Posts by Category: Kawasaki

Kawasaki March 29, 2010 posted by

1996 Kawasaki ZX-7RR with only 762 miles!

1996 Kawasaki ZX-7RR N1 with only 762 miles and 100% stock!

Located in Marrero, LA is this pristine 7RR N1 Homologation Superbike. Since I started writing for RSBFS.com I've mentioned several times that my two favorite bikes are N1's and FZR400 's. The N1's are the pinnacle for me and the 400 are a very, very distant second place. I've been in love with ZX7's all my sportbike life, but have yet to own one. I've come very close to buying one, but have never pulled the trigger. When Les sent this one in today I was beside myself trying to decide whether I should post it or contact the seller and ask "what's it going to take to put that in my garage?" But, since I have a better half, I decided to run it by her and see what the reaction would be. Not much to my surprise, there was a lot of mumbling, a few choice words about me and my bikes, I also heard something about diamonds, but couldn't quite make it out. Needless to say, I'm posting it instead of contacting the seller.

I'm guessing most people would agree, even if you aren't a Kawasaki fan, that the 7RR's have something about them that says 'I'm fast'. The design is aggressive and it has a certain flare about it that no other bike, in my opinion, has. These came from the factory with adjustable swing arms, adjustable steering head and 41mm flatslide carbs. The N1's didn't get the luxury of the aluminum gas tank like the previous years, but as mentioned did have more adjustable parts which included better suspension. If you are unfamiliar with Team Green Machines here are a few of my favorite websites that talk extensively about the 7R/7RR's. First up is the evolution of Kawasaki's Homologation Supebike. Next up is one of my favorite 'eye candy' sites regarding my favorite Superbike.

The seller didn't put many pictures up on the auction so you'll have to contact him should you be interested in seeing more.

Quotes from the auction:

SUPER RARE!!!!! 1996 KAWASAKI ZX7RR IN EXCELLENT CONDITION WITH ONLY 762 MILES!!!! BEAUTIFUL !!!!!!!! EVERTHING IS ORIGINAL FACTORY

Okay, so not many pictures and not much to say, but in all actuality what can he say other than "Sweet and being sold as new!" I have to believe if I didn't just buy another 400 I'd be in the ring, but as it sits I'm out on this one. It is being offered with a starting bid of $8,000.00 and I have to believe the reserve is somewhere around $10,000.00. Hopefully, this one will be bought and enjoyed or put in a museum for everyone to enjoy.

Cheers!

dd

Kawasaki March 29, 2010 posted by

Phil’s 1991 Kawasaki ZXR750R for sale

Here's my own personal 1991 Kawasaki ZXR750R homologation special for sale. I bought it initially with the intention of restoring to it's former glory, but with our new baby daughter arriving in May, it's probably not the best time to take on such a project, so would prefer to see the bike to go a new owner who would take good care of it.

 

The ZXR750R is the homologation special of the standard ZXR750, with Keihin flatslide carbs, close ratio gear box, aluminum gas tank, single seat (the previous owner added rear pegs and a passenger 'pad') and even a slipper clutch (called a 'Back Torque Limiter' - bet you didn't know that!)  There's a wealth of excellent ZXR750R info on Andy's ZXR750R site. This specific sample has 19,493 km on the clock bike has new fork sliders plus Racetech gold valve internals, Ohlins rear shock, Akrapovic header with Micron carbon exhaust, and new Michelin tires.  Cosmetically it's a bit ratty and could do with some restoration (or you could get some race bodywork from Airtech and turn this into an awesome 90s track bike!), but then again I'm only asking for $2000 or best offer. There is a slight catch though - the bike is located in Hong Kong.

In any case, please allow me to share my vision of what I had planned for this ZXR750R - I've always had a thing for endurance racers (as in the bikes, not the riders!). Inspired by the original endurance racing ZXR-7 (see attached photos below), I wanted to restore the "Zed" with a complete strip down, and rebuild it with completely new body work and paint it up as a ZXR-7 endurance replica.  Actually, a limited number of ZXR750R were available in the red/white/green endurance colour in the UK back when:

And just for reference, here's one of the original ZXR-7 race bikes for sale. Even more info on the  ZXR-7 and older ZXRs in general, click HERE, HERE and HERE.

