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post #1 of 20 Old 04-18-2012, 11:24 PM Thread Starter
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Thinking of getting a ZX7R

Hey guys just wanted a bit of advice as Ive never owned one before, I was thinking of getting a ZX7R as a work hack / track day toy.

What goes wrong?

What is the best model year or are they all the same?

How many miles will it do to a full tank and how much to fill her up in Uk money!

Anything I need to keep an eye on?

How hard are they to work on - Im not too bad with the spanners!!

Any pointers I need when looking at one etc

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post #2 of 20 Old 04-19-2012, 09:44 PM
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most were heavy bikes

2000 zx12r 60,500 mile( Now 0 mile 2003 brand new engine} street bike 9.6`s in the 1/4 a few times.My 2012 14r stole me away.9.1 so far..Now my H2 piss`s on everything.It tried to flip me shifting into 3rd gear.
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In dont mind a heavy bike Ive got a ZX12R after all lol.

Ive riden a ZX7R but was a few years ago

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Nice to see this is such a hot topic!!


Come on guys - just after a few opinions on the 7R to help me decide if I'm going to get one or not.

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woy too heavy way underpowered dude
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Hey mike
Yeah I owned a 7r and also have friends with them.
The 7r is a track focused bike with a very very stable and forgiving front end.
Get rid of the standard exhaust if it has one. They rot to Hell.
Brakes are typical shitty 6pot tokico calipers.
As far as power is concerned for the weight of the bike it has an impressive mid range shunt as standard. Get a full system filter and jets and it really wakes the bike up !! There's tons for sale over in the UK for good money. Check for rotting failing brackets too as they are prone to weather. plus they are not cheap
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The ZX7's are all good bikes. Generally the only real problems with them are
1) A corrosion issue in ignition wires. This isn't common to all ZX7's but I have seen and heard of it happening to all years of ZX7's. I assume this is because the bikes are stored outside or ridden in the rain often. I've personally not had the issue with any of mine.

2) Hot starts. Insulating the fuel lines will help with this. I've suffered this problem on really hot days.

3) Starter relay. Sometimes they take a dump on you. Even the newest ZX7R is still 9 years old already. The oldest are over 20 years old.

4) Carb issues. If they set long you know you'll need to thoroughly clean them.

5) Parts issues!

89-90. Some engine parts aren't available anymore. Same goes for bodywork.

91-92 Best looking of all the 7's. Bodywork is rare to come by in good condition. Only fiberglass aftermarket body panels are available new it seems. Mechanically the 91-95 are very similar with nearly everything.91-92 cam chain tensioner is not available from Kawasaki anymore.

93-95 Heavy compared to earlier bikes. The frame weighs considerably more than the 91-92 ZX7. No Chinese aftermarket fairings available for these yet, either.

96-03 Built for 8 years. Tons of stuff available for it compared to earlier models.


6) 94-97 ZX9 engine bolts in readily to the 91-95's. 96-03 takes more work but still basically a bolt in. This takes care of you power issues.
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WoW Mike we have the very same issue. I was thinking about asking the exact same thing, it's like you read my mind. I have been hankering after one of them BadBoys for a while now and is the imo one the best looking bikes ever made. They are getting very cheap and i believe will one day become a collectors item and truly one of Kwaks most Icon bikes.

Addressing the point of buying one, there is only one thing that troubles me. Comfort, i am not the smallest of riders and them 7R's are a proper head down, arse up job. I have sat on one in a shop and found it very cramp so never test rode it. Wish i had because it may be a different case when moving. It is that sole issue that has stopped my buying one until i get a good test ride on one. If i find it comfortable enough then i gotta have one to join the REX and 12.

Please do post up if you get one and you thoughts, i for one would be very interested in your views coming from another 12 rider too.

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Be interesting to see what this goes for. Reserve is really low like the mileage.

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WoW Mike we have the very same issue. I was thinking about asking the exact same thing, it's like you read my mind. I have been hankering after one of them BadBoys for a while now and is the imo one the best looking bikes ever made. They are getting very cheap and i believe will one day become a collectors item and truly one of Kwaks most Icon bikes.

Addressing the point of buying one, there is only one thing that troubles me. Comfort, i am not the smallest of riders and them 7R's are a proper head down, arse up job. I have sat on one in a shop and found it very cramp so never test rode it. Wish i had because it may be a different case when moving. It is that sole issue that has stopped my buying one until i get a good test ride on one. If i find it comfortable enough then i gotta have one to join the REX and 12.

Please do post up if you get one and you thoughts, i for one would be very interested in your views coming from another 12 rider too.

Cheers bud
Yea will do mate, think we are both in the Bromley area so if I do get one Ill pm you for a test ride.

I'm just after something to get to work on that will also cut it on a track day as well!

Think the ZX9R engine would be a good idea too!!

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mate of mine had a 02 zx7r (R.I.P TOM)and i had a 98 c1 9r.my mate always regreted getting the 7.he just couldn't keep up got to say tho the 7 is a far better looking bike.
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Id be looking to do the ZX9R engine swap at some point - If I get one.

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I had a 89 ZX7. I miss the bike. Yea it was heavy, yes it was under powered. The damn coating from the inside of the tank was comming off so it was a claen the carbs out and ride, everytime I used it.......
I got to hate that, and as noted, there were ZERO parts out there, so I helped out a fellow racer....... I sold it to him after he downed his bike at the end of the season.


With that said, I can't say i'd want to go back to another.......
I mean outside of the looks, It was a good crusing bike, but thats about it.

If I was to go to a street/track bike, hands down it would be the ZX636. Lighter, more nimble, fast, lots of parts, etc, etc.....


Here's my old 7.
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That decent of you Mike
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