Posts by Category: Kawasaki

Kawasaki October 28, 2010 posted by

The Crown Strikes Back: Record Setting KR1-S In The UK

Record Setting KR1-S In The UK

I think that is the smile of a man that had just broken a record.  This KR1-S for sale is the current holder of the production 250cc speed record at Bonneville.  Everyone makes claims to sell bikes right?  Well they have the paperwork to prove it and there is a nice write up on the KR Forum about the endeavor.  Long story short, this bike rolled across Bonneville with a two pass average of  136.5 mph.  Very nice for a stock two built back in 1990.  By the way, a KR1 has held the record since 1989.  Kawasaki, why did you give up on these bikes?  On a similar note, check out this work of art, the beautiful but flawed X0-9.  Sure seems like Kawasaki has a history of starting projects and then pulling  the plug rather quickly.

As the title states this KR1 is located in the UK.  The seller states he is only interested in buyers in the UK.  If you are in love but not sipping tea on a regular basis shoot the man an email.  You never know, maybe you can convince him otherwise. 

 Details please:

 Kawasaki KR-1S C2 Black and Green

This KR-1S is arguably the 'Fastest' production 250 in the world being the machine that took the 250 production record at Bonneville in August 2007.

The bike is in good condition (some might describe it as very good condition for the age). Piccies are of the bike before it went green mudguard, and as it was at Bonneville. Bike is in one piece but at the moment the bodywork is stored to keep it safe.

Fairing is very clean with no cracks. After coming back from the States the bike has sat in my garage for 3 years so has no tax or MOT currently on a SORN. The vehicle was taxed and had an MOT when it went to the States.

Having decided to sell it, I don't ride on the road, I have fitted an engine with crank cases tuned to my latest 2010 specification. Barrels have been replated (as I type they haven't even been run).

UK buyers only bike is advertised elsewhere and will be removed if sold.

Buyer will need to collect

Lets take a little trip down memory lane and pretend you just scored a brochure on the hot new 1990 KR1-S.  If you would like to check out the auction or try to convince the seller to tear down his trade barriers, .

IK

Kawasaki October 22, 2010 posted by

1991 Kawasaki ZX 7R K1 for only $4,500 bucks!

1991 Kawasaki ZX7R K1

Location: Houston, TX
Mileage: 8853
Price: $5,500.00 reduced to $4,500.00!

Up for grabs is, RSBFS viewer, Juan's ZX7R with super low miles. When I was first contacted about listing the bike on RSBFS I was skeptical and I literally put Juan through the ringer about his bike. We at RSBFS don't like to misrepresent, get scammed or post bogus bikes on our site and that is the very reason I made him jump through hoops...

Have a look and you'll see why:

Now, I know what everyone is thinking and it is a K1. It seems as though the previous owner went against the grain and wanted a 2 up bike and sourced the parts to do it, which as we all know is the complete opposite of the majority. Most guys want a racier look and spend hundreds of dollars buying solo tails and having them painted to look like the 7R's. I've seen many plain Jane 7's made to look like 7R's, but I'll have to admit this is the first one for me in this form.

So there you have all of the photo's to prove that this bike is in fact a K1 Homologation Super Bike.

Juan tells me that he has cared for his bike and hates to see it go, but it is time. He has it priced right and ready move.

You can contact him via email at jrbaseball2006@yahoo.com. He was more than accommodating with all of my request and I'm sure he'll do the same for you.

Good luck with the sale!

Cheers!

dd

Kawasaki October 21, 2010 posted by

Before Yamaha, Honda And Cagiva Eddie Piloted A Kawi

1982 Kawasaki KZ1000R Eddie Lawson Replica

I still find it hard to believe people used to race these beasts.  Well, some hearty souls did and bikes like this helped catapult them into the world of grand prix racing.  This was Kawasaki's tribute to Eddie Lawson winning the superbike title for them here in the United States.  What caught my eye was  how dog gone shiny this thing is.  I figured that it was just too shiny and had to be a respray.  After looking at some photos though,  I think it is the original paint.  Kawasaki just lacquered em up back in the day.  I've commented before that you could practically eat of  some of the bikes we post because they are so clean.  Check out the picture below and tell me that isn't true about the bottom of the engine.

