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Kawasaki October 21, 2017 posted by

Little Kwaker: 1989 Kawasaki ZXR250A for Sale

A small-displacement motorcycle with a four-cylinder powerplant like this Kawasaki ZXR250 really makes no practical sense: singles and parallel-twins are simple to manufacture, inexpensive to maintain, easier to package, torquey, and fun to ride. Up to a certain size, where the weight of a single piston and connecting rod create unacceptable vibrations that irritate the rider and tear the engine apart from within, they really just make sense, which helps to explain the popularity of single cylinder powerplants for smaller, or entry-level machines.

But the ZXR250, introduced in 1988, wasn't really an entry-level machine. It was intended for markets where experienced riders were limited by laws and heavy taxes on larger displacement machines. Riders that might want a more sophisticated machine, and were willing to pay additional costs in terms of purchase price, maintenance, and reduced fuel economy. What they got in return was a big bike experience, just without all that pesky horsepower...

The tiny, Swiss-watch marvel of an engine in the ZXR250 displaced just 249cc, but still had four cylinders, dual overhead-cams, and sixteen tiny valves. The bike produced a claimed 45hp, with a paltry 18 ft-lbs of torque from just 15 cubic inches, enough to push the 311lb machine to 124mph. Notably, the bike could scream along happily up to 19,000rpm, a big selling-point for fans of rev-happy engines. The rest of the spec was up to big-bike standards as well: a aluminum beam frame and a set of upside-down forks, something that was pretty uncommon for sportbikes, especially smaller machines, prior to the 1990s.

From the original eBay listing: 1989 Kawasaki ZXR250A for Sale

1989 Kawasaki ZXR250A Japanese Import Rare
42hp Inline 4 250cc 4 Stroke 19000rpm Red line
53000kms Runs and Drives great.
Forks have been rebuilt, brakes have been serviced, carbs have been cleaned and serviced with bigger jets, spark plugs and wires have been replaced, speedometer cable is new, has clear turn signal covers, has a rare rear seat cover but still has rear seat underneath, has a smoked windscreen, adjustable brake and clutch levers, and a Vega Sports muffler, comes with a Daishin Racing full aluminum pipe very light. Left side has some scrapes on fairing but doesnt affect anything. Registered and clean titled in Florida.
Motorcycle is pickup only. Sold as is.

Photos show the bike fitted with Japanese plates, which I'm assuming is in lieu of blocking the Florida plates with tape or a thumb or something. It's a bit dirty [see wheels] and there is damage to the left side of the bike as described by the seller, but looks complete and is otherwise very sharp for a nearly 30 year old machine. Obviously, a 250cc four cylinder sportbike is more a novelty than anything else, especially here in the USA where cheap speed is the order of the day. But as long as the price is right, I can completely see the appeal: being able to just pin the throttle everywhere, all the time, without tripling the national speed limit or riding with suicidal abandon is pretty cool. I'm a big fan of the "slow bike fast" thing and with a $5,000 Buy It Now price, I think this will likely find a buyer.

-tad

Little Kwaker: 1989 Kawasaki ZXR250A for Sale
Aprilia September 24, 2017 posted by

A Roundup of our featured bikes that are still available for fall riding season

The days might still be hot here on the East Coast, but they're steadily getting shorter, and the evenings have the familiar cool snap. Summer is nigh over, but here at RSBFS we are just gearing up for one of the best seasons to get out on a sportbike and relish the crisp temperatures and bright foliage.

If you didn't find your steed in the summer season, fear not. We have compiled a list, in no particular order, of still-active featured listings begging for the chance to be your late-year mount. Check it out below.

For those whose riding gear is as stylish as it is functional, this 2006 Ducati Paul Smart 1000LE is ready to match your sartorial splendor with subtle, classy tones and a fantastic butternut-brown saddle.

Featured Listing: 2006 Ducati Paul Smart 1000LE for Sale

If you'd rather not sacrifice performance for high-end materials and sexy bodywork, there is a 2015 Kawasaki H2R in Santa Clara, California. It might not be road legal, but 310 supercharged horsepower should make you the absolute king of late-season track days.

Featured Listing: 2015 Kawasaki Ninja H2R for Sale

The second retro-styled Ducati on the list, this 2009 Ducati Sport 1000 looks the absolute business with an aftermarket bare aluminum tank and seat cowl, and wears a set of OZ Cattiva wheels. Those tweaks, especially the metal tank and cowl, will make the bike both easier to live with and easier to throw around autumnal back roads.

Featured Listing: 2009 Ducati Sport 1000 for Sale

Among the true gems on this list is one of our favorite all-time listings, the 1989 Kawasaki KR-1R from Gary in Utah. It's only the second bike of its kind we've listed, and the last one was in England six years ago. This one is one of a very few in the U.S., and is titled for street use to boot. Someone get this before we do something very silly.

