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Kawasaki March 26, 2018 posted by

The Dark Knight: 1992 Kawasaki Ninja ZX11

No computers no launch control no ABS, just 1052cc's of grunt fed by 4 carbs all wrapped up in bodywork that would make the dark knight drool. And with less than 9,000 miles since new, this 1992 Ninja ZX11 is a treat to behold.  I know the ZX11 might not seem like a rare sportbike but its important to remember the big Ninja was the fastest production sportbike from 1992 to 1997 in large part thanks to its ram air system.  This means it meets the RSBFS technology and historical significance criteria and when you add in the  mileage/condition of this particular unit it seemed worthy of a post.

1992 Kawasaki ZX11 with 8775 miles on ebay

We have seen previous posts here on RSBFS regarding the ZX11 which is also known as the ZZR1100 outside of the USA.  An evolution of the ZX10 (which is currently shooting up the price chart in a big way for collectors) the ZX11/ZZR1100 took the preceding model and no pun intended, turned it up to 11.  Launched in 1992 the big Ninja introduced ram air systems to the big bike segment while also offering wind tunnel based bodywork that made it far too easy to just be cruising along in comfort and suddenly realize you are well over the speed limit.  The ZX11 held the crown of fastest production motorcycle until the introduction of the Honda Blackbird  in 1997 and is considered by many to be the progenitor of the hyperspeed-touring market segment.

Another plus for the ZX11/ZZR110 is that even though it is now over 25 years old it still looks great.  I still like the fairing "wing" integrated turn signals more than the current trend of back side of the mirror embedded units and there is no eye-watering 1990's graphics package to overcome (cough-Vance-and-Hines-Yamaha-cough).  While the ZX11 was offered in several monochromatic schemes include my personal favorite of Candleberry wine red, the sales leader for the big Z was always "Ebony Pearl" or as the sales people often referred to it, Batman black.

This particular ZX11 is in excellent condition having covered only 8,775 miles since new.  Even better is the fact that the current owner seems to have kept up the the bike, although no mention is made of tire age/rubber.

Here is a summary of the info the seller has provided

  • 3rd owner of this bike and have put <800 miles on it since I purchased it 3 years ago.
  • Has a full D&D header system, K&N, Jet kit & ignition advancer (use premium fuel).
  • Recently changed all the engine & brake fluids and it has new EBC brake pads.  Also changed the fuel filters and fuel bowl transfer tube O rings, as well as the temperature sending unit in the radiator as the temp gauge didn't work when I took delivery. 
  • No cracks, rashes, abrasions, chips, etc. There is a small area on one of the fork lowers where the prior owner had to have a registration tag and it has pulled some of the paint off the lower left fork tube, but everything else defies this classic's age.
  • Will come with a number of spare new parts and gaskets to keep this beast humming well into the future.

Note:  I did communicate the seller and he indicates the OEM windscreen and exhausts are not available.

So is this big black beastie worth the Buy It Now price of $4,300 USD?   Well I have to admit I have a weakness for the big Z even though it is a BIG bike and a bit too tall for me. Also the pictures on this one are good but not great (there is no clear pic of the license plate area) and I would have much preferred to see it out in sunshine /daylight.  Lastly I am not sure what the holes are that appear in the frame under the gas tank on the riders right size, I think the cover shroud from the fairing might have been removed but this would need to be confirmed.

Overall I really think the question is what is your intent for acquiring this bike.  The listing seems targeted towards day-to-day riders rather than collectors or perhaps a nostalgia-rider who never got to experience the big Zed.  For any collector considering this particular ZX11 the main question would be whether the recent dramatic price jumps in the predecessor ZX10 model means they think the ZX11 will see similar appreciation in the near future.  All I can say is that if I bought this bike I would be putting in the earbuds and go for a late night or early morning blast listening to this.

-Marty/Dallaslavowner

The Dark Knight: 1992 Kawasaki Ninja ZX11
Kawasaki July 23, 2015 posted by

Baader-Meinhof? Another 1999 Kawasaki ZX11 in Candelberry Red

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One thing regular RSBFS readers may have noticed is how listings seem to go in waves;  we won't have a bike appear on RSBFS for a while and then suddenly multiple ones will pop up for sale.  Examples of this include not seeing any Kenny Roberts RD350's or GSX-750R slingshots for a while, then we got a bunch of each. Perhaps the best example of this phenomenon was a few years ago we had 3 different KTM RC8R Red Bull editions pop up for sale at the same time (only 25 of these were built in total so having 3 for sale of the same time really blows out the statistical models).

