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    Default Follow along with the 240 mile per tank SuperTrapp shod ZX-9R Ninja

    For those not familiar, a ZX-9R is a 899cc late 90's early 00's Kawasaki Ninja sportbike of the liter bike class genre. A true 175 MPH RAM Air sleeper. Cycle World lists the bike's top speed at 173.5 MPH, a 1/4 mile of 10.06 sec.@ 138.96 mph, on an average of 39 MPG (US)/47 (Imp). At 5.01 U.S. gallons for the fuel tank, that effectively means the bike is dry at 195.4 miles, but some show that 42 MPG hwy is its ceiling, making for 210 miles dry.

    I've said from the day I picked up my ZX-9R in 2008 that those numbers are low. It should be averaging about 48 MPG and not just on the hwy, but in canyon riding as well.

    Fast-forward through some exception years of what wasn't a fluke, in late 2017, I'd stumbled on what was my personal favorite SuperTrapp and tune settings for this sportbike. Since then, I had been wanting to demonstrate it in more than verbal fashion on here and now you can see it in video form: the 240 miles per tank ZX-9R challenge.

    Again, for those unfamiliar with sportbikes and their capabilities, the ZX-9R isn't generally regarded as the bike to own for speed-to-distance endurance riding. It is considered the also-ran sport-touring sportbike that couldn't cut it at the race track with the more powerful liter bikes of the early 00s.

    So I present to you, the 142hp 2000 ZX-9R sporting a SuperTrapp universal, riding with a 176hp CBR-1000RR. I also present to you, that same 2000 ZX-9R covering 240 miles without refueling in between (have fun with your family subtracting the odometer miles from the mileage from when I started this demonstration ride).

    Last edited by kz550; 08-21-2019 at 10:31 PM. Reason: no formatting.

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    Default 240 Mile Per Tank ZX-9R Demonstration Playlist

    The full four video playlist for short.
    Last edited by kz550; 08-21-2019 at 10:34 PM. Reason: Combining the posts into a video play list.

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    Default No sportbike can go 250 miles on one tank of fuel.

    The inner story to Sunday's one v one ride.



    We were seated at the bar literally at the half-way point of our ride with my buddy's KTM 1290 now out 77 miles from his last fuel/petrol station top-off and me at 128 miles. I'd made this trip before, but even if a fuel problem arose, I could simply slip onto my buddy's fuel up schedule at his 154 miles. It was the bartender and one other MC riding patron joining in on the conversation. I didn't bring it up, my buddy did, about my Supertrapp equipped ZX-9R's capacity to cover 250 miles between fuel ups. He said it's the only sportbike he knows of that can do such a thing and he's had to rely on it to fuel his bikes up twice.

    Intrigued, the bartender looked at me with a skeptical face, as if to say, I've heard so many long tales in my lifetime, I can tell already this one has to be false too. I just shook my head back at him, like 250? That's not accurate, but I did confirm that I have filled his bikes up twice out on the road after he stranded himself trying to stay with my Supertrapp bikes

    The other patron, who was a HD rider asked how big my bikes' fuel tank were. 5g I said. Then, you're getting 50 MPG (US). I smiled, but think I also confirmed his question. The skeptical bartender just rolled his eyes and the conversation moved onto other subjects: living in mountainous country, generators, gravel, BFE neighbors, etc.

    I loved that moment. Nobody asked so I didn't volunteer the true nature of having such a sportbike capability. If my Supertrapp ZX-9Rs can do 250 miles between stops, that is then obviously not their maximum range, because nobody rides like that, arriving at the destination pushing their bike to the station or arriving on vapors! You have to have something in reserve, right? But you volunteer that to a couple of country boys you don't know, who are already skeptical about the 250 figure. I'll wait outside.

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