Featured Listing: 1989 Kawasaki KR-1R!

Ramping up the rarity, expense and exclusivity a notch or ten, we get to the 2005 MV Agusta F4 1000 Tamburini. Number 192 of 300 examples built, this very special MV commemorates the man who designed the Ducati 916, ran Cagiva and founded Bimota. Special is an understatement.

Featured Listing – 2005 MV Agusta F4 1000 Tamburini #192

Staying with the exclusive and Italian theme we have a 2014 Ducati 1199 Panigale Superleggera that has been given the full WSBK treatment. It's track-only, but it definitely walks the walk and has won a number of amateur races.

Featured listing: 2014 Ducati Superleggera in WSBK Spec!

If the Ducati is too old, or too brittle or too Italian, this 2016 Yamaha YZF-R1 Factory British Superbike racer should fill in nicely. Hell, find a buddy and find out once and for all who's who.

Featured Listing: 2016 Yamaha YZF-R1 Factory BSB Superbike for Sale

If you are looking for an older, more approachable but equally rad Yamaha, look no further than this 1987 Yamaha TZR250 two-stroke. It currently lives in Canada, but is five years past the magic 25 mark, so registering it in the States should be a relative breeze.

Featured Listing: 1987 Yamaha TZR250 for Sale

The first Bimota on the list, sort of, is, fittingly, a replica of the first bike Bimota ever built. The 1975 Bimota HB-1 replica is a bespoke steel frame wrapped around a Honda CB750 engine as reliable as time. A replica this may be, but it's spot-on and should not be missed.

Featured Listing: 1974 Bimota HB1 Clone for Sale

Sticking with the rare Honda theme, this 1990 Honda RC30 came out of the collection of guru Jim Granger, and carries a long list of mods and hot rod parts. It has recently been listed on eBay, where bidding is picking up steam.

Featured Listing: Ex-Jim Granger 1990 Honda RC30

For those in search of rideable rarity across the pond, the 1994 Suzuki GSXR-750 SP featured below is still looking for a home. Not as hard edged as some other race reps, it's still a handful, and has acres of '90s charm.

Featured Listing: One-of-Six 1994 Suzuki GSXR-750 SP in England

Still haunting the Nashville, TN, Craigslist, is this one-owner 1991 Ducati 851. It is in miraculous shape, having covered just 1,600 miles, and it is a true piece of history. If you have the means, we highly recommend picking one up. They are so choice.

Featured Listing: 1,600-mile 1991 Ducati 851 Strada Biposta

Slightly less rare, but equally Italian and impressive, this 1997 Moto Guzzi 1100 Sport comes from the same seller and is in similar condition. It has way more miles under its tires, but is ready to be ridden and loved for years to come.

Featured Listing: Low-Mileage 1997 Moto Guzzi 1100 Sport for Sale

Just relisted with RSBFS is "Motoman's" Bimota SB8R and wears a buy-it-now of $9,000.

Featured Listing: 1999 Bimota SB8R for Sale

Rounding out the list is my personal favorite. The screaming, all-black, two-stroke Aprilia of my nightmares, the Aprilia RS250. From our buddies at Speed Werks, this thing is titled and ready out of Delaware.

Featured Listing: Aprilia RS250 from Speedwerks

Aaron

Kawasaki September 18, 2017 posted by

One Complete, One in Pieces: Turbo’d 1975 Kawasaki KZ900 and 1977 Kawasaki KZ1000

Here's a weird one. This seller in Oklahoma has two turbo'd Kawasaki Z bikes for sale in two separate auctions and in two very different states of disrepair. They wear identical paint schemes, and the seller says they come from the estate of a good friend.

1975 Kawasaki KZ900 Turbo for sale on eBay

The original owner bought the complete 1975 Kawasaki KZ900 brand-new and then added a Blake turbo kit and his own Turbo logo and paint job. The seller says the bike does not run, and the thick layer of dust and rat's nest of wires poking from under the right side cover back that story up.

The same gentleman bought the 1977 KZ1000 to build what the seller calls "a real hot rod," and it comes with an American Turbo Pak, among a vanload of other spares. It is unclear whether this project was complete before being disassembled, or if it never got off the ground in the first place. Either way, the '77 will need a lot of love to be whole again.

As grubby and daunting as these two bikes are, they are from a unique, frenetic time in the evolution of sportbikes. They came at the end of America's obsession with the muscle car, and before the collective interest had discovered corners. Though they are not as collectible as a factory-optioned Z1TC, they are a rare and incredible look into the not-so-distant past.

The auctions have little time left, but are no reserve, so the high bidder is taking home a full garage worth of intense, rewarding project.

