Posts by Category: Kawasaki

Kawasaki May 16, 2017 posted by

Blown: 2015 Kawasaki Ninja H2R

Originally released in 2013, Kawasaki claimed the H2 was the world's first supercharged production motorcycle (a sad nod to Roehr, notwithstanding). In street bike form, the H2 is a 200 HP contender. In the "R" format (delete lights and turn signals, add more boost, carbon fiber aero bodywork and slicks), this is a 300+ HP rocketship for the wealthy. Today's example is the R model - which was intended as a track day machine, hence the R stands for Race - but it could have just as easily stood for Rare. Not many H2Rs come our way, which is a shame. This is the fastest, most powerful production motorcycle on the planet by a long shot.

2015 Kawasaki H2R for sale on eBay

Looking like it was formed out of a billet block of dark matter, the H2R is a sinister machine. Appearances do little to mask what lies beneath; a 998cc inline four cylinder with a two stage supercharger. Far more linear than a turbo, the centrifugal blower unit produces on-demand power throughout the rev range. The H2R actually runs lower compression than the H2 street model, but makes up for it by dialing up the boost to 35 PSI. Along with a different cam profile and revised electronics tuning, the H2R rolls out with 310-325 HP (depending on whose dyno you trust). Although it is no featherweight (at some 475 pounds), the big motor more than makes up for the heft.

From the seller:
H2R SUPERCHARGED 330HP
EXCELLENT CONDITION
WITH KAWASAKI PACKAGE
SERVICE MANUAL
OEM TOOLS
NINJA CATALOGUE (800$)
NINJA USB
IT'S NOT H2

H2R TIRE WARMER (900$)
H2R FRONT AND REAR STANDS (1800$)

INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING ANY COUNTRY IN THE WORLD JUST FOR 3000$ IN 5 DAYS SHIPPING
CKD AVAILABLE FREE OF CHARGE. IMPORTED BIKE AND READY TO REGISTER IN ANY STATES,(YOU SHOULD PAY THE TAX)

I know what you are thinking: this is a bad muthah that is somewhat wasted by being a track day only type of bike (i.e. off road, as in not streetable). Apparently the DOT and EPA figured that no lights or turn signals and 300 ponies do not a great street bike combination make. Don't even get me started on the slicks. However this seller is willing to convert it to a street legal bike for just a bit more coin. Read on:

More from the seller:
I can modify for you to Street legal technically by adding headlight, tail light, turn signals, buzzer, mirrors, tires. as i heard in some states you can register it as street legal after you register as track then test in CHP then regiser again as street legal.

For some countries like middle eastern just with this modification it will be possible to register as street legal. The kit will be 2000$ additional to this auction.

Hard to tell which states will accept this and which won't, but you probably already know which one you are in if you are reading the pages of RSBFS. Is $2k a worthwhile expenditure to be able to scare your neighbors and out drag ...well... anyone? Maybe. After all, Kawasaki had something in mind considering the H2R still comes with a taillight and keyed ignition. Check it out here but be warned: This bike is as expensive as it is fast. Good Luck!!

MI

Blown: 2015 Kawasaki Ninja H2R
Kawasaki May 3, 2017 posted by

Tiny and Green: 1994 Kawasaki ZXR250 for Sale

Little sportbikes like this very nice Kawasaki ZXR250 were never imported to the USA for a very good reason: there was basically zero demand for them. In other countries, licensing limitations, high taxes on larger-displacement bikes, and much more expensive fuel mean that riders don't necessarily graduate from a 250 to a 600 to a full-on literbike. In places where you're incentivized to "think small" a bike like this makes perfect sense, since it has the big-bike styling, real sportbike handling, and mechanical sophistication an experienced rider might want, all in a fun-size package.

The bike was introduced in 1988 with a major mechanical and styling refresh in 1991. Displacing just 249cc, that little jewel of an engine produced a claimed 45 hp and just a sliver of torque at 18 ft.lbs and could push the 311 lb dry machine all the way to 124 mph. Obviously, the ZXR250 isn't going to offer up all that much more in the way of straight-line performance compared to something like a modern Ninja 300: you can't get blood from a stone. Or in this case, horsepower from just 15 cubic inches. And modern entry-level machines provide technology this little Kawasaki couldn't dream of. But with modern 250s mostly built around torquey singles or economical parallel twins, this inline four with its positively shrieking 19,000 rpm redline may offer more noise than actual power, but it also provides plenty of rider involvement to go with that spine-tingling sound.

