

Really need to get the bike dynojetted with an aftermarket end can to improve performance - suggestions as to the best cans ? If possible, will be part exchanging the bike for a GSX-R1000 though the Ninja is more than I will ever use. The only problems that I've experienced are 'carb-icing' and all lights on the 'cockpit' blowing although these were both fixed under warranty without complaint.

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My Review

28 February 2001 by markpaton

The Ninjas handling can be altered to suit most riding conditions and although supplied in standard trim for those horizontally challenged (another word for those of us who weigh more than 12 stone). A little time spent changing the settings and the handling comes alive.

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