Kawasaki ZX-9R Ninja

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Kawasaki ZX-9R (ZX900B) 1994-1997

The Kawasaki ZX-9R sports bike model appeared in 1994 as Kawasaki's response to the Honda CBR900RR Fireblade model, which almost immediately gained popularity in the market. With the CBR900RR Fireblade, Honda has been able to combine the power of a liter bike with the handling of lighter 750cc models. Kawasaki, on the other hand, offered more power and more impressive dynamic characteristics, but noticeably lost in weight and handling. In general, the ZX9R was more suited to the role of a sports tourist with its more upright fit and high clip-on position.

The first versions of the Kawasaki Ninja ZX-9R were built on the basis of another sports model Kawasaki ZXR750, getting from it virtually the same engine, but increased displacement and front inverted forks. Subsequent generations were significantly revised and finally separated from Kawasaki ZXR750 - they received a new engine, frame and suspension.

The Kawasaki ZX-9R was based on an in-line 4-cylinder liquid-cooled engine with a volume of 899 cm³, producing from 139 hp. on the first generations up to 144 hp. power on the latter. Engine performance could vary significantly depending on the countries of sale.

Other features include an aluminum frame, fully adjustable sports suspensions, powerful brakes, a 6-speed gearbox, a 19 liter fuel tank (20 liters for the first generation) and 207 kg of curb weight (243 kg for the first generation).

The first modifications of the Kawasaki ZX-9R had the factory designation ZX900B and featured a double headlight, an inverted fork, a 20-liter fuel tank, an aluminum tubular frame and 139 hp.

In 1998, the model receives a restyling and a new factory designation ZX900C. This generation features a new frame, engine, suspensions (conventional 46 mm telescopic forks), 6-piston front calipers (appeared in the middle of the first generation) and smaller brake discs (296 mm instead of 320 mm). Maximum power - 143 hp

In 2000, the model undergoes another update, changing the appearance (double headlight), rear suspension settings, increasing the dimension of the rear tire, getting new carburetors and increasing the maximum power to 144 hp.

2002 marked the last restyling of the model, which resulted in the ZX9R receiving 4-piston front calipers and 320mm discs, bringing back the previous 1st and 2nd generation carburetors and slightly increasing the curb weight.

2003 was the last year of production of the model, after which it finally left the market, giving way to a completely new flagship model - Kawasaki ZX-10R.

The main competitors of the Kawasaki ZX-9R in the class:


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Specifications Kawasaki ZX-9R Ninja:

ModelKawasaki ZX-9R
Motorcycle typesports
Release year1994-2003
Framealuminum tubular - ZX900B

aluminum cast - ZX900C, ZX900E, ZX900F

Engine type4-cylinder, 4-stroke, in-line
Working volume899 cm³
Bore / Stroke73.0 x 53.7mm - ZX900B

75.0 x 50.9 mm - ZX900C, ZX900E, ZX900F

Compression ratio11.5: 1 - ZX900B, ZX900C

12.2: 1 - ZX900E, ZX900F

Number of valves per cylinderDOHC, 4 valves per cylinder
Fuel supply systemCarburetor, 4x Keihin CVKD40 - ZX900B, ZX900C, ZX900F

Carburetor, 4x Keihin CVRD40 - ZX900E

Ignition typetransistor
Maximum power139.0 h.p. (102.0 kW) @ 10,500 rpm - ZX900B (full version)

143.0 h.p. (105.0 kW) @ 11000 rpm - ZX900C (full version)

144.0 h.p. (106.0 kW) @ 11000 rpm - ZX900E, ZX900F (full-strength versions)

Maximum torque96.0 Nm (9.8 kg * m) @ 9000 rpm - ZX900B (full-strength versions)

101.0 Nm (10.3 kg * m) @ 9000 rpm - ZX900C (full strength versions)

101.0 Nm (10.3 kg * m) @ 9200 rpm - ZX900E, ZX900F (full-strength versions)

Drive typechain
Front tire size120/70 ZR17 (58W)
Rear tire size180/55 ZR17 (73W) - ZX900B, ZX900C

190/50 ZR17 (73W) - ZX900E, ZX900F

Front brakes2 discs, 320mm, 4-piston calipers - ZX900B1-B2

2 discs, 320mm, 6-piston calipers - ZX900B3-B4

2 discs, 296mm, 6-piston calipers - ZX900C, ZX900E

2 discs, 320mm, 4-piston calipers - ZX900F

Rear brakes1 disc, 220 mm, 1-piston caliper
Front suspension43mm Inverted Fork (Fully Adjustable), 110mm Travel - ZX900B

46mm Telescopic Fork (Fully Adjustable), 120mm Travel - ZX900C, ZX900E, ZX900F

Rear suspensionPendulum Uni-Trak with monoshock (adjustable), stroke - 145 mm - ZX900B

Pendulum Uni-Trak with monoshock (adjustable), stroke - 130 mm - ZX900C

Pendulum Uni-Trak with monoshock (adjustable), stroke - 135 mm - ZX900E, ZX900F

Motorcycle length2085 mm - ZX900B

2050 mm - ZX900C, ZX900E

2065 mm - ZX900F

Motorcycle width725 mm - ZX900B

720 mm - ZX900C

730 mm - ZX900E, ZX900F

Motorcycle height1165 mm - ZX900B

1155 mm - ZX900C, ZX900E, ZX900F

Wheelbase1440 mm - ZX900B

1415 mm - ZX900C, ZX900E, ZX900F

Saddle height800 mm - ZX900B

810 mm - ZX900C

815 mm - ZX900E, ZX900F

Minimum ground clearance125 mm - ZX900B

160mm - ZX900C, ZX900E, ZX900F

Acceleration to 100 km / h3.02 sec.
Maximum speed273 km / h
Fuel tank capacity20.0 L - ZX900B

19.0 L - ZX900C, ZX900E, ZX900F

Motorcycle weight (dry)215 kg - ZX900B

183 kg - ZX900C, ZX900E

186 kg - ZX900F

Motorcycle weight (curb)243 kg - ZX900B

207 kg - ZX900C, ZX900E

212 kg - ZX900F