Perhaps this is all just coincidence ala "Baader-Meinhof-Phenomenon" or has to due with seasonality, I don't know.   What I do know is that just last month we were finally able to post a US-located ZX11-D in the lovely Candleberry red.  It took almost a year for a clean example of a 1993 ZX11 in candelberry red to pop up on ebay USA but now we have another one in equally excellent condition.

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1999 Kawasaki ZX11-D in candleberry red on ebay

The big Kawasaki was one of the first hyper-touring machines and personally still reminds me of the scene in Spaceballs where they go to Ludicrous Speed (although apparently Tesla has now appropriated that concept).  When it was launched in 1990 the big Kawasaki was able to hit top speeds of over 170 mph and became top dog in the hyper-touring market segment which it ruled until the introduction of the Honda Blackbird.

The ZX11's phenomenal speed was due to the introduction of ram-air induction, a first for a big bike.  But as was typical of 1000cc bikes of the early 1990's before the Fireblade, the ZX11/ZZR was designed to be an all around machine, with wide comfortable seating, luggage hooks, good wind/weather protection, a full dash, etc.  It even came with a bit of old school tech, am integrated center stand.

NOTE:  The ZX11 is a large bike that weighs a full 604lb/274 kilos when completely filled with gas, so the center stand is quite valuable.

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This particular ZX11 is listed as have 25,xxx miles and looks to be incredibly clean; the only bit of customization appears to be the removal of the NINJA decals from the two main fairing lowers.  There are no marks on the  exhaust canisters/mufflers so I don't think the bike has been down.

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Here is what the seller has to say

  • NEW FUEL FILTER AND SPARK PLUGS
  • STOCK BUT FOR WINDSCREEN, ALSO HAVE STOCK SCREEN
  • NO MARKS ON THE FRAME ,NO SCRATCHES ON THE TANK SHEILD,
  • HAS BEEN LIGHTLY USED PAST FEW YEARS, BEEN ADULT OWNED BY A VERY PROFESSIONAL RIDER.
  • HIGH TECH BATTERY
  • CLEAN CARBS
  • CLEAN UNRUSTED GAS TANK
  • NINJA STICKERS REMOVED

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Is this lovely big Ninja worth the reserve asking price listed of $3,400? That price is above KBB retail values for a 1993 Kawasaki ZX11-D but more importantly,  the one we posted last month had less miles and sold for a flat $3k.

I think a reasonable price for this one to  move on to a new owner will be somewhere around $2,900 USD.  I do think this is another great opportunity for someone to pick up a more refined big, fast sport touring machine that can blow the doors off a lot of more modern equipment.

-Marty/Dallaslavowner

Baader-Meinhof?  Another 1999 Kawasaki ZX11 in Candelberry Red
Kawasaki June 29, 2015 posted by

Candleberry King: 1999 Kawasaki ZX11 with 7331 miles

We have posted about the ZX11/ZZR several times previously, about how Kawasaki's monster machine still gives us flashbacks to the scene in Spaceballs where they go to Ludicrous Speed.   The big Ninja was and still is a true "hyper-tourer", a 604lb monster machine with a cruise missile engine.

When it was launched in 1990 the big Kawasaski (known as the ZZR outside the USA) was able to hit top speeds of over 170 and was immediately the king of the hyper-touring market segment.  It ruled the segment for 6 years until being displaced by the Honda Blackbird and then finally, the Suzuki Hayabusa.

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1999 Kawasaki ZX11, Candelberry red, only 7300 miles!

A large reason for the ZX11's phenomical speed was due to the use of a new concept (to most riders); a ram air induction system.  Although ram air had already been widely used in automobiles, the ZX11/ZZR was the first production motorcycle fitted with such a system.  Unlike other "fresh-air" systems of the time, the ram air system was sealed and produced a constant flow of pressurized, cool air to the carbs.

A technical description of the function and result of the ram air function can be found here.

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But the Big Kawasaki wasn't just about top speed.  It was very civilized, with comfortable seating and convenience features such as luggage hooks, a full dash including a clock, outstanding fairing/wind protection, and even a centerstand!   Of course it kind of needed a centerstand, given that the ZX11/ZZR weighed a full 604lb/274 kilos when fueled.

