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MD Ride Review: 2000 ZR-7

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I first saw a picture of the 2000 ZR-7 on Kawasaki’s Japanese web in the Fall of 1999. At that I didn’t know whether the was destined for the United States or Frankly, I doubted it, and assumed it was a Japan-only model, or, at best, for Europe, but not the United States.

I the ZR-7 must be an outgrowth of the home-market fascination with 70s/early 80s UJMs (or “universal motorcycles”). Remember the Zephyrs? were sold in the United in both 750cc and 1100cc several years ago.

air-cooled, in-line four-cylinder and styling reminiscent of the UJMs, the did not sell well in the United but they sell well in to this day, along a host of other bikes of design. Here is a photograph of a Japanese model Zephyr

You’re probably wondering why I this ride review a discussion of the Japanese market for motorcycles. It goes back to my comment, i.e. that the appeared to be an outgrowth of this Indeed, the ZR-7, from my is a modern interpretation of the UJM.

Sure, it retains an air-cooled oil cooled), two-valve engine fed by — just like the UJMs of but its styling is a modern evolution of the motorcycle, and the machine features modern engineering touches, as

Styling is a matter of personal of course, but from my perspective, the is a very pleasing machine to at. From virtually every the look spells MUSCLE. The motor is the centerpiece of a simple, look. The modern components enhance the look, again, in my The single rear shock, for is cleaner than a double set up (aside from being functional).

Ditto for the dual and single rear disc which lend the design (and the machine ample power). The 17 inch cast are, again, a cleaner, attractive design than of the retro spoked wheels (in to being more functional and easily shod with rubber — something very to do on the odd sizes, such as 18 inch featured on some retros).

Those of you who have read MD for than a few months know I am partial to simple, … designs (look at my article on the for instance). So, as I sit here, I remember the first time I saw the ZR-7 on Japanese web page roughly months ago. An attractive design is not something I soon — and the ZR-7 was a design I had been for.

Forget the blind to retro designs, and design a bike with a single shock, disc brakes all 17-inch wheels (with rubber, if possible), and I will be (my thoughts at the time). The ZR-7 delivered.

What about the of the ZR-7? The bike is beautiful to at, but how does it perform? Quite actually.

Your first impression riding the ZR-7 is that it its weight extremely well, and is a and torquey machine through It clearly out performs the Zephyr from a handling perspective. Kawasaki is proud of the stiffness of its and the ZR-7 was designed to be a performer — not a looker.

The two-valve, air-cooled isn’t going to challenge the four-valve, liquid-cooled in-line for outright performance, but, in package, the classically designed is both beautiful and adequately With a deep, resonant note, the motor pulls through the midrange – only out of steam at high rpm (above rpm, actually).

With the of Kawasaki’s K-TRIC throttle system, the ZR-7 carburetes well throughout the rev range. Its wheel horsepower and torque reflect Kawasaki’s continual of this motor. With 67 and roughly 45 foot pounds of the ZR-7 offers more enough performance for the average

Kawasaki ZR 7

If you want more performance, the is already at work on pipes, and air filters for the ZR-7. Yoshimura is one company worth mentioning, since we “borrowed” their chart for the ZR-7. According to the minor re-jetting, including of the needles, and increasing the main jet coupled with the Yosh slip on yields six additional and increased torque over a range.

More importantly, the indicates the bike can breathe on top with a pipe and re-jetting.

The of the ZR-7 is predictable and lively, of course, it won’t set standards the latest sport bikes own ZX6R included). Ridden at a to brisk pace, the ZR-7 well to rider commands – far than any UJM I remember. The stiff Kawasaki boasts about with modern rubber, and brakes, make for a very handling, modern machine.

While you can certainly have fun on a road, don’t expect the to hold its composure when as hard as you might comfortably a modern sport bike. frame flex and imprecision wallowing) can result in these Nevertheless, at this price and given the ZR-7′s intended as an all-around, multi-purpose motorcycle, it quite well and, better than I had expected.

It is a fun with lots of character.

touches include a centrally fuel gauge, 300mm disc brakes in the front perform quite well), a stainless steel four-into-one and, by anyone’s standards, a level of fit and finish (including blue paint here in the States). The cast wheels the latest generation Dunlop touring radials (D205s). tires (which I have on other bikes) are strong — offering excellent grip and

At an MSRP of $5,699, the ZR-7 an attractive mix of nostalgia and modern As the owner of a Kawasaki KZ1000 UJM in my the ZR-7 tempts me for a number of It has that classic lump of dominating its style, and is a far better point for modification than any drum-braked, 18 inch tired, UJM.

To be honest with you, been thinking about a with an aftermarket pipe, air filter, decked cylinder higher compression), and a little work. With its bargain price and modern styling, I build a … UJM for the new millenium.

Kawasaki ZR 7
Kawasaki ZR 7
Kawasaki ZR 7
Kawasaki ZR 7


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