phil

So if you're in the market for a Homologation special on the cheap, cheap hit Phil up and help him buy some diapers

🙂 dd

Kawasaki March 22, 2010 posted by

1984 KAWASAKI GPZ-750 TURBO, ALL ORIGINAL !

Ahh the 80's..... Van Halen, Miami Vice, Parachute pants and don't forget the "Member's Only" jacket. I loved the 80's and still do and in 1984 I was looking to trade in my 1983 GPZ 550 for something bigger. My neighbor, who just happened to own the local Kawasaki shop, was my salesmen. The decision was between this bike and the new GPZ900 Ninja, I really liked the Turbo but something told me he knew more than the press had lead on. He said the Turbo was great but was a bit "undecided" on when the boost would cut in, meaning that you could be in a turn and all of a sudden #$#$%^!! you get an extra 40hp you didn't want. I took his advise and bought the 900 which ended up in 1985, Bike of The Year. This one's on Ebay in San Antonio Texas with a "Buy It Now" of $5500, current bid about $2000 and a few days left on auction. It was one of if not THE fastest bike in production that year and got great reviews, even better then their new fuel injected GPZ1100  as it was lighter and a bit more power.

The ad reads:

1984 Kawasaki GPz 750 Turbo (ZX750E1) All original in excellent condition.

First a little background on the 750 Turbo In 1984 this was the fastest production bike in the world it was more powerful then the GPz 1100 but with the weight of a 750. Although many people refer to it as a GPz and it has the 2 engine emblems it is NOT a GPz the true name is ZX750E1 (E1 means turbo) but Kawasaki referred to it only as 750 turbo. It was basically a street legal race bike it used most of kawis racing technology with its uni trac suspension. They are digitally fuel injected and was built with one thing in mind speed... Check out the Kawasaki 750 Turbo presentation video on youtube

 I bought the bike in May '09 and put about 200 miles on it with no problems, then decided to send it in for a tune up and whatever else it needed to isure it would be reliable and safe for years to come. The work was done at a local shop named cycle rider the mechanic was a old kawi dealer technician that had worked on the turbo bikes since new. Although the bike ran nice and strong I had the entire bike gone through and inspected and had about $2,300 on it Which included: New Bridgestone Battleax Tires front and rear, new brakes front and rear, both new sprockets, new o-ring chain, forks resealed, oil change, air filter, spark plugs, timing chain tensioner, timing chain, valves were adjusted ( these bikes require it as part of schedule maintence), high speed wheel bearings, battery and thats just off the top of my head. since the work was performed ive put over 900 miles on it and still counting bike runs great no problems the only thing that doesnt work is the fuel gauge. I have the original owners manual and tool kit and i also will include a NOS seat cover with the bike.

The bike is All original and is in very good shape for its age just wax it and it looks almost new and the bike has a modern look for its age I get many compliments on its condition and most people dont believe its a 84. The paint is not flawless theres small scratches here and there as usual and some wear on the tank where your legs rub but you have to look close to see. The only visible damage i know of that dont show in pictures are cosmedic and its a small quarter size chip in the upper shroud which can be easily fixed and these a crack in the housing of the boost gauge (no damage to the gauge) all gauges work except for gas. Mechanically i havent had any problems I start it right up and just ride wherever the road takes me the bike runs strong, engine sounds tight and she purrs till the turbo spools its plenty fast and will give u a hell of a ride. I am selling due to slowing work im a contractor and I need the money to finish my GMC Sprint.    I have a clear Texas title in hand ... The bike is bein sold AS IS .....the bike is also for sale locally so if it sells i will end the auction.

Click for the Ebay link.

Conclusion; This bike looks really nice in the pic's, at 23,000 miles it's not really collector quality in my mind, but add the fact of how original it is does increase the price. These bikes weren't that much new ($5500) in 1984, I believe the bike was about $4k-ish at that time. Though it is fairly in line with other cool original examples like the Suzuki GSXR's of '86, '87 the decision really comes down to you. It's not far off and if it can be had in the $4000 range I think it's a great value that kept well, will just keep edging up in price. "God Bless Texas".

