Posts by Category: Kawasaki

Kawasaki January 19, 2022 posted by

Anarchy in the UK: 1989 Kawasaki KR-1S 250

Although most RSBFS readers are demographically located in the US, I say never mind the bollocks. Sure, this KR-1S is located in Jolly Olde England, but it is a freaking KR-1s! Possibly the rarest of the regular 250cc two stroke set by manufacturer, the KR series has a reputation for being fast, fast, fast.

1989 Kawasaki KR-1S for sale on eBay!

Of all of the quarter liter smokers, the Kawasaki was generally considered a bit of a failure. Suzuki, Honda and Yamaha dominated the sales floor, as the more rare Kawasaki lagged behind. The downside of the fast, fast, fast component of the KR-1 is that these have also been known to be somewhat fragile, but those that have survived are piquing the interest of collectors. What was a relative “failure” to sell in the day makes this all the more rare today. And today’s sub-8,000 mile example is one that is worth a look.

From the seller:
Kawasaki kr1s 250
1989 g reg
7900 miles from new
1 former owner first for 30 years
Original order as good as they come
Original tool kit under seat /handbooks /
Original number plate /1 key fits all locks
Does run but could do with a service and mot
Bodywork near immaculate
Any questions viewings welcome

There is not as much info as we might like to know, and only a few pics of this beauty. The ask is $11,500 USD – which is significantly below the nearly $18k asked for this 1991 California plated dream machine. If you can handle the shipping and importing, this could be a find. Only 10,000 total units of the KR-1 250 series were made, with fewer being the KR-1S model as seen here (and rarer still, the coveted R model).

Check out all of the details on this 1989 Kawasaki KR-1S here. Good Luck!!


Anarchy in the UK: 1989 Kawasaki KR-1S 250
Kawasaki January 1, 2022 posted by

K-Battle – 1993 Kawasaki ZXR400 Ninja

It’s a long while between ZXR-400’s here in the U.S.A., so we took a trip to the U.K. to find this well-used but renovated small sport.  Today’s is an L3 from the middle of the model run, with a super spec sheet and weighing barely 400 lbs.

1993 Kawasaki ZXR400 Ninja ( England ) for sale on eBay

Since it was Kawasaki’s entré into national F3 racing, the ZXR400 was sold primarily on the island, with intermittent exports to England and other Pacific rim markets.  The inline four had 2-1/4 inch bores and revved to 14,500 rpm, with max power at 12,000.  Extrusions for the alloy chassis have chamfered corners and are welded to the cast headstock and sideplates.  USD forks, slipper clutch and fresh air intakes were there to help the race team, but paid off on the street.  Dual 300mm brakes could be found on a larger supersport, with 17-inch rubber at both ends.

Probably a lot that only a ZXR cognoscenti will see, but this one looks like a pretty good starting point.  Plenty of miles, but a bunch of work done recently.  The seller restricted power for its intended licensee, though it sounds easily reversed.  Requisite tail-ectomy, blue windscreen, and too small exhaust – paintwork isn’t mentioned but except for the mirrors, looks way better than the miles would allow.  Notes from the eBay auction:

  • Just had following work done at local bike shop
  • -full safety check after purchase
  • -All carbs fully stripped, cleaned and balanced
  • -A2 restrictor kit fitted to 47hp (plate inside carbs)
  • -restricted ecu limited to 10k rpm ( have got standard ecu aswell) 
  • -Brand new uprated chain and rear sprocket gold X link
  • -new spark plugs
  • -new oil and filter
  • -new air filter
  • -new fuel tap rebuild kit fitted
  • -coolant flushed and replaced
  • -new A16 titanium moto gp exhaust
  • -real carbon tank pad
  • -real carbon fuel filler cap cover
  • -real carbon top yoke cover
  • -real carbon clocks cover
  • -real carbon plastic fairing cover
  • -tail tidy fitted 
Bike, engine and gearbox run smooth
pulls strong in all gears always starts on the button 
Body work has some age related marks but otherwise in good condition
Comes with full service manual

Hopefully the new owner will have better weather than the seller, who had to wheel the ZXR out in a spritz to photograph.  The ask is at the lower end of the spectrum, though shipping and working through DMV will run into some money.  The ZXR reviewed as fairly comfortable and torquey for the segment, with just a few chassis adjustments needed.  Probably more things will need doing, but still find you ahead in the long run.


