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Kawasaki April 20, 2018 posted by

Un-Green – 1990 Kawasaki ZX7 H2

Kawasaki threw a spanner into the manufacturer ID-by-color system with this black and gray metallic harlequin.  The green was for guys who wanted you to know they were on an H2 Ninja, a lower-cost challenger to the RC30 in the race-on-Sunday-sell-on-Monday sweepstakes.  This example had a couple of close shaves but has been studiously rejuvenated.

1990 Kawasaki ZX7 H2 for sale on eBay

The ZX7 was Kawasaki’s passport to the AMA Superbike Championship with the RR variant, but the base model H2 had great power with the 748cc four supplying 107 hp.  The CAD designed twin spar chassis was massive and supported fully adjustable Uni-track monoshock and the last year of 43mm right-side-up forks.  The flex tubes supplied fresh air to the updated engine, and countless vacuuming jokes.

The owner has put improved running with a jet kit, and battled the NLA demons of the water pump, bodywork, and exhaust shields.  Each repair found a way forward, looking good except for the exhaust which cries out for a NOS Muzzy.  From the eBay listing:

Given the bike’s age and mileage it has survived exceedingly well. The finish on the alloy parts, the painted engine cases and wheels and, of course, on the plastics is very nice. There is a small, chafed area in the paint atop the tank; aft and to the right. It is responding to hand polishing with Maguire’s #6 Polish/Wax and gets better every time I go after it. There’s one of those clear adhesive paint savers on the back of the tank which seems to have protected the paint as it shows some scratches. Every time I walk up to the bike, it puts a smile on my face; it is a very handsome motorcycle and I’m sure I’ll miss it when it’s gone. As seen in the pictures, all the original pieces are there; windshield, grips, levers, reflectors, exhaust, solo seat cowl, tool kit and Owner’s Manual. The guy who owned the bike before me obviously cared for the bike, (despite the drop…but it’s happened to all of us, right?) while not being shy about riding the thing; it looks like a much lower-mileage bike.

Doug Chandler and Scott Russell combined for four AMA Superbike crowns in the 1990’s, the road machine close to the racer at least with precise handling, a tough riding position and hard suspension.  The overall stock appearance works in this Ninja’s favor, and the monochrome livery is a quiet attention-getter.  The owner states that the ask is just that, and the Make Offer button is ready…

-donn

 

 

 

Un-Green – 1990 Kawasaki ZX7 H2
Kawasaki May 21, 2017 posted by

Featured listing: 1990 Kawasaki ZX750F Ninja

1990 Kawasaki ZX750F Ninja in red and black

Back in 1990 the 750cc configuration was still king on both the track and the sales floor.  Some major manufactures had dipped a cautious toe into offering track level performance as a separate model option (ex:  Suzuki GSX-750R LE) but the homologation era was still a bit away and overall the focus was still on bikes that could handle the all three of the major missions; street, track and light touring.  Sadly this philosophy and the 750cc class have pretty much faded into the pages of history so today’s Featured listing of a Kawasaki ZX750R is quite a treat.

The seller of this is one is Gary in Springville, Utah who has been offering up lots of good stuff lately but to be honest, this one really jumps out for me.  Perhaps its the tasteful red and black paint scheme that a lot of the Kawasaki’s of this period had, perhaps its the very pristine condition or maybe its just me getting old but I have to admit this one really brings back the memories of youthful hooliganism and makes me want to add this one to my collection.

As the pictures show, mileage is about 9100 miles but condition is pristine with very few marks anywhere.  Even the key/top yoke area looks pristine/scratch free..incredible.  As for equipment everything appears to be stock/OEM with the exception of  the front windscreen and the seller indicates fresh fluids and a new battery are included.  However no info is offered as to the age of the tires so there might be some cost there.  The only other point of attention I am seeing might be the front brake hoses which isn’t a surprise given the bikes age and the fact that early 1990’s Kawasaki’s had a reputation for somewhat poor braking anyway.  Come to think of it, an upgrade to the braking system might be a good idea regardless of condition.

Here is what the seller has to say and some more pics.

For your consideration is a mint state 1990 Kawasaki Ninja 750 with only 9082 miles. The bike sold new in Hayward California on June 15, 1991 to a young lady who will remain nameless. This Ninja was taken care of and nursed all the days of its life. It is in perfect condition and looks like new. Looks like it has 900 miles on it, not 9,000.  Runs like the day it was new, has new battery and fresh fluids. Comes with Utah title, Kawasaki vehicle report, Kawasaki history report, owners manual and tool kit along with two keys.