Modern entry-level sportbikes have powerplants chosen for their simplicity, economy, ease-of-maintenance, and torquey power delivery so new riders can focus more on riding and less on shifting gears to chase insane redlines. So obviously, a carbureted inline four-cylinder will require much more effort to maintain and more skill to ride effectively, but I expect fans of small sportbikes know exactly what they're in for with a bike like this. Today's example has had a few miles roll under the wheels, but looks from photos to be in exceptionally good condition. I prefer the earlier style fairings with twin round headlamps, but that's simply a matter of taste. You certainly can't argue with the condition of what's on display here or those very 1990s HVAC hoses leading to the airbox...

From the original eBay listing: 1994 Kawasaki ZXR250 for Sale

Up for your consideration is a RARE MINT CONDITION low mileage 1994 Kawasaki ZXR250 with 19,518 Kilometers (12,127 miles). It is in mint condition and has new battery, Kawasaki filter & engine oil, new coolant flush, new brake fluid, new spark plugs and original air filter was serviced. This ZXR250 isn't your typical Ninja 250 that was sold here in the states. This ZXR has an inline four cylinder engine that revs to a 19,000 redline. In my opinion, its one of the best bikes you can ride on a twisty road. Even though this ZXR250 is completely stock, it comes with an extra carbon fiber aftermarket slip on muffler included in the sale.

When we received the bike, It was taken apart and cleaned and inspected along with the full service. We noticed that the bike has been very well taken care of over the years. You can tell it was loved as a child, lol. The bike runs and rides like the day it was new. Would make a great addition to any collection. This ZXR250 comes with a clean Utah title in my company name that will be presented to the new owner.

Bidding is up just past $3,000 with several days left on the auction. Interest in these little machines seems pretty high when they come up for auction, and several CBR250RRs have been featured on this site recently. They offer good handling and great looks, but very modest power, so I think you're mainly buying these for the novelty, that insane and very accessible redline, or as a Kawi completist. There are definitely more economical ways to sportbike, but fewer more stylish.

-tad

Tiny and Green: 1994 Kawasaki ZXR250 for Sale
Kawasaki April 10, 2017 posted by

Krazy Rare: 1989 Kawasaki KR-1

When it comes to quarter liter two stroke imports, the usual suspects are in (relatively) plentiful supply. While never officially available in the US, all sorts of fine, Japanese and Italian hardware make it to our shores thanks to creative individuals, and of course, our friends up in Canada. We usually don't go a month on RSBFS without highlighting a Honda, Suzuki, Yamaha or Aprilia smoker. What we do not see very often - as in maybe once a year - is Kawasaki's entry to the two-stroke wars: The KR-1. The KR-1 was developed with a familiar set of blueprints and without graphics could resemble any number of Japanese imports, both visually and in the performance department. But the KR-1 is a very rare little machine (not only in the US), and one that you should pay attention to when an example shows up.

1989 Kawasaki KR-1 for sale on eBay

With weight in the 270 pound range (dry), and a claimed 55hp when new, the KR-1 was good for a 130+ MPH terminal velocity. A six speed cassette tranny and triple disks all around put the KR-1 in the same competitive class as the NSRs, RGs and TZRs of the day, although the higher spec KR-1S was the real performer of the bunch. Performance aside, reliability is rumored to be slightly compromised with the Kawasaki; reports indicate that these motors tend to be less robust than those of its peers. Something to consider as parts availability raises its ugly head....

From the seller:
This bike is very clean. The motor has never been opened up. I have had this KR SINCE 1999. It comes with Jolly Moto pipes and has had the fork brace changed. Runs very strong. Looks good. It does have a few blemishes , at 6,850 mi not bad.This bike would be a great edition to your 2 stroke collection.

Given the rarity of this model, I long for more pictures and far more detail. The seller notes that the engine has not been opened up, so figure on a rebuild before riding in anger. Two strokes are notorious for air leaks at high RPM (i.e. air entering the engine other than through the carb), which creates a lean running condition which vastly increases internal temperatures while at the same time reducing the amount of lubricating oil. The end result is usually loud, messy, expensive, and potentially catastrophic to the rider (lesson #1: don't seize the motor mid-corner).

This bike is located in California. There is no mention or picture of a license plate, so no idea in which state this bike is titled - if at all. That would be a key question to the seller. Otherwise, should all else be copacetic, this KR-1 could be a real steal for your collection. There is no doubt that it looks quite clean. The price is set at $8k for this Buy It Now classified, although the seller is open to offers. This seller appears to have a few other bikes by the looks of the big Gamma and NSR400 parked alongside - maybe we'll see a couple more bikes available in time. If you ARE the seller, jump over to the Comments section and share some details with a KR hungry audience. Good Luck!!