K-Battle – 1993 Kawasaki ZXR400 Ninja
Kawasaki December 21, 2021 posted by

2006 Kawasaki ZZR600 J Ninja with 0 miles?


From the seller:
0 miles. Clean bike, no rust inside the gas tank. Starts right up and runs great. Minor scuffs on windshield, light stains on seats and some oxidation on small metal parts. Rubber on left side front blinker has rips in it.

Make: Kawasaki
Model: ZZR600
Displacement: 599cc
Location: Bristol . . . Indiana Duh! #NotNastyCar #BeenThere #Hoosier
Mileage: 0 (Hold that thought!)
Price: $6,000 starting bid on the auction site
MSRP in 2006: $7,299 – What’s it gonna take to put you on this scooter today?

I know we have some days where nothing fills your inbox and I know we have some days where you, the subscriber says “WTF are they thinking?”. We also have days were we, the writers/bloggers/wannabe’s ask ourselves “Is this worthy? Is this what we’re about?” Speaking solely for myself – I usually laugh, open another cold snack and say “Why not!”.
Oh! Behind the scenes we have a secret messaging system that allows us to instantaneously communicate with each other- which makes it much easier for Dan, Donn, Mike and William to make fun of the new guy and to discuss the auction site oddities such as this.

Still sporting the cross-hatch pattern from the Kawi factory or wherever the rotors are milled.

No janitor key chain scratches!

Mud flap- Check!

Magnesium is blemish free.

Nothing a little elbow grease can’t cure!

Standard issue Kawi directional which makes it a super duper easy fix.

I have a $Hundy for anyone who can find another 2006 ZZR with ZERO miles for sale! RARESPORTBIKESFORSALE.COM Baybee!

Check this ZERO mile machine out here!


BTW- I’m broke so, don’t go looking for a zero mile 2006 ZZR!

2006 Kawasaki ZZR600 J Ninja with 0 miles?
Kawasaki December 2, 2021 posted by

Somewhere in Time: 1985 Kawasaki GPz550

Rare (adjective)
1. (of an event, situation, or condition) not occurring very often.
2. (of a thing) not found in large numbers and consequently of interest or value.
3. unusually good or remarkable.

Before the flaming starts, I thought I’d hit up the olde Oxford Dictionary and set the ground rules for discussion. Nobody in their right mind (or even their left one) would confuse the scarcity of a model – say an oval piston NR750 – with a mass-produced, run of the mill middleweight such as a GPz550. But if RSBFS was simply about listing model names, we could accomplish the goal without photos and just publish a spreadsheet. Not much fun in that! Instead we search for the best of what’s out there on any given week, and try to highlight things that jump out at us. And what jumped out at me is one of several tens of thousands of a not so rare model belting out it’s best Gloria Gaynor: I will survive.

1985 Kawasaki GPz550 for sale on eBay

I know that many RSBFS readers are of an age when the GPz was the shiz. Maybe you had one (or several). Maybe you simply lusted after one from the pages of Cycle or the seat of a moped. For our younger readers, the GPz550 was mainstay of the middleweight battles in the early 1980s, and represented a serious sport bike for the masses. Kawasaki brought out the big guns when it came to the most popular GPz, providing the basic 2-valve, aircooled inline four with a competent chassis and cutting edge Uni-Trak rear suspension and anti-dive front forks. With bodywork and styling that mimicked the treatments offered to the GPz1100 and GPz750, the 550 included the same swoopy graphics, a similar racy fairing, miles of black chrome accents and new techo gadgetry such as the LCD display on the tank.

From the seller:
1985 Kawasaki GPZ550. A super low mile original survivor almost impossible to find in this condition.
A real collectors item. It has stood unused for many years on display so will need recommissioning if you want to actually ride It.

While the basic platform of the GPz550 was fairly bulletproof, the nearly disposable nature of the market did the overall model no favors. These were not the most expensive bikes in the showroom, making them popular with riders – especially the younger set. Countless examples have been thrashed and trashed from inner city exposure to track adventures. Many of the cutting edge features did not hold up well either (i.e. partially functioning LCD displays), and the black chrome finish was always on the verge of being one day away from looking faded and tarnished. To find a mid-’80s example of the vaunted GPz550 in fully stock condition without the accumulated battle scars of a daily commuter or canyon squid simply must fit into the Oxford definition of rare. Did you notice the mileage? Yup, that is fewer than 1,500 miles of asphalt under the keel of this time capsule. The lower bar work is the only item that looks like an add-on – any GPz aficionados online to comment?

