Join Date: Feb 2000
Location: Baton Rouge, LA
Today the bike is in the shop for a minor tune-up and mechanical inspection. I already miss it! This weekend I went to pick it up in Texas where the owner was meeting me halfway. The transaction went smoothly and the bike was in excellent condition. I examined it and we tied it down in the back of the truck and headed home. I got home late Saturday night, put the bike inside, and we went out to party. I could not wait for Sunday morning. Sunday I woke up pretty early, checked everything I could check on the bike visually, put on my gear, and headed out for a ride. Here are my thoughts.
To begin, the only other sportbikes I have ridden is a '98 CBR f3 '99 f4 and this bike is completely different. Couple things I have noticed immediately:
First, the ZX7R riding position is pretty damn comfortable, at least for me, - I'm 5'9". The gas tank seems huge at first and does require some adjustment; but by the end of the first day, I would have to say I think it is more comfortable because your legs are in a more natural position sightly outwards.
The back tire is HUGE! That 190 looks really good but it does make for less flickability. The bike itself is rather large making it much more comparable in size to litre bikes than the 600's.
The bike is heavy weighing in at about 448lbs. dry. This is a statistical fact and you do feel it. However, the weight seems to only play a negative role when you are turning slowly. When you are at any constant cruising speed the weight seems to plant the bike in the turn thus making it very stable and confidence inspiring. It did not take me long at all to adjust to it as it just sits into the turn and stays there.
I have never driven a ZX7R stock so I can not make a true comparison. This one has MUZZY full exhaust and Stage 1 jet kit and I have heard that those mods make for serious improvement in HP on the 7's. Anyway, the power delivery is VERY torquey but smooth, making the acceleration feel much faster than the 600's especially down low. The bike is suprisingly faster than I thought it would be and I have not even pushed it hard yet! The most pleasant suprise though, and one of the reasons I bought this bike, is that on the street the power is delivered smoothly and predictably.
All things being said, I was very impressed that the bike was in great condition. It is heavier than I thought it would be but it's not too bad. It is faster than I thought it would be. It corners pretty well but maybe could use a 180 on the back. Its comfy and I really like my new bike. I think it's going to make a great street bike.