MI

Krazy Rare: 1989 Kawasaki KR-1
Kawasaki March 24, 2017 posted by

Featured Listing – 2000 Kawasaki ZX-12R with under 1,300 miles !

Update 4.08.2017: The seller has notified us that this bike has sold to one of our readers. Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

When Honda and Suzuki responded to the "world's fastest" ZX-11 with the Blackbird and Hayabusa, Kawasaki doubled down with the ZX-12R, pushing 178 hp and 188 mph. This first year ZX-12R still has - and needs - the break-in warning sticker on the tachometer.

A technical showcase as bikes at the top of the range tend to be, the ZX-12R has the first monocoque chassis on a production motorcycle.  The stamped thin-wall "hull" supports the steering head and holds the air filter, with velocity stacks and frame connectors built in.  Completely invisible once the bike is assembled, it provides the big horsepower machine a rock-steady base of operations.  The ZX-12R got a fair bit of wind tunnel time also, with a protruding ram-air scoop and dive planes just forward of the clutch and alternator housings, it still had a low .33 coefficient of drag.  The subdued metallic green maturely recalls the bright racing greens of the past.

This ZX-12R has had two careful owners but not even oil-change miles.  A serial ZX-12R fan, the current owner has taken care of any maintenance or long-term storage concerns, and says this about the bike:

2000 Kawasaki ZX-12R with 1,287 miles. Runs and drives perfect. In very very good condition. I am the second owner and bought the bike with 1,175 miles. The first owner was a gentlemen who bought the bike brand new from Sun Kawasaki in Denver and obviously rode the bike very little and kept it stored indoors. The bike is located in Colorado Springs and has a clear Colorado title.
Within the last month had these brand new parts installed:
Michelin Pilot Power 2CT tires
Walbro GSS242 fuel pump
Injectors professionally cleaned, balanced, and calibrated by RC Engineering (flow chart provided)
Lightweight lithium battery
NGK spark plugs
Smog block-off plates
Coolant flushed
Brake fluid flushed
Oil changed

The owner also provides this video walk-around - https://youtu.be/QzYEOQGIO2o - and cold start.

Starting in 2001, Kawasaki built the ZX-12R to threaten the 200 mph barrier, the perceived threat of regulation caused the major manufacturers to back away from that milestone, agreeing to keep top speeds a bit under.  In return, buyers got a better all around motorcycle in the ZX-12R, with all-day comfort if not fuel capacity, and an outstanding power-to-weight ratio with greater stability.  With careful storage and maintenance to ensure as-new performance, this ZX-12R is as close to a brand new Y2K flagship as one could hope. And being a 2000 model year, this one has no top speed restriction!  The ask is $6,500.

-donn

Featured Listing – 2000 Kawasaki ZX-12R with under 1,300 miles !
Kawasaki March 18, 2017 posted by

Nearly New: 1984 Kawasaki GPz750

From the 30-something files comes the epitome of the quintessential 1980s sport bike: the Kawasaki GPz. Conceived during what was to become the eve of the classic sporting motorcyle, the GPz led the way right up to the next real era of technology and died out with the introduction of the hyper bike. Making the ultimate use of air cooling, two valves per cylinder, carburetors and a steel backbone frame, the GPz soldiered on in the face of advancements from Yamaha, Suzuki, and especially Honda. Successful on the track as well as the showroom, the GPz is a classic memory today. But for those that remember the glory, finding one worth shelling out cash for is a rare proposition. Hence today's RSBFS find: a cherry GPz750 with just over 1,000 miles on the clock.

From the seller:
1984 KAWASAKI GPz 750 1,058 original miles!

I am the 3rd owner of this bike. The first owner put the miles on the bike and the second owner purchased the bike in 1998 and never drove it.

During my ownership, I cleaned it up, rebuilt carbs and got it running (It had not run since 1st owner in the late 80's) I took it out and put 2 miles on it to verify operation. (I own 2 other GPz's). The factory exhaust is long gone & I just installed a fresh out of the box Supertrapp system and installed all the discs to keep it quiet. It sounds awesome!

More from the seller:
The carbs were rebuilt with new jets, pilot & mains, new needle & seats & new float bowl gaskets.
All gauges, lights, gas gauge, blinkers and horn works!
New battery last September.
New plugs and spark plug boots.
Original chain & sprockets, original tires! (You will be the first person to change the tires that Kawasaki put on 33 yrs ago!)

Do I know the front fender is mounted backwards in the pictures? Yes (See it the other way in the picture with the saddle bags!)

