Posts by tag: 900cc

Kawasaki July 16, 2017 posted by

Nicer than Nice – 1994 and 1995 Kawasaki ZX-9R

1994 brought a second generation of 900cc Kawasakis, with great carburetted power, the roadability blurring the sport / GT lines.  Here are two early ZX-9R's, the '94 with garaged forever and very nearly a show bike, the '95 with some performance mods and miles but still excellent.

1994 and 1995 Kawasaki ZX-9R's for sale on eBay

Succeeding the legendary GPZ-900R, the ZX-9R's designers left very little to chance.  Using the chassis configuration and ram air delivery developed for the ZXR-750, the 899cc machine is a stable handler and boasts 139hp at 10,000 rpm.  Front brakes are 310mm 4-pot Nissins, and wheels are 17-inch all around.  The full fairing protects a six foot rider and both of these are done up in Kawi's green, white, and blue, though red and blue schemes were also available.

Our 1994 is in very special condition and seems to be a 1.1 owner bike, with very limited alterations.

 

 

The new owner is about to return the rear fender to stock, and says this in the eBay auction:

For sale exceptional condition ZX9 with undamaged original parts with tastefully done additions.  Adult owned which you can tell by photos bike is in almost museum condition - original owner was 65 at time of purchase of this just two weeks ago.  Only modification done to this bike was a fender chop by the owner and it left the plastic under the seat opened at the extreme rear of the bike, storage still intact, but I found a used one uncut on Ebay that is on it's way as I currently type this.  The bike is mechanically perfect No Issues at all.  Runs perfect, shifts great and runs cool - the owner really took pride in this bike.  I am only selling this bike because in it's condition it would be best for someone who has to space to keep it exactly as it is now, and I don't.  It is not a kid's bike, it has a lot of torque. It has Vance and Hines carbon exhaust, a Vance and Hines ignition tuner and PM wheels that you see in pictures - these had to be purchased when it was new because you would never find those parts in the last fifteen years.  The bike had to be stored in a climate controlled area because it has NO sign of age period. Nothing faded or dry rotted - for the most part new condition other than 11,000 miles which I put the last 150 on it.  Ready to ride and respect - needs NOTHING.  I forgot it has a Corbin Seat front and rear that are in great condition, I know I don't have pictures of the left side it's the same as the right, perfect.  NO damage, period.  I added more pictures to see quality of paint and more details.

The 1995 has been used somewhat more, though still relatively low miles for the age.  The exhaust and Stage 1 jet kit indicate a bike that has been enjoyed more, with a couple of scuffs but certainly could be dolled up with ease.  This Ninja has the opposite owner history, changed hands early and has had the same owner since 1995.

 

 

From the eBay auction:

Selling my '95 Ninja ZX9R. I bought this bike in the fall of '95 from the original owner (a co-worker of mine). The bike is in great shape and wicked fast. Rarely ridden in the rain and garage kept with only 18k miles. Runs excellent. The large frame bike is slightly modified with a Stage One jet kit, Regina X-Ring chain, NGK racing wires, Vance and Hines SS2R complete exhaust, purple windscreen, rear tag LED's, and K&N air filter. The stock front turn signals have been replaced with mini-stalks while the rear have been integrated into the fairing where fake venting used to be. The shock reservoir has also been re-routed from the right side frame to underneath the seat out of view. Tires are Dunlop Sportmax and the rear fender has been bobbed. Battery Tender also included.

Most of the photos were taken pre-inspection. Note the new EBC Vee-rotor rear brake rotor and pads, chain guard, as well as reflecting tape in one of the right side pics, all installed as a result of Maryland state inspection.

The ZX-9R reviewed as a deserving carrier of the Ninja mantle, a strong sportbike with street sensibilities, though its weight and factory suspension didn't make it an out-of-the-box track weapon.  Ergonomics were a little friendlier than some others even without adjustability, and a somewhat clunky transmission was helped by a factory slipper system.  Both have reasonable buy-it-now's, and peculiarly the creampuff 1994 is a little less.  Either would be great for a fan, a rider, or a concours buff - or buy both and have rider and show bike !

-donn

Nicer than Nice – 1994 and 1995 Kawasaki ZX-9R
Kawasaki June 19, 2017 posted by

Top Gun Outlaw – 1986 Kawasaki GPZ900R

The now-venerable 900 Ninja was Kawasaki's 1984 foray into the world of water-cooled four-valve performance.  The works team went right out and won their class in the Isle of Man TT, and the bikes did well in the showroom.  With low miles for its age, this GPZ900R has great survivor looks and some interesting updates.

