Join Date: Jun 2001
Location: North Phoenix, Az
Shannon, the 7 is Not slow. Perhaps you were slow when you rode one. My 7 Does power wheelie now that I've dropped to a 520 chain and a 46 tooth rear sprocket.
The 7R is probably the most stable sport bike on the market. You don't need a steering damper on these things. If your into rolling tricks such as Crossover, Switchback, Christ, etc... The 7R is the perfect choice. More then any of the other sportbikes, the 7R just wants to go in a nice straight line. I've ridden Christs down to nearly stopped. The 7R is very forgiving, because it is so stable. That stability also helps in corners because it turns in, rather then falling in.
Anyone that tells you the 7R is a "bad" bike doesn't know what they are talking about. Sure, it looses in straight line top speed battles, but whats the fun in going straight anyway? My bike tops out around 150 MPH since the gear change. I can't see any reason for me to be going faster then that. I keep up with all but the top racers in our riding group. How fast you are in the curves has very little to do with which bike your on. (Unless your riding at racing levels)
Something else I have noticed after watching myself on video, for the same speed, same radius corner (i.e. following someone closely) my bike is leaned far less then an R1, 9R, etc.. I think it might just be the geometry of the bike, but you have more useable lean angle on a 7R then on other bikes. Not to mention that the 7R has very comfortable ergonomics. There is not too much pressure on your wrists, so you can ride all day on the 7R. The 7R is a great bike. My bike turns more heads then a lot of the other bikes in our group. People love Kawasaki Green. Nothing says "FAST" quite like green.
The 7 Is heavier then other bikes. The only time you'll notice is if you have to pick it up off its side. And if your dropping it that often, you have other problems. It is Strong. My 7R slid headlong into a berm at 70 Mph. Bent the inner fork tubes, and the front rim. Everything else was cosmetic damage. Plus you get Kawasaki reliability. Enough said on that.
Don't get a 9R. They don't feel like a sport bike. It feels like a standard to sit on it. If you want a standard, there are better ones then that. The 9R can be a good sportbike, but you need rearsets, and clipons right off the bat. Might as well get a bike you can enjoy the day you bring it home.
Finally, the 7R is cheaper on insurance then a 9R or R1. Most insurance companies base your rate on displacement.
Hope this helps. Good luck on your new bike.