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Kawasaki Ninja ZX-9R

2002 Kawasaki ZX-9R Test

Kawasaki stays the with a significantly updated of what might be the best open-class streetbike motorcycle of all

While the other Japanese are busy tripping all over one in the rush to produce lighter, powerful, LED-encrusted literbikes, sees fit to go on swinging away the ZX-9R it birthed a month or two of the original Yamaha YZF-R1-way in 1998. Although the ’02 looks not much different the original, upon closer we learn the ZX has been heavily for ’02.

The newly braced (20 percent stiffer Kawasaki is the main visual clue, but the frame’s been stiffened too, with the addition of pair of engine mounts up the steering head, and the replacement of rubber engine mounts solid ones. The rear is different, and operated now through a with less rising And we thought the clip-ons felt a closer to the seat; that’s fork offset’s been from 30mm to 28mm, as we all know, results in a similar in trail: 98.5mm, the green men now at the same 24-degree rake. never mind they 97.0mm last year, and is still quoted as being

Two millimeters isn’t much, but the new feels a mite sharper on the believe it or not. The ZX-9R was as stable as a building filled horses, and didn’t need trail for stability. But another of decreasing offset-the fore/aft between the center of the steering and the fork-tube centers as you look at the top triple clamp-is that it the front tire’s contact closer up under the engine and and gives a little more of feeling of being atop in control of) the front wheel.

Or maybe it’s the stiffer new and suspension revised to work the stiffer new frame? Whatever the this ZX-9R does not only more planted but quicker-reacting than last and that’s a good thing strafing back roads in cardiac-arrest literbike fashion, balancing the joy of employing tremendous out of every second-gear corner the wish not to be badly mangled for the should the rear tire out from under you-then a face-shield-fogging sigh of relief, clears just in time for the corner to come rushing up way than normal.

It all makes you the bike’s new Nissin four-piston and bigger 320mm discs up These have not only stopping power than the calipers of yore, but a much feel, too. And yes, the new do keep it all in line better.


Thrustwise, Kawasaki a little intake and exhaust to give the bike increased CVKD Keihin carburetors 40mm maws replace the 40s used previously, and a longer in the exhaust collector is also to boost low-end and midrange Why not throw in a new crankshaft?-10 percent mass, we assume, means 10 heavier (partially offset by a flywheel).

That heavier softens the hit, a little, you whack the throttle open-and it the ZX even more of that feel when cruising the road at 85 mph and 5000-or-so rpm (but if you read about it you probably notice). Speaking of cruising, the engine’s solidly mounted we didn’t note any increased

As usual, the ZX’s carburetion a little unsure right off the so you slip the clutch a smidge and by rpm you’re Ricky Gadson. low-rpm stumble is easy to From there on up, hang on to socks. We did note occasional when opening the throttle a steady top-gear 5500-rpm speed. It happened a few times, but the tach needle from its rounds for merely a second.

Kawasaki Ninja ZX-9R

Most of the time, the ZX-9R indeed feel more between 4000 and 6000 and beyond 6000 you’ll the sort of grip-tightening acceleration Kawasakis have been for since inception. Wherever the running, it’s accompanied by (should-be) patented rasty racket-it’s the most stimulating of all the fours. Kudos again. 49-state bikes get the titanium can; California ones get a can containing a second catalyzer-same

One last subtle change the bolt-on subframe, which is now at a jauntier angle, probably to your passenger from off now that the nice grab have been replaced by a strap. A tailpiece you can pop on in place of the seat is standard equipment. The effect is that of a … My, the ZX looks years younger. the cosmetic surgery, though, the ZX is an old right?

Slap yourself. If you’re Formula Xtreme racing season, right, you probably a Honda, Yamaha or Suzuki they’re all 30 to 40 pounds lighter). For about anything else, not much wrong with the old ZX that the numbers on the speedo are to read than those new jobs the other bikes it’s got no cool Flying Sub LED treatment, and don’t forget to the petcock back to on after you up. Do you care?

Are those things the $1000 more you’ll be out for one of the other literbikes?

At $9499, the cheap. With its stiffer new and better suspension and brakes, hard to envision a sporting in which the ZX won’t be able to with the other liter-luges. critically, as the other manufacturers’ bikes grow ever and racier, the battle for who gets to home at the end of the day on the smooth-cruising-comfy-seat-big-fairing-five- gallon-tank ZX ever fiercer.

By staying in the same spot, the now inhabits a class of its own.

Kawasaki Ninja ZX-9R
Kawasaki Ninja ZX-9R
Kawasaki Ninja ZX-9R


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