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Kawasaki ZR-7; Kim’s Review

It’s been some time since Dirck wrote his review of the Kawasaki ZR-7. I also rode the ZR-7, and would like to give you a novice rider’s impression of the bike.

Once again, I was first attracted to the bike because of its good looks — the bike has a powerful bearing and that, coupled with the naked look, immediately caught my eye. The paint was a beautiful blue with a high gloss finish.

The Kawasaki ZR-7 is a bit taller (I’m tip-toeing on this one; remember, I’m 5’3″), and a bit heavier than my regular ride (a Honda Hawk 650GT). Although I had to be a bit careful of where I parked the bike (or be sure to back the bike in where I’d normally park it front first), I immediately liked the feel of the ZR-7. The riding position was terrific — it was one of the things I liked best about the bike. The seat was comfortable; I sat tall and felt totally in control.

The ZR-7 is the first in-line four I’ve ridden, and it was, obviously, a bit of a change. It was, however, a quick adjustment, and I really liked the bike. The handling was excellent — the bike changed directions quickly, but still felt stuck — not at all squirrelly on the road. The ZR-7 was fast and sounded hot — the engine just screamed as you accelerated down the highway! I rode this motorcycle all over; in town, on the freeway and through the canyons. The more I rode it, the more I liked it. I’m not sure if the ZR-7 has as much power left over when you’re revved out on the freeway as the SV650, but I felt confident that the bike could give me all the power I needed.

The gauges were all easily visible, and I really liked the full gas gauge (my Hawk has none). The mirrors were easy to adjust, and gave you a good view of what was behind you.

Was there anything I didn’t like about the bike? Not really. I feel that the ZR-7 is a great all around motorcycle — a bike that would be satisfying to ride as my skill level increases.