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Green Flame: 1996 ZX7RR (N1) in Calgary CAN

A poet once wrote that in the spring a man’s fancy lightly turns to thoughts of love.  Fortunately for us here at RSBFS, spring is also the time when some nice bits of unobtainium start to appear for sale and here is one such example; a 1996 Kawasaki ZX7RR N1.

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1996 Kawasaki ZX7RR (N1) in Calgary CAN

The ZX7RR was built to meet homologation requirements and was quite a different beast from the standard Kawasaki ZX7 machine.  Also known as the N1, the 750cc Kawasaki came with lots of track-oriented pieces such as an adjustable steering head, upgraded front forks, larger flatside carburetors, an upgraded rear shock, a close-ratio gearbox, 6 piston Nissin brakes instead of the standard Tokico, lots of carbon fiber bits (including an airbox) and no passenger pegs or seat.

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Its not really surprising Kawasaki only built about 1000 units of their street legal racer (this low production number was the minimum required to meet requirements for use in Superbike racing).  500 were designated for the USA with another 20 going to Canada.

NOTE:  Interested buyers in the US may want to check whether this is a US or Canada designated bike and if there are any import restrictions/requirements.

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This particular ZX7RR looks to be in truly excellent shape, especially given that it is a 20 year old bike this year.  There do seem to be a few bits of non-OEM/aftermarket, including the exhaust, chain and a few mudguard stickers.  Also the reflectors seem to be missing off the lower fairing join screws but other than these items, the bike looks to be complete.

Here is what the seller has to say:

  • in great overall condition.
  • has just over 16,300kms/10,150 miles on it
  • has been regularly maintained
  • recent new spark plugs and air filter. I
  • close to all original condition aside from a chain/sprockets, stainless steel braided brake lines and a titanium Akrapovic full exhaust system

Its nice to see that the seller avoided some of the late 1990’s trends such as chopping the rear mudguard, aftermarket mirrors or bar end weights and/or replacing the turn signals with flush mounted units.  I  do wish the seller had posted pics of the odometer and there is no mention of tire condition or ownership history which is a bit of a concern.  Still this is a really nice example of a pretty rare bit of late 1990’s sportbike history.

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What is this lovely bit of late 1990’s homologation history worth?  Well prices for these seem to vary depending on whether the bike was ever raced.  A search through RSBFS previous posts seems to show street versions with an opening bid of around $6000 a few years ago, although we did see a basically New-Old-Stock/NOS be bid up to over 17,000 USD last year.

Given the condition of this one and the location, I would expect reserve prices to be around $8000 USD but I wouldn’t be surprised if it goes for over $10,000 USD.  I do think this one will attract both collectors and nostalgia-oriented riders and will probably move fast if the seller is accepting bids outside of ebay.

-Marty/Dallaslavowner

26 Comments

  • I know this bike and it’s owner and I wish I had the cash to buy it.. Tires are new, mileage is as advertised. It’s as minty as you could ever ask for. I work at a local Kawi dealer and Mike ordered all the new old stock parts to put it back to OEM. It did have the fender cut but we ordered one of the last ones Kawi had. Mike really worked hard to make sure the bike was as close to stock as possible and it shows.. She’s a beauty.

    • do you know if its a canada specific bike? Just wondering if it could be imported into the USA.

  • OK….so….

    The VIN Tag on right side is missing….. screams repaint!! I don’t think the Canadian Models have the Emissions tag on the left side.

    I AM NOT AS FAMILIAR with this model as the K’s but isn’t that the wrong decal on the tank. Shouldn’t it be a neon script “Ninga”?? Not the current black “KAWASAKI” ! If I am wrong …. someone PLEASE INFORM ME. The more you know the better…

    Nice bike, but maybe not as described by seller, and perhaps worth the monies as such.

    Cheers
    P.S. Looks like ‘Schill Bidding’ on Listing as well (why would the same bidder outbid himself by $2000 in succession)???

    This just adds to the “HMMMMMMMMM” factor…..

    • Hwawood851,

      The frame has never been resprayed, unfortunately the previous owner peeled off the big white rectangular VIN sticker for aesthetic reasons. I am the third owner of this bike and have traced its history to the original owner who bought it new from Blackfoot Motorsports. As for the tank its how I bought the bike and after researching it I was told some of the later Canadian bikes came with that tank, being vin number 000746 it is one of the later ones. This bike has been absolutely babied by me and whatever it needed in the 4 or 5 years I have owned was taken care of with all oem parts from Blackfoot Motorsports where the bike came from new.

      My Ebay listing had a reserve, the bidder wasn’t outbidding himself he just bid a few times to meet the reserve as his first bids were below the reserve. Please don’t make assumptions or accusations before you have the facts, it makes you look bad and is unfriendly.

      Thanks,
      Mike

    • “Please don’t make assumptions or accusations before you have the facts, it makes you look bad and is unfriendly.”

      Mike.
      Once you have been here a while,you will get to feel the vibe from hwood851.
      God forbid,if you ever want to sell an RC30,be prepared for the wrath of hwood851 and his unrelenting hatred of this iconic machine.(He missed the boat,basically.)
      All this from a guy who thinks “limited edition” mid-2000 MV Agustas are collectable.

  • Unfortunately in Canada a lot of people removed the stickered Vin and any other stickers on the frame. Bike is 100% legit real deal. No crashes or repaints.

    • Also the tank decal is how we got them in Canada.

      While I would consider myself knowledgeable as to Canadian import laws, I know nothing of the US side so you should check with local authorities.

  • wow 10k already

  • I checked the UK, France, Germany, Japan…. all have PINK “Ninga”.

