Perhaps not, but the fact is the ’98-and-later ZX-9R was a fantastic all-rounder, sacrificing lap times and spec-sheet bragging rights for a more open riding position, tremendously torquey and smooth engine, and the kind of stability that allows you to ride all day in comfort. Another update in 2000 brought new bodywork with a stiffer frame, revised dual headlights, and new ram-air intakes. The ’02 received further mods, including updated brakes and suspension, as well as engine changes to boost midrange power. By this time, the carbureted ZX-9R engine was well developed and dead reliable. Ultimately, 2003 was the last year of the 9R, since Kawasaki had finally decided to do something serious about the R1 and the GSX-R1000 with the truly beastly ZX-10R.