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Posts by tag: ZX-7R

Kawasaki January 10, 2018 posted by

Mean and Very Green: 1991 Kawasaki ZX-7R K1 for Sale

Forgoing the elegance and class of the European sportbikes, Kawasaki's unabashedly garish ZX-7R, or ZXR-750 as it was known in other markets, is splashed with jagged graphics in vivid green, white, and blue. Not a modern, metallic, beetle-green, of course. Kawasaki's impossibly green green, with the un-self-consciously adolescent "Ninja" in fluorescent lettering splashed across the tank, along with a pair of HVAC air tubes that don't actually feed a pressurized airbox, just direct cooling air at the cylinder head... I hated these bikes when I was younger. But I'd buy one in a heartbeat now, since I could ride a Ninja with a sense of humor about the name, and not be worried that people might think I had a pair of tabi boots in my closet and some shuriken in my sock drawer next to a pair of nunchaku...

The ZX-7R was Kawasaki's entry into the hotly-contested 750cc superbike class in racing and on the street, their answer to the Suzuki GSX-R750, Yamaha's YZF-750R, and Honda's RC30. At the time, the 750cc inline four was the go-to configuration in World Superbike competition, unless you were Ducati. Of course, each manufacturer built limited-production homologation specials to help create the very best foundation for their World Superbike entries, except for Honda, whose RC30 was basically an homologation special to begin with.

The ZX-7R sold in 1991 is generally known as the "J1," so what's going on here with what the seller claims is a "K1"? Although they provided a wide range of tuning parts for their ZX-7/ZXR-750 that allowed them to compete successfully, Kawasaki didn't really create an homologation special until the 1991 model year's ZX-7R K1. The K1's solo seat and aluminum tank meant it was was lighter, while flat-slide carbs and higher compression meant the engine made a bit more power and could rev a bit higher. Different ratios with a taller first gear were better for the track, but made stoplight getaways a clutch-slipping pain. Price was nearly double the stock bike, but worth it if you wanted to be competitive.

From the original eBay listing: 1991 Kawasaki ZX-7R K1 for Sale

Some of the most exotic motorcycles ever sold to the public were built during the 1990s, the golden era for homologation Superbikes.  For sale is a rare and wonderful example of such a motorcycle - a limited edition 1991 Kawasaki ZX-7R K1 production-based race bike.  

The Kawasaki Ninja ZX-7R K1 was a special limited edition of Kawi’s ZX-7R used in AMA Superbike. Kawasaki enjoyed tremendous success in competitive racing with this bike, and plenty of that tech made it to the ‘civilian’ version. Required to produce 500 examples for homologation purposes, Kawi packed this bike full of features like 39mm Keihin flat-slide carbs, an aluminum gas tank, and a close ratio six speed transmission with an exceedingly tall first gear. All these goodies nearly doubled the MSRP compared to a base ZX-7R, but for the lucky 142 riders in the US who got to buy one, it was well worth it.  Weighing 10 pounds less than a base ZX-7R, the K1 had a tweaked engine with higher compression and a redline that was 500 rpm higher. This powerplant produced 120 horsepower at the crank, leading to a top speed of just under 160 miles per hour. (from the website bike-urious).
This particular model has only 3,100 miles and starts, runs and rides beautifully...and sounds great with Muzzy exhaust.  The upper fairing near the right side mirror has a couple small cracks (don't ask), but the bike is in remarkably nice shape overall and shows no sign of having been down.  A new lithium battery is included, as well.

Please Note:  I’m listing this bike for a friend who has an exceptionally nice collection of motorcycles for sale, including other homologation bikes (Honda VFR750R RC30, Yamaha FZR750R OW01, numerous rare Ducati’s), a Vincent Black Shadow, an Ariel Square Four, two BSA Gold Stars, a 1937 UL Flathead Harley Davidson, etc. (additional photos included above).

These are very rare and were extremely expensive when new, and there's been plenty of interest in sportbikes of the late 1980s and early 1990s recently. The starting bid for this ZX-7R K1 is $18,000 with no takers yet and several days left on the auction. The last one we featured sold for $14,500 back in 2015, so $18,000 seems like a fair price for this very clean, low-mileage example but maybe a bit high for a starting bid?

