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Kawasaki December 2, 2015 posted by

One Owner, Low Mile 1992 Kawasaki Ninja ZX7R in Utah

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Located outside Salt Lake City is this stunning 2,700 mile Kawasaki ZX7R K2! All stock, fresh service, and nothing cut. I just wish the dealer had paid the extra few dollars to show high resolution images so we could see it up close.

dc

1992 Kawasaki ZX7R K2 for sale on eBay

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from the seller:

For your consideration is a 1992 Kawasaki Ninja ZX750K2. A true K model with only 2731 miles. Bike sold new at the dealership on October 30th 1993. It was purchased at Performance Cycle in Republic, MO. Bike has only had one owner. I have a copy of the original title and have the original license plate. It is completely stock OEM quality with all the warning labels and reflectors. Bike comes with original sales brochure, Owners manual, Shoei promotional helmet (size Large), Ladies Kawasaki jacket (size Small), ownership & service documentation, tool kit, and two keys. The bike looks new and has been meticulously taken care of. Never has seen the rain or elements and always stored indoors. There is no rust or oxidation present anywhere on the bike. The bike would be perfect 100% if it wasn't for a couple of tiny scrapes on the swingarm. Bodywork is 100% no scratches or cracks. Tank is 100% no scratches or dings. The bike really does look and pass for new on our showroom. Our Service Dept has gone completely through this bike from top to bottom. Did a full service on the engine including fluids and filters are OEM new. It runs, sounds and drives like the day it was new. Bike comes with clear title and everything you see in the pics. This will be the finest example of a 1992 Kawasaki Ninja ZX7R you will ever find. No stories, no problems, no excuses with this one.

One Owner, Low Mile 1992 Kawasaki Ninja ZX7R in Utah
Kawasaki October 30, 2015 posted by

Hey Nineteen – 1996 Kawasaki ZX-7R

Way back when, in '97 - no actually 1996, Kawasaki transitioned from the ZXR750 to the ZX-7R, and incorporated the steady evolution and innovation from the factory and AMA Superbike race teams.  Though the model continued until 2003, the 90's were good years for the ZX-7R, Scott Russell winning the AMA Superbike in 1992 and WSBK in 1993, and Doug Chandler winning the AMA in 1996 and 1997, both on factory-supported Team Muzzy machines.

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1996 Kawasaki ZX-7R for sale on eBay

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Based on the 748cc DOHC inline four, the ZX-7R has 112 hp available.  Ignition is electronic and the four carburetors are 38mm.  The twin aluminum spars look massive but are light in weight, and the rake and trail numbers ensure stability.  The rear swingarm is also alloy, with fully adjustable monoshock.  The 43mm inverted forks are also fully adjustable.  Good size brakes - 320mm front disks with 6-piston calipers, and 230mm rear.  The angular endurance fairing is great looking and provides ram-air to the engine.

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Offered by a closet collector, the ZX-7R was bought because it was super nice and then restored pretty much to perfection.  Centered around the bodywork, the colors, and the decals are smoothed into the clear coat.  Not quite sure about the originality of the paint scheme or whether that's even important, but it does look great.  The bike appears to have a -RR tail fairing, but perhaps the single seat was an option in '96.  Neat color-matched Arai is part of the deal.  Other details are mentioned in the eBay auction:

I have a detailed list (several pages) of all the restorations performed for the new owner.  As a multiple Sport Bike purchaser, I am EXTREMELY picky when it comes to the exterior fuel tank condition.  This tank is 100% dent-free.  The in-laid and clear-coated "Ninja" decals are flawless and their color is vibrant and brilliant.  Other upgraded items include complete frame-up painting, cowling-matched painting, decal clear-coating, powder-coating, overall restoration, tire-hugger kit, numerous carbon fiber components including frame sliders and handlebar column cover, rear fender eliminator kit, integrated rear blinker kit, cowling-integrated front turn signals, ZX7R handle grip sliders, smoked windshield, Pro Grip Carbon Fiber "look" tank protector, carbon fiber top tank protector, checkered flag graphics on underside cowling, and upgraded Yoshimura RS-3 Stainless exhaust.  The tires are brand-new Dunlop Sportmax (Front 120/70ZR-17 and Rear 190/50ZR-17) that have less than 47 miles on them.

