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Unloved Zed sled: 1995 Kawasaki ZX9R with 6,813 miles

Kawasaki's ZX-9R has always been a bit of mongrel bike; situated between the legendary ZX7 and ZX11 series, the 899cc bike was initially developed as a response to the Honda CBR900 but never achieved top status in the segment.  Although the configuration lasted for nearly 10 years, sales were never huge for Kawasaki and it isn't considered to be a historically or technologically significant bike by collectors. Still today's offering is an ultra clean model with less than 7000 miles in its over 23 years, is in the rare for the model candleberry-wine-red color scheme and appears to have all OEM bits available so it seemed worth of a post.

1995 Kawasaki ZX9R on ebay

The ZX9R was somewhat hastily developed by Kawasaki as a segment response to the CBR900 Fireblade.  The problem for Kawasaki was that as a smaller manufacturer they didn't have the resources to launch an all out assault against the class leading Honda (it would take a few more years until Yamaha's R1 did that).    Kawasaki instead tried to stake out a middle ground, offering a 900cc bike that wasn't an ultra-light-weight repli-racer fit only for the track but was also not a large capacity "sportbike" touring machine.  To do this Kawasaki essentially took their legendary but now outclassed ZX7/ZXR750 and incorporated a number of ZX11/ZZR-1100 design features.  Suspension was an upgrade over the 750 with fully adjustable 43 mm upside-down KYB front forks and a fully adjustable remote-reservoir KYB mono-shock while the brakes were Tokico front and rear.  The most obvious  change came in the engine but even there parts were shared with the majority of the engine pieces (crankcases, clutch and gearbox) coming from the 750cc while the cylinder head was from the ZX11/ZZR-11100 with different valve actuation.  The result was more grunt and a red line of 12,000 rpm (the Fireblade stopped at 10,500 rpm).  Put it all together and you got exactly what Kawasaki intended - a mid sized bike that existed between the ends of the segment.

While the ZX9R delivered on its intended purpose, it never really developed a strong following like the Fireblade, GSXR or the soon to follow Yamaha R1.  In retrospect is seems Kawasaki  misjudged the long term impact of the "less is more" movement begun by the Fireblade.  Also the first models of the ZX9R were heavier compared to the competition and had the typical-of-the-time Kawasaki build quality issues, especially with the paint.

As for this particular ZX9R, the bike looks to almost completely OEM but the pictures aren't the best...I mean seriously, how hard would it have been to move the truck?  The seller doesn't give any service info other than "newish tires" so I would expect there to be a need for fresh fluids with particular attention paid to the brake system (a known issue for Kawasaki bikes of this period if left standing for long periods).  On the plus side the bike looks clean with no evidence of indicator or rear tail modifications common of the era and even the exhaust looks OEM and pristine.  The only non-stock item appears to be the windscreen and the seller indicates the OEM unit will be included in the sale.

So let's jump to the question - is this low mileage and apparently almost completely OEM ZX9R worth the current Buy-It-Now price of of $3999 USD?  Well a quick search through sites like Cycletrader show that price to be a bit more than expected but not out of range given the mileage of this bike.   As for value, I don't think this one will appeal to collectors and will probably never appreciate significantly but it isn't something you are going to see at your local bike night and might also be a good fit for people who always liked the bigger ZX11/ZZR1100 in this color scheme but found that bike too big to handle easily.  Based on the pics and the mileage the current owner is not a major Kawasaki fan so they might be motivated to move off the asking price, especially if you can offer something Suzuki-related in trade?

-Marty/Dallaslavowner

9 Comments

  • Although I usually think a non-green Kawi is a travesty, I kinda like this gentleman rocket look.

  • I like this!

  • Having scooped up a ZX9R when it first came out (94, in the dark red/silver/black color scheme), I still have a soft-spot for my first foray into “big engine” bikes. Bit heavy, but then again you could push it hard in the twisty bits but still not regret spending the day on it, as the riding position was a fairly nice compromise. Like many UJMs, the ZX9R benefits from a -1 tooth front / +2 Teeth rear, rejet + pipe set-up. Sold it for strong money 10 years later

  • What’s not to like? Striking looks, solid performance, cheap entry price add up to a decent buy for under $4k.
    Real value is probably closer to $3200-3400 depending upon location but there should be some premium for condition.

  • Newish Dunlop D207 – thought those were disco 15 years ago.

  • Very clean looking bike. Should be noted that the fairings have been hacked up for those frame sliders, and if you zoom in it looks like the side fairings are rashed up. But overall a decent unmolested example! Wish I lived closer.

  • It’s a lovely GT. Handsome in a way bikes of the period seldom where. A nice ride ride suitable for getting a good steak dinner on the town. It is fine to eat well, a few extra pounds aren’t your prime directive hear. Then a good time to channeling your inner Tiger Sohwa on the way home.

  • Not to mention the grunt these Kwaks have. Always a motor company, but less so in other areas… Wouldn’t kick this diesel out of bed, but would rather sleep with a H, Y, or S… Next 2 stroke please…

  • Unsold at $2024!

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