Braking - Superb Braking with EBC Brake Pads. I found myself braking earlier than necessary on corner entries. 9 out of 10
Acceleration - 7 out of 10. It might have something to do with my size (230lbs butt naked), but it was a tad sluggish off the corners. I think the BMC Filter is choking it.
Carburetion - 9 out of 10. It's a little abrupt in 2nd gear corners. It'll take some care if you're scrubbing in new tires like I was but otherwise it's sowing machine smooth.
Handling - 8.5 out of 10. This bike is very sensitive to tire choice. It was sluggish with the Pirelli. With the Dunlop Q4, it just fell into corners nicely. It's a very neutral handling bike and does everything effectively well but nothing exceptional. My ZX7R front end inspires more confidence but the 9R isn't deficient by any means.
Suspension - 8 out of 10 - Get a baseline setup done for your sag and keep the reb/comp in the middle of the range. No need to bother with it. Even though it is dated, it flat out works.
Power - 6 out of 10 - If this bike made a genuine 140+hp I'd give it an 8 out of 10.
Servicing - 7.5 out of 10. You really need to know carbs but otherwise, relatively easy for old heads like me.
How to get more out of the Bike:
- Race Fuel for another 6-8hp
- Rearsets - to stop my toes from dragging
- Tires - The Q4s were superb but this thing would work even better with some Michelin slicks
- Possibly a bigger intake cam but I think you'd lose some of the around-town smoothness
Same Corner (ZX7R on Saturday; ZX9R on Sunday)