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Kawasaki May 22, 2020 posted by

Featured Listing: 1989 Kawasaki Ninja GPX750R for Sale

Update 6.3.2020: This bike has SOLD! Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

Kawasaki’s ZX-7R is finally getting its due and clean, low-mile examples are getting pretty hard to find anywhere near the rock-bottom prices they fetched not too long ago. Older, 1970s and early 1980s Kawis like the KZ1000R have found their collectible niche as well. But the mid-1980s bikes like this Ninja GPX750R have been a bit too new for the classic fans, and too old for anyone into superbikes with more modern looks. So maybe now is the time to start looking for one to add to your collection?

The Ninja name always seemed a little… silly to me, but I’m obviously wrong because Kawasaki still has a bunch of them in their lineup. GPz900R Ninja introduced in 1984 packed a big engine into a lightweight, round tube steel chassis and was very popular, with a great mix of handling and straight line performance. In 1984, Kawasaki took the GPz900’s chassis and dropped a 750cc into it to create the GPz750, a bike with well-rounded and competent but unexciting performance, compared to bikes like the GSX-R750.

An improved engine in 1987 led to the bike seen here, the GPX750R that was available until 1991, depending on the market. That means it would have been available alongside the ZX-7R in some places, long after the GPX would have been considered cutting-edge. Power came from a 748cc sixteen-valve inline four with liquid-cooling and a six-speed gearbox, and the package was good for 141mph. Mechanical anti-dive forks worked well enough, although they and the air-shock out back are obviously not as sophisticated as modern examples. The 16″ front and 18″ rear wheel combo date the bike somewhat, but you still should be able to find decent rubber to fit.

Ultimately, the GPz and GPX750R represent a bit of an in-between stage for Kawasaki, which may be why they’re a bit forgotten today. Performance was perfectly adequate for the class, but they didn’t have exciting new technology or class-leading power. Style isn’t quite Top Gun classic like the GPz900R or World Superbike classic like the ZX-7R, but the GPX750R is supposedly a great bike to ride. If you’re a collector, or just feeling nostalgic, this could be a great candidate. Miles are very low, with a mere 6,065 on the odometer, and overall condition is excellent. There are a few minor blemishes clearly shown in the seller’s photos as you can see from the gallery included.

From the Seller’s eBay listing: 1989 Kawasaki Ninja GPX750R for Sale

At One-Up Moto Garage ( I have high standards for condition and I would rate this Ninja cosmetically 9.5/10 and mechanically 10/10. I am the second owner, the original owner put 95% of the miles on it (totaling just over 6,000). Since day one it has been stored indoors with a bike cover, so it has no sun fading, rust or corrosion. I took pictures of every little chip and blemish I could find on the bike. The tires are nearly new, and carbs were addressed with new float bowl gaskets a few months ago. Not because they were leaking, I just wanted to see how the insides looked- and it was like new (I can send pics upon request). Gas tank also looks new inside. The bike starts easy, runs and rides flawlessly. It has never had ethanol gas in it. Everything feels like new on it, throttle cable is smooth, hydraulics are firm, all switches are tight and snappy.

It spends most of its time in my showroom with the battery tended, I ride it once every few weeks to keep things moving. You won’t be disappointed with this bike! I can send a start, run, and ride video upon request. I can also give you the whole life story of the bike going back to its original sale in Arkansas in 1990. 

Bikes we’ve traditionally considered “classics” are wonderful, but require that you temper your expectations: 1950s motorcycles require more attention and maintenance, have much less power, sketchier handling, and brakes that won’t hold a candle to what even a Ninja 300 can provide these days. The best thing about a bike like this Ninja GPX750R is that it straddles the classic and modern eras. It may not have ABS and an autoblipper, or make 200hp at the rear wheel, and you won’t be able to fit the very best rubber but bikes like this offer good comfort, reliability, and plenty of performance to handle the cut-and-thrust of modern traffic, all while helping you relive your lost youth.


Featured Listing: 1989 Kawasaki Ninja GPX750R for Sale
Kawasaki April 30, 2015 posted by

Bodyman’s Baby – 1985 Kawasaki GPZ900

The revolutionary early Ninja’s combined many improvements with the result being the first street cycle capable of 150mph.  Not the first inline 4, or with 4 valves per cylinder, or water cooled, but the first to combine these in a production engine.  Great attention was given to lightening and narrowing the drivetrain, the alternator and starter are behind rather than beside, and the camshaft drive chain is at the left end of the crank, rather than between cylinders 2 and 3.  The primary and secondary shafts in the transmission are stacked, allowing a somewhat shorter wheelbase.

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1985 Kawasaki GPZ900 for sale on eBay

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Tests from the time show that the GPZ900 was a neutral-handling rocket, with a smooth-shifting 6-speed transmission and excellent triple-disk brakes.  Never a lightweight at around 550 lbs, the Ninja was smooth thanks to an engine counter-balancer and comfortable to ride.  The GPZ900’s combination of power, handling, and brakes won many multi-bike shootouts and a generation of riders.

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Looking like it just rolled off the set of Top Gun, this early Ninja is a young 30.  A previous owner contributed a K&N filter and Yoshimura exhaust.  Re-painted in factory colors with graphics stenciled and wet-sanded, some extraneous reflectors and logos have been removed, and some of the aluminum has been polished.  With the multiple clear coats it looks ready for a show or a cruise.