What is wrong with bike?
Right side mirror glass is missing, was when I purchased it... I have 7 bikes and did not get that far on this one. Very small nick on gas tank graphic and some nicks on left side upper fairing graphic, these graphics are available from RD Decals in Canada. Tank is rust free on inside but does have about a 10mm ding that you can barely make out in picture that shows the nick in tank! It is missing the factory center windscreen attachment bolt so I have a mismatched one in there (factory one is available for a couple of $'s).

Lastly, the outside carb on left side was dripping a little while the bike was running the other day... To cold to drive it outside to get some cobwebs out and may go away but just want to make sure it is in listing as I'm swamped at work and will not have time to look at it!

What is right with bike?

It is absolutely stunning! It looks better in person than it does in these pictures. All the finishes are wonderfully preserved. How many of these bikes do you see with just over 1K miles???

Lastly, I was going to list the matching Bagmann saddle bags separately but really want them to go with the bike... I have been a ebay member for 17 years and never once saw a set of these come up for auction, they go with bike and the 4 GPz test issues you see in picture!

It is always difficult to find a time-period piece in the type of condition that makes it worth your while. This is especially true when the bike in question was not especially rare to begin with. But time has a way of making certain things better, and in this case time has all but erased the supply side of the equation. Had this been a bottle of wine, it would likely have turned to vinegar long ago - but the vintage becomes rare for simply existing in excellent shape. The best part of a well-aged machine is the price: Few bids have been cast, and this retro icon sits at a mere $3,550 (no reserve). It may not be a smoker or some mega dollar collectible, but the knowing nods when you show up to bike night on this earlier generation super bike makes it well worth the price of admission. Only a couple of days left on this auction - check it out here and share your thoughts! Do you GPz?

MI

Kawasaki March 3, 2017 posted by

Superbike Daddy: 1978 Kawasaki Z1-R

I know that for many of our readers, RSBFS is all about the import smokers. And while we do love our grey-market popcorn poppers, variety is - as they say - the spice of life. Two-strokes did not always dominate the sport bike scene, as evidenced by today's example of what ruled the streets in 1978. Our younger readers will be forgiven if this simply looks like a Universal Japanese Motorcycle (UJM) from the period, but two-wheeled transport circa pre-1980 was a relatively simple affair. Air cooled, carburetor-fed Japanese multis were the hot ticket, and cubic centimeters made the world go 'round. Throughout the 1970s, the Big Four traded blows with big bikes, and the Kawasaki Z1-R (1978-1980) could go toe to toe with the best on the road.

1978 Kawasaki Z1-R for sale on eBay

Owing more to the KZ lineup than the original Z1 design, the Z1-R is pretty typical of this era: big motor (1,015cc over square inline four), tubular steel frame, simple un-adjustable front forks and twin shocks. Novelty items include the bikini fairing (variations to make a reappearance on the ELR model as well as early GPzs), four-into-one exhaust, low maintenance cast wheels, and triple disk brakes. Expect about 90 HP off the showroom floor, in a package tipping the scales at over 540 lbs. With a top speed in the 130s, the Z1-R was a powerhouse with subtle intent. In all, this was an evolutionary move by Kawasaki; the revolution would have to wait until 1984 and the introduction of the 900 Ninja.

From the seller:
OWNED THIS BIKE SINCE 1992 (SECOND OWNER),HAVE ALL THE SERVICE WORK RECORDS I HAVE DONE TO BIKE.VERY CLEAN & RUN STRONG. IT IS A TURN KEY BIKE. GARAGE KEPT. 33284 ACTUAL MILES.

There is nothing *particularly* special or rare about the Z1-R line, save for the fact that they didn't speed off the showroom floors at a sufficient rate. Not even bolting on a turbo and creating the first of the factory blower bikes could help move these models. As a result, staring down the barrel of a 40th birthday, not many of these exist in great condition. Laws of supply and demand govern all, and I would expect to see good examples fetching more over the coming years. This will not likely appreciate in the same manner of a RC30 or truly rare and iconic model, but it should fare respectably given the lower price of entry.

This well-loved Z1-R is located in Oklahoma. The seller claims to be the second owner, which helps explain the condition. There have been some minor, non-destructive mods which should lower maintenance and improve the riding experience, and the seller will include the original parts. This bike is listed with a BIN of $12,500 - a number that some may scoff at. It does appear a bit high for the model. But the challenge would be to find another in this level of condition. I'm sure there is some emotional equity included in that number by the seller - but can you blame him? Check it out here, and share your thoughts. Would you take this, or hold out for an ELR or early model GPz? Let us know!

MI

Superbike Daddy: 1978 Kawasaki Z1-R