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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
Kawasaki August 15, 2017 posted by

Featured Listing: 1997 Kawasaki ZX-7R Survivor

This 1997 Kawasaki ZX-7R comes from David in phenomenal all-original shape. The bike shows some light marks gathered over the last 20 years, but is overall extremely clean, and has covered just 5,500 miles.

1997 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-7R for sale on eBay

Widely known under the family name Ninja, the ZX-7R went through few changes in its 14-year production run, but was one of the more advanced bikes available when it debuted, and only got sharper in 1991, with the addition of inverted cartridge fork and the iconic double-headlight, twin-intake fairing.

The 750cc inline four cranked out about 105 horses in ZX-7R guise, enough to put the bike in the 10-second range through a quarter mile. Never the skinniest kid on the playground, the bikes pushed 530 lbs when fully fueled. By the time our featured bike's birth year rolled around, there were a number of faster, quicker-handling and lighter options available, but the Kawi's pretty face and on-track prowess in superbike categories kept it moving units.

The seller says this bike has never been dropped and has had a raft of maintenance work done recently, which included tires, oil, fluids and a carb sync.

From the listing:

This is a 1997 Kawasaki Ninja that is almost completely original. Recently serviced. New oil and filter, spark plugs, cabs cleaned and synced. New battery and new tires. All brake and clutch fluids have changed. Tires have less than 300 miles. Bike has never been dropped or wrecked. There are some imperfections but for a 20 year old bike is is very clean. Some minor scratches. Worst scratch is on lower right fairing where Kawasaki decal is. Likely from loading the bike at some point.

All fairings original. White decals are actually silver and reflective from the factory. Very cool. I don't remember seeing too many black ones when these came out.

Buyer to handle all shipping. I will help with meeting shipper.

Buy-it-now for this time machine race replica is a very reasonable $3,500. The ZX-7R is not a rare machine, but finding examples that have not been beaten mercilessly is rare, let alone a low-mileage example with clean fairings and up-to-date maintenance.

Featured Listing: 1997 Kawasaki ZX-7R Survivor
Kawasaki August 3, 2017 posted by

Featured Listing: 1989 Kawasaki ZXR400H1 with 3,815 Miles!

In the pantheon of 400cc sportbikes, a lightweight, rev-happy segment of rippers designed to help aspiring knee draggers stay within foreign tiered-licensing guidelines, the Kawasaki ZXR400 stood out as a hard-edged race replica writ small. The baby brother of the world-class ZX-7 superbike, the ZXR400 turned its tiny displacement and diminutive weight into an advantage.

1989 Kawasaki ZXR400 H1 For Sale on eBay

With 61 horses on tap for the '89 model year and a sub-400-pound dry weight, the mini Kawi was quick to make fools of detractors. Though capable of the big end of 140 mph, the engine needed revs to make power, and the bike rewarded momentum and bravery with sharp high-speed handling. Reviewers at the time remarked that the precise handling was paid for with a cramped riding position and a harsh ride, but nobody seriously shopping for a 400 should expect the lap of luxury.

The low-mileage example listed here is in excellent shape and will make a beautiful rider, though it carries blemishes commensurate with its years. Tires, too, look like they could use freshening. Bidding is currently below $2,000, but the reserve remains unmet, and if the 1995 example from earlier this month is anything to go on, the winning bid will be well north of the current ask.

Here’s what the seller has to say:

The baby brother to the Kawasaki ZX-7 ZX750H1!
Up for auction is a rarely seen 1989 Kawasaki ZXR400 with only 6,140 kilometers (3815 miles). Its 100% stock. OEM Kawasaki fairings and components in very nice condition. The right lower fairing has been professionally resprayed because of light stress cracks (spider webbing) in the clear coat from age. Bike has light handling marks & scratches throughout from its 28 year ride thru life but overall very clean. No cracks in the fairings, no dents in the tank. Its been very well taken care of. Bike shows patina and light corrosion here and there from time but has very good curb appeal. This bike would make an excellent candidate for a full restoration. Bike comes with Utah state title and is titled as a street motorcycle for road use.
Even though this bike might not be museum quality, it will make a gorgeous rider in any collection.
$500 deposit due immediately after auctions end. Bike to be paid in full within 5 business days by check or wire transfer. For more pictures or questions please text me at 801-358-6537.

While the weight and 14,500 rpm redline might not be super impressive when compared to current sportbike offerings, the ZXR occupies an important chapter of motorcycling history, and is rare enough in this country to stop bike-night enthusiasts in their tracks and embarrass bigger-displacement bikes under less seasoned riders.