I don't know if I own anything that is that clean.  I guess I'll have to assume some this cleanliness comes from the restoration the seller describes but overall just a beautiful example to survive the years unscathed.  It isn't bone stock;  you can see the airbox has been removed and I can't quite tell if that is the original Kerker pipe.  In a couple of photos I found on the net  the muffler did not seem to slant up like this one does.  It may just be my poor eyesight.  The seller can you give you the details much better than me:

Up for bid is my 1982 1000R EDDIE LAWSON REPLICA I bought this bike from its original owner and have owned it for almost 20 years .This is production # 611 of 750 built in 82" engine # KZT00JE03527, This bike has a complete full restoration with new tires, brakes, sprockets , grips ,ext. This bike has a total of 16,000 original miles on it with a Wisceo 1035cc bore kit installed 500 miles ago. Bike looks ,runs, and sounds better than new and is in show room condition. A must see to appreciate and would make a great addition to any collector who wants to own a piece of superbike history.

Only know problems with bike are the trip meter on odometer does not reset and speedometer works but is getting a bad signal from front wheel speed sensor making needle jump back and forth a little on actual speed.

This bike is decribed to the best of my knowlage listing any know problems and is being sold AS-IS condition with no written or implied warranty it has a clean NYS. title.

This bike is for sale locally so I reserve the right to end action early if needed.

Pay Pal payment excepted terms $1000 down remaining balance due 1 week after end of auction needs to be received in full before any shipping or delivery

Buyer responable for veichle pick up or shipping , Please contact me by e-mail with any other questions on bike or possiable help on ship

It looks like that shiny engine has caught a few people's attention as the bidding has been active on this one.  As of this writing, in the fabulously plush RSBFS offices, the auction stands at $9,100 and the reserve has not been met.  I can honestly say I don't know how high this one will go for a little Kawi superbike history. .

IK

Kawasaki September 28, 2010 posted by

North Of The Border: 1989 Kawasaki KR-1 Stroker

1989 Kawasaki KR-1 Stroker  

  

Kawi two stroke fans take note, a clean KR-1 is looking for a new home.  I know it is located in Canada but Kawasaki ring dingers just don't appear for sale that often so grab your passport and cash in the frequent flyer miles.  The KR-1 just might be the rarest of the Japanese 250cc two strokes.  I found one figure that claims less than 10,000 bikes were produced over the entire production run.  No wonder info on these bikes is at a premium.  One place I do recommend visiting is KR-1S.co.uk, it has a wealth of info and has an active forum for the bike.  I have to admit, I've never read a bad thing about these bikes, especially the parallel twin engine.  In the UK  it seems to be widely accepted the KR-1 is the easiest 250 to extract extra power from.    If you are a lover of straight line speed the KR-1 might be your bike;  it holds a couple of records at Bonneville.   Where the KR-1 lacks a little is the chassis/suspension department.  It didn't survive past 1993 so it didn't see the updated chassis and suspension components that later RGV's, NSR's and TZR's received.  

  

I know pictures don't tell the whole story but this sure looks like a nice example.  The mileage is low with just over 7,000 miles and it appears completely stock.  What else can you ask for from a 1989 model?   

From the auction:  

Imported from Japan, a very rare bike.  

The only registered, street legal KR1 in Canada.
250 cc twin cylinder 2 stroke motor. Liquid cooled. Oil injected. Servo controlled exhaust valves.
6 speed transmission.
A strong running bike.
Was the fastest, lightest 250cc when compared to the NSR250, TZR250 and RGV250. 55 rear wheel horsepower, 123 kgs. 

New tires, carbs have been cleaned. New battery. New fork seals. Completely stock condition. 

Parts are easily available. Most consumable parts (brake pads, fork seals etc) can be sourced from dealers in Ontario. Engine parts are readily available from the UK. 

11,300 kms. 

It has an Ontario ownership. Was legally imported.
Never raced, or used as a track bike. 

PICK UP ONLY. Only buyers from Canada and US.  

  

I don't think I can add too much more here.  It is a rare bike, it has low miles and appears to be in good condition.  The only drawback for a buyer in the States is the location.  Nothing that can't be overcome but just a bit more work and cost.    You Kawasaki fans are a hardy bunch, if there is a will there is a way.  The auction has cranked up and can

Just a pretty KR-1S with a nice set of after market pipes. 

IK

Kawasaki September 14, 2010 posted by

1996 Kawasaki ZX-7RR N1 — #25

1996 Kawasaki ZX-7RR N1. Yep, it's a live one

Mileage: 6,987 original
Location: Colorado- somewhere in the Rocky Mountains
Price: a low, low $6,500.00

Lean, mean and Green is the best way to describe this 96 Kawi........okay, maybe not so lean by today's standards, but back in the day it was as good as any and all of you Ducati and Honda fans can hold your comments until the end please.

