Joined: Sep 2007
From: Sarasota, Florida, via Chicago ,Montreal,PQ & other places around N.A.
I Ride: 99'ZX9R,02'ZZ-R1200,03'Z1000,03'ZG1000GTR
C'mon green...after all I did compliment him on one photo.....AND I must stress, my point was that the 9R is still " The best COMPROMISE available" for SERIOUS LONG DISTANCE WORK AND HIGH PRESSURE SECONDARY ROADS'...and it's sad to see a machine of such great flexibility stripped of that virtue. Certanily it's not the equal of some other newer, more advanced machines...the 10R specifically...as well as the lesser mounts bearing other maker's brands, however, if pressed into duties a niner handles with slightly reluctant ease, those other machines will leave their riders grimacing at the mere thought of doing a thousand miles in 15 hours...not to mention trips of 4, or even 5 and 6 thousand miles in duration.
In reality, a VFR is a more perfect steed for the duties I've mentioned...IF only it generated some REAL kw's [hp]..In fact, at the time [ january 1999 ] the VFR was my first consideration but the power issue deterred me.
After straddling every bike available at that time, only the ZX11 and 9R filled ALL my requirements. I was just coming off of a long run of Ducatis and a M-G 'Dr John' Daytona 1000 homologation special..bearing in mind the handling of those mounts ,my expectations for anything more than brisk straight line performance from a japanese brand were not of the highest order. In fact the 9 surprised me with it's 'crispness', power dilevery and superb braking..[ my absolute favourite pastime, besides seeing the needles hovering at the far end of their respective dials, is LATE BRAKING ] I must report, there the 9 still shines..especially when fitted with the excellent pads supplied by Carbone Lorraine. Add a few adjustments to it's chassis components and the bike comes positively alive, even when compared to those 'more modern' machines.
The every trusty ZX9R will carry me to Parry Sound, Ontario again for PSSBR... with it's sportbike camardarie and backroad delights...then onto Montreal and the maritimes [ with even more challenging backroads ] before heading back south to Florida, come july 2008. A journey of some 6-8,000 miles...all in 2 weeks time.
Anyone want to tag along on a 10R, CBR, R1 or Squidsuki..or even a 9 with extended swinging arm?
Last edited by fast911ray; 10-12-2007 at 03:34 AM.
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