1986 Kawasaki GPZ900R for sale on eBay

The 908cc engine harkens back to the Z-1 glory and delivers 115 hp at 9,500 rpm.  Water cooling irons out engine temperature spikes and reduces noise.  The engine is a stressed member of the steel chassis, and for the day, the GPZ900R had great handling and braking.  Just over 500 lbs. dry, it's of course more GT than SBK.  The fairing has minor updates from the movie star bike, and changes in paint colors, but it still looks great  to riders of a certain age.

The photo backgrounds teasing us with the rest of his collection, the Arizona owner must have expert knowledge or serious help with the enhancements to this Ninja, as well as a late model GSXR-750 on hand.  Presumably spring rates were changed for the heavier GPZ, or perhaps just handled with preload.  Can't go wrong with adjustable handlebars.  He says this about the work in the eBay auction:

The modifications to the bike are as follows - 2006 Suzuki GSXR 750 front forks ( Kayaba 43 mm (1.7 in) Inverted telescopic forks with DLC coating, spring preload, rebound and compression adjustment ), brakes ( dual 300 mm (12 in) semi-floating stainless discs and Tokico 4 piston radial mounted calipers ), Suzuki steering damper and wheel, 2006 Suzuki GSXR 750 rear wheel, YSS MX506-325HRCL-08-X remote-reserve rear mono-shock, KOSO RX-2 GP Style digital dash display and multi-way adjustable handlebars for better riding comfort.  The engine has the upgraded cam chain tensioner and cam chain rear guide, lower temperature thermostat (97 degree), 1.1 bar radiator cap, performance aluminum radiator fan, these engine mods have been done in line with the recommendation of GPZzone.co.uk, a well known source of technical information and parts for the GPZ 900R.  The original seat upholstery is in beautiful condition with no rips, tears, or cracks.

With great power, the suspension and brake improvements can only help the Ninja.  Standardizing wheel sizes will slow turn-in a bit, but makes things easier at tire time.  Might be worth a side trip for a test ride if possible.  This owner picked a sharp candidate for the transplant, just needs the belly pans freshened up and a new red stripe for the front wheel.  Often it's said that if the bikes of the past could only stop and turn like newer machines, they'd be around forever.  This updated GPZ900R might be a step in that direction...

-donn

Top Gun Outlaw – 1986 Kawasaki GPZ900R
Ducati May 30, 2017 posted by

Featured Listing – 1997 Ducati 900SS/CR

6.26.2017: The seller has notified us that this bike has sold to one of our readers. Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

Subject of - this - RSBFS feature back in January, the new owner of this very mint CR has misgivings about putting miles on such a showpiece, and would like to make it available to a collector. A very special 900SS, this Cafe Racer has only 730 miles, and was a display item for most of its youth.  A powerful argument for back to basics motoring, the 900SS/CR has the brilliant desmodue engine, fully accessible under the half-fairing.

 

Engineered to be at the bargain end of the 900cc spectrum, the CR came to the showroom without carbon fiber bits or adjustable suspension, but had the chassis and lightness of the 900 desmodue, and nothing you didn't need.  Ducati hallmarks like trellis frame, dry clutch, and big Brembo brakes are on board, and the riding position is purposeful.  Most often seen in red, this CR scooped the yellow used on next year's SuperLight.

 

This 900 is in pretty special condition, the dusty gold frame matching the tempered stainless exhaust nicely.  Painted parts are unmarked, and I'm not seeing any aftermarket parts, most owners would have found a need to change something. The owner notes that even the original seat is included.  Even the stickers and decals haven't aged a bit.  The Florida owner had this to say in his discussions with RSBFS -

"I bought it because I fell in love with it at first sight. But it is so rare and unique, because of the ultra low mileage, that I hesitated to put any miles on it. I have had it for nearly 4 months and I have put 5.6 miles on it. I will give the opportunity for a serious Ducati collector to own it...

Price: $9900. Jacksonville, Florida"

 

One of the final years of the Tamburini style, the SuperSports would be rounded by Pierre Terblanche for 1999.  The angular and aggressive stance of the 90's SS matched the booming exhaust note and no-nonsense presentation.  Often said to be a future classic, at twenty years of age, the 900SS/CR might be about to arrive. 

-donn

 

 

Featured Listing – 1997 Ducati 900SS/CR
Honda June 19, 2016 posted by

Less Being More – 1993 Honda CBR900RR

Honda set the superbike class on its ear in 1992 with the CBR900RR FireBlade, for all intents dropping liter performance into a mid-weight machine.  No longer would a 1000 cc bike have to be a GT weighing 500+ lbs., the CBR900RR was a sharp-handling supersport with a trim endurance fairing.  The low-mile RR on offer has been fawned over and looks museum-ready.