- J

Check out these other GPZ's and parts for sale right now:

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Kawasaki March 19, 2010 posted by

2000 Kawasaki ZX-7R Ninja With 400 Miles

This is a ZX-7R with extremely low miles.  Located in Hopatcong, New Jersey is a 2000 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-7R with 400 original miles.  The bike has just been fully serviced with new spark plugs, fluid flush, carb clean, synch and jetted to match the Hindle titanium full system.  The bike comes with the original exhaust system too.  The seller mentions that the only modifications are the windscreen--very period--and the exhaust.  The asking price is $4,000--and I wouldn't regret paying that for this bike at all.  The majority of these late '90's superbikes gained a lot of weight and the ZX-7R wasn't an exception coming in at 448lbs.  However, regardless of weight, the bike still features a very good chassis and suspension set up.  The ZX-7R features fully adjustable front and rear suspension.  The weight penalty shows on the road during acceleration but, these bikes were designed to go racing and these Kawasaki's did quite well during the 750cc period.  This is a fantastic example of the end of the ZX-7R line and would be a great addition to any garage.  See this bike on Craigslist here.  See more photos of the bike here.

AG

Ducati March 5, 2010 posted by

An unbelievable 20 Homologation Super Bike collection being auctioned

20 Homologation Super Bikes for sale!

A HUGE thanks to Matt for submitting this to RSBFS.com. I'm not sure how he found it, but it is a Super Bike Collectors dream come true. This auction consists of 20 factory homologation Super Bikes that cover the past three decades and a WSB winner to boot. Depending on what your cup of tea is there is something for every homologation fan. There are four 888 SPO's, three regular RC30's, a RC45, a 916 SP3, Desmocedici RR , three OW01's, a ZX-7R K2, a 996R, a RC51 done up in Castrol racing colors and it has Colin Edwards signature, R1 SP2006 and a uber rare all white RC30 that is said to be 1 of 30. The bad part about this post is that this auction is taking place in the United Kingdom. I know there are some collectors that follow RSBFS that are probably chomping at the bit if they weren't already aware of this auction. Some of these bikes are basically unobtainable by all standards, but yet here they are for the taking.

What I find crazy about this auction is that none of the bikes have bids on them yet; so either this auction is being kept relatively quiet or it's a sealed bid type of auction. Whatever the case may be pull up a chair and grab your favorite adult beverage because you'll be here a while. I think I've looked at it no less than 5 times in 4 hours. I just can't get over it.

Check them out and lets see some comments:

One of the nicest collections we've ever had on RSBFS and you can view them all here.

Cheers!

dd

Kawasaki January 31, 2010 posted by

1991 Kawasaki ZX 7R Ninja K1

1991 Kawasaki ZX 7R (k1) model for sale on the Houston, TX Craigslist.

We've had a few of these over the past few months pop up on our site and I never get tired of them. This particular one was forwarded to us by JC, a regular RSBFS reader and scout. Thanks for the hook up!

The 7R/7RR Homologations are getting a little long in the tooth by today's standards, but they are still my personal favorite bike of all time. The 96 7RR's are at the top of the heap for me, but when I come across THE one, regardless of year, that is in the right place, has the right price and the timing is good, I'll be a proud new Papa 🙂 But, until that day comes I'll continue writing about them. So here I go.....

This K1 model has been enjoyed over the past 19 years with 31,573 on the odometer. That seems like a high number upon first glance, but it only averages out to 1,661 per year and that is almost an insignificant amount. I think I can do that many miles a year in my sleep.

From looking at the pictures, it doesn't seem to be in too bad of shape cosmetically and it does have a tasty Hindle exhaust. It also has one of those "go fast" stickers on the tail section that is sure to add a few extra ponies.

Here's what the owner has to say:

This is one of the 1991 limited edition motocycles. Comes with the aluminum gas tank and performace carburators. Has a few scratches but is in good condition. Has 31573 miles. Engine sounds GREAT and it may need a minor tune up.

I know these are temperamental bikes having the FCR's and that issue is only compounded by the Hindle exhaust. But in the right tuners hands and an hour or so of Dyno time these will absolutely scream and still hang with most of today's bikes. Give the pictures a once over and judge for yourself.

Most of the average 7R's we've seen as of late have been priced between $5,000 & $6,000. However, this one is at $4,500.00 and is probably where it should be considering the mileage and current running condition. So perhaps you need a good solid base for a restoration project or maybe you already have a K1 and need some parts, either way this one seems as though it could fill the need. Here's the link to the Craigslist ad.

Cheers,

dd