Kawasaki zx7rr for sale

There are many things that I like about this bike and a few that I have concerns with. I'll start with the bad so I can finish on the good.

Downs:
1. Missing the front turn signals
2. Missing the side fairing reflectors
3. Doesn't have the Muzzy 7rr Special sticker on the tank
4. Butt pad is a little beat up
5. Seat has a gas cap stain - can see if you look closely at pictures
6. Needs a new front tire, but it's the original D204 Sportmax
7. Has a pencil sized dent in the gas tank.
8. Rims may have been painted at some point.
9. It's too far away from me 🙁

I'll use my pea sized brain to describe each 'Downs' for you. The front turn signals shouldn't be any big headache to locate as every 1990's model Kawi used the exact same style. The reflectors should fall in line with the turn signals. The Muzzy sticker is sort of a novelty and can be a deal breaker on a perfect example, but shouldn't affect any 'deal' on this one. The Butt pads are made of a very soft and easily damaged foam. I would say most K's, M's and N's are all a little rough unless they are garage queens with no miles. The seat stain isn't visible in any of the pictures, but was fully disclosed by the owners broker. The explanation for the stain was at one point in the bikes history the tank was removed and sat, upside down, on the seat, leaked a little gas and stained the seat cover. I've never looked for a replacement seat so you'll have to take that one on yourself. I think having the original front tire could be a plus for the right collector. A dent in the gas tank is a major flaw for serious collectors, but it's pretty small..... Maybe one of those old LP pleather tank bras would cover it up. This last one I'm still up in the air about. I have never, in my entire 30 years of riding motorcycles ever seen color coated wheel weights, but the sellers broker insist that they are OEM color matched wheel weights. I have checked every picture I have on my computer of N1's and none of them have color matched wheel weights. Anyone? Bueller? Bueller? Beuller?

Ups:
1. It's a N1!
2. Better than average condition
3. Low miles
4. Has one original tire 🙂
5. It's priced right.
6. I like it a whole lot for the money
7. See 1-6 above
8. See #7
9. See #8
10. See #9

Having worked at the plush RSBFS offices for just over a year now I am aware of the wide range of opinions that go along with motorcycles. One mans "mint condition" is usually another mans "average condition". This usually stems from our personal experiences, collector background, size of bank accounts and overall consideration for age and what it does to our beloved motorcycles. There's one comment on the forum that says "It could be in a Kawi museum". For me, I couldn't disagree more with this statement. Museum pieces are 100% and nothing less and there's no gray area for me. If this bike was a museum piece it would bring upwards of $10,000. I have information of a N1 that sold last week that was better than this one, but not quite the museum piece and it sold for around $8,000.00. The same seller has another one that is a museum piece and he is asking upwards of $10,000 and won't let it go for any less. So back on point, I feel this one is priced correctly and anyone who buys this won't get hurt in the long run.

If you're in the market for a N1 and don't want a piece of furniture, I recommend you give this one a look and talk to the seller. Ask as many questions as you need to and don't be shy about it. I'm not buying the bike, but if it was closer you could bet your last dollar that I would've been knocking on the sellers door with my checkbook.... and the wife's blessing of course (which I do have on this one).

Jump over to the zxforum here and contact the seller for more info.

Cheers!

dd

Kawasaki September 10, 2010 posted by

2003 Kawasaki ZX-6RR Completely Stock With 1,766 Original Miles On eBay

This is a very nice example of what I believe to be one of the next collector Kawasaki's!

Bike:  2003 Kawasaki ZX-6RR

Location:  Windsor, Connecticut

Mileage:  1,766mi

The seller states that this bike is in mint condition and free of scratches or dents.  The bike has a new battery and fresh oil change.  This bike looks to be completely stock down to the rear fender and exhaust.

Now before you judge me, this isn't the 636cc ZX6R, this is the Homologation 599cc ZX6RR.  What does that mean?  Well, the RR features a short stroke engine with forged pistons, fuel injection, close-ratio gear box, adjustable swingarm pivot, adjustable USD forks, adjustable rear shock, a 15,500rpm red-line and a digital dash with lap-timer.

Like many of the bikes on RSBFS, the RR was designed to compete in national (AMA) events and World SuperSport championships.  I see it being one of the future collectible Kawasaki's especially as examples like these become increasingly rarer.  This was the first 600cc sport bike to feature USD forks and should be the first new Kawi in your collection.

See this low mileage example on eBay , before someone convinces their eighteen year old friend this would make a great first bike.

AG