Kawasaki ZX900-C1 Ninja ZX-9R Motorcycles Reviews (5)
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2002-04-09 1998 Kawasaki ZX900-C1 Ninja ZX-9R Motorcycles View Listings

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I love this bike!It has all the power that can be used on the street and is comfortable enough for 10 hours in the saddle. The weight is a bit heavier than other bikes in its class, but the comfort makes it all worthwhile. This is a great bike for the real world.
- steve, Hixson, Tennessee

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2001-04-26 1998 Kawasaki ZX900-C1 Ninja ZX-9R Motorcycles View Listings

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I'm not going to lie, I have enjoyed this bike, but it's a damn tank. It's way too heavy to be pulling any sort of twisties or the track for that matter. The torque is great and if you're a BIG guy and want to put around, this is the bike for you, but if you do any serious sportbike riding, this IS NOT the bike for you. Kawasaki needs to step up to the plate and play the weight game with the rest of the manufactures. It's 50 pounds heavier than the next sport bike in line in its class. I sold mine in January and am now in the hunt for a new GSXR 750. I have ridden many bikes and this was not the bike for me.
- craig, USA

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2000-11-21 1998 Kawasaki ZX900-C1 Ninja ZX-9R Motorcycles View Listings

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Bought used on July 1999 (1400 miles), the ZX9R has not disappointed. Though I have not ridden the vaunted R1, the nine seems to have it all. Power has been enhanced with a full Muzzy race system, Factory jet kit, and K&N filter. The result of these standard upgrades is a dyno tuned 138.5 hp. The weight savings are approx. 15 lbs. with new exhaust, Renthal sprockets, 520-chain conversion, removal of pegs, chain guard, front turn signals. The midrange is fierce and I saw no need for any gearing change. Sport Rider mag found issue with excessive high-speed compression damping but I guess I am not an aggressive enough of a rider to discern any problems. I have had the rear step out during some tight cornering though I don't know if that was due to my clumsy riding style or the stock BT57's harder compound (7000 miles with plenty of tread left). Upgrades for this winter will focus on a Race Tech gold valve kit for the forks along with stiffer springs. Rear shock hasn't been chosen at this time. Last winter I polished the frame and the bike was transformed into a slick looking beast. I am thinking of either aftermarket wheels or chrome plating the stockers. E-mail for pics.
- Alex A., Indiana

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2000-09-18 1998 Kawasaki ZX900-C1 Ninja ZX-9R Motorcycles View Listings

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I got my 1998 ZX-9R in November of 1998. I'm glad I had been riding for five years and took an Advanced MSF class before I got on this bike. The acceleration is ripping, awesome handling and great brakes. I put on a thousand miles before. It really got cold and started to snow! The next year, '99, I rode the bike extensively putting on 12,500 miles before I had to put it away for last winter. That summer saw 100 or so runs down the dragstrip, best 10.66 @ 133MPH. I snuck in one long ride to Arizona in November. The additions I put on the bike are a wire hookup for an electric vest, tank bag, tank bra, tail cowling, and a GEL pad for my butt! This year I have put on a few less miles, but the year isn't over! I have 19,900 miles and I'm on my third back tire. The first, a Dunlop 204 lasted 7000 miles with a bunch of burnouts at the dragstrip. The second tire, a Dunlop 207 lasted 9000 miles and I'm on another 207. The only think that broke, is the small return spring on the clutch that takes the slack out of the cable. I have seen several of these broken on the same model. I have used Maxima chain wax and love it, I have adjusted my chain several times and there is still life in it with almost 20,000 hard miles. I have seen gas mileage range from 36 to 46 Miles per gallon. However it should be noted that most speedos are faster than actual, and as a result gas mileage is more than actual. The power is great; when the motor hits about 8000 rpm WOT the front-end will point skywards in a hurry. I like to PUTT around at about 3500 rpm, as the motor growls. Open up the throttle and at 4000 rpm the power starts to rip. The gearbox is like butter, a flick of the gas and a tap on the shifter makes for great fast shifting. A few times using the clutch I have missed shifts, so I just shift with out it and have better luck. The wind brakes just under my helmet, which gets loud, so I wear earplugs. The airflow hits my arms and not much on my chest, which is a good compromise in my book, I like air. I'm 5'11" and 175 pounds. The bike fits me well as long as I stay forward against the tank. Sliding back on the seat puts more weight on my wrists, so I only do that too move around a bit on long trips. With my butt back on the seat the tank contours no longer line up with my legs letting my knees hit the topside of the tank. I'm thinking about getting taller clip-ons, I could go for about and inch up and an inch back. I have a web site if you are interested, check it out http://members.aol.com/NINE9TIME/9TIME.html
- Dave M., Wisconsin

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2000-04-25 1998 Kawasaki ZX900-C1 Ninja ZX-9R Motorcycles View Listings

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After recently spending about 25 minutes on this bike for a dealer test ride, I have to say that it more than exceded all expectations I had from what I had seen and read. The only other bikes which I've ridden that can be compared are the '84 V65 Sabre and the 98 Triumph 955i. In my opinion, it flat blows them away in every category. At least in terms of performance, comfort and handling--the only possible exception being the V65 Sabre, for comfort. The handlebars on the ZX9 do supposedly sit higher than those of any other "cafe racer" (is that term still politically correct?). It is a SCREAMER, and it is far too much power for anyone other than a very mature and experienced rider. Maybe I'm just too much of a sissy, but it's difficult for me to fathom the power in the likes of the new ZX12, or even the ZX11. I almost have my wife convinced that it would be a practical alternate mode of transportation, but will probably have to settle for an earlier model.
- Steve Davis, New Port Richey, Florida

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