Posts by tag: Ninja

Kawasaki September 8, 2017 posted by

Low-Mileage, Budget Blaster: 1992 Kawasaki ZX-11 for Sale

The ZX-11 Ninja was Kawasaki’s answer to the GSX-R1100, a big bruiser of a roadbike that lacked agility but more than made up for it in terms of ballistic performance from the honking inline four and slippery aerodynamics that, for a while at least, made it a contender in the “world’s fastest motorcycle” stakes. They sold plenty of these when they were new, but you'll have to look long and hard before you find one these days with just 2,500 miles on the odometer... Today’s big-power literbikes are often criticized for their highly-strung nature, with even Ducati’s v-twin Panigale needing real revs to make fast progress. But the big Ninja harkens back to an earlier era of big bike performance, where plus-sized sportbikes from the Japanese Big Four often happily made do with just five cogs in their gearboxes, a reflection of the bikes' torque-rich powerbands. The ZX-11 makes power all through the rev range, meaning serious acceleration is always just a twist of the wrist away.

Built between 1990 and 2001, then followed by the suspiciously-similar ZZ-R1200 that soldiered on with its blobby styling until 2005, the ZX-11 was motivated by a 1052cc four fed by one of the very first production ram-air systems, mated to a six-speed gearbox transferring the 150 crankshaft horsepower to the rear wheel. Top speed was somewhere slightly north of 175mph, with handling was that was stable and very neutral. Obviously the ZX-11 was never intended as a race-replica or canyon-carver: it’s almost 600lbs with a full tank of gas and came only in solid, classy color schemes unmarred by the era's over-dependence on garish graphics. A mature sportbike that could effortlessly trash rivals away from a stoplight or crush continents when fitted with soft luggage.

Considering how good they are at covering big miles in a short period of time, it’s shocking that this particular Ninja has covered just over 2,500 miles in its twenty-five years of life. Aside from a couple minor details, it's nearly stock as well, making it a good candidate if you’re looking to start or add to a collection of devastatingly fast 90s sportbikes. It's hard to find a bike that offers a better performance-per-dollar proposition, with a Buy It Now price of just $3,000.

From the original eBay listing: 1992 Kawasaki ZX-11 Ninja for Sale

Only 2,553 miles, bike runs and drives great... very fast bike.

Comes with original tool kit and owners manual and stock computer... bike has Vance and Hines PowerPak on it.

Bike can be shipped if needed.

ZX-11s pop up occasionally on eBay, generally in nice enough condition, but they typically have the high miles you’d expect of a big, reliable GT machine. This example is barely broken in and nearly stock, aside from those unfortunate, but easy to remove paint-splotch decals, chain guard, and purple mesh, and a period-appropriate Vance & Hines four-into-one exhaust. I personally prefer aftermarket four-into-one set ups, but collectors eyeballing low-mileage bikes are probably looking for originality. For riders in the 1990s the ZX11 was the very embodiment of speed, the Hayabusa of its time, and I expect collectible examples like this one will increase in value down the road. For now, they remain tantalizingly affordable and completely useable motorcycles.

-tad

Low-Mileage, Budget Blaster: 1992 Kawasaki ZX-11 for Sale
Kawasaki August 15, 2017 posted by

Featured Listing: 1997 Kawasaki ZX-7R Survivor

This 1997 Kawasaki ZX-7R comes from David in phenomenal all-original shape. The bike shows some light marks gathered over the last 20 years, but is overall extremely clean, and has covered just 5,500 miles.

1997 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-7R for sale on eBay

Widely known under the family name Ninja, the ZX-7R went through few changes in its 14-year production run, but was one of the more advanced bikes available when it debuted, and only got sharper in 1991, with the addition of inverted cartridge fork and the iconic double-headlight, twin-intake fairing.

The 750cc inline four cranked out about 105 horses in ZX-7R guise, enough to put the bike in the 10-second range through a quarter mile. Never the skinniest kid on the playground, the bikes pushed 530 lbs when fully fueled. By the time our featured bike's birth year rolled around, there were a number of faster, quicker-handling and lighter options available, but the Kawi's pretty face and on-track prowess in superbike categories kept it moving units.

The seller says this bike has never been dropped and has had a raft of maintenance work done recently, which included tires, oil, fluids and a carb sync.

From the listing:

This is a 1997 Kawasaki Ninja that is almost completely original. Recently serviced. New oil and filter, spark plugs, cabs cleaned and synced. New battery and new tires. All brake and clutch fluids have changed. Tires have less than 300 miles. Bike has never been dropped or wrecked. There are some imperfections but for a 20 year old bike is is very clean. Some minor scratches. Worst scratch is on lower right fairing where Kawasaki decal is. Likely from loading the bike at some point.