From the eBay listings:

'75:

NO RESERVE

I'm selling this on behalf of the widow of the one and only owner of this bike. Randy bought this Kawasaki Z1 brand new in 1975 and then added the Blake turbocharger and his own spin on the paint scheme. His old riding buddy has lots of stories about how fast the bike was. BUT, Randy then bought a second bike to build into a real hot rod. That bike is listed separately, partially disassembled, and comes with a large number of extra parts.It's possible many of those parts will fit this bike, but they're being sold right now with the 1977 KZ 1000 with the American Turbo-Pak. (See our other auction.) These bikes have been in his garage for years and are not in running condition. Sold as-is, where is.

Ideally the same bidder will win both auctions and keep this great collection of authentic hot rod Kawasaki history together.

'77:
NO RESERVE

I'm selling this on behalf of the widow of the owner of this bike.  Randy bought a Kawasaki Z1 brand new in 1975 and then added a Blake turbocharger and his own spin on the paint scheme.  His old riding buddy has lots of stories about how fast the bike was.  BUT, Randy then bought a second bike (this one) to build into a real hot rod.  That bike is listed separately, partially disassembled, and comes with a LARGE NUMBER OF EXTRA PARTS.  It's possible many of those parts will fit both bikes, but they're being sold right now with this 1977 KZ 1000 with the American Turbo-Pak. (See our other auction for the 1976 Z1 with Blake turbocharger.)  These bikes have been in his garage for years and are not in running condition.  Sold as-is, where is.

Ideally the same bidder will win both auctions and keep this great collection of authentic hot rod Kawasaki history together.
There is just over a day left in the bidding for these insane machines, so click through and make your play, if you dare.
One Complete, One in Pieces: Turbo’d 1975 Kawasaki KZ900 and 1977 Kawasaki KZ1000
Kawasaki September 8, 2017 posted by

Low-Mileage, Budget Blaster: 1992 Kawasaki ZX-11 for Sale

The ZX-11 Ninja was Kawasaki’s answer to the GSX-R1100, a big bruiser of a roadbike that lacked agility but more than made up for it in terms of ballistic performance from the honking inline four and slippery aerodynamics that, for a while at least, made it a contender in the “world’s fastest motorcycle” stakes. They sold plenty of these when they were new, but you'll have to look long and hard before you find one these days with just 2,500 miles on the odometer... Today’s big-power literbikes are often criticized for their highly-strung nature, with even Ducati’s v-twin Panigale needing real revs to make fast progress. But the big Ninja harkens back to an earlier era of big bike performance, where plus-sized sportbikes from the Japanese Big Four often happily made do with just five cogs in their gearboxes, a reflection of the bikes' torque-rich powerbands. The ZX-11 makes power all through the rev range, meaning serious acceleration is always just a twist of the wrist away.

Built between 1990 and 2001, then followed by the suspiciously-similar ZZ-R1200 that soldiered on with its blobby styling until 2005, the ZX-11 was motivated by a 1052cc four fed by one of the very first production ram-air systems, mated to a six-speed gearbox transferring the 150 crankshaft horsepower to the rear wheel. Top speed was somewhere slightly north of 175mph, with handling was that was stable and very neutral. Obviously the ZX-11 was never intended as a race-replica or canyon-carver: it’s almost 600lbs with a full tank of gas and came only in solid, classy color schemes unmarred by the era's over-dependence on garish graphics. A mature sportbike that could effortlessly trash rivals away from a stoplight or crush continents when fitted with soft luggage.

Considering how good they are at covering big miles in a short period of time, it’s shocking that this particular Ninja has covered just over 2,500 miles in its twenty-five years of life. Aside from a couple minor details, it's nearly stock as well, making it a good candidate if you’re looking to start or add to a collection of devastatingly fast 90s sportbikes. It's hard to find a bike that offers a better performance-per-dollar proposition, with a Buy It Now price of just $3,000.

From the original eBay listing: 1992 Kawasaki ZX-11 Ninja for Sale

Only 2,553 miles, bike runs and drives great... very fast bike.

Comes with original tool kit and owners manual and stock computer... bike has Vance and Hines PowerPak on it.

Bike can be shipped if needed.

ZX-11s pop up occasionally on eBay, generally in nice enough condition, but they typically have the high miles you’d expect of a big, reliable GT machine. This example is barely broken in and nearly stock, aside from those unfortunate, but easy to remove paint-splotch decals, chain guard, and purple mesh, and a period-appropriate Vance & Hines four-into-one exhaust. I personally prefer aftermarket four-into-one set ups, but collectors eyeballing low-mileage bikes are probably looking for originality. For riders in the 1990s the ZX11 was the very embodiment of speed, the Hayabusa of its time, and I expect collectible examples like this one will increase in value down the road. For now, they remain tantalizingly affordable and completely useable motorcycles.