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From the eBay auction:

Here’s my first gen 900. An avid fan of the original Gpz, I think the first gen 900 was the last and best of them. The bike has a short list of mods that I think make the bike much better overall. First the paint. I have painted the bike in original colors but instead of using decals for the stripes and ‘Kawasaki’ and ‘Ninja’ they have been hand stenciled with 5 coats of clear over them. There is no bump as you run your hands over them. They’ve been wet sanded completely flush. The ‘liquid cooled’ emblem I made of super thin ‘water slide’ material. I put a drop of pearl metallic in the clear coat which is very subtle and only visible when the bike is under full sun. The bike has been completely wet sanded and buffed. The fairing amber side reflectors have been eliminated as has the front headlight ‘Kawasaki’ emblem. I feel they both take something away from the bike. The rear fender was trimmed. The wheels were done in red base coat clear coat keeping more in line with the original Gpz’s. I have polished the peg mounts and the swingarm. The bike came with the Yosh pipe and K&N filters, thus the bike doesn’t use the stock airbox. I think this is also a big plus. When I bought the bike it had a Corbin Gunfighter but I’ve always disliked them so I bought a stock seat. I’m the third owner and the bike has 26,000 miles on it. It’s in perfect mechanical condition and I believe it’s the prettiest first gen 900 you will find anywhere.

The auction for this first generation Ninja has already generated 14 bids and there are still 4 days left.  If you’re one of the many fans, take a look.


Bodyman’s Baby – 1985 Kawasaki GPZ900
Kawasaki February 27, 2015 posted by

900cc of Green: 2002 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-9R

I seem to be on a 900cc theme lately; earlier this week it was the Suzuki RF900, now its a lovely 2002 Kawasaki ZX9R.


Back in the early 1990’s, the 750cc class was the configuration that was closest to the bikes being raced in WSB/Motogp.  Bikes like the ZX-750R and GSX-750R came equipped with technology similar to the bikes being raced in World Superbike/MotoGP.  Meanwhile the big-bore 1,000cc-plus class offered bikes which were ultra-powerful but were big and heavy.

During this time period Kawasaki was fortunate to be selling a lot of bikes in both classes.  Kawasaki’s ZX-750R was a sales champ, flying out the door to riders who wanted the experience of a street legal racing- homologation bike.  Sales were further helped by the fact that Scott Russell was winning championships on a ZX-7 based machine. Also the street legal ZX-7R seriously outclassed the similarly priced GSX-750R which still featured a perimeter frame and an oil-cooled engine.   Meanwhile Kawasaki was also selling lots of its ZX11/ZZR-1100, a hyper-speed king that held the title of the fastest production motorcycle on Earth.

While Kawasaki sales were booming, Honda was designing a game changer; the CBR900/Fireblade.  Upon its introduction in 1992, the CBR900/Fireblade blew away the separation between the 750cc and 1100cc classes.  Suddenly there was a bike that gave big-bore class power with 750cc weight and handling.

Faced with the CBR900/Fireblade onslaught, Kawasaki responded in 1994 with its own 900cc superbike effort, the ZX-9R.   The ZX-9R was originally intended to compete with the CBR900/Fireblade but smaller manufacturer Kawasaki didn’t/couldn’t commit to a entirely new design for the ZX-9R.  The result was that the ZX-9R was almost 30 kg (66 lb) heavier than the FireBlade.  This meant that even though it made about 15 bhp more than the FireBlade, this advantage was nullified by its size, weight and resulting reduced agility.  Faced with the weight issue, Kawasaki positioned the ZX-9R as a more stable and comfortable alternative to the Honda with more straight-line speed.


2002 Kawasaki ZX-9R for sale on ebay

Even though it couldn’t directly complete with the Honda, reviewers found the new Kawasaki to be excellent, with top notch handling, ground clearance, braking and wind protection.  Incremental changes were made from the introduction of the ZX-9R in 1994 to the last generation/F Series editions in 2002/2003 (which is what this seller indicates this bike is).

A very detailed review of the 2002 ZX9R can be found here.


This  ZX-9R looks to be pristine, with the only items that look questionable being the turn signal indicators and possibly a missing rear mudguard. Note:  Inquiries to the seller are that what appears to be a dent in the exhaust canister are merely a reflection.

Mileage is stated at 4733 and this appears to match the shown odometer.


Here is what the seller has to say

  • MILEAGE IS 4,733.


Is this last generation ZX-9R worth the $4,995 USD Buy-It-Now price?  Well the opening bid matches the KBB retail price and given the low mileage of this bike, the price seems pretty fair.  New owners would likely want to invest in new tires and a general fluid update but would then have a very clean last generation ZX-9R.  Since first and last generation bikes are typically the ones with the most value to collectors, this one could be a smart buy before prices start to pop up.


Note:  For anyone who might prefer the 1st generation ZX-9, there happens to be one of these also for sale on ebay right now.  Click here to see the bike (but note the lack of title availability).

900cc of Green:  2002 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-9R
Cafe Racer July 14, 2011 posted by and Weekly Recap!

It’s that time of the week again where we like to show you what is going on over at the sister sites of RSBFS. This week, ClassicSportBikesForSale and CafeBikesForSale offer us some sweet bikes. Over at CSBFS, we have a medley of 80’s sportbikes, one of which will have you feeling the need… for speed. Also, take a look at a minimalistic Kawasaki that can be found on CBFS. Scroll down and have a look!

1961 BMW R50S

1982 Suzuki GS Katana 1000S For Sale on CSBFS!

1984 Kawasaki Ninja GPZ900: Danger Zone!

Old school! 1963 Honda CR93 For Sale

Cafe Style: 1971 Honda CB350 For Sale on

Simple and cool: 1972 Kawasaki G3SS on CBFS