I tend to think of the big Zed as an Aston Martin Vantage coupe of the same period; big, fast, civilized but still capable of blowing the door mirrors off most other things on the road.   And like the Aston Martin, I think the ZX11/ZZR's design, with its integrated turn signal indicators and monocromatic color scheme bodywork has aged particularly well.

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This particular ZX11 has a truly astonishing low mileage of only 7331 miles....yes you read that right, only 7331 miles.   It looks to be complete stock except for an aftermarket windscreen and I see no sign of it being down at any time.   The only issue I am seeing is some some small wear/tears on the main seat which could easily be fixed or upgraded with a corbin replacement.  And I have to admit, I think it looks fantastic in my favorite color scheme of Candleberry wine red, much better than the other stock options (black, green, and dark purple).

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Is this ZX11 worth the opening bid $3,000 USD price?   Yes, Yes!  YES!!!!....provided you understand what it is...a tall, heavy, powerful hyper tourer.   The ZX11 will never be described as "flicable" and it wont be a collectible but finding one in this condition is pretty much unheard of.  The last one of these we posted was down in Australia went from a bit more than this one is listed at and that one had which much higher mileage.  This big red Ninja seems to be a screaming bargain even when basic maintenance of fluids and fresh tires are factored into the price.

I think this is a great opportunity for someone who is wants something tasteful that can also do high-speed touring ...but I would advise that people under 5'8" consider carefully before acquiring this big beastie.

-Marty/Dallaslavowner

Candleberry King:  1999 Kawasaki ZX11 with 7331 miles
Kawasaki November 21, 2014 posted by

Into Zed Darkness: 1989 ZX7 Ninja, 1992 ZX11 Ninja

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Here we have two excellent examples of the Kawasaki early 90's Ninja family, a first generation ZX7 with only! 7000 miles and a pristine 1992 ZX11.


Here is the 1st one, a Dark 1989 ZX7.

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1989 Ninja 750 for sale on ebay

Back in 1989 Kawasaki launched their 750cc sportbike, the ZX7 H1. The ZX7 line (known as the ZXR outside of the us) started with the "H" models and it looked uncannily like the first model of the ZXR-7 racer. The 750cc Kawasaki ZX7 was probably the definitive pure sportbike configuration for Kawasaki until the ZX9 was introduced; sure there were other Ninja's in their product range including the excellent ZX-6 and ZX-11 but the 750cc model was more powerful and less buzzy than the 600cc version while still a pure sportbike/not a partially sport touring oriented machine like the 1100cc.

For the 1st year/1989 model year, Kawasaki offered three bodywork paint schemes- a basic black, a red/silver/black combo and the color scheme that would come to be defined with the ZX7, a green/white/blue combination. While the green/white/blue combo bikes have become quite the collectors item, the other color scheme bikes didn't sell as well here in the states and are actually rarer to find in pristine condition.

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This particular ZX7 is an extremely pristine 1989 Ninja 750 with the black bodywork. The seller indicates a mileage level of 7000 miles (yes you read that right) and that the bike is completely stock. This seems to be one of those bikes that was bought by someone in their youth, ridden for a few seasons and then just tucked away.   I would expect a full maintenance would be needed, including new tires, all fluids and possibly a chain.

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So whats this 1st generation ZX7 worth?   Well, the $5,000 USD asking price is well over KBB values but prices for the first generation ZX7 are definitely climbing and finding one this pristine is going to be a truly rare occurrence..  This might be a smart acquisition for someone looking to add a 1st generation ZX7 to their collection..also this bike could probably be converted to the more desirable Green/White/Blue via the purchase of an aftermarket bodykit or a repaint if the purchaser so desired.


Here is the 2nd one, a Dark 1992 Kawsasaki ZX11 with 16,405 miles

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1992 Ninja ZX11 for sale on ebay

As previously posted here on RSBFS,  the ZX11 D model was probably THE definitive big sportbike.   Even thought it wasn't a hardcore sportbike/track-oriented machine, the ZX11 was frequently faster than other brands race reps and could be used as a sport touring machine due to it having a center stand, civilized dual seat, 200-mile tank range and full gauge cluster (including a  clock!)   The ZX11 was the fastest production motorcycle for six years, from its introduction in 1990 through 1995.

Like the earlier posted ZX7, this particular ZX11 comes with the dark scheme of black bodywork with purple highlights and looks to be in excellent condition.  The only flaw I was able to spot was some rust on the line going to the rear brake caliper which isn't too surprising given its location in Illinois.

