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Kawasaki July 28, 2010 posted by

1992 Kawasaki ZX7R K1 with only 1,461 miles!

1992 Kawasaki ZX7R K1 Homologation Special

*Updated pictures 7.29.10*

Model: ZX 7R K1
Location: Laredo, TX
Mileage: 1,461
Price: 5,500.00

Yup, this one is for real and looks to be in real nice shape. The only down side to it is...well there are a few downsides.

1. The price is too low!
2. It's missing the "Hoover" hoses
3. It has those silly LP 1992 flush mount turn signals. Yes, I had them on my bike at one point.
4. Did I mention the price is too low?

Have a look:

ZX7R for sale

For those of you that may not know me or how much I loathe the Kawasaki Homologation Super Bikes these really do it for me. I had mine out Sunday and turned about 120 miles on it through the back roads of Indiana. Yes, it is a little quirky and can be temperamental with the flatslide carbs. And don't forget how much of a pain it can be driving in traffic with the super tall first gear. But, putting all of that specialness aside; when you ride one of these it takes you back to the good old 90's and how raw the bikes actually were. Oh, make no mistake because in 1992 this was cutting edge technology and K1's would set you back about twice as much as a run of the mill ZX-7. That cutting edge technology consisted of FCR carbs, aluminum gas tank, a flimsy, thin fiberglass tail section, a close ratio six speed transmission and a slipper clutch. That's right, a slipper clutch which isn't widely known about the 7R's. Everyone seems to know about the tank and tail section, but these were The Real Deal Holyfield!

The K1's are a little down (cough) on power when compared to today's bikes, but they are still a ton of fun to flog around. You can view all of the ZX-7R specs here.

Here's a picture of mine sitting next to one of today's Super Bikes.

I know it looks a little outdated next to a $40,000 1098R, but for what you can pick this one up for you can still have a cool $36,000 in the bank.

Did I mention these are collectible and sought after by many RSBFS followers? If you look closely at the pictures you'll see exactly where the reserve is. I can tell you that it is under priced and in my unprofessional opinion- it is well under priced! If you were to offer me, my buddy Joe or any other ZX7R guy that price for our bikes.... well, let's just say you would get a very robust laugh in your face.

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Cheers!

dd

Kawasaki July 13, 2010 posted by

1990 Kawasaki ZXR 400

1990 Kawasaki ZXR 400

Location: San Francisco, CA
Mileage: 29,000
Price: $5,500

Kawasaki ZXR 400

Since I'm a huge fan of both Kawasaki and 400cc motorcycles this one really does it for me. The pictures don't do much for it, but is typical for a CL post and should be expected. But, if you have an interest in a bike like this, you owe it to yourself to check it out. Because the opportunity to pick one of these up doesn't come around very often.

These have roughly 60hp, came equipped with USD forks, a 6 speed transmission and generally rank higher on the "Trick" scale when compared to a 90 FZR400. If I could have my druthers I'd pick the ZXR400 over my beloved FZR, but since the ZXR's weren't offered state side we were never afforded the choice. I think I can count on one hand how many of these we have seen on RSBFS and a few of those were across the pond.

From the CL listing:

Up for sale is a rare kawasaki zxr-400, this is is 1990 H2 model with red/black/ silver paint. You will not see this one around very often. This bike has a clean title, and california registration. The current registration is paid up till next year.

Background about this bike:

The current mileage is 47,xxxx km or 29,xxxx miles, I am the third owner of this bike and have barely ridden it since i owned it. Because of the rareness of this bike I have been riding it less than ten times a year. The carburetors have been serviced and runs really well. Under my ownership, the bike has not been down, but the first owner has had low speed downs once on each side and everything has been repaired. The second owner never rode it and kept it in the living room as a trophy bike.


You can view the CL add here

Cheers!

dd

Kawasaki June 8, 2010 posted by

Ultra Rare 1990 ZXR250 In CA

Ultra Rare 1990 ZXR250 In CA

If you think a NSR, TZR or RGV250 is rare, try looking up info on a ZXR250.  These were another product of the race replica craze that swept Japan in the late 80's and early 90's.  The 250's became exercises in engineering with each company trying to showcase it's technology.  I don't know if it is correct or not but one spec sheet for the ZXR shows a red line of 18,000 rpm!  Remember these are four cylinder bikes, not two's like the current Ninja 250's.  The 1990 ZXR is very similar to the initial model in 1988.  A major redesign came in 1991.   Claimed hp is the usual 45hp for a 250cc bike  due to Japanese law at the time.  The bummer is the seller states this is actually an SP model.  I could find almost no info on the SP.  Generally SP's had close ratio gear boxes, adjustable suspension and sometimes things like larger carbs.  I'd just be guessing though on the ZXR.  I did find one photo of a later model SP and it had a remote reservoir visible under the tail section.  I also found a video of an early model SP and it had a solo tail section.  Not saying this isn't an SP just pointing out some things to look for.

