For decades, Kawasaki has defined the cutting edge of sportbike performance. Witness the ZX-9R:
setting new standards with its rock steady handling and ride-'em-everyday ergonomics. It features twin ram air.
A muscular midrange. And an incredibly rigid aluminum frame the MOTORCYCLIST says exhibits "unflappable
stability"*. MOTORCYCLE ONLINE crowned the ZX-9R "the best all-round, high performin', street-fightin' 900".
For '97, the updated ZX-9R features new six-piston front brake calipers, stiffer ZX-7R based swingarm, new rear-shock
and damping rates for better handling.
*MOTORCYCLIST MAGAZINE, September 1996
|Engine type||4-stroke, liquid-cooled inline four-cylinder|
|Bore and stroke||73 x 53.7 mm|
|Valve system||DOHC, 16 valves|
|Carburetion||Keihin CVKD40 x 4|
|Transmission||6-speed with Positive Neutral Finder|
|Frame type||Perimeter, pressed aluminum|
|Rake/trail||24 deg/3.7 inches|
|Suspension, front||41 mm upside-down cartridge fork with adjustable preload, 12-way compression damping and 7-way rebound damping|
|Suspension, rear||Bottom-Link UNI-TRAK with remote-reservoir gas-charged shock, adjustable preload, 20-way compression and 4-way rebound damping.|
|Tires, front/rear||Tubeless radial; 120/70 ZR17; 180/55 ZR17|
|Brakes, front||Dual semi-floating discs with dual six-piston calipers|
|Brakes, rear||Disc with opposed-piston caliper|
|Fuel capacity||5.3 gallons|
|Dry weight||474 pounds|
|Colors||Lime Green/Pearl Alpine White or Firecracker Red|