Posts by tag: kawasaki zx7rr

Kawasaki February 19, 2016 posted by

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

Green Flame: 1996 ZX7RR (N1) in Calgary CAN
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 September 10, 2015 posted by

My kind of basement: 1996 ZX7RR with only 477 miles

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Here we have a nice bit of near unobtainium in almost brand new condition, a 1996 Kawasaki ZX7RR N1 with only 477 miles.  The ZX7RR was a true homologation special and Kawasaki only imported 500 of the designated “N”/street legal models, the minimum required to meet requirements for use in Superbike racing.  Not only was the bike rare in and of itself, the ZX7RR was the last of the Kawasaki 750cc/3-quarters homologation bikes.

The ZX7RR was quite a different beast from the standard ZX7, coming with track oriented tech such as adjustable steering head with inserts, front forks with different internals that allowed more adjustments, larger/41mm flatside carburators, carbon fiber goodies (including an airbox), close-ratio gearbox, 6 piston Nissin brakes (instead of the standard Tokico), different rear shock, no passenger pegs or seat, and a trick muffler hanger.

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1996 Kawasaki ZX7rr for sale on ebay

From the pictures in the auction its clear this particular ZX7RR is owned by a Kawasaki ZX7 enthusiast and has led a pampered existence so far.  The seller states that it has been indoors for the last 15 years, that fuel was drained and battery was removed.   While technically you could do as the seller states and “add a battery, fill with fuel and ride away”, you would probably also want to spend a few bucks/pounds/euros and replace brake fluid and possibly rubber/tires.

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Engine bay looks pristine and goodness that exhaust looks perfect, no “it got scraped while moving the bike” marks.

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Is this almost new bit of near unobtainum worth the $20,000 USD asking price? Well this is an opportunity to acquire what is essentially a factory fresh ZX7RR which doesn’t come up often and bidding is already quite brisk at $13,000 USD.   As supplies of homologation specials like this dry up prices will go up. While you could have picked up a “bitsa” ZX7RR a few years ago for far less, one in this condition is quite rare.

Personally I think the current bid is already above value but if a ZX7RR is what you need to complete your 1990’s homologation collection, then you probably won’t find one much nicer than this.  It would certainly look great parked next to other homologation bikes such as the Honda RC30, Ducati Desmosedecci and/or Harley VR1000.

-Marty/Dallaslavowner

My kind of basement:  1996 ZX7RR with only 477 miles