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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
Kawasaki August 15, 2017 posted by

Featured Listing: 1997 Kawasaki ZX-7R Survivor

Update 11.27.2017: The seller has notified us this bike has sold. Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

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!