A quick search through the RSBFS archives shows that while we do get see the mid 1980’s 750 turbo and mid 1900’s  ZX7/ZX7R fairly regularly, this model appears much less frequently.  While that’s great from an exclusivity perspective, it makes it hard to figure out a price for this one.

Current price is $2,550 USD with the reserve not met and I would not be surprised if it goes up to nearly double that by the time the auction is finished.  I think this one is a great add for a someone wishing to relive a bit of their youth, a Kawasaki lineup collector or maybe even as a present from a spouse to someone approaching the big 4-0… maybe just leave the browser open where your spouse can see it… 🙂

Marty/Dallaslavowner

Featured listing:  1990 Kawasaki ZX750F Ninja
Yamaha April 17, 2017 posted by

Collector Alert: 1989 Yamaha FZR750RR/OW-01 with 741 miles

1989 Yamaha FZR-750RR/OW-01 for sale on ebay

Most collectors of homologation bikes place the Yamaha FZR750RR/OW-01 near the top of their lists, along with the Honda RC30 and Kawasaki ZX7RR and…whats that you say, you don’t understand all the fuss about homologation bikes?   Well I don’t see any big blue police boxes or dogs named Peabody around so I guess I will just have to do my best to go explain the historical significance of these machines.

In the late 1980’s race series organizers and major manufacturers agreed that it was in both of their interests if race bikes were more closely based on bikes that people could actually buy.  The thinking was this would keep fan interest, cut down on development costs and weed out money losing engineer flights of fancy (i’m looking at you, Norton rotary).  The adage of the day was “a win on Sunday equals sales on Monday”.  But the major manufacturers engineer departments were still charged with winning and made the legitimate point that race bikes had very different performance needs from standard street machines.  In the end a compromise was reached; racebikes would still have to be based on a bike available for sale to the general public but the base bike could be a limited edition series that was equipped with the same components as the bikes that would be used on the racetrack, including racetrack level frames, engines and suspensions.  The limited edition bikes had to be able to be able to pass emissions and run legally on the street but could otherwise essentially be race bikes with lights and a license plate.  This agreement became known as the homologation rule and bikes from the era are referred to as homolgation bikes.


Okay, so they had some track-oriented tech, but you still don’t see what’s the big deal?  Consider this – a factory racetrack-level motorcycle has components that are hellishly expensive to develop and produce, the prices for one of these limited edition/homolgation bike was usually significantly higher than a standard street version.  The OW-01 had a list price of about $16,000 USD, which back in 1989 was equal to about a year of private college tuition.  And even with their high prices the street legal homologation machines were often unprofitable for the manufacturers so to cut down on losses the production run was typically a very small number of bikes.  For the FZR750RR/OW-01, production was 500 units over two years. But while Yamaha’s 750cc powered machine was pricey and parts would always be a challenge, anyone who bought one did actually get something quite special: titanium rods, twin-ring pistons, an aluminum tank with a track ready fuel filler were all wrapped up in a beautiful hand welded frame. This was then combined with Ohlins suspension, magnesium brake calipers and quick detach sub-frame and axle release clamps.

And best of all, these track-oriented goodies weren’t just for show. While not quite as successful as its main rival the Honda RC30, the FZR-750RR was used as the basis of multiple World Superbike wins, a British Sport Bike (BSB) title, set an Isle of Man TT lap record and was ridden to victory in the 1993 Daytona 200.

So in summary, homologation bikes were an opportunity for mere mortals to experience what a true race bike was like. They were also quite rare from a price and production number perspective and many were bought by privateer racers and then actually used on the track. This means that finding one today in pristine condition is quite a challenge and given that the primary rare sport bike criteria are condition, number produced, historical significance and technology, its only natural that the OW-01 always causes a fuss/is a big deal to collectors.

As for this FZR750RR/OW-01, a  quick look at the pictures in this auction show that the seller is a big fan on the late 1980’s/early 1990’s homolgation bikes.   The seller indicates a recent freshening of items which together with the low mileage means this one is a good option for someone building a collection.

