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Kawasaki ZX7 and ZX7R - A Tale of Two Ninjas
They move like the speedily lethal Japanese warrior for whom they're named: the Kawasaki ZX7 and ZX7R, known to most American enthusiasts as the first Kawasaki Ninja.
Taken from the more race-oriented ZXR-750, the ZX-7R was Kawasaki's attempt to make a "race replica" super bike for the motorcycling public. The result was an ultra fast sports bike that many riders said moved like a jet fighter. Powered by a 749 cc in-line four-stroke engine and capable of speeds over 160 mph, the ZX7 and its racing companion, the ZX7R, both stalked the road like a cheetah chasing dinner across the Savanna!
Some enthusiasts complained that Kawasaki initially confused buyers by calling its range of 750 sports bikes "ZX7 Ninja" in the United States and "ZXR750" everywhere else. In 1996 Kawasaki decided to use the same name worldwide so the standard version became the ZX7R and the racing version became the ZX7RR. (That still sounds a little confusing to me!)
Key characteristics of both models were the braking and suspension systems, influenced by technology developed on racetracks. Their racing experience helped Kawasaki engineer a bike with superior stability and reliability. The basic model remained unchanged for eight years from its inception to its last production run in 2003.
The ZX-7R's excellent braking, praised by owners and enthusiasts alike, was delivered by 320 mm semi-floating front discs and tokiko 6 piston calipers. Rear brakes featured a 230 mm disc with a twin piston opposed caliper.
The ZX-7RR differed from the road model somewhat. It had larger capacity flat-side carburetors, an alloy tank, adjustable head-stock angle, swing arm, with a close ratio gearbox fitted as standard and different front calipers. The ZX-7R's frame used was a lightweight aluminum twin-spar, created by computer-aided design to maximize its strength.
The same fabrication techniques were used on the swing arm with a hollow cast and pressed aluminum alloy hybrid. The UNI-TRAK rear suspension system featured a predominantly lightweight alloy and aluminum construction. The UNI-TRAK system was designed to provide a progressively stiffer damping and spring rate under compression.
Despite being comparatively heavier and even somewhat "tank-ish" compared to its super-light, ultra-powerful competitors, the 7RR ruled the American Motorcycle Association race circuit for the better part of the 1990s. At the hands of riders such as Scott Russell and Doug Chandler, the 7RR became a legend as it brought Kawasaki into an era of awe-inspiring dominance. Russell and Chandler's combined efforts brought Kawasaki an astounding four AMA championships over seven years.
Russell also took the Kawasaki 750 to the world superbike series, where he silenced all the critics with his historic 1993 WSB championship.
According to writer Tim Kreitz in his Wikipedia article, "Appreciating Older Sportsbikes:" "The ZXR750/ZX7RR, for the greater part of the decade, was the quintessential high-performance motorcycle. Its impact on racing and even modern culture was so great that, even to this day, most sportbikes -- Kawasaki or not -- are referred to as 'Ninjas' by the general public."
Thank god for that!