The 7RR’s frame geometry is variable as well. An adjustable swingarm pivot allows you to set the rear suspension for maximum traction, while eccentric bearing races in the steering head allow alterations in rake and trail dimensions for differing riding styles and tracks. Weight-saving measures like an aluminum rear subframe cut poundage, although various junctures on the chassis have been beefed up for increased rigidity.
Do all these features add up to a better ZX-7? On the racetrack, the same unflappable stability exhibited by the standard 7R is present on the RR, only the added suspension adjustability allows you to get the handling dialed in that much better (we never touched the swingarm pivot and steering head; overall handling was just fine). Acceleration felt stronger than the standard 7R, and the close-ratio gearbox allows you to keep things on the boil in the tight stuff. Top-end felt the same, though, which is probably due to the stock muffler choking things up on the exhaust side. The 7RR’s higher-spec front brakes gave slightly better power and feel, along with improved fade resistance.