-Aaron

Featured Listing:  1989 Kawasaki ZXR400H1 with 3,815 Miles!
Kawasaki August 1, 2017 posted by

Godfather: 1982 Kawasaki GPz1100

Here is a bike that should need no introduction. The last of the "He-Man" bikes and the best of the rest as the motorcycling world teetered on the verge of technology overload, the Kawasaki GPz1100 was THE bad boy on the block in the early 1980s. This bike is very far from rare in terms of production numbers - the only limit was the number that could be shuffled through the showroom floor. Tack 35 years onto that memory, however, and what you have is something that is a bona fide collector in the kind of condition that we see here (nostalgia only helps). Being sold by a dealer out of Connecticut, this GPz1100 is a survivor that looks tremendous and sports only 12,261 miles on the clock. Interested? You should be. Read on!

1982 Kawasaki GPz1100 for sale on eBay

Young Padawan learners take note: Long before the days of liquid cooling, four valve heads, fuel injection, rising-rate single shock rear suspension, upside down forks, big brakes, ECUs or radial tires, motorcycles still existed. They were just a bit more basic than what you know today. The quest for speed still existed, but the answer to most questions was displacement. Want to create a legacy? Build a bigger bike. Want to sell more bikes? Bore out whatever you have to something larger. Dousing the resulting product in "arrest me - now!" red paint never hurts. Backing it up with the most decent chassis of the day, adding triple disks (a novelty) and capping it with a bikini fairing (oooh, racy!) pretty much made this THE big bore bike to have back when Magnum PI was the hot ticket on TV.

From the seller:
1982 GPZ1100 KAWASAKI
Absolutely Stunning, an Original Paint, Antique Kawasaki, A Rare Museum Quality Piece!

A member of the “Red Revolution” as it is beautifully painted in Kawasaki’s “firecracker red”. The color just seems to hover above this bikes remaining parts (frame, engine, exhaust, mufflers, forks, handlebars, mirrors, etc.) as they are blacked out chrome. Creating a seriously aggressive look! It’s the second year Kawasaki produced an 1100cc and they were serious about having the best superbike! The B2 is similar to the B1 however it is unique due to its cockpit fairing, clip on style handlebars, LCD fuel gauge display, 4 digital fuel injectors mounted directly into the cylinder head, digital microprocessor to measure airflow, throttle position sensor (to eliminate throttle lag and lower emissions), reflectors on both sides of the tail light, stiffer fork springs, compression and rebound damping for a better handling on either track or street.

The GPz was indeed a revolution for Kawasaki; an evolution of the Z1 and the KZ series, the GPz was the most sporting of the Big K lineup, and became the legend behind the forthcoming Ninja. It didn't hurt that the Kawasaki was very successful against the onslaught of Honda went it came to Superbike racing; while they eventually succumbed to the V-4 Interceptors, the GPz reigned supreme in their final years of competition. Not bad for caveman technology. But then again, a simple club wielded effectively can be a formidable weapon. Today, simply finding one of these archaic rocks can be a chore. Finding one with relatively few miles and looking like this is a dream.

Bidding is currently below $4k USD with no reserve. There is a fair amount of interest in this machine; I'm not surprised given that the last GPz we posted (a lowly 550 model) garnered a good deal of attention from our readers. I cringe when I hear this referred to as an antique, but maybe that is just my age-related pride. This particular example looks to be fetching a far greater sum than the aforementioned 550, but even then it is still quite reasonable by collector standards. Check it out here, and feel free to jump back to our Comments section and share your thoughts on this era of the GPz. Good Luck!!

MI

Godfather: 1982 Kawasaki GPz1100
Kawasaki July 21, 2017 posted by

I Survived: 1983 Kawasaki GPZ550 in NY

One of the most iconic sporting motorcycles ever made - and by most standards one of the most archaic - is the Kawasaki GPz lineup. Built during a time of massive experimentation, the pedestrian GPz was more akin to an appliance than a bike that would be fondly remembered by future generations. There is nothing groundbreaking here, and it wasn't particularly special back then. Kawasaki stamped these out by the thousands, making them about as un-rare as you can get. But once in a while we see bikes that have somehow survived the ravages of time, teens, tracks and thrashings. While not a perfect museum specimen, this does look to be in great shape for a 30-something UJM.

1983 Kawasaki GPZ550 for sale on eBay

Back in the early 1980s the middleweight class was considered capped below 600cc, and manufacturers were scrambling to produce something better than the competition. While Honda looked to technology for a solution (liquid cooled, 500cc V-4 Interceptor, for example) and Yamaha looked to the past (cubic inches with the FJ600 and two-stroke power with the RZ350), Kawasaki soldiered on with the tried and true: an air cooled, inline four with bright paint and a bikini fairing. Triple disks all around, the novel Uni-Trak rear suspension which phased out the use of twin-shocks, and painted mag wheels rounded out the "it looks like it should go fast" package. Overall, it worked quite well. The GPz was one of those all-arounder types of motorcycles; comfortable enough to ride up to the canyons, yet sporty enough to hold its own once you got there. With about 54 HP on tap, this would get eaten alive by the current crop of 300cc offerings, but it was a solid platform in its day and likely a decent rider today.

