Posts by tag: KR-1R

Kawasaki June 17, 2017 posted by

Featured Listing: 1989 Kawasaki KR-1R!

It may take you a little bit to pry yourself away from this first picture. It's OK, I'll wait a moment. Yes, that is an honest-to-God, freaking *original* Kawasaki KR-1R. The rarest of the rare of the quarter-liter smoking set has arrived, and this is your chance (and likely your only chance) to score one of these "what lies at the end of the rainbow" sort of machines. KR-1 examples are few and far between these days. The "R" spec - as it does with all other mega cool bikes with sporting intent - kicks things up a notch into crazy uber collectable mode. With KR-1 models coming across our pages so infrequently, it should be no surprise that the one and only KR-1R seen here on RSBFS was over 6 years ago (and based in England). Today, we are thrilled to bring you what must be one of only a handful of KR-1Rs that live here in the US - and this one is titled for street use.

You might wonder what's the big deal about the KR-1R. Visually, it differs little from the lesser KR bikes. They all share the same parallel twin, reed valve inducted 250cc two stroke power plant. This motor, while not the trendy v-twin variety, has the distinction of being the most powerful of the 250cc smoking set. When it comes to bragging rights, the Kawasaki hits hard. Fun fact: A KR-1R holds the speed record at Bonneville for 250cc production motorcycles. The KR-1S is slightly different from a base KR-1 by color scheme and wheels. There are also bits that you cannot easily see, such as improved suspension components and chassis modifications (all KR models have an aluminum chassis, naturally). Take the KR-1S, add larger carbs for even more power, bolt on a close ratio gearbox and stronger clutch springs and you have one of the approximately 180 KR-1R Kawasakis in the world. It goes without saying that the KR-1R has a unique paint job with its nomenclature very, very clearly stated. All "R" model bikes were domestic (Japan) only machines.

From the seller:
The bike came from a Kawasaki collector in Japan. Motor is all stock. Stock carbs,
stock airbox, stock heads, ect all confirmed OEM Kawasaki. Fairings 100% OEM.
Windshield appears to be OEM. Two Keys.

Previous collector has cosmetically customized this KR-1R with Kawasaki OEM green
front fender, Beet rear sets and Beet exhaust and mufflers. Some suspension
components have been polished.

The bike has been professionally resprayed. Being a Kawasaki dealer with ties to
Japan, I was able to source OEM decals and correct paint codes. The paint job was done correctly. You may notice, The lower air vent was not blacked in like you see other KR-1R's on the internet. The green and black paint lays over the air vent with a 50/50 split like it came from the factory.

All three brake calipers were sent to Powerhouse in England for complete
refurbishment. Powder coated, new seals, pistons, pads, ect. because they were old
looking. I have all the original brake parts that go with the bike.

More from the seller:
Bike has newish tires, Dunlop GPR's, new brake fluid, new coolant, new oil, new
battery. Bike runs flawless at sea level and a little rich at my 4500ft elevation.
Bikes runs perfectly.

Bike comes with Utah title and is titled as a street bike for road use. I am looking
for offers over $20K - highest offer wins the bike. Potential buyers can contact me via email with offers. Only 180 bikes were made and this one is a very low serial number. Complete Serial number won't be published.

Price: Accepting offers over $20,000

Deadline: July 1, 2017

Contact: rmurangemasters@aol.com

If some of the pictures look familiar, you will notice this is indeed the same Utah collector (and Kawasaki dealer) that recently thinned out a number of exotic machines (some purchased by RSBFS readers!). Gary states that this KR-1R was a crown jewel in his collection, but it is time to move on. There are A LOT of pictures, and I've included as many as possible. If you are serious buyer and there is something that you want to see, ping Gary for more details. Word from our readers is that Gary is great to work with and the purchased hardware shows up looking as advertised. That is good to know, especially when dealing with what may be the only US-based KR-1R with a street title.

Values are hard to come by when so few examples change hands, but I can assure you that $20k is a bottom dollar bargain number when it comes to a clean and sorted KR-1R (if you can even find one). This bike looks fantastic, and is one of the more rare models you might hope to see on RSBFS this year (or the next). So if you have a spare kidney laying around that you're not really using, NOW is the time to reach out to Gary (rmurangemasters@aol.com) and make a deal. Good Luck!!

Featured Listing: 1989 Kawasaki KR-1R!
Kawasaki January 10, 2012 posted by

SmokinJoe’s Stroker Roundup: Two 1987 Yamaha TZR 250’s And A 1989 Kawasaki KR-1

SmokinJoe's Stroker Roundup: Two 1987 Yamaha TZR 250's And A 1989 Kawasaki KR-1


I guess I picked a bad day to take an extended gin and tonic lunch break.  I came back to the plush and dimly lit RSBFS offices to be greeted with an email about all the strokers RSBFS reader SmokinJoe439 had found.

I think most readers will be pleased that these are all Craigslist bikes.  One of our new years resolutions was to make an effort to add more CL bikes back to the RSBFS pages.  They never went away but we had been posting them more on our Facebook page.


SmokinJoes' first find is a nice one: a clean and titled 1987 TZR250.   It has obviously had some loving owners during its' life.  Remember these are pre-V twin days so that is an inline twin hiding under the bodywork.

And there is said twin.  As you can see it is also pre-double front disc as well.  It is hard to find a bike this old,  that is this clean and in stock condition.  Oh yeah, and California titled.

I sure like what I see.  If you need any more convincing here is what the seller had to say:

1987. 2MA. Stock. Very good condition. Only 11k miles. Runs very well and is surprisingly quiet. Sounds awesome when it comes on the pipe though. OEM plastics in good condition. Original red/white paint in good condition.
New tires. New carb internals. New intake manifold. Fresh coolant and oil change. Service Manual included.
The bad: Windscreen has 4" crack but is in one piece. Gustaffson has replacement. Tach not working - comes in and out. Other minor blemishes due to bike is 24 years old.
California plates good thru April 2012. Clean title

Location: San Diego

Asking Price: $4,200

Link


Next up is a 1989 KR-1.  If you really want to stand out in the two stroke crowd this might be the  bike to have.  It is rare but it also claimed to be one of the strongest running 250 street bikes to come out of Japan.

Yep, another parallel twin.

There is no mention of a title in the ad.  I'm noticing some after market chambers and a lack of switch gear and turn signals;  possibly a track bike.  The asking price is not track bike like though.  It is actually in KR-1S or KR1-R territory:  $6,000.

Location:  Portland, OR

Asking Price: $6,000

Link

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Que the potato jokes.  This 1987 TZR250 is located in Idaho.  What is vastly more interesting though is the lack of KM's on this bike.  The odometer is showing under 4000 KM's.

No title with this TZR but you do get four bags of Idaho's finest.  That is accurate except for the part about the potatoes.

Location:  Idaho

Asking Price: $4,995

Link

Ian

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