Posts by tag: 750

Kawasaki October 14, 2015 posted by

High Miles but Very Clean: 1989 Kawasaki ZX-7 H1 for Sale

1989 Kawasaki ZX7 H1 L Side

Although the 750cc class is basically dead today, there was a time when middleweight sportbikes were the bikes to have, and competition between the Japanese Big Four was fierce in showrooms and on track. Kawasaki’s ZX-7, known elsewhere as the ZXR750 was perhaps The People’s Middleweight Sportbike of the era, a far more accessible and less exotic machine than the competition.

1989 Kawasaki ZX7 H1 Clocks

When factories get involved with production-based racing, there are a number of different ways to approach the problem of being competitive. Honda simply created a bike purpose-built for racing from scratch, then just made a few available for road use with their V4 RC30. Yamaha built a bike that looked like an FZR750, but was basically a hand-built race bike. And Suzuki used their “Limited Edition” Gixxers to homologate specific parts for the race teams to use, including a dry clutch.

1989 Kawasaki ZX7 H1 R Side Fairing Detail2

Kawasaki, however, took a fourth approach, and designed a very solid roadbike with their ZX7, and then made a huge range of race parts available to customize the bike for nearly any type of competition, an à la carte race bike, if you will.

1989 Kawasaki ZX7 H1 R Side Fairing Detail

Powered by a 749cc inline four that made 105hp, the bike was famed for its stability and feel, but was infamous for a rear suspension that was too stiff for anything but billiard-table smooth roads. Riding position is very much period “in” versus “on” with a long, reach over that tank to the clipons and a great view of those largely ornamental HVAC tubes sprouting from the tank.

1989 Kawasaki ZX7 H1 Peg

Today’s example has some serious miles on it for a lightweight sportster, but is still fitted with original plastics and appears to have been very well maintained.

From the original eBay listing: 1989 Kawasaki ZX-7 H1 for Sale

Comes exactly as pictured.

This bike is in nice condition for its year and runs great. Has high miles due to long road trips up north but you would never know it by the condition. Always wiped down after every ride. Never down or dropped all plastic is original to the bike. Has always been maintained by the dealer has had valves and carbs done. Adult owned never beat on always garaged. Newer Pilot Powers on it Yoshimura exhaust K&N filter. Only issue is where the upper meets the lower fairing is cracked due to dealer over-tightening but they did not won up to it. Upper can still be bought on eBay. Please see pictures.

Oh, this bike comes exactly as pictured? That’s a relief, because I’d hate to think the seller’d remove those hideous fairing-mounted reflectors before selling it. I hope those were some sort of federally-mandated safety thing… And while the rear signals look original, the front flush-mounts are suspiciously clear. And flush.

1989 Kawasaki ZX7 H1 R Side Naked

These ZX-7’s have become very desirable of late and, with so few surviving the 90s uncrashed or unmolested, it’s getting harder and harder to find nice examples. In spite of the relatively high miles, this one is in clean shape and should appeal to collectors who prize originality.

Even if it means keeping those hideous reflectors.

-tad

1989 Kawasaki ZX7 H1 R Side Rear

High Miles but Very Clean: 1989 Kawasaki ZX-7 H1 for Sale
Kawasaki September 16, 2015 posted by

Showbike Restored – 1992 Kawasaki ZX-7R K2

Not often a will a dealer restore an older sportbike to mint condition, rarer still if the bike is not a bargain purchase but someone’s polished showbike.  But the Kawasaki ZX-7R K-model can have that effect on people, and the low-mile machine was a good place to start a great restoration.

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1992 Kawasaki ZX7-R K2 for sale on eBay

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Built as an homologation special in very low numbers, the K variant has a few key upgrades from the standard.  Flat-slide carburettors which are just a millimeter larger, and after un-doing the factory restriction on the J-model result in 121 hp – a 20% improvement.  A close ratio transmission and slipper clutch are more track-oriented.  Front and rear suspensions are fully adjustable, overcoming the reported poor ride of the base version monoshock.  The exhaust hanger is done differently and of course there’s the solo seat fairing.  Superb standard aluminum frame and floating disc brakes complete the package.

