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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 09-02-2008, 02:10 AM Thread Starter
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ZX9 vs. ZX7

Hey, new to kawiforums and am looking at buying a ZX7 or a ZX9, i have two lined up right now...I have test drove the ZX7 and LOVED it! Very stable and confidence inspired...There is a ZX9 I am also looking at that's further away so if I go I am going with cheque in hand to ride it and buy it.....does the ZX9 feel the same as the ZX7 or simular? The ZX9 is newere, 2002, with way less klm's, only 7000 klm's so I like it for this (it costs 2 grand more though , anyways, any opinions on the two bikes is more then welcome....is a newer ZX9 with way less klm's worth the extra cash? If I will love the ride of the ZX9 as much I am leaning that way......thanks.
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post #2 of 13 (permalink) Old 09-02-2008, 02:23 AM
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zx7 is generally considered to have what we like to call a "weight problem". could stand to drop a few pounds.

ive never ridden a zx9 but i understand it to be a great bike

if you have some experience and money isnt an object, id go for the zx9, a lot of guys actually end up putting a 9 engine in the 7. if your new to bikes and are choosing one of the two get the 7.

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thanks for the response....I have haed three bikes, all gsxr's...so the size isn't an issue....I had read alot of posts where rthey drop the 9 engine in the 7...I am not too concerned about power, more about how comfortable they are and how they ride as far as handling....the 7 I rode was awesome in these regards...just waondering if the 9 has the same feel to it or if it feels different...the 9 engine would be nice though...
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if you want comfort you can't beat the 9r. if you set up the suspension and put on some good rubber for the street it's still killer in the twisties. just remember that it's not a 600 so it's comfortablity and its size does take away from it's flickablity. but if you can ride at all you should have no problem dragging knee on it.

i'd go with the 9r, oh wait i did. you'll love the power and comfort of the bike for all day rides.
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Thanks, thats exactly what I wanted, to know how comfy the 9r was...I want something comfy and stable, even if it is heavier and isn't as flickable as a new 600.....I currently have a 03 750, and I prefer it over the newer gixxer's...I kind of like the feel of a heavier bike for some reason. I am decent in the corners (riding for five years) so musceling it down shouldn't be a problem, but being comfy for long rides is exactly want I want!!!
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You won't go wrong with either, but a 9 with a Muzzy 998 kit is AWESOME!
I bought this 02 with .4 miles and tore it down and had the motor professionally built. Did most of the work and all of the polishing by hand. I now have an 04 ZX10, but I really miss the 9. All day comfort and power to spare. I'm currently finishing a big-bore 7 with a 950 kit and I sit much better in it(5'7") then my 10.
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The 9r I am looking at is just like yours as far as year and model except it's green, not looking to do much motor work, just ride...the gixxer I have now is a piece of sh$% becaue tthe guy I bought it from put cheap sprockets on with the original chain, and now there are a few minor problems...so I am just looking at getting something fairly stock that I can enjoy riding....can't wait to have a Kawi!
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well i have built the zxr7/900 conversion and it is a realy good mod to do and you would need the zx9B engine . As for the zx9F which i have now it is even better the only thing i miss is the slipper clutch , oh yeh the zx9B did have the slipper clutch as standard as its just a big bore zxr 750 . So if i was choosing all be it i love the zx7 i would go for the later zx9 f2 , beleive it or not it will out grunt its bigger brothers the zx10 , and 12 in the first two gears . But again looking for that imaginary 7th gear may explaine that lol.
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Unbiast opinion

The ZX7 is 50lb heavier and 20bhp down on power...compared to the zx9 C1 model and newer... It is more uncomfotable for both rider and pillion and has a shorter tank range...115 miles, compared to 140miles for the zx9, (depending on how you ride obviously).
I've ridden both on track and the ZX7 is not the track demon many owners would have you believe, especially as standard when compared to more modern tackle..It's slow to turn as you simply can not get away from the weight..
The ZX7 however does respond well to engine tuning, and raising the rear ride hieght does help the bike turn.. Also it does have a nice front end feel going into bends and once laid over is confidence inspiring...It's also very stable, which is aided by the relatively modest power..
The ZX9 is aslo a little ponderous on track due to its size and slightly more flappy, due it's lighter weight and greater power, but could still be regarded as a stable bike...Overall. as standard., I would say the ZX9 is the better track bike, mainly due to the extra power and ligter weight..many ZX7 owners disagree, but they will own a modified ZX7 or have never ridden ZX9..
You could argue the ZX7 looks better and is quick enough for the road..
The ZX9 is clearly a better road bike and arguably a better track bike.
Either way, you buy a ZX7 with you heart and a ZX9 with your head..
I've owned three ZX9's and two ZX7's..so this is my unbiased opinion..
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