‘ They’re brilliant – a good all-round muscle bike’
“As a rule they don’t have any problems. It has a stainless exhaust and basically the motor’s the old ZZ-R1100 motor so it’s a good engine, we don’t get any problems at all.
“Yes, there’s the odd bit of corrosion, but no more than any other machine if it’s not looked after or cleaned properly.
“The only comment I’ll make is when you wash them I’ve noticed that, as they get a bit older, the plug caps, where they seal around the rocker box cover, can deteriorate and when you wash them the water goes into the plug cap holes. We’ve had a few come in misfiring and when we’ve looked they’ve had water down the plugholes because the caps have deteriorated. With age the caps get hot, cold, hot, cold. They shrink and expand and crack, but it’s the only problem I’ve come across. You have to replace the plug caps but it’s not massively expensive.
“It is a big, heavy bike. It’s also fairly tall in the saddle and with a full tank of fuel it can be fairly top-heavy so engine bars are a good idea, as are mirror extensions because the mirrors aren’t particularly good.
“A Fender Extenda’s a good idea, too, because the radiator is quite exposed so an extender ensures there’s less chance of stones flicking up and there’s also less road grime getting to it and the engine which can cause corrosion. Also, there’s an aftermarket screen that’s about two inches taller and makes a terrific difference. It’s an MRA one. I know this because my brother’s got an 1100 and I suggested he stick one on and he said ‘God, you’re right’ so a taller screen is a good accessory for it.
“Servicing-wise they’re fairly straightforward. Yes, valve clearances are only every 7500 miles, but they’re easy to get to because you’ve no fairings so it’s not as big a job as it is on, say, the ZZR, ZX-9R or something like that where it’s a lot of work to get into the valve clearances.”
‘With a full tank it can be top-heavy so engine bars are a good idea’
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