Prior to the advent of the Fireblade, large-capacity Japanese sports motorcycles had become polarised.
In simple terms, the s had the handling, the big-bores had the power. In 1998 zx9r rear wheel categories, Kawasaki ruled. The ZXR offered the technology and the performance of ultra-expensive racing-homologation models from Honda and Yamaha at half the price, and it outclassed the similarly priced GSX-R of the time, which still featured a perimeter frame and an oil-cooled engine, while the ZZ-R held the title of the fastest production motorcycle on Earth.
It combined big-bore power with sport bike handling, but, crucially, it also pioneered meticulous attention to weight-saving design. The Fireblade not only outpowered the 's, it was also significantly lighter.
This was the detail overlooked or underappreciated by Kawasaki when they set out to build their Fireblade-beater.
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Rather than be a direct competitor, the ZX-9R was retained as a more stable and more comfortable alternative to the Honda, with more straight-line speed. The road-going bias is evident through the raised clipons and more upright seating positions.
The wheels - three-spoke cast aluminium alloy 3. The twin-piston rear Tokico caliper no longer mounted via a torque arm, and the clip-on handlebars mounted above the top triple clamp, not below.
The frame was a 1998 zx9r rear wheel aluminium-alloy dual-beam with cast steering head and swingarm endplates, but with steel-tube engine cradles and swingarm-mount endplates extending back to support the rider's seat and attach the bolt-on subframe, like the ZZ-R The crankcases, clutch and gearbox were carried over from the ZXR, with a longer-throw crank and a bigger-bore, taller cylinder block for the larger capacity.
The rear suspension linkage and rear spring rate were replaced, improving handling.
Pillion grab rails were added, the gearboxes were made stronger, and new six-piston Tokico front calipers replaced the previous model's four-piston units. The weight of the bike increased to ZXC1 and ZXC2 [ edit ] Engine bore, stroke and redline remained unchanged; everything else was completely new.
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The clutch was changed from hydraulic to cable-operated. The generator was moved from behind the cylinder to the more conventional location at the left end of the crank. There was now no balance shaft. The valvetrain switched to direct valve actuation, and the cylinder head was plumbed for then-new plug-top ignition coils, replacing more conventional remote coils and high-tension leads. Notably, the new engine also featured a Hall-type cam position sensor on the exhaust camshaft.
Cam position sensors are typically used in conjunction with electronic fuel injection. Its inclusion could indicate that Kawasaki had designs to include fuel injection on the engine in the future.
The frame lost the steel engine cradles, but also its bolt-on subframe and the rear ride height adjuster.
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The swingarm was a new unbraced, rectangular-section extruded design. The wheel sizes were the same, but the wheels were a new, lighter design. The brake calipers carried over, but the discs were smaller and lighter without stopping power being affected. The rear shock absorber changed from a remote-reservoir to a lighter, more compact piggyback design.
The front forks were criticised by some european testers for fluttering during hard driving, a phenomenon that was only solved with the model. Visually, the new bike retained the rounded look of its predecessor, but became sleeker, with a slimmer tail unit and a smaller fairing. As a consequence of the smaller engine and shorter wheelbase, though, the fuel tank became wider and intruded more on the riding position than before.
ZXE1 and ZXE2 [ edit ] A dramatic new look was introduced for the model, with distinctive twin headlights and a separate ram-air intake replacing the single headlight and integrated intake of the C-model.
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Further improvements were aimed primarily at handling. The frame was made stiffer through the enlarging of the front engine mounting bolts, though this still left the ZX-9R with just a single front engine mount on either side of the frame.
Further, the rubber bushings in the top rear engine mount were changed to alloy. The swingarm pivot and wheel spindles were made larger in diameter, again for more stiffness.
Increased offset on the triple clamps reduced the trail on the front wheel to make the steering more agile. The forks were shortened to save weight, and the rear shock top mount was redesigned to incorporate a ride-height adjuster. Performance[ edit ] A ZX9r C with
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