We at RSBFS have often highlighted how the condition of a bike – of any bike – will help it rise above the financial station of its peers. This 1985 GPz550 is no exception to that rule, although as this has spent most of its life as a static display it may not be a simple “ride off into the sunset” affair for the new owner. Additionally, while it will continue to be worth more than the clapped out mongrels we often see on eBay, CL, etc, this remains a mass-market bike that will never have the collector appeal (i.e. price bubble) of something like an RC30. But it is the best GPz we have seen in a long time, and it is worth checking out here. Did you dream of a GPz – or did you ride one back in the day? Let us know your thoughts in the comments. Good Luck!!


Somewhere in Time: 1985 Kawasaki GPz550
Kawasaki November 29, 2021 posted by

1989 Kawasaki Ninja ZX 7 w/ only 4,973 miles! *No R required*

1989 Kawasaki ZX 7 For Sale on eBay!

Would you look at that clean and green H1 goodness! #Tasty

If you weren’t a fan of my last Homologation ZX-7R M1 post, perhaps this OG ZX-7 will tickle your green fancy pants at a clean and crisp $19,897.00 B.I.N. price 🙂

Not seeing any gooey chain lube sling-

Not seeing any significant heel marks-

Not seeing much in the way of custodian key chain marks-

Yup, it’s a clean green machine!

Back in 1989, these were pretty bad ass machines (sans the fake Hoover hoses). From the factory you could expect front and rear adjustable suspenders, massive 275mm front rotors, 105hp and 17″ wheels at both ends- sporting radial tires. I know, none of that seems impressive to modern day riders, but believe me when I tell you- All of that was cutting edge in 1989. However, the middleweight Ninja was a touch heavy at 450ish pounds.

Did I mention it has 2 round headlights and is neon green with some snazzy reflective stickers?

From the seller

Why you yelling at me? Oh, you’re getting your point across that your machine has covered less than 5,000 miles in 30 plus years? Got it! I like it more than a fat kid (me) loves cake!


Make the jump here!



1989 Kawasaki Ninja ZX 7 w/ only 4,973 miles!  *No R required*
Kawasaki November 21, 2021 posted by

1993 Kawasaki Ninja ZX7R M1 w/ 6600 Miles For Sale on eBay!

Tim has asked we keep the comments closed on this post. While readers may be disappointed that this option is available to organic listings. I’d prefer to respect a seller’s wishes rather than not have this post on the site at all — especially an example this nice. Good luck to buyers and seller. -Dan

Now that we have the corporate attorney locked in the closet- Let’s roll!

You guessed it! It’s time for another addition of dd’s “90’s dual headlight and neon splash graphics homologation corner”.

1993 Kawasaki Ninja ZX7R M1 Homologation Super Bike For Sale!

Solo tail section, aluminum rear sub-frame, aluminum fuel tank, fully adjustable forks, remote reservoir rear shock, flat slide carbs, close ratio 6-speed transmission and an adjustable swing arm pivot. Did I miss anything? Oh wait, this M1 comes complete with a period correct Muzzy’s full header, Ohlins remote reservoir rear shock, Ohlins steering dampner and a crystal clear factory wind screen.
Hell, I’d bet the wind screen alone is worth $24,999! Okay, not really, but you get my point.

A few years back, I had a K1 and I loved it! Don’t even ask me why I sold my dream green machine. I’m still kicking myself in the ass for that bone head move!
I’ll come clean and tell you I did try to buy this one before it went live on our site, but for whatever reason, Tim, the seller, wouldn’t accept my abysmal $10,000 offer. Go figure!

From the seller:

I have decided to sell my M1 ZX7R. This bike is in exceptional condition runs great and is actually friendly on the street. If you are looking at this then you know, this has the flat slide carburetors, aluminum tank, and adjustable suspension, solo cowl. This M1 however is really well dialed in. I put a featherweight Lithium battery in it, it has a full Muzzy exhaust (loud, like the best way to hear one of these), Ohlins rear shock, Ohlins steering stabilizer, factory OEM windscreen (rare), and the fairings are factory Kawasaki. I also have the OEM factory exhaust for it as well. This is a rare bike and only a handful were brought in for homologation purposes to race AMA. I have a passion for collectible sport bikes but this one is not being ridden. Clear California title and registration in my name, come look at it in person, send a friend. Currently registered until January 2022. I will try to post up some pics of the exhaust but its been in storage in a cardboard box.