Here is an overview of what the seller has to say

  • New battery,new fork seals and fork oil, new spark plugs
  • Fresh fluids including engine oil, new coolant flush, new brake fluid, and original air filter was serviced.
  • Carburetor jets and needles are original and still comes with the factory jetting set from the factory.  Runs a little rich at my elevation (Utah) but will need nothing if your going to run it at sea level. If your in a high elevation state it will need jets and fine tuning.
  • Still has the original factory tires, however there are age cracks in the sidewalls.
  • Still has its original chain & sprockets with factory safety wire, original brake pads and all original fairings and factory components.
  • Air breather hose was replaced since the original was hard and cracked.
  • Slight ripple in the muffler that does not show up in photos, you would never know it if I didn’t mention it to you but its there.  Muffler was chromed and re-finished to repair the tiny ding in it that you cannot see now.
  • There is patina here and there as you would expect from a 28 year old motorcycle.  Also there was a scratch protection pad on the tank at one time, since been removed but has left a clear residue behind from adhesion.
  • The original fuel tank cap was replaced with a NOS OEM Yamaha fuel cap due to a rough edge from being dropped on the ground in the past we believe. Original fuel cap is included with sale.

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So, now for the price question- what is this bit of homologation era history going to cost?  While the listing has an excellent level of detail and some services have been done, the condition is not perfect (note the cracks in the dash foam) and there is a need for fresh tires.  Recent examples of FZR750RR/OW-01 on RSBFS  show a price range of between $16,000 -$25,000 USD so the sellers Buy-It-Now price of $27,500 seems to be a bit optimistic.

My person opinion is that the value of this one is right about $23,000 USD,  Current bid is at about $12,600 USD with about 5 days on the auction left.  Unless the seller has a significantly lower reserve than the Buy-It-Now price I don’t think one will sell on the auction but any interested parties might want to follow the listing on Ebay and reach out to the seller after it ends.  Then again, Ebay can be a funny thing and part of being a smart collector is knowing when to pull the trigger so if this one is on your list, it might be time to move.

 

-Marty/Dallaslavowner

Collector Alert:  1989 Yamaha FZR750RR/OW-01 with 741 miles
Kawasaki July 8, 2016 posted by

Collector Alert: Pristine 1996 Kawasaki ZX-7RR/N1 formerly owned by Rob Muzzy

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Attention collectors, here is an opportunity to acquire a bit of unobtanium; one of the actual 1996 Kawasaki ZX-7RR bikes owned by the legendary Rob Muzzy in pristine OEM condition.  The seller includes a lot of good ownership history information in their ebay listing plus the bike itself looks to be in amazing condition. Location is on the east coast of the USA, so if you haven’t earmarked all your monies for air conditioning bills, this one might be worth a close look.

1996 Kawasaki ZX-7RR/N1 on ebay

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The 1996 Kawasaki 750RR is currently one of the top 3 750cc homologation bikes for anyone building a 1990’s sportbike collection, with the others being the Yamaha OW01 and the Honda RC45.   The ZX-7RR, also often referred to by its ‘N1’ model number, had a lot of true race oriented tech, including an adjustable swing arm pivot, race orientated close ratio gearbox, larger flat sided carbs as well as track level Nissan calipers and upgraded suspension pieces.

For anyone who wants to understand the development of the N1, good information is available in previous RSBFS posts.

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Condition of this one looks to be excellent and all OEM/bone stock, including the exhaust canister and turn signals.  Mileage is indicated as approximately 1800 miles.

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Here is a summary of what else the seller has to say regarding condition.

  • Stock including all the warning labels and reflectors
  • Has never seen the rain or elements,  always stored indoors, no rust or oxidation present anywhere on the bike.
  • Bodywork and Tank are 100%,  grips show no wear, the headlights don’t have any pitting.
  • Comes with the factory OEM exhaust in excellent condition.
  • An untouched unmolested original.

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What is this 1996 Kawasaki ZX-7RR worth?  Well as previously noted, its one of the 3 main 750cc homologation bikes currently prized by collectors and its been said that only 500 were produced (although that number has been disputed) so rarity has to be taken into account.  Additional pluses for this one are pristine condition and that it is previous ownership history by Rob Muzzy.  The only minuses are a bit of an issue with the title mileage and some minor scuffs are mentioned.

The last two 1996 Kawasaki ZX7RR/N1’s we had on RSBFS in similar condition went for between $17,000 and $19,000 USD so this one isn’t probably going to be cheap…I would expect the final price to be somewhere in the same area.