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Evidently the previous owner’s baby, the aluminum perimeter frame and swingarm had been mirror-polished .  Part of the restoration was disassembly and painting most of the polished parts the factory gray, however some of the polished bits still show here and there.  The rest of the bike looks cherry, stress cracks in the seat fairing repaired and painted.  Though it only has 8,000-ish miles, the ZX-7R has also been treated to a comprehensive mechanical service, as the eBay auction states:

Our Service Dept has gone completely through this bike from top to bottom. Did a full service on the engine including valve adjustment, valve cover gasket and all fluids and filters are OEM new. The chain and sprockets were replaced with new OEM parts from Kawasaki. Brand new Bridgestone Battlax BT106R tires were installed front and rear. New OEM brake pads and brake fluid were replaced front and rear.

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While it’s easy to find a ZX7-R, the K and accompanying enhancements make it a very special machine, must’ve been neat as a bike show winner.  A very well designed and high performing special edition, the fact that it has been returned to factory original make it part of a longer story.  The results appear to have been worth the hours poured into this rare bike…

-donn

Showbike Restored – 1992 Kawasaki ZX-7R K2
Ducati September 12, 2015 posted by

Raw Materials: 1987 Ducati F1 For Sale

1987 Ducati F1 L Front

Ducati’s 750 F1 was intended to closely resemble their competitive TT1 racebike, and was the very last bike introduced before the company was taken over by Cagiva, when Ducati was on the ropes financially. It was the very last of the old-school Ducatis, and is finally starting to find its value because of that.

1987 Ducati F1 R Rear2

The F1 displaced 749cc’s and produced a claimed 76hp with the typical 16″ front and 18″ rear combination for impressive agility. Unlike later Ducati’s, the F1 still featured the older, less compact carburetor configuration, instead of the more familiar arrangement with both carburetors situated in the vee of the engine.

1987 Ducati F1 Dash

There’s plenty of potential in these motorcycles and handling was exceptional, but that’s kind of the problem: it’s almost like Ducati assumed that they were selling roadbikes to race teams, who planned to tweak and tune and set them up to suit, instead of to normal, everyday consumers. It’s like they thought they were just supplying the raw materials out of which you could build a very nice sportbike.

1987 Ducati F1 L Fairing

This one looks to be in very nice condition, although as a display piece, you’d obviously have to put some work in before riding it.

From the original eBay listing: 1987 Ducati F1B for Sale

A complete frame up restoration. This bike retains all original equipment including mirrors, original brakes, turn signals, air box, two into one exhaust (stock exhaust available). Engine dismantled and serviced as required. New battery, tires, brake cylinder kits and more. Only displayed since being renovated. A show quality motorcycle. Lying in Ft Lauderdale inspections welcome. One of the last true Ducati custom designs.

I’m really not sure what “one of the last true Ducati custom designs” is supposed to mean: this is neither custom, nor the last of anything. And period tests were not especially kind to the F1, nor were they especially popular.

1987 Ducati F1 Controls

Sure, go find some nice, period suspension upgrades and have Loudbike tune your 750 for 100hp and you’ll have yourself a nice, vintage firebreather: air/oil-cooled Ducatis are fundamentally tough, race-bred motorcycles. But as stock, the F1 was a raw material than finished product. In spite of that, these early Pantah sportbikes have rocketed in value recently, so this might be a good investment or the perfect bike to complete your collection.

-tad

1987 Ducati F1 R Side

Raw Materials: 1987 Ducati F1 For Sale
Kawasaki August 31, 2015 posted by

Details, Details: 1989 Kawasaki ZX-7 for Sale

1989 Kawasaki ZX7 R Front

Other manufacturers had to scramble a bit when Suzuki pulled the rug out from under them with their thoroughly modern GSX-R750. But they recovered quickly, and the Seven-Fifty Wars of the late 1980’s and 1990’s produced some terrific motorcycles like this Kawasaki ZX-7 that have been neglected for a long time. They weren’t particularly rare when new, but very few nice examples survive today, and interest is picking up, along with prices.