All fairings original. White decals are actually silver and reflective from the factory. Very cool. I don't remember seeing too many black ones when these came out.

Buyer to handle all shipping. I will help with meeting shipper.

Buy-it-now for this time machine race replica is a very reasonable $3,500. The ZX-7R is not a rare machine, but finding examples that have not been beaten mercilessly is rare, let alone a low-mileage example with clean fairings and up-to-date maintenance.

Featured Listing: 1997 Kawasaki ZX-7R Survivor
Kawasaki July 18, 2017 posted by

Featured Listing: 1995 Kawasaki ZXR400R for Sale

Although bikes in the 400cc class are virtually unknown in the USA, they were big business elsewhere, with bikes like the Honda CBR400 and VFR400, Yamaha FZR400, and today's Featured Listing Kawasaki ZXR400R competing in showrooms and race series for the hearts and hard-earned money of sportbike enthusiasts. Here in the US, it is 600s that are generally thought of as the lightweight, "beginner" sportbikes, and anything smaller than that is the domain of cheap and cheerful commuters and learner bikes.

Overseas, it was a different story: tiered licensing, heavy taxes, and high gas prices meant there was a great deal of interest in serious motorcycles with smaller displacement. Consider that for Yamaha, the FZR600 was the low-tech model of the range, with a steel beam frame in place of the aluminum Deltabox unit found in the FZR400, FZR750, and FZR1000.

With today's 1000cc superbikes sporting sky-high redlines of more than 13,000 rpm and Yamaha's R6 claiming 16,000 shrieking revs, it's maybe hard to think of a bike with a 14,500 rpm redline as being "high-strung" but the 398cc inline four in the ZXR400R needs to be worked hard to make speedy progress, which is completely in keeping with the bike's sporting mission. Produced between 1989 and 1999, there were basically two versions of the bike, the earlier "H" bikes and the later "L" version. The H bikes made 61hp while the L made a few more horses at a higher rpm, with a slight loss in torque. The H model weighed a bit less than the L at 350lbs dry and the bike had a top speed north of 140mph.

Today's Featured Listing has fairly low miles and appears to be in excellent condition, aside from some minor cosmetic issues expected of a bike that's been ridden. Best of all: it does have a valid title and is registered for road use!

From the Seller: 1995 Kawasaki ZXR400R for Sale

Up for sale is a VERY RARE 1995 Kawasaki ZXR400R in collector quality condition with only 16,267 kilometers (10,107 miles). It has a few tiny rub marks and a couple of small scratches from its 10,000 mile journey thru life but overall its in MINT condition. After thorough inspection, I can tell that this bike has been loved and cherished over the years. It is in completely stock unmolested condition.  All fairings and components are 100% OEM factory Kawasaki. Brand new Bridgestone Battlax tires have been installed front and rear. Bike runs like the day it was new. This ZXR comes with a Utah state title and is titled as a street bike for road use. I have set the purchase price at $10,500 because my last 1993 ZXR400R sold on Ebay for $10,450 in the "your choice" auction with the GSXR400RR. Serious buyers can contact me at 801-358-6537 for more pictures or any other questions you may have. $500 deposit thru PayPal due immediately after sale.

The seller is asking $10,500 for this fizzy little monster. Obviously, that's not a whole lot of bang for your buck if you consider it in purely performance terms, and the ZXR400 isn't quite as iconic as something like the NC30. But these are exceedingly rare here in the USA and if you're a die hard Kawasaki lover or a fan of motorcycle exotica, this will probably fill a large [figuratively], green hole in your collection. If you notice any other bikes in the background, we have been told they are for sale as well.  Skip the line before they get listed publicly! Everything must go!

-tad

Featured Listing: 1995 Kawasaki ZXR400R for Sale
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 26, 2017 posted by

Quandary: ZXR400R OR GSX-R400SP?

