1997 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-9R Motorcycle
1997 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-9R

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.


SpecificationsNinja ZX-9R
Engine type4-stroke, liquid-cooled inline four-cylinder
Displacement899 cc
Bore and stroke73 x 53.7 mm
Compression ratio11.5:1
Valve systemDOHC, 16 valves
CarburetionKeihin CVKD40 x 4
Transmission6-speed with Positive Neutral Finder
Frame typePerimeter, pressed aluminum
Rake/trail24 deg/3.7 inches
Wheelbase56.7 inches
Suspension, front41 mm upside-down cartridge fork with adjustable preload, 12-way compression damping and 7-way rebound damping
Suspension, rearBottom-Link UNI-TRAK with remote-reservoir gas-charged shock, adjustable preload, 20-way compression and 4-way rebound damping.
Tires, front/rearTubeless radial; 120/70 ZR17; 180/55 ZR17
Brakes, frontDual semi-floating discs with dual six-piston calipers
Brakes, rearDisc with opposed-piston caliper
Seat height31.5
Fuel capacity5.3 gallons
Dry weight474 pounds
ColorsLime Green/Pearl Alpine White or Firecracker Red

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