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The cosmetic and mechanical restoration work hidden by the fairing is also detailed, and is comprehensive:

The parts break-down for the restoration included disassembling the cycle to the bare frame for painting and powder-coating, engine modification services, shaving holes in the tail section for the blinker elimination kit, re-building the carbs, re-finishing the frame/swing-arm/rear sub-frame, sand-blasting, re-painting and re-finishing the front and rear wheel assemblies, re-finishing the rear brake holder, fork tubes, foot rest brackets, and sub-links, re-finishing the tail-section, adding the rear tire-hugger package, installing new battery, replacing all 4 spark plugs, adding a new "quick acceleration chain and sprocket, timing chain, timing chain guide, engine mount nuts and bolts, 16 new valve seals, cylinder head gasket cover, O-ring heads, clutch cover gasket, transmission cover gasket, oil pan gasket, spring-leaf, oil cooler rotator pump, rotor pump, oil pump body, oil filter O-ring, breather cover gasket, various seals, wheel bearing kits both front and rear, and mounting and balancing wheels.  Lastly, the entire engine was inspected and rebuilt with new cylinder base gaskets, new cylinder head gaskets, and piston ring sets.

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The signature of Scott Russell ( on both frame beams ) is a cool addition to a nice collector bike.  Well used at some point in its 21,000 mile history, though it's hard to see it now.  While it would be sweet to put this 19 year-old back into service, an occasional ride to a show or fan corral might be a better choice.  Probably'd make the previous owner a lot happier too...

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-donn

Hey Nineteen – 1996 Kawasaki ZX-7R
Kawasaki October 27, 2015 posted by

A Look Back at A Look Back – 1993 Kawasaki ZR-1100

In the early 1990's, Kawasaki had a nostalgic feeling for the 70's, when the ground-pounding Z-1 ruled the tar pits.  Standard bikes ( now called naked ) had a short-lived resurgence in the 550, 750 and 1100 cc models, with a 400 cc Japan-only variant.  An editor at Sport Rider went through an orange/burgundy 1100 from stem to stern, blueprinting and releasing captive performance as he went.  20-plus years on and again available, this ZR-1100 is a super-quick trip back to the future.

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1993 Kawasaki ZR-1100 for sale on eBay

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Starting with the DOHC but 2-valve 1100, 1 mm was milled from the cylinder head, increasing the compression ratio to 10.5 to 1.  This led to a flurry of hot-rodding with slightly larger carburettors, ported and polished valve head, re-ground cams, and Kerker exhaust.  Unfortunately, they did not publish dyno results, but an epilogue to the build tells of the engine being bored and sleeved to 1197 cc and claimed 113 horses with a more restrictive Motad exhaust.  Handling was also addressed with a comprehensive rebuilding of the forks and Works Performance shocks in back.  As with any hot rod, a wider rear tire was desired, so the wheel was widened 1" by a San Francisco specialist.

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The proud owner has included the article from Sport Rider magazine, and says in the eBay auction:

This amazing bike has a cool history. At one time this was part of a private collection/bike museum in Nashville TN. As you will see in the photos this model was featured in Sport Rider magazine. Please refer to the articles for all the details. The last one that you see has all the info about the upgrades that were done to this bike. 

Motorcycles are supposed to be fun and this one simply oozes with it! A joy to the eye and a thrill to ride. A labor of love, this bike represents countless hours expended by many skilled craftsmen. Over $10,000 were also spent on the enhancements alone to this rare and unique piece. A truly collectible bike, it is open for bids to the discriminating buyer. Don't miss your chance to own this piece of history.

It has been well cared for and loved. The tires are newer as well as the battery. Everything works and it runs perfect. Video available for interested buyers.

Included extras: Custom Corbin Jump seat. Matching helmet.