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Here is some of what the seller has to say.

  • A 1992 Kawasaki Ninja. 1052cc.
  • Bike is very well maintained and clean, runs great.
  • Bought it from second owner a month ago and wanted to ship it out of the country but couldn't due to customs requirements.
  • The bike has near new tires, brake pads, and battery.
  • It comes with a charger, corbin seat, and it's original seat, and a cable lock.
  • It only has 16K plus miles, and is a speed devil.
  • All systems are up to date, including oil change.
  • Very minor scratches, no dents or dings.
  • Garage kept.

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So what's this big black and purple beastly worth? Buy-It-Now price is a bit above KBB but the seller is asking less than the ZX7 featured earlier in this post. The price actually seems reasonable given the condition and the fact that this isn't a first gen ZX11 (its a D model). Personally I prefer this big ZX11 over the ZX7, especially the integrated turn signals that are kind of like rocket tail fins. The big Ninja could certainly be a bike for any rider who is a bit more "mature" but still wants to have people say "WTF was that thing that just blew by us?"

- Marty/Dallaslavowner

Into Zed Darkness:   1989 ZX7 Ninja, 1992 ZX11 Ninja
Kawasaki May 25, 2018 posted by

Unloved Zed sled: 1995 Kawasaki ZX9R with 6,813 miles

Kawasaki's ZX-9R has always been a bit of mongrel bike; situated between the legendary ZX7 and ZX11 series, the 899cc bike was initially developed as a response to the Honda CBR900 but never achieved top status in the segment.  Although the configuration lasted for nearly 10 years, sales were never huge for Kawasaki and it isn't considered to be a historically or technologically significant bike by collectors. Still today's offering is an ultra clean model with less than 7000 miles in its over 23 years, is in the rare for the model candleberry-wine-red color scheme and appears to have all OEM bits available so it seemed worth of a post.

1995 Kawasaki ZX9R on ebay

The ZX9R was somewhat hastily developed by Kawasaki as a segment response to the CBR900 Fireblade.  The problem for Kawasaki was that as a smaller manufacturer they didn't have the resources to launch an all out assault against the class leading Honda (it would take a few more years until Yamaha's R1 did that).    Kawasaki instead tried to stake out a middle ground, offering a 900cc bike that wasn't an ultra-light-weight repli-racer fit only for the track but was also not a large capacity "sportbike" touring machine.  To do this Kawasaki essentially took their legendary but now outclassed ZX7/ZXR750 and incorporated a number of ZX11/ZZR-1100 design features.  Suspension was an upgrade over the 750 with fully adjustable 43 mm upside-down KYB front forks and a fully adjustable remote-reservoir KYB mono-shock while the brakes were Tokico front and rear.  The most obvious  change came in the engine but even there parts were shared with the majority of the engine pieces (crankcases, clutch and gearbox) coming from the 750cc while the cylinder head was from the ZX11/ZZR-11100 with different valve actuation.  The result was more grunt and a red line of 12,000 rpm (the Fireblade stopped at 10,500 rpm).  Put it all together and you got exactly what Kawasaki intended - a mid sized bike that existed between the ends of the segment.

While the ZX9R delivered on its intended purpose, it never really developed a strong following like the Fireblade, GSXR or the soon to follow Yamaha R1.  In retrospect is seems Kawasaki  misjudged the long term impact of the "less is more" movement begun by the Fireblade.  Also the first models of the ZX9R were heavier compared to the competition and had the typical-of-the-time Kawasaki build quality issues, especially with the paint.

As for this particular ZX9R, the bike looks to almost completely OEM but the pictures aren't the best...I mean seriously, how hard would it have been to move the truck?  The seller doesn't give any service info other than "newish tires" so I would expect there to be a need for fresh fluids with particular attention paid to the brake system (a known issue for Kawasaki bikes of this period if left standing for long periods).  On the plus side the bike looks clean with no evidence of indicator or rear tail modifications common of the era and even the exhaust looks OEM and pristine.  The only non-stock item appears to be the windscreen and the seller indicates the OEM unit will be included in the sale.

So let's jump to the question - is this low mileage and apparently almost completely OEM ZX9R worth the current Buy-It-Now price of of $3999 USD?  Well a quick search through sites like Cycletrader show that price to be a bit more than expected but not out of range given the mileage of this bike.   As for value, I don't think this one will appeal to collectors and will probably never appreciate significantly but it isn't something you are going to see at your local bike night and might also be a good fit for people who always liked the bigger ZX11/ZZR1100 in this color scheme but found that bike too big to handle easily.  Based on the pics and the mileage the current owner is not a major Kawasaki fan so they might be motivated to move off the asking price, especially if you can offer something Suzuki-related in trade?