Our collector friend from Utah is at it again. If you're not sure about whom I'm talking, check out this uber-rare Kawasaki KR-1R that he is selling from his collection. That is the caliber of model and condition that Gary brings to the table, and the two 400s pitted up against each other at auction today are no different. In one corner, you have a 1993 Kawasaki ZXR400R in original OEM condition. In the other corner, a rare 1989 Suzuki GSX-R400SP with exhaust. The problem is you can only pick one. I wouldn't care which one I scored; both are simply gorgeous. Let's meet the players:

1993 Kawasaki ZXR400R

When Kawasaki introduced the first ZXR400R model in 1989, it was the fastest of its peer group. With seemingly more grunt (although still adhering to Japanese home market power output limitations) and the highest top speed, it was the bad boy to have in the home market and in Europe. Interesting fact is that peak HP changed very little over the years of the model run; Kawasaki opting to bolster the torque curve in subsequent iterations rather than shooting for peak numbers. Again, this likely had more to do with home market regulations, but the result was a great all around mount: reasonably comfortable for commuting (or getting to the twisty bits), great handling due to small-ish size and weight (about 350 lbs dry), top-shelf components (upside down fork, Uni-trak, aluminum chassis, slipper clutch) and the ability to hit nearly 140 MPH on the straights. Here in the US, where the only real 400 we saw was the FZR, the Kawasaki reeked of performance in the sort of unobtainable way that made hardcore riders want them all the more. While this is not the rarest of the rare, finding a good clean example in the US is definitely not an everyday occurrence. That is the reason the last ZXR400 Gary listed was snapped up; good examples of rare bikes never last long at auction.

From the seller:
The first bike is a 1993 Kawasaki ZXR400R M model with only 3,318 kilometers (2,061miles). It is in mint condition and is completely stock. All fairings and components are 100% genuine OEM Kawasaki. Original tires, chain and sprockets along with factory warning labels. You NEVER see JDM bikes like this one.


1989 Suzuki GSX-R400SP

Suzuki was way ahead of the 400 game with the GSX-R; first released as a 1984 model, it had all the wonderful slab-sided uniqueness of its bigger brothers. And like the original GSX-R ideology, the 400 was light - undercutting the competition by several pounds (read: 20+ lbs); on a smaller bike, that is significant. As the model evolved, some of that weight came back. In 1988, the GXR-R400 gained a brand new (stiffer) chassis - known as the GK73A - accounting for some of that weight gain. In the end, the 400 Gixxer is on par with the Kawasaki in the weight department (approx 350 dry). This 1989 SP model was intended as a homologation unit for racing. Don't get your hopes up on more power, however; home market bikes were all capped on HP, and in the end all reported about the same (or very similar) numbers: 59 HP. What the SP model got you was the solo accommodations, upgraded suspension (including a remote reservoir rear shock) and a close-ratio transmission. The 1989 model also introduced the braced swingarm, adding pounds but aiding handling - and looking super cool at the same time. Like the Kawasaki, this was a model never officially brought into the US. That makes it rare Stateside, but the SP model is also pretty rare in the rest of the world as well. Arguably, the GSX-R is the least common of the 400cc class and as SPs were intended for racing, finding a clean survivor is not easy.

From the seller:
The second choice is a very rare 1989 Suzuki GSX-R400 SP (Sports Production) with 8,690 kilometers (5400 miles). It is in mint condition also with only a few small scratches on the left side on the rear fairing from rubbing against another bike during shipping. All fairings and components are 100% genuine OEM Suzuki except for the Yoshimura Cyclone full exhaust. The original OEM factory Suzuki exhaust is included with the sale of this bike. This baby RK comes with brand new Bridgestone Battlax tires. The bike color looks black indoors. It is actually metallic dark blue when outside in the sunlight. The metallic blue sparkle really pops in the sun. Its gorgeous!


From the seller:
This is a "Your Choice" auction. The winning bidder will get their choice of bikes. You don't get both, just one, for your high bid. These bikes are premium examples with extremely low miles, collector quality. Both bikes run like the day they were new. Both come with Utah titles and they are titled as street motorcycles for road use. These are rare premium bikes in premium condition for a premium price. Rare low mileage bikes like these don't come around often. If you would like more pictures please contact me and I will send you all the photos you want. $500 deposit thru PayPal due immediately after auctions end. Bike to be paid in full within 5 business days. Again, Winning bidder gets their choice of bikes. You don't get both, just one bike of your choice for your winning bid.

Well there you have it. Let the battle commence. Performance wise, the latter stages of bike development during this time was up against the Japanese power regulations; there is not too much to choose on that front. How each of these bikes delivers on that performance is a very unique experience, however. Drool over the pictures, and this pick your sides. Are you into Team Green and do you go for the ZXR based on brand loyalty? Do you lust after the GSX-R SP? Maybe it's time to raid the 401k and the kid's college fund and make Gary a serious offer on both (just don't forget that KR-1R while your at it). Check both bikes out here, and Good Luck!!

MI

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