1989 Kawasaki ZX7 R Rear

Kawasaki’s ZX-7 was powered by a 749cc, liquid-cooled inline four that made 105hp. With a top speed of over 150, it was in the hunt, with very little between it, the GSX-R, and the FZR in terms of performance, although the Kawasaki was well known for its stability, front-end feel, good riding position, and strong braking.

1989 Kawasaki ZX7 L Front

With prices for all 80’s/90’s sportbikes on the rise, good examples are in demand, and this one is claimed to be in terrific shape.

From the original eBay listing: 1989 Kawasaki ZX7 for Sale

FULLY RESTORED and RARE! Super clean condition, current registration for 1 year, I even have the original owners manual.  I recently had this professionally serviced and changed a few things:

New Michelin front and rear tires, New Battery, Rebuilt the carbs, new spark plugs, had a valve adjustment, oil and coolant change, lubed the chain & chassis, changed brake fluids & air filter, changed fork seals, changed temperature sensor, changed radiator fan, and replaced a few hoses and clamps.  (work cost me over $2000 but worth every penny since this bike rides amazing!)

Bike has 25,000 miles and it runs like a champ.  Very solid bike, original and in great condition. This is an amazing bike to add to your bike collection.  Very few of them in the USA.

Alright, as far as I’m concerned, this bike is pretty clean. But fully restored? “You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means…” Note the missing and off-colored fasteners, and the scuff on the tail. The flush-mount signals are at least relatively un-tacky, although obviously not original.

With no bidders yet at $6,000 and just about 24 hours left on the auction, I think this seller isn’t way off the mark, but needs to lower his expectations somewhat. Or maybe get a set of hex-screws that are all the same color so he can at least pretend the bike’s had sympathetic maintenance.

-tad

1989 Kawasaki ZX7 L Rear

Details, Details: 1989 Kawasaki ZX-7 for Sale
Laverda July 1, 2015 posted by

1st time on RSBFS: Laverda Black Strike 668 in the UK

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Here is one we haven’t had on RSBFS previously, a Zane-era Laverda 668 Black Strike.   The Black Strike model incorporated all the top shelf goodness of the Laverda marque at the time; a Nico Baker designed frame, 3 sets of brembro brake calipers, Marchesini wheels and a letterbox gas tank that reduces the center of gravity (which is still pretty advanced after 14 years). And the fact that you can still get a Zane-era Laverda for reasonable money whereas a lot of Breganze-era bikes have begun to appreciate beyond the reach of us mere mortals is another plus.

Note:  For anyone not familiar with the Zane-era vs Breganze-era Laverda models, click here for a brief overview.

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Laverda 668 Black Strike in the uk

The black strike edition was a kind of a one-off within the Zane-era lineup; the air-cooled 668 engine and Nicco Baker designed frame were from the 668 sport model, while the seating and gauge clusters where from the the 668 ghost. The 668 black strike was also the first model with the lighter plastic gas tank, straight exhausts without the restricted collector box and also offered a few bits of optional carbon fiber such as exhausts and optional front fender/mudguard.

This particular Zane-era Laverda 668 black strike looks to be in excellent but not pristine condition.  I can see some minor bits of weathering included some fading in the small side cover panel above the id plate, what looks like some dried polish or flaked off paint on the riders right engine cover and some evidence of brake fluid removing paint on the Marchesini rear wheel.

On the plus side, the pillion cover is in place and looks to be in good condition and the seller indicates both the standard and carbon fiber versions are included for both the front fender/mudguard and exhaust. This is important since all 3 items are pretty much unobtainable nowadays. Also while the “rabbit-ear” standard mirrors are missing from the pics, the seller indicates these are included and the often missing rear plastic hugger/mudguard is in place.  Lastly the seat condition, lack of bubbling in the dash light decals and lack of rust on the dash nuts/bolts all seem to indicate proper storage away from both the hot sun and damp during non-riding time.

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Here is what the seller has to say:

  • Has done 17,235km,
  • Currently has the front carbon mudguard on but I have the original in great nick that comes with it,
  • Also have the original exhaust pipes but currently have the carbon exhausts on.
  • There is a carbon windshield that is with it that I thinks off a ghost legend.
  • Side mirrors are with it but I preferred it without.
  • Battery currently not with bike but will be added before sale.
  • Had a new speedo cable 100km ago, new oil just put in.
  • Rear tire has done 200km (maybe just less, looks like new), front had good tread also.