-Martyy/Dallaslavowner

Collector Alert:  Pristine 1996 Kawasaki ZX-7RR/N1 formerly owned by Rob Muzzy
Kawasaki May 26, 2016 posted by

Generation ZX: 2002 Kawasaki ZX7R with 4,380 miles

Back in the 1990’s a rule change made it so that racing bikes had to be based on bikes available to the public.  This change was known as the “homologation rule” and it meant that suddenly regular riders were able to get their hands on street legal machines that really did have track oriented components.    The new requirement would perhaps have its most drastic result on the 750cc market segment, as seen in the Suzuki GSX-750R, Kawasaki ZX7/ZX7R and for those with a bit more cash, the Yamaha OW01.

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2002 Kawasaki ZX7R for sale on eBay

The ZX7R was not the ultimate Kawasaki of the period, that claim belongs to the ZX7RR.  But the P series ZX7R was the final iteration of the ZX7 series that began in 1989 with the H model lineup.  The P series incorporated all the changes since then and featured an engine with a shorter stroke/wider bore which gave it much more midrange than previous models.  It also came with distinctive twin ram-air intakes, Tokiko brakes and a suspension that was adjustable front and rear.

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Mileage on this 2002 Kawasaki ZX7R is a very low 4,380 miles according to the ebay seller.  All items appear to be factory OEM including the often replaced turn signals and mirrors which is nice but the dark photos do make it hard to see the rear license plate assembly (which got cut/trimmed on a lot of bikes of this era).

Overall the bike looks great, with only things that jump out at me is a dirty/possibly discolored windscreen and tire condition that looks a bit odd.  But the seller indicates fresh tires so perhaps the picture was right after some stickers were removed from the tires?

Note:  the seller also lists a broken lower fairing that doesn’t seem to be shown in the pictures.

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So, what is this low mileage P generation Kawasaki 750cc worth?   Well its not going to be as collectible as a first gen H1 or ZX7RR but it i its a last gen ZX7R, has low mileage and looks to have all the OEM pieces.  The Buy It Now price is only $3,500 USD is in line with current values.

While this one probably won’t appreciate much,  it would be a nice pickup for someone who wants to relive a little of their youth.

-Marty/Dallaslavowner

Generation ZX:  2002 Kawasaki ZX7R with 4,380 miles
Kawasaki September 21, 2015 posted by

Second Time on RSBFS? 1996 Kawasaki ZX-7RR N1

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I spotted this bike last night and a quick image search of the site reveals that this bike was first shown back in 2011 when Doug was still a contributor on the site. The first picture is the same one used in the original ad. It is now on the east coast, has a few more miles, and a much higher asking price than 4 years ago. Check out the original post and then check out the current auction.

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1996 Kawasaki ZX 7RR N1 for sale on eBay

from the seller:

I have for sale a 1996 zx7rr, zx750n , this is number 71, they are very rare, this bike has 5839 miles on it, the bike is in very good condition for its age, the bike starts right up and rides great,
I got it out of an estate sale ,
The motorcycle is registered in my name, title in hand, I have the stock fender, turn signals, brake light.

I have a buy it now ,please make reasonable offers , the first reasonable offer will take it

Second Time on RSBFS?  1996 Kawasaki ZX-7RR N1
Kawasaki June 10, 2015 posted by

Ask and ye shall receive – 1989 Kawasaki ZX7

1989 Kawasaki ZX-7 on eBay

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A few posts back, one of our readers asked where the ZX7s were hiding… so here you go!  Most of you will know the history here.  Suzuki knocked the rest of the field on it’s heels with the introduction of their revolutionary GSX-R 750 and it took the others a few years to respond.  Kawasaki answered with the ZX-7 and the fight was on, on both the racetrack and the sales floor.  The 1989 ZX-7 featured a full perimeter aluminum frame, sleek new bodywork, those iconic “tank hoses” and a host of improvements over the outgoing “Ninja-750.”  The ZX-7’s front end would become legendary for it’s stability, making the ZX-7s one of the best handling motorcycles of their era.  It was still behind the GSXR-750 in most categories, but performed admirably on the track.  Just a few years later Scott Russell would score become the first Kawasaki rider to snag a World Superbike Championship in 1993 aboard his Muzzy ZX-7.