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Looking fabulous, this retro-rocket is ready for the boulevard.  Heavy and challenging to aim, nice chrome though, including the full exhaust and very 1973 front fender.  K&N filters are good for freeing up the intake and look cool.  There appear be two Corbin seats, one with ZR embroidery and one with passenger backrest, a good thing with all that torque.  An Arai helmet with coordinated adult graphics is part of the deal, too.  For the price of a stock creampuff you could have a professionally customized bike.  Known as the Zephyr in some markets until Ford's copyright lawyers got wind of it, the ZR-1100 is a better name.  Calling it the Zephyr would be just too retro...

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-donn

A Look Back at A Look Back – 1993 Kawasaki ZR-1100
Kawasaki October 25, 2015 posted by

Two-Stroke Sequel: 1989 Honda NSR250R MC18-II for Sale

1989 Honda NSR250R R Side Front

An update of the earlier 1988 MC18, the 1989 Honda NSR250R model saw evolutionary changes to the bodywork and styling of this small-displacement sportbike. But the most impressive feature was the highly-evolved PGM-II electronic control unit.

1989 Honda NSR250R L Side

As brutally simple as two-strokes are in concept, there is real art in the tuning, and Honda's PGM-II orchestrated the bike's cutting-edge technology, using throttle position and engine RPM to create a "three-dimensional" ignition map to maximize performance of the tiny terror and reduce the lightswitch power delivery common to two-strokes.

1989 Honda NSR250R Dash

The 90° liquid-cooled 249cc v-twin was backed up with a six-speed cassette gearbox and, from the factory, these were limited to 45hp by Japanese law. But there was plenty of additional power waiting to be unleashed and with a sub-300 lb dry weight, there are huge amounts of performance on tap for back road warriors and track junkies alike.

1989 Honda NSR250R L Front

There is a Buy It Now price of $7,500 listed and, considering the recent influx of bikes just old enough to avoid the 25-year ban, I'd say he's aiming a bit high: like many more recent imports, this example does have some scrapes, scuffs, and cracks, and it's not one of the more desirable SP or Rothmans bikes.

From the original eBay listing: 1989 Honda NSR250R MC18 for Sale

I am selling my 1989 Honda NSR 250R MC18-II two stroke motorcycle. For those unfamiliar with this bike, it is the street version of Honda's legendary 250cc Moto GP race bike, the NSR250. Despite it's small displacement, this is not a beginner's motorcycle! The two stroke engine is very powerful for its size and the bike weighs in at less than 300lbs. On a twisty road, it will leave larger displacement bikes in the rear view mirror. Plus the sound, feel, and power delivery of the two  stroke engine is unlike any four stroke motorcycle. The bike is in overall great condition, with 4,775km (<3,000 miles) on the clock. There are a few minor scratches on both the bodywork and one exhaust silencer (see pictures) but no other significant damage. The bike kick starts from cold on the first try and runs/revs very smoothly (see video).

Honda never sold this bike in the U.S. as the EPA banned most two stroke powered road vehicles in the '70's. As such, they are extremely rare. There are a handful of these bikes in the U.S., some here legally, and others illegally. In general, two strokes less than 25 years old are still banned by the EPA, so use caution if you are looking at a similar bike that is newer than 1990. This bike was imported legally by myself directly from Japan, and I have all the US Customs paperwork to verify its legality. I also have a clean and clear Virginia title in my name, which has an 11 digit VIN that matches the bike's frame number.

Photos: The first seven photos show the bike from various angles and the speedo/odometer in km. The remaining photos show the following marks & scratches: right front fairing, center front fairing, left front fairing, right indicator, left body fairing, right exhaust silencer, & rear seat fairing.

The seller also includes a short video clip of the bike being started from cold. When new, these weren't built to the absolute highest standards and some parts didn't weather well. In addition, they were often purchased by young people whose riding skills were often outstripped by their enthusiasm and when a limited budget has you choosing between maintenance and beer, the latter is going to win out more often than it probably should.

1989 Honda NSR250R Tail

As always, remember to check your local laws before bidding. Or salivating: this influx of recently-imported two-stroke sportbikes really has me wanting something like this, even if it's limited to "off-road use." That ugly little tacked-on headlight is just begging to be replaced with some smooth, track-only bodywork.

