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Kawasaki ZX-9R E1/E2 — 2001)

Kawasaki thrashed around the 37-mile by the very men who would have them there this by Warren Pole.

I couldn’t it. I know the TT course is a ludicrously place to ride a motorcycle, and those who race it flat-out on the bikes known to man all have the size of watermelons.

But the ZX-9R’s in front of my eyes was reading The roads around me were although fairly traffic-free, and open enough for some madness — still with walls and grass on one side and large drops well, nothing really on the side. Yet the trio of racers of me had vanished into the twisty making me and the ZX-9R look we were standing very, still indeed.

All that was to indicate they’d ever there at all as I screamed my way across the section in their wake a selection of tell-tale black arcing out of 130mph-plus sweepers. Of laying darkies, on road on road bikes, on the blinking it’s the most natural in the world. We all do it.

Err, pardon?

It was madness and an awe-inspiring demonstration of the skill and intimate understanding of the TT these guys all possess in Truly humbling and a very demonstration of why they are professional paid large sums of to race on the island every and the rest of us aren’t.

But away the blatant insanity of flat-out on the TT course, there is a point to little anecdote, because as my did backflips over what was on in front of me, I was also very to be on the ZX-9R.

It’s comfortable for so despite my mind working my body was relaxed. There’s no into an extreme arse-up, wrist-crippling crouch on the Kawasaki, more of a gentle flop a forward-canted, plushly-padded tuck. to …, but alternatively ready to a few hours cruising some sweeping A-roads and taking in the Not that the scenery was actually on my at this point you understand.

not beyond the worry of becoming a of it, anyway.

On top of this, the Kawasaki is bloody fast, posting the top speed after the GSX-R1000 Bruntingthorpe test strip’s runway a couple of days and that speed is very

Thanks to the carbs the ZX-9R is using and the fact that is one engine that simply to be revved, winding the throttle on no sudden surprises — a building head of drive hauls you from one turn to the And in the manic fast stuff we caning through across the the top end was the place to be — the ZX-9R has a plateau of … drive 9,000rpm all the way to the redline.

Ah, there is nothing to beat properly a 130bhp motorcycle on the open Bliss.

Gearbox is pretty so dancing through the ratios to the motor singing like a isn’t a problem. The only the ZX-9R’s gearbox can be a drag is at the where you can’t grab as quickly as you’d always thanks to the amount of travel at the — you need a positive for fast changes. On the road — even at high — changes are less the ZX-9R box was one of the nicest to use here.

of course there’s the handling. The suspension has been historically by all and sundry for being too soft and for hard track use, and so — because it is. But on the road another story.

The added softness makes the more comfortable, and at the same it’s more stable at speeds. Where the GSX-R1000 has a to keep it in check, none of the bikes do. Of these three, the big is the only bike that very fast road without ever threatening to off into a big-time tankslapper.

got user-friendly written all over it one of the reasons why you see so many of them on the

And helpfully enough for the situation I myself in (trying to follow a of lunatics across the fastest I’d never seen in my life), the ZX-9R turns Not super-quick or super-responsive, but it’s and leans as far as you dare, simple as It doesn’t dive into with the speed of the others just responds exactly to you ask of it.

No more, no less, and is surprisingly in the way it tracks a line once into a turn. And should you mess up and find yourself into a corner 20mph too the brakes are as reassuringly unfazed as the pumping back an ever-increasing of stopping power the harder you on the lever. Not as sharp as the Blade’s or but plenty good enough, and than the GSX-R’s.

All this makes for a fast, and road package.

Some say the ZX-9R is past it. Too heavy, too too slow, nah, forget it and buy a nice new GSX-R1000, they’ll But to be honest, while that ring true for trackdays and for a bike to live with day, that’ll take in a of fast touring down to the of France, hack the Sunday with your mates, with the best of them and show 180mph on the speedo you need it to, the ZX-9R suddenly a lot of sense.

Add to all this the fact easier to insure than the of this pack, and cheaper to buy too if you around, and the supposed old has-been of the class suddenly becomes attractive.

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Particularly when watched Jim Hodson ride the around the TT circuit. I didn’t it was possible to stop a roadbike quickly on public roads, and fire it out of corners with the tyre sliding out sideways. But it is.

ZX-9R TT Opinion:

Jim Hodson

The felt just like it did I raced it here last apart from the suspension too soft. Still handled though — you could it flat-out over the bumps and plough on through where of the others would slap It still turned in sweetly — good balance to the

Biggest problem up-front was it like there was no compression so braking hard into the front dived right then came back slow.

But the motor’s … for a 900, especially the top end. the GSX-R felt faster. But was it faster! This was the first I’d ridden a GSX-R1000 and it’s unbelievable. The torque is monstrous.

Hauling out of corners almost irrelevant what you’re in — it just like a train. It felt 50bhp up on everything else I know it’s not, just a new generation of bike.

But it’s not perfect. To me, the front end odd after being used to the so long. Maybe that damper was doing it. The GSX-R still have been the TT this year had we been

Its torque just meant especially over the bumpier of the course, you could ride the to help keep it stable losing any time, rather having to scream the top end and risk flightiness up front.

If it came to my own cash on a roadbike, I’d go for the In fact, I already have, one last year and no, it wasn’t a from Kawasaki. Jim Hodson

suspension settings for the ZX-9R

Plus two clicks of rebound stock, and that’s it

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