2002 Kawasaki ZX-9R from United States of America


Legendary engineering makes this the sport-touring bike to own



General Comments:

After owning a 2000 ZX-9r, I made the decision to buy a second one and own both. I tuned my 2002 ZX-9r the same as my 2000, and the results were spectacular.

It too can outrun just about any other bike out there. I use the word about because I like to err on the conservative side, in case there's one bike that can outrun mine. After two years though, I'm very confident that the statement is true.

Both bikes easily run past 240 miles between fill-ups, and based on the fuel left in the tank, these bikes should sputter to a stop at somewhere between 250 - 277 miles.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th July, 2010

2000 Kawasaki ZX-9R from United States of America


The fastest sport-touring bike ever produced!


Normal wear and tear items.

Reliable? Longest day on it so far was 780 miles. You don't even think about issues going wrong. Just enjoy the ride.

General Comments:

Properly tuned, the ZX-9r can make a mockery of other bikes. The new bikes may be a little faster, but not that much and certainly not enough to compensate for the range (250+ miles) this bike carries. Even the touring bikes with huge gas tanks can't stay in its league. Just drag them into a canyon and say goodbye. They'll either wither due to fuel consumption, and you'll blow past them as they stop for fuel, or they're not nimble enough to keep up with Kawasaki's awesome ZX-9r.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th July, 2010

5th Mar 2016, 09:52

Update: 2016 will be the year that this old girl surpasses 100,000 miles. She's just shy of that at the moment (Feb 2016). One word best describes this bike over the past 7 years: dominant. Wouldn't trade for any newer bike. Recently saw a guy from Iowa getting a cake from his dealership for surpassing 200,000 on his. He owns newer bikes, but the ZX-9R is his long range bike of choice.

Added a bunch of electronics for navigation and cold riding. Will be installing a DVR front and back camera with color LCD display soon too. GPS navigation and point of interest identification has been a nice added component to this bike's riding experience.

Two-up riding is more of a marathon, not really the 9R's forte. It handles the job well enough, but not where she prefers to be. Riding positions are limited and comfort for both riders becomes an issue for sustained distances. Best to keep those rides under 200 miles or increase the breaks & rest stops so as to have a passenger that will still want to talk to you afterwards.

It's the kind of bike that leaves other riders puzzled, fatigued and frustrated, while I'm none of that, chomping at the bit, wanting to press on for more, more, more, always more. Sometimes that means riding away on excursions from the group or doing laps on my own while the others rest or can't join in, due to fuel concerns with their new bikes.

1985 Kawasaki ZX-9R from United States of America


A+++++ Super reliable and fast


Front fork seals, chain/ sprockets, tires, carb adjustments and cleanings, oil changes is all I've done to her.

Plus one turn signal stem my son sat on it (showing off to his friends) and it fell over.

General Comments:

Great bike for the city. Super fun to ride.

Just don't try taking it on any long highway trips; the seating position will kill you after a couple of hours!

Really low maintenance.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th September, 2008

2000 Kawasaki ZX-9R from Canada


Very satisfied on all categories with this bike


Nothing has ever gone wrong with my bike, it has been rock solid from the day I took delivery.

Stock suspension took some re-tuning and resetting (front and rear ride heights) to aid stability and the power increase I installed.

Brakes could be better in stock form - braided lines cured that though.

General Comments:

The 9R responds very well to professional tuning. Upon addition of a Hindle model Ti full exhaust and Stage II re-jetting, I was able to pick up another 14HP on top of the base run of 126. This exhaust also dropped 25 pounds off the bike in un-sprung weight. The stock exhaust is for a tank!

It's not the sharpest of handling bikes in stock form, but a few suspension mods can cure that. Overall, it can be considered a bike way beyond most average riders ability in this class of machines.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th January, 2005

6th Feb 2005, 17:07

Sorry to nit-pick, but the exhaust is not unsprung weight. On a bike, the unsprung components are basically the wheel mounted brake parts, the lower part of the front forks, the swingarm, and the wheels and tyres. Everything else counts as sprung weight - still worth saving, but not quite so much so.

9th Feb 2008, 14:12

My ZX-9R has been rock solid since purchasing it a couple of years ago. I recently started having overheating problems above 200 degrees F. I changed the plugs, oil, filters; she runs better, but I'm still having some sputtering after 200 degrees. I'm thinking of changing the antifreeze.

Also, there is a loud backfire when starting after the bike sits for a couple of weeks.

Any ideas?

13th Sep 2008, 21:31

I agree.

13th Sep 2008, 21:35

You say it sputters at over 200 degrees. When were your valves adjusted last? I would check the lash. Most fans kick on around 215-220 degrees.