Kawasaki ZX-9R C1/C2 (1998 - 2000)

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£8320
Available from
1998 to 2000
Comfortable sporty tourer that was once defined as a sports bike. Fast with a smooth power delivery.
Not many good ones left. Poor rear suspension squat rate. The R1 arrived.

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its a fast, well behaved, compitent sports bike, with the added benifit of, if her in doors wants to go with you, then the rear seating is pilion friendly, just dont answer her if the imortal question arrises..."does my bum look big on this?"

Strengths

good low rev torque and mid range, and if you twist the right hand hard enough, there's not a lot gets away from you. very comfy riding position, and without doubt the reliability of the motor, as the zx9 will clock up lots of miles without letting pou down.

Weaknesses

not exactly state of the art by todays standards, paint on the wheels is a bit on the thin side and no fuel gauge.

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Submitted by adareeves on Wed, 12/03/2008 - 11:09

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Buy one for less then £2000 and you have a great all round bike..fast comfortable on long jorneys , and above all , the thrills by miles you need.. and will still keep up with the new toys in its range.

Strengths

Due to the more popular fireblade, never a big seller so cheap to buy. Sensible when you need it, with loads of torque for pottering about and will accelerate from 30 to 130 + without needing to change out of top gear. Cheap to insure and reasonable priced spares , reliable as all “quacks” are even with a fair few miles on the clock.

Weaknesses

Can be a little lively on the front end without a damper when giving it the beans. Braided hoses are a must !!

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Submitted by Jason Mayer on Wed, 12/03/2008 - 19:05

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If you dont do track days get one of these - just about as good a road bike as I can imagine, but if its a C1 expect to spend £600 on a new gearbox if the previous owner didn't already

Strengths

Comfort, top end speed

Weaknesses

handling, torque

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Submitted by sparkysbandit on Tue, 15/07/2008 - 08:24

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pulls like a lotto winner in a taiwan bar with his "wad" hangin out

Strengths

speed, reliable, comfy

Weaknesses

paint work on the wheels and swing arm is a bit thin, brakes are ok but braided lines make em better.

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Submitted by Starwarden on Fri, 24/05/2013 - 05:07

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If you are on a budget, but want the option of a large sport bike, one that CAN keep up with most any modern bike, this might be your ticket. As pointed out by the press, and other riders, this bike was never the fastest, nor the most nimble, but it was dang close in both areas, and the cost factor really needs to be considered. I ride mine with Dunlop Q2s, and I run with guys using 600s in the twisties, and guys running Suzuki Bkings, and GSXR 1000s in the straights, it is all in how you want to ride, but learn the bike, it will do you right.

Strengths

The ZX9R is still a quick bike, it is also still a fast bike. Mods are getting harder to find for it, but it is hard to shelve this bike, just to go for a newer model that has only marginal improvements.... maybe in ANOTHER ten years.

Weaknesses

The seat is not the most comfortable thing to sit on, and the amount of wrist pressure when running for several hours is pretty tough on me.

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Overall Review

A very capable sports bike with strong engine and decent handling. Mine was candy blue and looked really smart. Ultra reliable. Fairly comfy compared to the competition. Nice size tank. It just made me go a bit too fast and messed up my usual smooth riding style. I did Belgium to Lincoln in a day with no serious discomfort issues. Traded it because of the addictive way it accelerated which was going to get me in trouble. Ended up with a xjr1300 to steady me down a bit. Nice bike though!

Strengths

Ballistic engine - roomy feel - cuts it as a sports tourer compared to the competition.

Weaknesses

Made me go too flipping fast! Addictive intake roar etc.

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Submitted by dano079 on Mon, 07/04/2014 - 01:56

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Overall a well priced package now for the budget conscious rider. Miss the Blade but this is a great substitute with a little more power! Compared to today's bikes its a little heavy but its quality still stands out even today when people ask me what year model it is!!

Strengths

Bulletproof engine with plenty of power on tap. Very comfortable riding position, Awesome sound with the right exhaust can. Handles great with no heavy feeling on the top end which is what you really want in a bike like this.

Weaknesses

Brakes not as forgiving as the 98 model Blade which I owned previously but its a matter of getting used to it. Build quality not as good as its competitor (The Blade) but still a sexy looking bike. Upgrade to LED blinkers a must (too big and ugly as per the blade!)

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Submitted by Giles Hamilton on Fri, 16/10/2015 - 11:44

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Back in the day (1999) I thought this was the best bike I had ever owned. Incredibly comfortable even for 6ft 6 me and very useable performance. The original solid colours look great - the later stripes didn't. A sports exhaust makes it sound great. The handling was very forgiving. Not a full sports bike but all the better for it.

Strengths

Comfort, tractable, solid handling, looks

Weaknesses

nothing

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