Here she is.  This is one bike where you could use some detailed pictures.

The seller does not mention much about the bike in the ad other than it is in excellent condition.  He's left out the obvious questions of mileage, title and specs of the bike.  Sounds like a phone call is need to me.  Check out the little Kawi here on Craigslist.  He is asking $3,800.

Here is a reference photo of the bike in classic Kawasaki colors for you from Bikepics.com.  They sure do look good in those colors.

Here is the video I mentioned of an early model SP with a solo tail section:  sounds pretty good too!

IK

Kawasaki June 7, 2010 posted by

1994 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-7R M1 with only 1100 miles!

1994 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-7R M1

Location: Pekin, Illinois
Price: $3,800 B.I.N. with only 1 day left!
Mileage: 1,100

Okay, so you'll have to use your imagination a little to get past the bodywork not being present. But, if you can this appears to be a super clean, low mileage 7R. As far as my searches can tell the M1 and M2's might be the rarest zx7's of them all. RSBFS has never posted a M1 or M2 and when you compare 0 to all of the K1, K2 and N1's that we see that makes these pretty darn elusive. I don't have the answer as to why these are never available, but if someone else does please enlighten me.

The M1 and M2's sport the aluminum gas tanks, Flatslide carbs, close ration transmission, adjustable swing arm and fully adjustable suspension on both ends. Like most homologation superbikes, they don't make very good real world, daily rides because 1st gear is too tall. But, once you get them rolling they are a hoot and the close ratio transmission keeps you right in the meat of the power band at all times.

I just checked and it appears Kawasaki still offers all of the OEM body work to put this one back together to spec, but at an enormous cost. I guess if you factor in $500 for shipping to your door, about $2,500 for new bodywork, windscreen, signals and exhaust canister you'd be sitting on a great bike for any collection. When you add it all up it puts you right in the mix for what these usually go for with low miles and good condition.

Interested in this project?

Cheers!

dd

Kawasaki May 31, 2010 posted by

Project 1992 Kawasaki ZX-7R K2 on Ebay

Project 1992 ZX-7R K2 Homologation Superbike on Ebay

Location: Gageslake, IL
Price: $2,200 B.I.N.
Mileage: 26,000 or 32,000

Hmmmm, something interesting here for the tinkerer.  This is not a garage queen by any means but might be a nice gem in the rough for the right person.  It is a fairly high mileage bike with 26,000 miles (for some reason the seller has listed the mileage at 32,000 in the auction) on the odometer.  It looks like it has had a  small slide as evidence by some rash.  I guess the big question mark is the countershaft.  It is apparently stripped where you mount the sprocket.  Good news is the seller is including the replacement part.  Bad news is what might have caused this.  Might be a simple fix, might not.  The bright spot here is the seller realizes the bike needs some work and has it listed at a very modest price.

From the seller:

Super rare 1992 Kawasaki ninja zx7r 750r only a few hundred ever brought to the states. This bike came with aluminum gas tank adjustable suspension 39mm flat slide carbs and much more . The bike is in very good shape with tons of new parts on it like a brand new stainless steel full muzzy exhaust system.There is a minor crack in the fairing and some scrapes and scratches but not real bad for a bike this age. The bike runs but will need some work the carbs probably could use a cleaning and The front fork seals will need to be replaced.the worst part about the bike is the shaft were the front sprocket goes on is stripped . I have a replacement shaft for the bike it just needs to be installed. The bike is in very good over all condition and road fine before the shaft stripped out

If  you have the tools and the time I'd jump over to the auction quickly.  Project bikes at reasonable prices seem to go pretty quickly and the seller has a buy it now price of just $2,200.  It's not everyday you can pick up a rare bike for a modest price.  .

IK

Kawasaki May 21, 2010 posted by

1989 Kawasaki KR-1 250cc 2-stroke

1989 Kawasaki KR-1 250cc 2-stroke screamer

*UPDATE - Ed tells me it sold to the first person who looked at.

Location: Miami, FL
Price: $2,600
Mileage: unknown - but, Ed kindly gives his phone # for any would be buyers to inquire about his bike.

This was submitted by Ed, the owner of this little gem, and he is only asking $2,600 bucks for it! Heck, at that price you can barely by a 49cc scooter. Make the jump to the listing here.

Rare, rare 250cc 1989 KR1 Kawasaki. High rpm screamer, 55 HP / 280pounds. Engine has been tuned, oil injection works, new brake pads, lights & signals good. Cosmetics are OK but would need full paint & polish to make it to restoration level

Bill of sale only, have info on obtaining title.

I think it's a steal even without a title and current registration.

Cheers!

dd