    Plus here is Canadian ones…..PINK ‘Ninga” : https://raresportbikesforsale.com/tag/zx7rr/page/2/

    I have been at this a loooooooong time….. It’s my experience if VIN tags are gone it’s one of two reasons: 1) Repaint, 2) Polishing.

    Now, I can neither confirm or deny your ownership or history of said motorcycle, but ” If something appears to be wrong, it usually is”.

    It is a nice bike, no doubt. I just see many red flags.

    GLWS

    Cheers.

    • The nice thing about the truth is that it is the truth.. whether you believe it or not. I have been at this a long time also.

    • I’ve never seen one that said “Ninga.” Every one I have seen has said “Ninja.”

  • I assume this is the same bike and seller, judging by the foot pegs, chain and sprockets and a few other items.

    Here is when he bought it,
    http://www.zxforums.com/forums/zx-7r-forum/63915-just-picked-up.html

    This is after he cleaned it up,
    http://www.zxforums.com/forums/zx-7r-forum/87522-my-restored-96-zx-7rr-n-1-lots-pics.html

    The foot pegs are not stock, or they have the curb feeler and rubber missing. Hard to tell.

  • I regards to the hypothesis that, “it’s not schill bidding”……

    First, most people would contact the SELLER to find out the RESERVE. I have never been told by a SELLER, “keep on bidding and find out”. As most SELLERS on eBay would prefer to deal privately and use eBay as the advertisement. Also, testing the RESERVE in the second day of the auction, when you still have 6 days left??!!! Lololololol

    Second, why would said BIDDER go in increments of $2000? Most INTELLIGENT people would go in smaller increments ($100) in order to find out the RESERVE WITHOUT OVERPAYING!!! As said BIDDER is only bidding against himself!

    Cheers.

    • Hwood851…… you clearly do not understand how a reserve auction works! Why would I disclose the reserve as it is beneficial for me to keep that too myself. Simple terms…. what if my reserve was 5k and a bidder decided to bid 8k…. works better if people dont know the reserve, GET IT!!! I do on the one hand agree 100% with you and I was shocked that someone bid like that in the first day as there was six days left, its crazy! Not like its any of your business but the high bidder has been in contact with me and he has recived all and any info about the bike from me including many additional pics along with a video of the bike running and riding. If you are interesed in the bike feel free to contact me and bid and I will answer anything youd like to know. Unfortunatly you clearly have no class and nothing better to do with your time but cause drama on the internet, like I said before please dont make accusations or assumptions if you do not have the facts.

      Have a good one,
      Mike

  • Settle down boys!!! If you don’t like what you see, fine. Give your opinion without attacking some poor bastard, and move on. If you don’t believe what you read (and you shouldn’t) so the f@ck what? This is the comment section for gods’ sake. AND this is just another shitty, heavy, ugly diesel! Back to the nimble 2 stroke show, please…

    • Thanks Big Bang

  • Hwood851 you seem like you are bothered by something, is it that you cannot pay for this bike? are you jealous? because you keep at it like a petulant child. Mike is a great guy, and is well known across Canada and is nothing but a generous and giving guy.
    To accuse him of schill bidding just makes you look like a jerk. Mike will sell the bike, and the new owner will be happy and lucky that the got the chance to buy this bike off of a guy like Mike and NOT a guy like you.

    • Thanks for the love!

  • If it were me I would ignore Hwood, this is his thing. He is all about floating around trying to poke a hole in every bike that exists and makes asinine assertions that have no basis in reality.

    His all time favorite thing in the entire world, more than hot chicks or fast bikes, is VIN TAGS. Show him an original VIN tag and he literally becomes aroused and leaks. Add an OEM reflector and some 6 inch turn signal stalks and let’s just say he needs a cigarette STAT.

    lol, He does this everywhere, the forums, here, and elsewhere, it’s all about him and opportunites for him to pronounce his ‘expertise’ on all things he knows little about. He says he has been “doing this a loooooooooooooooooooooooooong time”. I guess the more ooooooo’s you use the more knowledge you have.

    Go away VIN tag boy, get some knowledge or even better, go somewhere else where the world fits into your nice neat box.

    • Thank you Jack, very well said hahaha

    • LOL

  • Jack

    February 19, 2016 3:06:47 pm

    If it were me I would ignore Hwood, this is his thing. He is all about floating around trying to poke a hole in every bike that exists and makes asinine assertions that have no basis in reality.

    His all time favorite thing in the entire world, more than hot chicks or fast bikes, is VIN TAGS. Show him an original VIN tag and he literally becomes aroused and leaks. Add an OEM reflector and some 6 inch turn signal stalks and let’s just say he needs a cigarette STAT.

    lol, He does this everywhere, the forums, here, and elsewhere, it’s all about him and opportunites for him to pronounce his ‘expertise’ on all things he knows little about. He says he has been “doing this a loooooooooooooooooooooooooong time”. I guess the more ooooooo’s you use the more knowledge you have.

    Go away VIN tag boy, get some knowledge or even better, go somewhere else where the world fits into your nice neat box.

    BUMP.

  • Seems like we’ve passed the constructive part of the conversation, comments closed.

    dc

  • Seriously? Some people have a heated debate so y’all just close any comments?

  • I did check, however, and the tank is 100% NOT correct. An RR should say NINJA, not Kawasaki on the tank.

  • Say what you will about VIN tags…..BUT….. they are EXTREMELY important if your selling a motorcycle based on the premise of ORIGINALITY! Which this example is!

    1. If missing, leads to wonder why it was removed. Nine times out of ten because of issues. It’s not like they just peel or wear off or impede displays.

    2. The VIN tag is the ONLY part on the bike which cannot be replaced!!! You can by NOS, OEM, Used… for every other part on the motorcycle EXCEPT that one!!!!!

    cheers

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