-Marty/Dallaslavowner

Unloved Zed sled:  1995 Kawasaki ZX9R with 6,813 miles
Sales Report January 31, 2018 posted by

Sales Summary – September 2017

Late Summer / early Fall is one of the best times to move a bike; you've had all summer to ride, yet the weather is still good enough to make buyers interested in purchasing an outdoor toy. Late Summer 2017 was as good as it gets - the supply of bikes was great and the general quality was quite high (with a few interesting exceptions). Whether you are a collector or simply interested in values, let's take a look back at September 2017 and see what sold and for how much. Links to the original post on RSBFS included.


SOLD Bikes


Aprilia RS250 from Speedwerks - SOLD as a Featured Listing! (pricing data not available)


2009 Aprilia RS125 - SOLD for $3,401


1999 Bimota SB8R - SOLD as a Featured Listing! (pricing data not available)


1992 Ducati Superlight - SOLD for $10,199


1983 Honda CB 1100F - SOLD for $6,900


1988 Honda CBR250R Hurricane - SOLD for $4,000


1990 Honda NSR 50 - SOLD for $3,050


Ex-Jim Granger 1990 Honda RC30 - SOLD as a Featured Listing! (pricing data not available)


1994 Honda CBR900RR - SOLD for $4,990 after relisting


1996 Honda NSR250R SE - SOLD for $8,550


1990 Honda CBR250RR from Deftone Cycles - SOLD as a Sponsored Listing! (pricing data not available)


1990 Honda CBR1000F - SOLD for a bargain $2,247


1990 Honda NSR250 MC21 - SOLD as a Featured Listing for $6,350!


1975 Kawasaki Z1 with Blake turbocharger - SOLD for $4,150


1977 Kawasaki KZ1000 - SOLD for $1,526


1992 Kawasaki ZX-11 - SOLD for $3,000!


1995 MZ Skorpion Replica - SOLD for $5,500


1990 Suzuki RGV250SP - SOLD for $9,655!


2000 Daytona 955i - SOLD for $3,202


1993 Yamaha FZR250R - listed as SOLD for $2,181


2000 Yamaha YZF-R1 - SOLD for $5,000

Unsold Bikes


1984 Bimota SB4S - No sale with bids up to $14,600


2007 BMW R1200S - No sale and zero bids at $3,000


1991 BMW K1 - No sale and zero bids at $5,500


2012 EBR 1190RS Carbon Edition - No sale at $26,500


1980 Ducati Super Sport - No sale at $35,500


1992 Ducati 750SS - No sale at $3,000


2004 Ducati 998 Matrix Reloaded Edition - No sale at $11,000


2005 Ducati 999R - No sale at $24,000


2007 Ducati SportClassic 1000SE - No sale at $17,500 with listing ending early


2008 Ducati Desmosedici RR - No sale; listing cancelled


2008 Ducati Monster S4RS Tricolore - No sale at $13,995


2008 Ducati 1098R - No sale at $19,995


1986 Honda GB400 - No sale and zero bids at $1,999 opening ask


1990 Honda CBR250RR - No sale at $4,850


1991 Honda VFR400R - No sale at $4,399


1993 Honda NSR250R SE - Listing ended early with a $11,500 ask


2007 Honda CBR1000RR Repsol - No sale at $10,500


2014 KTM RC8R - No sale at $8,300 and 9 bids


1993 Moto Guzzi Daytona - No sale at $10,000


2004 Moto Guzzi MGS-01 - No sale with listing ended by the seller and bids up to $20,000


1999 MV Agusta F4 Serie Oro - No sale with bids up to $17,000


2007 MV Agusta F4 Senna 1000R - No sale and zero bids with a $14,000 opening ask


2008 MV Agusta Brutale 910R - No sale at $6,499


1983 Suzuki XN85 Turbo - No sale at $7,000


VIN #1, Engine #1 1985 Suzuki GSXR 1100 - No sale (listing cancelled) at £150,000


1986 Suzuki GSXR-750 Limited Edition - No sale at $20,000


1995 Suzuki GSX-R750 - No sale and zero bids at $3,000


1992 Yamaha TZR250 3XV - No sale at $8,500

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