-tad

Low-Mileage, Budget Blaster: 1992 Kawasaki ZX-11 for Sale
Kawasaki August 23, 2017 posted by

No Replacement for Artificial Displacement: 1984 Kawasaki GPz750 Turbo

As the rest of the Big Four tried to grab turbo sportbike market share in the early to mid-80s by strapping fuel injection systems and snails to run-of-the-mill UJMs, Kawasaki took the game a little more seriously, and the results made the rest of the crowd look silly. The 1984 Kawasaki GPz750 Turbo was lighter, sharper, handled better and went faster than the others, an actual sportbike among a crowd of boosted pigs.

1984 Kawasaki GPz750 Turbo for sale on eBay

Building on the legend of the insane, and truly rare 1,000cc turbo 1978 Kawasaki Z1R/TC, and its AMA-conquering GPz line, Kawi tweaked an already solid formula into a complete street menace. The engines got new pistons, oil scavenge pumps, and a beefier gearbox to handle the boost.

The magazines went nuts, with at least one hailing the '84 GPz750 Turbo as the fastest streetbike they had ever tested. Capable of 148 mph on the big end and quarter-mile potential in the high 10-second range, the Turbo's numbers stood up to naturally-aspirated 1,000cc bikes for the next decade or so.

This particular GPz Turbo appears to be in fantastic shape, though the pictures are a little low-res. With the bike showing just 5,400 miles, the seller claims it looks more like it is three than 33. It carries new Bridgestone Battlax tires and braided steel Galfer brake lines in black to keep a stock appearance. On a bike this old, anything to keep it sticking and stopping is a welcome improvement. But just in case you do feel the need to take it back to 100 percent original and park it, the 1984 tires and brake lines are included.

From the eBay listing:

Up for sale is my Mint condition. One previous Original owner bike. This is the Cleanest, unmolested GPZ TURBO Ive seen in years. It looks like it is three years old. It looks almost new.
Pipes are immaculate, Paint is immaculate and shiny. Decals are like New. Paint is like New. Seat is like new. All instruments work. Mileage is supe LOW 5,417 .
Only improvements to Stock: ive upgraded tires to Contemporary Brand New Bridgestone Battleaxes (i still have original Period correct Metzlers which will go with bike) and I have upgraded the brake lines to steel braded black Gafflers (look stock---i have originals that go with bike too)
i have original manual and service manuals too.

This is a rare find ....this is a MINT GPZ TURBO...NEVER ABUSED, NO SMOKE FROM TURBO.....RUNS LIKE A NEW BIKE......ENGINE AND TURBO .....NEVER DISMANTLED.......

KEEP THIS IN MIND WHEN YOU ARE BIDDING......... THIS IS NOT AN ABUSED, BEAT UP
RE-BUILT , DRAGGED, TURBO.....THIS BIKE IS LIKE NEW.

IT DESERVES TO GO TO SOMEONE WHO IS A COLLECTOR OR WHO WANTS TO RIDE IT AND TAKE CARE OF IT.

SEEE VIDEO:

Good luck bidding!

Don't ask me what the Reserve Price is...if you are bidding and meet the reserve you will know.
This is an Auction. ..Highest bidder gets the bike.

thanks.

There is no reserve, but the  bidding has been active, and this thing is closing on $10k with time left on the auction. The bike starts at the first touch of the button and settles into a nice idle. Not too shabby.

No Replacement for Artificial Displacement: 1984 Kawasaki GPz750 Turbo
Kawasaki August 22, 2017 posted by

Depreciation Dance: 2016 Kawasaki H2 For Sale on eBay

When you could still order one, a 2017 Kawasaki Ninja H2 would run you $28,000, dear for a sportbike, to be sure, but somehow still less than a Harley Road King.

2016 Kawasaki Ninja H2 for sale on eBay

Give the thing a year, though, and just under 1,000 miles of use, and the prices will fall below the $20k mark, just like this 2016 model, listed at $18,999 buy-it-now. It's still a lot to ask for what is, after all, a used motorcycle, but there are not and never will be many H2s, so depreciation shouldn't be a huge concern for too much longer.

As you would expect with any next-to-new bike, this one is spotless, though the tires look as if it was not babied for its 924-mile life. There is very little in the way of a description, but if you don't know about these things, chances are you ain't lookin' for one.

In case you do need a refresher, here is the quick and dirty: 998cc inline four, ~210 horsepower, supercharger, 530 lb wet, ABS, traction control and launch control.

From the listing:

2016 Kawasaki ninja h2 with 924 miles, showroom immaculate condition. No test rides until it's paid for in full, buyer is responsible for shipping Contact with any questions

If you have the means ...

Depreciation Dance: 2016 Kawasaki H2 For Sale on eBay