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Ninja Survivor – 1992 Kawasaki ZX-7R

Wishing it were an RR or an L homologation from the WSBK-winning 1993 model year won't make it so, but best to appreciate a carefully maintained J2 for what it is - a 93 hp 750cc nicely equipped, with great 2nd generation styling and classic graphics.

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1992 Kawasaki ZX-7R for sale on eBay

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First introduced in 1988, the ZXR-750 / ZX7 was a long runner for Kawasaki until 2003.  Peeking out from the endurance fairing is the frame that made it all possible, a double perimeter hybrid of stamped and cast aluminum, with similarly fabricated swingarm.  The engine had been updated for 1991 and was unchanged for 1992.  An early adopter of upside-down forks, these are 43mm.  The rear Uni-Track pushrod system sported a re-valved monoshock, reviewed as a big improvement from 1991.  Brakes are overbuilt if that's possible, with dual 320mm front disks and 240mm rear.  Now-classic bodywork has twin headlights leading the way, with air intakes below the mirror bases, providing cool air if not ram-air.

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Not without miles at 27.5K, this J2 looks awfully nice, and though not described, there must've been a paint shop in its recent history.  Maintenance hasn't been ignored, with lots of new wear parts.  A spare color-matched seat is also supplied.  The owner says the only squawk is the broken speedo needle, an easy repair for an instrument shop.  From the eBay auction:

I purchased this zx7 with just under 18,000 miles around 5yrs ago, from california.  I rode it quite regularly for 2 summers and then just on weekends off and on the last 2 summers.  The bike has been well maintained.   I have service records from my local kawasaki dealer to show the work performed.
Recent work/parts:
New front tire
New front and rear sprockets
New chain
New cush drive
New fuel pump (2 summers ago)
New battery (last summer)
Front forks rebuilt this spring

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Though our more knowledgeable and sharper-eyed readers will find other foibles, this Ninja seems to be a bargain route to the sportbike affliction, packing about 90 percent of the fun into a fraction of the possible spending.  Not registering much on the rarity meter, but most 90's Ninjas are a fright of frame sliders, half-completed mods and helicopter tape.  Maintenance records from five years are a welcome addition.  The lack of customizing and overall clean presentation make this ZX-7R worthy of a second look...

-donn

9 Comments

  • Okay, isn’t this 1992 still just a ZX-7, with no “R”? I thought that 1996 was the first year that the ZX-7 came standard with a “R”?

  • you’re right my mistake, plain vanilla, post should say ZX-7… Donn

  • Oops! It clearly IS a regular ZX7, and seller’s listing does not claim it to be a ZX7R either. Donn is the only one calling it an R model. I owned this same year/model briefly and didn’t like it at all. Handled and steered like a truck (magazines called it great “mid-corner stability” lol!)- GSXR’s were much better out of the box. Power delivery and top end was nothing special either, kind of buzzy, no pay off. Sold it quickly and never regretted it. Looks nice, though.

  • from what ive heard the stock hubs were boat anchors. some suspension tweaks and light weight wheels do wonders for these.

  • Anyone else notice the broken speedometer needle? How does that even happen?

  • My all time favorite graphic styling treatment.

    If this were a 93 model ZX7, my piggy bank would be in jeopardy. It isn’t, so it is not. Otherwise I think this is a marvelous example.

  • Well…. it’s cheep enough to put a solo seat on it and then have something that looks like an R and would be a cool rider and track bike. These look great and there are tons of hop up stuff if you want to make it go. Curt Jordon of Jordon Eng. would be a good start as would be Kent Richs of Air Tech both here in the San Diego area. Great looking bikes.

  • This example is not 100%. I think it has evidence it was crashed slightly, and because all fairings bolts (no original bolts) and stays are painted, I think the side fairing is also painted. Also left footrest hanger is modified. Maybe after the crash?
    And what about not original front black decal? It is not original one- look at missing holes for fairing bolts. This ZX7 is maybe not original mint bike, but looks very solid. Not so much work on it.

  • hwould851: I prefere ZX7. It is maybe not so easy handling in low speed and suspension is very hard, but it has simply reason. It was first from Kawa designed on circuit, not road. When riding this ZX7 on nice asphalt road with high speed turns, you are at home. But as you said, it is missing peak power. But who wants peak power, just choose ZX7R.

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