You see that extra hole in the fairing right next to the frame mounting point? That’s to make easy work adjusting the Keihin Flat Slide carbs without removing the fairing- Something the previous K1 and K2 models didn’t have (just a small tidbit of info).

Interested? Make the jump here before it’s gone!



1993 Kawasaki Ninja ZX7R M1 w/ 6600 Miles For Sale on eBay!
Kawasaki November 8, 2021 posted by

1986 Kawasaki GPz 1000R NINJA For Sale!

Scrounging around on the auction site this evening I located this pretty good looking 86′ Kawasaki GPz1000R Ninja.

1986 Kawasaki Ninja 1000R For Sale on eBay!

Not too shabby eh?

These were only brought stateside for 3 years and competed for the same floor space as the earth shattering GPz900 (Think Kelly McGillis). While you have Kelly floating around in your grey matter, I’d like you to multitask and ask yourself “Would I rather have a GPz900 or a GPz1000R?”. Well, funny you should ask yourself that because the GPz900 out sold and out lasted the GPz1000R by a few years. Spec wise, they were both a little pudgy and both made decent horsepower, but only one of them was the first production motorcycle to touch 150mph and only one of them was in a pretty famous fighter pilot movie. Answer- it wasn’t the bike in this post.

I’m guessing we have a few viewers (cough, cough) around my age that have fond memories of mid-eighties, full fairing’d (That’s Indiana slang) sport bikes? Should you fall into my group you will definitely remember the BIG NINJA as a head turner. Looking at it now one of my favorite things is how the Kawasaki engineers eliminated our ability to stick on those ugly ass LP truck cab lights! Thank you 8# Baby Jesus!

If you’re not familiar with how this seller works their auctions you owe it to yourself to do a deep dive because you might land yourself a deal and a nice winter project.

Check out the big NINJA here-



1986 Kawasaki GPz 1000R NINJA For Sale!
Kawasaki October 27, 2021 posted by

Chined Doll – 2001 Kawasaki ZX-12R

If an unwritten manufacturer’s agreement hadn’t limited its speed to a mere 186 mph, the ZX-12R would’ve been the most powerful and fastest GT in the early oughties.  This example has some miles, but has clearly been pampered and thoughtfully upgraded.

2001 Kawasaki ZX-12R for sale on eBay

The ZX-12R’s air of superiority started right in the engine room, with the 1199cc four using 46mm throttle bodies looking almost straight down on their way to 178 hp.  The airbox and chassis wanted to occupy the same area, so Kawasaki engineered an alloy monocoque frame, which serves as the plenum.  Stainless headers lead to a four-into-one collector and titanium silencer.  Multi-adjustable suspension is fairly conventional but the attention to detail is such that spoilers are cast into the fork legs.  The ram air intake funnels air in behind the headstock and keeps the power coming at higher speeds.  Winglets inhabit the fairing lowers, pre-dating the winglets that are more common these days.

This original owner looks to have taken fine care of his Ninja, setting it up for some higher-speed touring with Power Commander, Marchesini alloys, and Sargent seat.  Corbin bags are shaped to accommodate a co-rider, but passenger pegs have been removed.  Notes from the eBay auction:

2001 Kawasaki ZX1200 A1. This rare one-owner ZX-12R is in excellent condition. Most of these bikes have been drag-raced into oblivion. Here’s your chance to own one never raced, never dropped. Mechanically unmolested, the only extras are Corbin Beetle bags, Marchesini forged wheels, a Power Commander, Sargent seat, and a Muzzy’s clutch hub. The bike will come with owners and factory service manuals. Stock rims are available. The chain and sprockets are less than one year old, and the fork seals were just replaced. The bike needs nothing except a new owner that likes to ride FAST!

Besides too lean fuel injection programming ( which the Power Commander solves ) and mirrors big enough for an endurance racing Porsche, the ZX-12R got high marks and held onto the speed-limited throne until the ZX-14 came along.  The package was more trim than competing uber-bikes and carried the ludicrous speed flag without forgetting it was a sportbike.  Bidding has been active early on and it’ll be interesting to see at what point the reserve falls.


Chined Doll – 2001 Kawasaki ZX-12R