-tad

1989 Honda NSR250R R Side

Two-Stroke Sequel: 1989 Honda NSR250R MC18-II for Sale
Kawasaki October 14, 2015 posted by

High Miles but Very Clean: 1989 Kawasaki ZX-7 H1 for Sale

1989 Kawasaki ZX7 H1 L Side

Although the 750cc class is basically dead today, there was a time when middleweight sportbikes were the bikes to have, and competition between the Japanese Big Four was fierce in showrooms and on track. Kawasaki's ZX-7, known elsewhere as the ZXR750 was perhaps The People's Middleweight Sportbike of the era, a far more accessible and less exotic machine than the competition.

1989 Kawasaki ZX7 H1 Clocks

When factories get involved with production-based racing, there are a number of different ways to approach the problem of being competitive. Honda simply created a bike purpose-built for racing from scratch, then just made a few available for road use with their V4 RC30. Yamaha built a bike that looked like an FZR750, but was basically a hand-built race bike. And Suzuki used their "Limited Edition" Gixxers to homologate specific parts for the race teams to use, including a dry clutch.

1989 Kawasaki ZX7 H1 R Side Fairing Detail2

Kawasaki, however, took a fourth approach, and designed a very solid roadbike with their ZX7, and then made a huge range of race parts available to customize the bike for nearly any type of competition, an à la carte race bike, if you will.

1989 Kawasaki ZX7 H1 R Side Fairing Detail

Powered by a 749cc inline four that made 105hp, the bike was famed for its stability and feel, but was infamous for a rear suspension that was too stiff for anything but billiard-table smooth roads. Riding position is very much period "in" versus "on" with a long, reach over that tank to the clipons and a great view of those largely ornamental HVAC tubes sprouting from the tank.

1989 Kawasaki ZX7 H1 Peg

Today's example has some serious miles on it for a lightweight sportster, but is still fitted with original plastics and appears to have been very well maintained.

From the original eBay listing: 1989 Kawasaki ZX-7 H1 for Sale

Comes exactly as pictured.

This bike is in nice condition for its year and runs great. Has high miles due to long road trips up north but you would never know it by the condition. Always wiped down after every ride. Never down or dropped all plastic is original to the bike. Has always been maintained by the dealer has had valves and carbs done. Adult owned never beat on always garaged. Newer Pilot Powers on it Yoshimura exhaust K&N filter. Only issue is where the upper meets the lower fairing is cracked due to dealer over-tightening but they did not won up to it. Upper can still be bought on eBay. Please see pictures.

Oh, this bike comes exactly as pictured? That's a relief, because I'd hate to think the seller'd remove those hideous fairing-mounted reflectors before selling it. I hope those were some sort of federally-mandated safety thing... And while the rear signals look original, the front flush-mounts are suspiciously clear. And flush.

1989 Kawasaki ZX7 H1 R Side Naked

These ZX-7's have become very desirable of late and, with so few surviving the 90s uncrashed or unmolested, it's getting harder and harder to find nice examples. In spite of the relatively high miles, this one is in clean shape and should appeal to collectors who prize originality.

Even if it means keeping those hideous reflectors.

-tad

1989 Kawasaki ZX7 H1 R Side Rear

High Miles but Very Clean: 1989 Kawasaki ZX-7 H1 for Sale
Kawasaki September 21, 2015 posted by

Second Time on RSBFS? 1996 Kawasaki ZX-7RR N1

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I spotted this bike last night and a quick image search of the site reveals that this bike was first shown back in 2011 when Doug was still a contributor on the site. The first picture is the same one used in the original ad. It is now on the east coast, has a few more miles, and a much higher asking price than 4 years ago. Check out the original post and then check out the current auction.

dc

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1996 Kawasaki ZX 7RR N1 for sale on eBay

from the seller:

I have for sale a 1996 zx7rr, zx750n , this is number 71, they are very rare, this bike has 5839 miles on it, the bike is in very good condition for its age, the bike starts right up and rides great,
I got it out of an estate sale ,
The motorcycle is registered in my name, title in hand, I have the stock fender, turn signals, brake light.

I have a buy it now ,please make reasonable offers , the first reasonable offer will take it

Second Time on RSBFS?  1996 Kawasaki ZX-7RR N1