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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 09-22-2004, 10:08 AM Thread Starter
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What do you guys think of ZX7R's

Just curious what you guys think of mid to late 90's ZX7R's? I have been looking a lot on ebay and I have found a few for decent prices. Decent bike as far as speed, quality, etc? Any particular years to look for or avoid? Thanks!
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post #2 of 16 (permalink) Old 09-23-2004, 12:39 PM
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The ZX-7R is a great bike I had a 96 ZX-7RR just till recently. Now I have a Duc 996s

The bike is a bit heavy next to all the new 600 but its very stable and perhaps one of the best handling bikes ever made. (You can take that to the bank)

Get a 96+ they look the best IMO (96-03 all the same)

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post #3 of 16 (permalink) Old 09-23-2004, 04:26 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the reply, I will check it out.
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post #4 of 16 (permalink) Old 09-23-2004, 11:00 PM
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For your first bike, Speed shouldn't even enter the equation. Stability, rideability, and crash survivability should be the factors.

As far as beginner bikes go, The ZX-7R is probably a little big, but much more stable and easier to ride then late model bikes. It is very stable, and very stout. You can throw a 7R down the road quite a few times before it is done. An R6 can be totalled falling off the kickstand (seen it happen).

Sure, it weighs more, but that extra weight makes it very stable once your moving.

Next race season, I plan on finding out if the 7R can still be competitive. I haven't weighed mine yet, but I'm sure I've pulled 60 pounds or so off of that bike. The kickstand weighs about 4 pounds. The headlights weigh about 15 pounds. Stock bodywork is WAY heavy. I hope to have pics of the newly painted bike up soon... when the paint job is done.
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post #5 of 16 (permalink) Old 09-26-2004, 02:25 PM
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I have a 94 zx7 and enjoy it alot. This is my first bike ever. It was my Valentine gift from the wifey. Anyway, it had almost 16,000 miles when it was bought and I just made over 23,000 miles this weekend. It's pretty solid in the corners and I really don't have any complaints except it is a little hard to find spare parts for. It is alot heavier than the bikes the guys I ride with have (their bikes are atleast 5 years newer than mine). To sum up what i'm saying and from others i've talked to...it's heavy but alot of fun. Since I have gotten a few miles under my belt I have signed up for a Track Day at Summit Point, WV in Oct. to learn on a track what I can't on the street, that should be pretty fun!
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post #6 of 16 (permalink) Old 04-03-2005, 11:29 PM
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Mine is a little heavy 500lbs and some change, but other than that no complaints. I love the ride.
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post #7 of 16 (permalink) Old 04-04-2005, 08:58 AM
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I love mine... 21K miles in 3 seasons, still running strong (knock on wood!).

It's not "twitchy", and I don't feel like I'm on a toy-ish "powered-bicycle" riding it.

Plus, you can't beat the looks...

and the fact that it's a "cult" bike...
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post #8 of 16 (permalink) Old 06-18-2006, 02:01 AM
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I'm not a big fan. They are uncomfortable, heavy and underpowered. They look nice though.
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post #9 of 16 (permalink) Old 06-19-2006, 04:58 PM
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The 7R is my first sportbike and was a lucky find. Like everyone has said, it is a little heavy but stable ride that holds onto the corners pretty well. Not as aggressive as the RR, but good enough for the likes of me The addition of a DynoJet kit or similar mod should help with performance. Other than some body changes, I believe that the late 90's to '03 7R were pretty similar.
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post #10 of 16 (permalink) Old 06-19-2006, 06:22 PM
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I love the Whale Shark front end.

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