-tad

Mean and Very Green: 1991 Kawasaki ZX-7R K1 for Sale
Kawasaki August 15, 2017 posted by

Featured Listing: 1997 Kawasaki ZX-7R Survivor

Update 11.27.2017: The seller has notified us this bike has sold. Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

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 December 21, 2015 posted by

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

Ninja Survivor – 1992 Kawasaki ZX-7R
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 July 8, 2015 posted by

1991 Kawasaki ZXR750R (ZX-7R) in UK colors

1991 Kawasaki ZXR750R in the UK

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What's wrong with this picture?  The classic "K-model" green/white/blue ZX-7R has been a longtime favorite here on RSBFS... but we don't see these very often.  This is the somewhat controversial green/white/RED color scheme that was exclusive to the European markets.  As a member of a few Kawi specific forums, I can say that opinions are divided on this look, but I love it.  Aside from the colors and the naming, the technical specs are the same.  The "R" version benefits from a host of goodies to homologate it for WSBK racing including a lightweight aluminum fuel tank, solo seat, lighter subframe, taller first gear and 39mm flatslide carbs.  These modifications, along with different cams and some other engine tweaks resulted in a bike that was approximately 20lbs lighter than the standard version and made an extra 20hp.  While the carbs and the gearing can make it a bit challenging for every day use, it shined on the race track.

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This one appears to be in VERY good condition and appears to still have all of those rare goodies that are getting near unobtanium levels for those looking to collect and/or restore.  This would make a fine addition to any collection for our UK readers or even our more ambitious stateside readers with the financial means to clear the customs hurdles.  You likely won't see another one like it anywhere in the States.

You can check out the eBay UK listing here:  1991 Kawasaki ZXR-750R on eBay UK

here we have a stunning example of this very rare exotic ZXR750R K1, this model of Kawasaki's very rare machine, was especially made for WSB, made in very low numbers, full adjustable pre-load, anti dive front suspension, gas assisted fully adjustable rear suspension, close ratio gear box, alloy fuel tank, large race flatslide carburettors, DOHC in-line four, 16 valves.
equal bike in its days to OWO1, GSXR750RR and RC30 and made famous by the likes of Scott Russell WSB. champion on the very competitive factory ZXR750's.
very clean standard example, absolutely spotless, runs and looks superb. very hard to find in this kind of condition with low mileage. getting very collectable. comes with 2 keys, owners manuals and paperwork.

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1991 Kawasaki ZXR750R (ZX-7R) in UK colors
Kawasaki March 27, 2015 posted by

Low-Mileage Ninja: 1989 Kawasaki ZXR-750 H1 for Sale

1989 Kawasaki ZXR-750 R Side

Sometimes overshadowed by the GSX-R750 and a bit of an late arrival to the endurance-racer party in the late 1980's, the Kawasaki ZXR-750 sold well, but few are around today, especially in such beautiful condition. The styling is very handsome, although it obviously helps if you're a fan of Kawi's lurid green paint...

1989 Kawasaki ZXR-750 L Rear

Powered by a 749cc inline four that made a modest 105hp, the ZXR was still good for a top speed of over 150mph. Unlike Honda, Kawasaki didn't build homologation specials like the RC30 for WSB racing, although serious hop-up kits were available to turn the ZXR into a fire-breather for track use: these motors can be easily tuned to much higher outputs, although naturally with a corresponding loss of reliability.

1989 Kawasaki ZXR-750 Dash

Both the ZXR-750 and the later ZX-7R were famous for their mid-corner stability and front-end feel. You sit in the bike, rather than on top like you would on a Ducati 916, and the tank is fairly long, with those air tubes to pressurize the airbox do intrude a bit, so long arms do help a bit.

1989 Kawasaki ZXR-750 Front Wheel

Brakes were decent when new, although they will obviously benefit from modern pads and braided lines: this one looks like it still has the original rubber bits, although it's hard to tell from the pictures.

From the original eBay listing: 1989 Kawasaki ZXR-750 H1 with 2,500 miles for Sale

1989 Kawasaki ZX7 H1 with less than 2500 miles on it now, since it was new... Bike speaks for itself. Runs and handles like a new bike should. I still ride it occasionally so mileage will change slightly.

Turn key gas-n-go. Has been serviced and is ready to ride. Needs nothing to be enjoyed.

If you're looking for perfection go buy a NEW one! This bike is 26 years old and it looks and runs fantastic for its age. The black paint on the frame (by previous owner) is removable but doesn't bother me so I haven't finished removing it. I only did the one side since I have had it.

1989 Kawasaki ZXR-750 R Rear

While the Yoshimura pipe is probably more appropriate for a period Suzuki, it still looks cool and gives the bike a very throaty growl and an evil, metallic intake rasp, as you can see from the video. The black-painted frame on the one side is a bit odd, but it sounds like that should be easy to fix before spring is in full swing. The headlights also look like they might not be completely stock, although additional visibility is always welcome and easily changed, if you prefer dim, older-style originality...

1989 Kawasaki ZXR-750 L Rear Wheel

Although at under $5,000 the reserve has not been met, with under 2,500 original miles, this might be a good opportunity for fans of Team Green to pick up a very nice example for a reasonable price.

-tad

1989 Kawasaki ZXR-750 R Side Front

Low-Mileage Ninja: 1989 Kawasaki ZXR-750 H1 for Sale