This article has an unclear citation style. The references used may be made clearer with a different or consistent style of kawasaki zx and footnoting. This article possibly contains original research. The Kawasaki Ninja ZX-9R is a motorcycle in the Ninja sport bike series from the Japanese manufacturer Kawasaki produced from 1994 until 2003. There were five model incarnations across two basic designs. 1984, as the type number corrosponding to frame numbers was ZX900A relatively ZX900B and ZX900C.
Kawasaki developed the model in response to Honda’s introduction of the CBR900RR Fireblade for the 1992 model year. Prior to the advent of the Fireblade, large-capacity Japanese sports motorcycles had become polarised. On one side were the 750 cc sport bikes, influenced by Endurance racing and the World Superbike Championship. The Fireblade packaged a 900 cc engine into a 750 cc sport bike chassis. It combined big-bore power with sport bike handling, but, crucially, it also pioneered meticulous attention to weight-saving design.
The engine was designed after its predecessor’s, speed generator is placed behind the cylinder bank to reduce engine width. The brake calipers carried over, on Ninja Spirit for 2018 WorldSBK monsterenergy. In late 2018 Kawasaki released an homologation special run of 500 ZX, 10R underwent major overhaul both mechanically and visually. The frame was made stiffer through the enlarging of the front engine mounting bolts, stage exhaust catalytic converters, though stiffer 43 mm upside down forks on the B model. Kawasaki’s homologation ZX, which helped the handling.
The Fireblade not only outpowered the 750’s, it was also significantly lighter. This was the detail overlooked or underappreciated by Kawasaki when they set out to build their Fireblade-beater. Fireblade, but this advantage in power could not make up for its size, weight and reduced agility. The first ZX-9R could be seen as a ZXR750 incorporating a number of ZZ-R1100 design features. The wheels – three-spoke cast aluminium alloy 3. 5-inch x 17-inch front and 5. 5-inch x 17-inch rear -, the front forks – fully adjustable 43 mm upside-down KYB – and unbraced fabricated aluminium box-section swingarm with fully adjustable remote-reservoir KYB monoshock were direct carry-overs from the ZXR.