My first love, an AR125B (restricted), cost around £2.5k trade in when I purchased the ZZR600 was £???
Original paint job, and good condition.
Registered in '96 N-reg.
I was the third Owner, and the bike had 16k miles on the clock.
There are obviously few models around now, and most in poor condition.
However obtaining parts wasn't a problem.
This bike looks good, is fast and comfy; It's an ideal first bike.
The bike may be restricted, learner legal, but it is still capable of braking the speed limit, with a top speed of 75MPH.
Bought from the same dealership before I'd passed the extended license, which allows you to skip the two year high capacity restriction, this sat in the garage for several weeks before I could actually ride it myself!
"The first 600 to use ram-air forced induction to boost power - it's one of the quickest and most powerful bikes in the 600 class."
Marketed in 90's as a SuperSport, not anymore but a strong engined capable allrounder with touring aspirations.
Top speed 154mph
1/4-mile acceleration 11.3 secs
Seat height 780mm
Fuel capacity 18 litres
Average fuel consumption 45mpg
Tank range 178 miles
Insurance group 13
Engine size 599cc
Engine specification 16v inline four, 6 gears
Tyres: BT010's - Rated 2nd overall by 'RIDE', having excellent wet weather performance.
Turning a 600cc bike into £600
The last couple of photos show the ZZR at the end of it's life with me.
Dry tyres and wet man-hole covers aren't compatable, the damage to a fully faired bike is significant even at low speed - 20MPH.
Over the next few months I agonized over rebuilding.
My rebuild shopping list:
Fairing pannels (lots!)
2 new radiators
Clip-ons and bar-ends
As a long-term project it was possible, but several jobs required tools for hoisting of around 180Kg.
After a few months it was sold via Ebay as a 'project or parts' for £600.
Honda VTR1000 FireStorm
"Best bit is slowing down from a ton to 60 odd for a bend. The vibes from the engine are intoxicating. How many bikes are as much fun slowing down as accellerating?"
Top speed 144mph
1/4-mile acceleration 11.8 secs
Fuel capacity 19 litres
Average fuel consumption 35mpg
Tank range 146 miles
Insurance group 14
Engine specification 8v V-twin, 6 gears
Tyres: BT012's - Just great, long lasting very grippy, inspire confidence.