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1993 Honda CBR900RR for sale on eBay

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Based on a stroked 750 engine, the 893 cc engine claims 122 hp, fed by 90's state of the art - four 38mm carburetors.  Developed by a special projects division, the aluminum-beam frame holds 45mm conventional forks and Pro-Link rear suspension.  Handling is helped by the choice of 16-inch front and 17-inch rear wheels.  Honda addressed the issue of weight divided by horsepower in the CBR900RR, and made few compromises.  Brackets that could have been steel are aluminum, and castings that were aluminum became magnesium.  All said and done the RR weighed just a few pounds more than Honda's own 600, but ran the 1/4 in well under 11 seconds.

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Exhaustively pictured with and without bodywork, it's hard to even see where a wrench has touched this CBR.  Seems like the 4,300-odd miles might be an overstatement.  Battery out and fuel system drained, it's a display bike as the owner states in the eBay auction:

It does have low miles and the bike should tell that story and it did. The tank was clean, no rust or paintwork had been done and it started right up and ran and idled very well. Once home the bike was stripped down to frame and motor. The bike was in great shape underneath as well and was cleaned up, oil and filter changed, fuel and air filters changed, tank and carbs drained, battery removed and discarded then put into climate controlled storage. I have all the receipts of parts that were ordered and installed. All put into a binder for the new owner.

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Can't say what the reserve might be on a pristine classic like this, but the auction has a lot of bids and a few days yet to run.  Maybe you are starting or looking for the capstone to a collection, this CBR900RR appears to be able to meet any requirements...

-donn

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Less Being More – 1993 Honda CBR900RR
Ducati July 10, 2011 posted by

On the lighter side: 1993 Ducati Superlight

For Sale: 1993 Ducati Superlight

From one of our favorite collectors comes one of our favorite bikes - a 1993 Ducati Superlight. Comprised of the air-cooled, two valve, 900cc Supersport engine and chassis but shaving weight with lighter composite Marvic wheels, fully floating Brembo brakes, lighter carbon fiber bodywork bits, a vented clutch cover, and an exclusive numbered serial plate, the original SL was introduced in 1992. By 1993, the wheels, clutch cover and fully floating front brakes were lost from the lineup. The gap between the Supersport and Superlight continued to narrow as the Supersport improved, although the Superlight will always be a coveted model.

From the seller:
Up for auction is a 1993 Ducati Superlight. I am selling this motorcycle for my Dad who is selling his collection. He is the third owner of this bike and it comes with all of the original documentation (sales receipt, warranty papers, owners card, owners manual and letter from Cagiva) It has been fully serviced about 200 miles ago including new belts and valve adjustments. It has a Verlicchi megaphone exhaust which sounds great.

The Vin# is ZDM1LC4N2PB006629 and the odometer shows 9,574 Miles. It comes with a free and clear title.

The condition of the bike is great and is very clean, but it does show some wear from riding. It has stone chips on the bottom of the front fairing which can been seen in some of the photos. This bike runs great and is ready to ride.

Unlike many of the bikes from this collection, this particular Ducati has seen some decent usage. There are some minor mods to the bike, including the Verlicchi exhaust (check out the video below for some great sounds!). Interestingly, the VIN checks out as a 1993 bike, but it contains all of the choice bits (i.e. wheels, brakes, clutch cover) from the 1992 model run. If any of our RSBFS readers know more about which bikes had the Marvic magnesium wheels, etc., please leave a comment!

Video from the seller:

Even though the pedigree is Supersport, the Superlight has always generated a strong following. The weight difference between the SS and SL is negligible, and as such the performance is very similar. The biggest difference between the SS and the SL is the exclusivity offered by the numbered badge attached to the top of the trees. Ducati excels at "limited edition" marketing, and the SL was one of the first bikes to receive the numbered treatment.

This auction is on right now - with a starting bid of $8,499.99. As we have seen from this seller, prices and reserves are often set on the high side and many previous bikes did not sell as a result. A Superlight is a $6,500 - $9,000 machine when found in good condition. An exceptional example might pull $11,000 in today's dollars. This bike is clean and has many of the right parts, so the opening ask may not be that out of line. To check it out yourself, click on the link and jump over to the auction. Don't forget to let us know what you think!

MI

Kawasaki June 28, 2011 posted by

Leading the way: 1984 Kawasaki Ninja

For Sale: 1984 Kawasaki Ninja ZX 900 A-1

It seems to be classic bike month here on RSBFS, and I am not complaining one single bit! For example, check out this VF1000R or the other VF1000R posted just this week - great stuff indeed. And don't forget to scoll down through the older posts if you haven't been to visit us in a while; you just might have missed this classic FZR1000, or this wonderfully preserved GS1150ES. Of course there are also great classics posted over on CSBFS as well. The 1980s were significant years for motorcycle manufacturers, and many revolutionary bikes were produced during this decade.