Note:  The seller lists this as a 2001 but the black strike model was produced from 1997-1998.   Email messages with the seller indicates that the 1st registration was 2001 hence the date.  I would guess this bike is actually stamped a 97 or 98 on the manufacturers id plate which is mounted on the riders right side but was probably in a showroom for a few years (Three Cross or Slater Bros dealerships perhaps?) and was only sold after Laverda was absorbed by Aprilia/Piaggio.

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Is this Zane-era Laverda 668 black strike worth the 3,400GBP asking price?  Well only 50 668 Laverda Black Strikes were produced and since Laverda is now a mothballed marque within Aprilia/Piaggio this is definitely a rare bike.  But the 668cc air cooled engine produced about 70 bhp so its not going to blow the doors off any other bike and some zane-era bikes have had reliability issues with electrics and cranks so the status of these items which would need to be factored in to the price.

To be honest, I think the the current asking price is a bit high but not outragously so.  While the Zane-era laverdas seem to be starting to appreciate, I think the value for this right now is probably closer to 2400-2850GBP.   I do think these will appreciate in value going forward so the bike may be of interest for a UK-based collector looking to add a bit of Zane-era exotica to their collection.

-Marty/Dallaslavowner

Addendum:  I feel it only fair to let readers know that I have a restored 668 Black Strike in my personal collection.

1st time on RSBFS:  Laverda Black Strike 668 in the UK
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
Suzuki February 19, 2015 posted by

Featured Listing: 1990 Suzuki GSX-R750 for Sale

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The GSX-R750 is one of the longest-lived sportbikes in existence. But there’s really just one version that I actually lust after, the second-generation Gixxer that was made for just two years, from 1989 to 1990. The look and the proportions are just right, and those dual round headlights are one of the best design elements of the era.

So many bikes these days are trying too hard, with overstyled bits and pieces that detract from the fact that the designers are short of ideas. No matter how many vents, angles, and colors you add to a design, if the overall silhouette isn’t distinctive and striking, it just ends up looking like you didn’t know when to put the t-square down and just trust your original design.

But to me, the 89′-90′ GSX-R is just the distilled essence of sportbike-ness. Gotta be blue-and-white though. The black and red scheme does look cool, but the traditional Suzuki colors are just too classic.

Today’s Featured Listing is exactly the kind of bike I’d want for myself: well cared-for, but also well-used and enthusiast-owned.

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From the seller: 1990 GSX-R750 for Sale

The bike has 19,524 miles. I am not the original owner. I bought it from a collector in the early 2000’s. The bike is currently in heated dry winter storage. I have never had one single mechanical issue with the bike other then front fork seals which have been professionally replaced. Tires are in good shape and not abused as I have not abused this bike in any fashion. All electrical works properly. Cosmetically I will start from front to back.The bike has 19,524 miles.  I am not the original owner.  I bought it from a collector in the early 2000’s.  The bike is currently in heated dry winter storage.  It is climate controlled and off site. I have never had one single mechanical issue with the bike other then front fork seals which have been professionally replaced by my guys here.  That was last year.  Tires are in good shape and not abused as I do not abuse this bike in any fashion.  All electrical works properly.  Cosmetically I will start from front to back.

