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post #1 of 9 Old 01-20-2004, 08:05 PM Thread Starter
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1994 zx9

I am new to this board. I have the oportunity to buy a very nice 1994 maroon/blk/grey zx9. I am looking for a sport tourer bike and would like to know if this bike will for me. I am not inerested in top speed but comfort on this bike for a day of riding. I have owned sport bike in the past and my back wont allow me to lean that far forward anymore. Cruiser bikes are to boring for me so i need a good compromise. I have read a lot of info on the forum board and would appreciate and info you can give.
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post #2 of 9 Old 01-20-2004, 08:43 PM
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I had no problem with my 94 ZX-9. Very comfortable on long trips. But I'm only 5'8" tall so nothing really folds me up.

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post #3 of 9 Old 01-23-2004, 11:56 AM Thread Starter
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Nobody else has an older zx9?
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post #4 of 9 Old 01-24-2004, 02:24 PM
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I've ridden the older ones from time to time in tests or bike swaps.

I found them to be a fine machine for putting on the miles but I didn't think they were much less aggresive a riding position than any other sport bike. They are certainly more leaned forward than a VFR but not as bad as many of the Gixxers or any R1. A lot will depend on what you're used to riding. I did find the leg room was limited on the older 9 with a short peg to saddle distance. If you're long legged it may be a bit uncomfortable.

The flickability at highway and up speeds was limited by fairly heavy but stable steering inputs that are needed if you want to change directions in a hurry. Not that the bike can't get down and scratch but it needs a firm hand on the bars to make it change lean angles in a hurry. The upside of that is that you can rubberneck some of the passing scenery without looking back to find yourself changing lanes by thought control.

Top speed is certainly not an issue but the old 9 pulls like a frieght train. It'll put a grin on your face when it's time to pass semi's.

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post #5 of 9 Old 01-24-2004, 03:51 PM
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What he said ..... they are heavy... takes some getting used to at lower speeds....once going though... they are dead stable ... bumps in corners hardly affect it (almost in the ZX7class) ... semi-comfortable riding position ... tons of power .... great top speed ...
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post #6 of 9 Old 01-26-2004, 01:28 PM
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hi Im new here. Ive got a b1 and just got a e1 the old girl is a good bike ive had her for two years. Ive keeped up with just about everyting out their.Got 11:3s out of it at the 1\4 mile track with the clucth slippin.Not as nimble as my 01 but a good bike.top end is their with everybody.

two nines are better than one
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I have owned my 1996 ZX-9R since day 1. I have been able to ride 200-300miles at a time without needing to rest My first year of owning the bike I put 10,000 miles on it. Every year after that I have been doing 3-5000 miles.The power on the bike never stops any speed you crack the throttle and hold on. I would recommend you take the bike for a test drive maybe 15-20mins when you bring it back you just might buy it :D
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post #8 of 9 Old 02-26-2004, 01:49 PM
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I had a '94 for 35k miles before replacing it with a '98 model.
Love the red/black/silver paint better than my current one.
The '94-'97 was much smoother than the later years, but required lots of muscle to countersteer quickly. The smoothness was its greatest asset. However, they tend to consume tires, chain/sprockets and brakepads very rapidly due to the heavy weight. Chain problem was fixed for '96-'97 with a swingarm redesign. Maintenance was somewhat of a pain due to the many fairing panels and multitude of fasteners, with one advantage that the valve shims can be changed without removing the cams.

The '98+ is a much better bike, with only three drawbacks: transmission was a little suspect prior to 2000, more vibrations from solid mount motor, and carbs ice in cold/humid weather.
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The '98+ is a much better bike, with only three drawbacks: transmission was a little suspect prior to 2000, more vibrations from solid mount motor, and carbs ice in cold/humid weather.
My 2002 had no trouble with icing. This even during a freezing fog morning (30f) when my shoulders and visor and sunglasses! all built up a layer of frozen ice-fog. The bike ran great. I finally decided that I was pushing things too far, and pulled up an on-ramp to wait for the weather to change. After warming my hands-up on the slip-on, the sun came out, and changed everything. The rest of the ride was great.

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