Of all the bikes of the era, however, the 900 Ninja of 1984 was the first real revolutionary move in the sportbike wars. For until this time, liter-class sportbikes grew bigger in size and weight as they gained additional cubic centimeters. When this 750-sized 900cc liter-bike killer was released, it replaced the contemporary big sportbike of the day: the company's own air-cooled, two- valve GPz 1100.

With the Ninja, Kawasaki simultaneously introduced liquid cooling, a four-valve head, and a way of packaging the engine and transmission components that dramatically reduced the width of the bike. This allowed for much tighter packaging overall, significantly reducing the size of the motorcycle. While the arms race of size and weight continue to this day, the original Ninja was a milestone step along way.

From the seller:
FOR SALE A CLASSIC 1984 NINJA IN PERFECT LIKE NEW MINT CONDITION.THIS BIKE IS A 10,I AM THE 3RD OWNER OF THIS BEAUTIFUL ALL ORIGINAL STOCK 900 NINJA.I BOUGHT THIS FROM A COLLECTOR THAT WORKED FOR KAWASAKI FOR OVER 30 YRS AND CAME FROM HIS STORAGE AFTER 20 YRS IN STORAGE.I SERVICED THE BIKE AND SPENT A GOOD DEAL OF $$$ GETTING HER BACK TO PERFECT RUNNING ABILITY.THIS IS A ABSOLUTE STOCK MACHINE AND IS IN PERFECT RUNNING AND SHOW CONDITION.YOU WILL NOT FIND ANOTHER CLASSIC BIKE LIKE THIS IN THIS CONDITION,IT IS IMPOSSIBLE,UNLESS YOU GET THIS TYPE OF BIKE FROM THE KAWASAKI MUSEUM IN JAPAN OR I KNOW OF A COLLECTOR IN ORANGE COUNTY CA THAT HAS THE VERY FIRST NINJA 900 A-1 IMPORTED TO THE USA AND HIS FRAME NUMBER IS 1.GO AHEAD LOOK AROUND THE WORLD YOU WILL NOT FIND ONE AS IN ORIGINAL CONDITION AS MINE.THIS BIKE IS PROBABLY THE # 3 IN THE TOP SPOT.ABOUT THE BIKE : SHE HAS NO SCRATCHES DENTS,DINGS OR FLAWS OF ANY KIND.LOOKS LIKE YOU WENT BACK IN TIME 27 YRS.

LOOKS LIKE IT WAS JUST ROLLED OFF THE SHOW ROOM FLOOR AND THAT IS WHAT THIS BIKE IS,SHOW ROOM CONDITION AND ROAD READY.THE BIKE LOOKS AND RUNS JUST LIKE NEW.NO EXSPENSE WAS SPARED GETTING THIS BIKE READY AND OPERATIONAL AND RUNS PERFECTLY AND IS STILL VERY FAST AS IT WAS DESIGNED TO BE WITH GREAT HANDELING AND RELIABILITY.ORIGINAL SEAT COMES WITH THIS PURCHASE AS DOES THE ORIGINAL BIKE MANUAL AND ALL RECENT RECIEPTS.THIS IS A CLASSIC MOTORCYCLIST DREAM.IN THE FUTURE THIS BIKE WILL EASILY BE WORTH 15 OR 20 GRAND AS THEY ARE A TRUE CLASSIC FROM ERAS PAST.IT WAS SAID BY THE KAWASAKI DESIGNER THAT DEVELOPED THIS BIKE THAT THIS IS THE MOST SIGNFICANT MOTORCYCLE THAT KAWASAKI HAS EVER DEVELOPED.

This bike is in amazing condition for a 27-year old bike. All of the plastics look OEM, the paintwork is in good shape, and the modifications have been kept to a minimum. Despite the seller's enthusiastic claims that it is stone stock and could have come right off the showroom floor, the seat is a glaring aftermarket item that is clearly not OEM. The number of owners and number of miles might also keep the purist collectors away, but their loss is your gain. These are fantastic bikes by any standards - and were the very pinnacle of motorcycling greatness in 1984.

Like most mass-produced Japanese sportbikes, the collector market is still emerging. That means that these are not necessarily a great short-term investment. That being said, these are historically significant motorcycles that will likely have collector value in the future - and can be picked up for much less than your "average" collector bike. The best part is, having not spend the better part of a small house on a bike, you will be more inclined to ride it...which is what it is all about!

This great 900cc Ninja is on eBay right now, and the current bid is a paltry $1,125 with reserve not yet met. The last '84 Ninja listed here on RSBFS went for just $100 more than that, so the barrier to entry on these future collectables is quite low indeed.

For more pictures (there are lots!) and to get in on the action, click the link and jump over to the auction. Good luck!

MI