Front fender is perfect.
Front fairing is in good shape though there is some slight damage on the right side. This was due to a no speed drop on my part. I repaired it as minimally as possible and left the mirror off. Its fine and has posed no structural issue (see image). I do not have that mirror. The left mirror has a slight crack in the smaller riser arm (was this way when I got it / it has not posed a problem).
The fairing shield is in great shape and paint is in great shape.
Lights and horn work as they should.
The levers are not stock, but off one of my old race bikes. I do not have the original levers any longer but they are correct fitment for this bike and work as they should. Grips and bar-ends are not stock.
Right foot peg is bent slightly just from aggressive riding on my part. There is a non –stock bolt in the heal plate bracket that I used from the shop on that side. The original rattled out.
All gauges work as they should with no issues.
The gas tank is also in great shape. Small dimple on top of tank behind filler cap (was there when I bought it) I left it alone as it is very slight.
Key works as it should. Gas tank inside is in excellent shape.
Both side panels are in good shape upper and lower. The right upper has a very small inner repair that is not noticeable. Again minimal but worth mentioning. All fasteners are in great shape.
Both left and right lower side panels have slight paint repair at apex width(see images). It was this way when I purchased the bike and shows no structural compromise.
The rear panels are also in good shape, with just slight stress cracks due to age. They are also minimal and have not posed a problem.
The rear solo cowl is also solid and in good shape with a slight scuff on the right side again minimal but worth mentioning. I bought this piece after the fact and did not restore it. The yellow stripe is just 3m taping and the gray back pad is now black.
I do have the rear seat “two-up” set up. The seat itself is in great shape.
The rear shock, swingarm, and chain and sprockets are all in good shape though they do show their age a bit. The chain guard is an aftermarket piece.
The rear undertail is mostly stock however the left side blinker mount was cracked when I got the bike and I again repaired it as minimally as possible as to not compromise the original form of the bike. The tail was also cut just below the plate mount by the previous owner.

Bike is insured and inspected in the state of NY for 2015.

As you can see if there was ever an issue or a challenge with this bike I did the least obtrusive fix to therefore not compromise the overall original integrity of the bike. The bike has only run synthetic oil since I have owned the bike with proper oil and filter changes at regular intervals.  The battery is new from this summer and does have a tender lead attached.  The motor, air box, carbs and all related are stock.  The bike was run at a track day by the previous owner so I have been told, so there are some safety wired bits but I was assured it was never raced as a dedicated race bike.  It shows no signs of racing competitively.

Asking price is $6,800. You can contact Chris with your inquiries by email.

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While the GSX-R really isn’t all that uncommon in terms of the number manufactured, finding one in this type of condition that has been lavished with appropriate care and maintenance most definitely is.

The miles aren’t perhaps as low as someone might want for their dream Gixxer, but I’d argue that cars and bikes with reasonable, well-maintained miles make far better purchases than those that sit, collecting dust and slowly rotting away. Anything missing or non-stock should be easy to source. If you want to enjoy your purchase by riding it, not just looking at it, this one is worth a close look.

-tad

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Featured Listing: 1990 Suzuki GSX-R750 for Sale
Yamaha January 21, 2015 posted by

Hamamatsu Hammer: 1999 YAMAHA R7 0W-02

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In the world of street-going unobtainium, you are gawking at a unicorn. Built as Yamaha’s answer to Honda’s RC45, the R7 was homologated to the tune of just 500 units. With a potent 100+ HP in stock, street trim, this World Superbike contender could unleash 160+ snarling beasties when fed the right spinach and tickled by the right technician. This particular bike is said to sport the YEC goodies to unlock the second bank of fuel injectors – bringing about 140 HP to the party. With a frame designed with lessons learned in GP racing, top-shelf Swedish suspension units and pretty much the best of everything else available for the track in the day, the R7 looks as good as it performs. This particular bike has low miles and looks terrific. Who doesn’t want a pet unicorn?

1999 YAMAHA R7 0W-02 for sale on eBay

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From the seller:
1999 YAMAHA R7 0W-2. The bike is perfect. has about 1800 miles on it. Full factory YEC racing kit installed.This includes the kit fuel injectors, ignition, radiator shroud/mod, titanium Promotive full exhaust so this example is making about 150 rear wheel hp. Also included are two boxes of unopened YEC kit parts. Currently has Marchesini wheels but will be sold with the perfect stock wheels with stock tires. This is the bike to show case in your collection. I have two of them so this one needs to find a new home.

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The R7 was a $30k+ machine when it was new. The YEC race kit parts were not cheap either (seriously, when is racing *ever* cheap???). The limited nature of homologation street bikes means that this one is rare, rare, rare. Check it out here and try not to drool on the keyboard. Maybe not as universally well-loved as the RC30, the Yamaha OW-02 is in a special class of bikes that ooze respect. Come visit us in the comments and share your thoughts!

MI

Hamamatsu Hammer: 1999 YAMAHA R7 0W-02