From the seller:
A very rare 1983 Kawasaki GPZ-550 in very god condition.All original except for grips and mirrors.Runs and drives excellent. Has a few flaws as shown in the pictures. Side cover has a crack. A ding in one exhaust pipe, and a very slight indentation in the tank. New battery and fresh service.

No reserve auction.

The fun thing about GPz collecting is that they are cheap to acquire and parts are readily available. No, this will NOT appreciate like a homologated special, an ELR, a K1 or any other truly rare bike produced by the Big K. However I suspect you will receive a great deal of appreciation from riders of a certain age when you show up with this retro red rod at your local bike night. Who cares if performance is not up to snuff with today's hyper-middleweights (and sub-middleweights)? If the only reason you ride is to ensure you are on the best/fastest/flashiest bike on the planet, you will need to update your wheels every 30 seconds or so. If you ride to enjoy the experience, then here is a cost effective way to indulge your senses.

Only a few days left on this one, with no takers as of yet. The opening ask is $1,500, which may well be the problem. A decent GPz is definitely in that ballpark money-wise, but it may be too much to ask potential buyers to start there. Auctions are funny that way; you may end up at the same final price either way, but when the opening ask is below market value you will always get more attention and more bidders. Given this is a NO RESERVE auction, you might just be able to snipe it for the opening ask. Besides, it has fewer than 10k miles! Check it out here, and jump back to the Comments section and share your thoughts. Are you of a certain age where a GPz lurks in your past? Let us know!

MI

I Survived: 1983 Kawasaki GPZ550 in NY
Kawasaki July 18, 2017 posted by

Featured Listing: 1995 Kawasaki ZXR400R for Sale

Although bikes in the 400cc class are virtually unknown in the USA, they were big business elsewhere, with bikes like the Honda CBR400 and VFR400, Yamaha FZR400, and today's Featured Listing Kawasaki ZXR400R competing in showrooms and race series for the hearts and hard-earned money of sportbike enthusiasts. Here in the US, it is 600s that are generally thought of as the lightweight, "beginner" sportbikes, and anything smaller than that is the domain of cheap and cheerful commuters and learner bikes.

Overseas, it was a different story: tiered licensing, heavy taxes, and high gas prices meant there was a great deal of interest in serious motorcycles with smaller displacement. Consider that for Yamaha, the FZR600 was the low-tech model of the range, with a steel beam frame in place of the aluminum Deltabox unit found in the FZR400, FZR750, and FZR1000.

With today's 1000cc superbikes sporting sky-high redlines of more than 13,000 rpm and Yamaha's R6 claiming 16,000 shrieking revs, it's maybe hard to think of a bike with a 14,500 rpm redline as being "high-strung" but the 398cc inline four in the ZXR400R needs to be worked hard to make speedy progress, which is completely in keeping with the bike's sporting mission. Produced between 1989 and 1999, there were basically two versions of the bike, the earlier "H" bikes and the later "L" version. The H bikes made 61hp while the L made a few more horses at a higher rpm, with a slight loss in torque. The H model weighed a bit less than the L at 350lbs dry and the bike had a top speed north of 140mph.

Today's Featured Listing has fairly low miles and appears to be in excellent condition, aside from some minor cosmetic issues expected of a bike that's been ridden. Best of all: it does have a valid title and is registered for road use!

From the Seller: 1995 Kawasaki ZXR400R for Sale

Up for sale is a VERY RARE 1995 Kawasaki ZXR400R in collector quality condition with only 16,267 kilometers (10,107 miles). It has a few tiny rub marks and a couple of small scratches from its 10,000 mile journey thru life but overall its in MINT condition. After thorough inspection, I can tell that this bike has been loved and cherished over the years. It is in completely stock unmolested condition.  All fairings and components are 100% OEM factory Kawasaki. Brand new Bridgestone Battlax tires have been installed front and rear. Bike runs like the day it was new. This ZXR comes with a Utah state title and is titled as a street bike for road use. I have set the purchase price at $10,500 because my last 1993 ZXR400R sold on Ebay for $10,450 in the "your choice" auction with the GSXR400RR. Serious buyers can contact me at 801-358-6537 for more pictures or any other questions you may have. $500 deposit thru PayPal due immediately after sale.

The seller is asking $10,500 for this fizzy little monster. Obviously, that's not a whole lot of bang for your buck if you consider it in purely performance terms, and the ZXR400 isn't quite as iconic as something like the NC30. But these are exceedingly rare here in the USA and if you're a die hard Kawasaki lover or a fan of motorcycle exotica, this will probably fill a large [figuratively], green hole in your collection. If you notice any other bikes in the background, we have been told they are for sale as well.  Skip the line before they get listed publicly! Everything must go!

-tad

Featured Listing: 1995 Kawasaki ZXR400R for Sale