 

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This ZX-7 has seen some work and has a few tasty period correct modifications.  You can check them out at the eBay listing here: 1989 Kawasaki ZX-7

UP FOR SALE IS MY 1989 ZX7 WITH 10000 MILES FLAT SLIDE CARBS WITH VELOCITY STACKS MUZZY SPEC MOTOR WITH MUZZY CAMS HIGH COMPRESSION PISTONS HEAVY DETENT SPRING ON CLUTCH MUZZY FULL RACE PIPE
MUZZY BLOCK OFF PLATES FOX SHOCK AFTER MARKET LINKS AFTER MARKET TEAR ROTOR PERFORMANCE MACHINE WHEELS
NEW METZELER M5’s 190 IN REAR CARBON FIBER REAR HUGGER FENDER 1990 SWING ARM NEW FRONT AND REAR EBC BRAKE PADS
SECOND LOOK SEAT ZERO GRAVITY WIND SHIELD NEW GRIPS THE GUY I GOT THE BIKE FROM DID THE MOTOR AND TOLD ME IT HAD 120 SOME HORSE AT THE REAR WHEEL

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Ask and ye shall receive – 1989 Kawasaki ZX7
Kawasaki December 29, 2014 posted by

Double Rams: 2001 Kawasaki ZX7R

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2001 Kawasaki ZX7R on Craigslist

One thing you have to say about the Kawasaki ZX7R- its got a distinctive look.  When it was launched reviewers took a look at the front fairing and stated things like “looks like it has the mumps”..”did it get its wisdom teeth out?”…and one of my all time favorites “front looks like it was designed by Russ Meyer”.  It was certainly different than other narrow fairing bikes of the same era such as the the R1 and Ducati 996.  But once you get past the wide fairing with its double ram air scoops, there is a really good bike waiting for you to experience.

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Even when it was brand new in 2001, the ZX7R was a bit of a holdover from earlier times when the 750cc class was a market leader.  Kawasaki wanted to keep pace with Suzuki and their GSX-R750 so a series of regular tweaks were done over the years to keep the ZX7 on the same level as the GSXR750. But in 2001 most of the focus on development was going into larger displacement bikes that weighed little more than previous generation 750cc bikes, bikes like the Yamaha R1 and Kawasaki’s own ZX9.   Consider this-  the ZX7R weighed 203kgs but the200c larger ZX9-R was only 215Kgs, the GS-XR750 was 179Kgs and the Yamaha R1 was 177kgs.  Given a Kilogram =2.2 pounds its easy to see why the ZX7R wasn’t the bike most track fans picked.

So why was the ZX7R still even still for sale? Well the ZX7R was still a good bike with a stonking fast engine and was cheaper than the ZX9. Also it was more refined on regular roads than the hyperlightened ZX9, in part due to its extra weight which gave the bike a lot of stability in fast corners.  Even with the heavier weight the ZX7 had excellent braking due to a pair of six piston Tokico calipers mounted up front.  And oh by the way, the bike made noises that its big brother couldn’t come close to making, an airbox snarl that sounded like the bike would rip your face off.

Another rumored reason that the ZX7R was still for sale in 2001 was that some within Kawasaki were loath to abandon the 750cc lineup, given that this was the link to the companies most recent success in the high end Motogp/WSB racing.

As the folks at Carole Nash wrote,

“We’ll look back at the ZX7R as one of the last great rocker’s bikes, a hooligan.  Comfort? Forget it. Fuel economy? Hopeless, you have to rev it to enjoy that 13,000rpm engine, which then glugs petrol at 35mpg. Pillion friendly? Only in a way that a member of the Spanish Inquisition would recognise… The ZX7R is a relic, but still glorious, anti-social fun. Something your mother wouldn’t like and sometimes, being out of fashion is the only way to go.”

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This particular ZX7R has only 7236 miles and has been recently refreshed, including fresh rubber.  Here is what the seller has to say

  • 2001 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-7R ~ $4200
  • Mint Ninja ZX-7 with only 7236 miles.
  • New Bridgestone BT-016 Pro’s front and rear.
  • Head to toe service just completed with Repsol synthetics.
  • D&D slip-on,
  • Flush mounts, intergated tail light,
  • New Gel battery, New rear EBC brake pads, Carbs rebuilt and all fluids flushed.
  • A few scratches on stickers but overall outstanding condition

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So what’s this ZX7R worth? Well its not completely OEM but the changes are small, mostly turn signals/indicators and some aftermarket exhausts. Major fluids have been done and the bike comes with fresh rubber. Asking price is about 1000 above KBB retail but is well below what the ZX7 we listed on RSBFS sold earlier this month (and that one wasn’t an R version). Perhaps this 2001 green machine might look nice parked near your christmas tree.

-Marty/Dallaslavowner

Double Rams:  2001 Kawasaki ZX7R

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