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Old 23rd July 2013, 02:06 AM
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How is the ZZR1100 for taller riders? I'm 6ft 3in with long legs.
The Hayabusa and Blackbird are a bit too cramped for me. The
ZZR looks like it might be better suited to someone my size.
The Triumph Sprint ST looks like another possibility, but I haven't
had a chance to try one for size.

BTW, Firefox has a built-in spelling checker that doesn't
recognise the word "Hayabusa", it suggests "Abusable" as
an alternative

I know there are a few ZZR owners on here. How do you find them?
How are they for long term reliability? Would I be completely mad to
buy a 1997 ZZR?

Any taller riders on ZZRs? Do you use bar risers or any other mods?
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Old 23rd July 2013, 02:32 AM
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Not sure about the ZZR1100 in terms of size Ski, you will pick one up for under 3.5k I guess and they are bullet proof and a mile muncher, the 1050 Triumph would suit your size nicely
1997 ZZR.....go for it
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Old 23rd July 2013, 02:40 AM
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Originally Posted by bogman View Post
you will pick one up for under 3.5k
Hi Bogman,

You can pick them up for less than half that these days. The 1100 is fairly old,
but they were a quality bike in their time. They seem to be weathering
fairly well.

1050 Triumph would suit your size nicely
They look like a lovely bike. Lots of 955 Sprints around for small
money. The newer models are still a bit pricey.

1997 ZZR.....go for it
I just might do that.
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Old 23rd July 2013, 08:16 AM
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Jaws motorcycles sell lower footpegs and handlebar risers for the blackbird.
Now go buy the best Honda ever built, no need to thank me.
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Old 23rd July 2013, 08:40 AM
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go for it,youll find one for half nothing at the moment have one,93 Dmodel,im about 5"10",its all day comfy for me,have about 90,000miles on mine,no major problems except for the exhausts,they rust and just fall off but apart from that no issues,only other thing is the valve clearences,make sure theyve been done,more then enough power in them to tour very easily two up,again all day comfy for the pillion too...or on your own will hit warp factor 12 no bother (not that ive ever done that) bit heavy for regular town/city traffic and overheats a bit in town likes air flowing through but i find it grand,does everthing i want it to
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Old 23rd July 2013, 10:21 AM
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Originally Posted by johnny b View Post
Jaws motorcycles sell lower footpegs and handlebar risers for the blackbird.
Now go buy the best Honda ever built, no need to thank me.
Thanks Johnny
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Old 23rd July 2013, 10:37 AM
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Originally Posted by jim View Post
have one,93 Dmodel,im about 5"10",its all day comfy for me,have about 90,000miles on mine,no major problems except for the exhausts,they rust and just fall off but apart from that no issues..."
Thanks Jim, just the kind of info I was looking for.

only other thing is the valve clearences,make sure theyve been done
As it's an Irish bike, they were probably last checked at the factory.
I will check them ASAP.

more then enough power in them to tour very easily two up,again all day comfy for the pillion too...or on your own will hit warp factor 12 no bother
I'm happy enough with a mere 57kW from my Bandit. At nearly twice the power,
the ZZR should be fast enough for anyone. The extra pillion space will be a big
bonus.

bit heavy for regular town/city traffic and overheats a bit in town likes air flowing through but i find it grand,does everthing i want it to
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Old 23rd July 2013, 11:09 AM
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Blackbird as mentioned above is another option for taller bikers, know John in Newport used to ride one for several years and he's 6'-4"

But its a "rocketship"

The ZZR is more civilised
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Old 23rd July 2013, 11:23 AM
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Originally Posted by bogman View Post
Blackbird as mentioned above is another option for taller bikers, know John in Newport used to ride one for several years and he's 6'-4"

But its a "rocketship"

The ZZR is more civilised
In fairness..

The big ZZR11 was the rocketship in it's day....until the blackbird & busa took over that mantel..

You'll pick up a clean ZZR11 for very little now...
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Old 23rd July 2013, 04:38 PM
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I use mine for every day commute, co meath to dub city centre no probs at all. I'm 6.2 and could drive it all day. As for power you will never explore the full warp speed it has to offer, i had her at 170mph once,,,, from start to top speed get those revs up high keep them there and there is very little that will keep up. Put a set of panniers on her and of touring with ya. Mine is a 95 and still the engine is as solid, on cold mornings starts on the button every time. She is not bad on fuel,, take your time no mad high revs and i can get in and out of work for a little over €5 a day,, completely depends on how you drive her. In around the city she runs very hot fan on a lot but needle never moves above the half way mark. She does burn oil about 1/2 lt every 3/4 weeks but i believe this is normal. If you are going to use it every day then at least once a year service the breaks ie replace seals and take out pistons and clean. the amount of shit that gets in there is unreal. O yea heated grips is a must.
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Old 23rd July 2013, 05:39 PM
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Old 23rd July 2013, 05:49 PM
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as has been said by jim and highsider, comfortable for the taller rider, I've a 97 and I'm keeping it

because of their weight I'd check thoroughly suspension linkage, rear shock, front fork springs, headstock and wheel bearings (you'll be factoring them into maintenance as you go along)

quick blast up to 10k in 4th round a few bends will test the above

you should get a cracking 97 for less than 2k
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Old 23rd July 2013, 08:25 PM
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I picked up the ZZR today. Many thanks to everyone for the good advice.
Thanks also to Bogman for bringing me down to collect it.

Originally Posted by ZZRaginHomo View Post
I use mine for every day commute, co meath to dub city centre no probs at all. I'm 6.2 and could drive it all day.
First impressions are good. I find it gets to my back after about 30 miles.
I will wait for a while to see if I just get used to it. If I don't, I will invest in a
set of bar risers.


As for power you will never explore the full warp speed it has to offer, i had her at 170mph once,,,,
170km/h will be enough for an oul' fella like me

Put a set of panniers on her and of touring with ya. Mine is a 95 and still the engine is as solid, on cold mornings starts on the button every time. She is not bad on fuel,, take your time no mad high revs and i can get in and out of work for a little over €5 a day,, completely depends on how you drive her. In around the city she runs very hot fan on a lot but needle never moves above the half way mark. She does burn oil about 1/2 lt every 3/4 weeks but i believe this is normal. If you are going to use it every day then at least once a year service the breaks ie replace seals and take out pistons and clean. the amount of shit that gets in there is unreal. O yea heated grips is a must.
Front brakes are quite weak for such a heavy bike. Handling seems very
good. One of the fork seals is leaking quite badly. I will have to do that soon.

I have a nice set of Givi soft panniers that I use on the Bandit. Hopefully,
they will fit over the very wide tail of the ZZR.

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Old 23rd July 2013, 08:42 PM
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Well wear Ski
give the brakes a quick service and you should see an improvement
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Old 23rd July 2013, 09:32 PM
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Well wear Ski, you will have hours of enjoyment on that ZZR, bikes as straight as a die, a real beauty indeed


Didn't think you would be getting it so soon if at all :-)

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Old 23rd July 2013, 09:40 PM
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Old 23rd July 2013, 09:58 PM
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That is gawjus Ski
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Old 23rd July 2013, 10:05 PM
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That is gawjus Ski
The camera tends to flatter it, particularly when I use the flash.
There are the inevitable marks, scrapes and stone chips. Still,
it's in pretty good shape for it's age
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Old 23rd July 2013, 11:51 PM
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Old 23rd July 2013, 11:58 PM
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That's a beauty, looks very clean. The very best of luck with the new wheels there C...

Have a copy of an owners manual if you want in pdf, drop me a pm & I'll send on a copy..
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