MUZZY’S 1993 ZXR
“We ran the carbon brakes all year. Japanese Nissins. They worked very well but they were expensive. You had to warm them up. You could not go out on cool brakes and run the thing into a corner real deep and hope that they were going to work! I think they probably worked better than most of the other ones.”
“It is the rideability of the bike that is the most important. The power band has to be really useable. The engines were not peaky, they had a really good torque curve. One of our main philosophies was to make the rider comfortable on the bike. This has been right throughout my whole career. If he is not comfortable he is not going to really push it.
“Power from the 750cc race engine in 1993? Just over [email protected],500 rpm. “
“We had a complete machine shop, so we may have made, for example, some different shock links. We may make two or three different leverage ratios – one-off pieces to go test.
“Then, if the riders liked it we would send that to Japan, and then they would make it, and they would make more of them.
“And they always did a better job of making them. The Japanese are incredible with stuff like that. Their detail and precision is the best .”
“We had a lot of suppliers and manufacturers for ’rods, cams, pistons etc. in America. But, once again, in the end most of the Japanese stuff was the best. For the most part I would say that the cams and pistons and ’rods were all made by Kawasaki. We always used our exhausts and that was
a constant development too, changed many times.”
“My opinion, from experience, is the best power band works wherever you go. You make something that has the best power curve and then use the gearbox in that range, whatever track it is. We always used Kawasaki transmissions and we had about six different ratios for each gear. We ran all six gears.”
“If we made or modified something, and if we came up with something we thought was good, then Kawasaki would nearly always make it for us.
“It was just that they always did a better job of it. We could take a standard swingarm and cut it up and add pieces to it, or whatever it was. But you have something that is a little heavier than it needs to be. Not when it’s made as one unit.”
“THE JAPANESE ARE JUST INCREDIBLE AT MAKING STUFF. THEY ALWAYS DID A BETTER JOB”