|Year of specifications
in-line 4 cylinder
@ 11,000 rpm
its introduction in 1994 the Kawasaki ZX-9R has undergone several
major revisions. In 1998 the power was increased and weight
reduced - with obvious benefits. However despite the improvements,
the ZX-9R was up against the all-new Yamaha R1 and popular Honda
Fireblade. Out of the three, the ZX-9R was the best for touring,
but worst for power and handling.
In 2001 and 2002 further redesigns improved the ZX-9R even more.
The changes included superior brakes - replacing soft 6-piston
units for smaller, yet superior, 4 piston units, a stiffer frame,
braced rear swingarm. The styling was also updated with headlights
and air intakes borrowed from the ZX-12R.