Posts by tag: Scott Russell

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 October 30, 2015 posted by

Hey Nineteen – 1996 Kawasaki ZX-7R

Way back when, in ’97 – no actually 1996, Kawasaki transitioned from the ZXR750 to the ZX-7R, and incorporated the steady evolution and innovation from the factory and AMA Superbike race teams.  Though the model continued until 2003, the 90’s were good years for the ZX-7R, Scott Russell winning the AMA Superbike in 1992 and WSBK in 1993, and Doug Chandler winning the AMA in 1996 and 1997, both on factory-supported Team Muzzy machines.

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1996 Kawasaki ZX-7R for sale on eBay

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Based on the 748cc DOHC inline four, the ZX-7R has 112 hp available.  Ignition is electronic and the four carburetors are 38mm.  The twin aluminum spars look massive but are light in weight, and the rake and trail numbers ensure stability.  The rear swingarm is also alloy, with fully adjustable monoshock.  The 43mm inverted forks are also fully adjustable.  Good size brakes – 320mm front disks with 6-piston calipers, and 230mm rear.  The angular endurance fairing is great looking and provides ram-air to the engine.

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Offered by a closet collector, the ZX-7R was bought because it was super nice and then restored pretty much to perfection.  Centered around the bodywork, the colors, and the decals are smoothed into the clear coat.  Not quite sure about the originality of the paint scheme or whether that’s even important, but it does look great.  The bike appears to have a -RR tail fairing, but perhaps the single seat was an option in ’96.  Neat color-matched Arai is part of the deal.  Other details are mentioned in the eBay auction:

I have a detailed list (several pages) of all the restorations performed for the new owner.  As a multiple Sport Bike purchaser, I am EXTREMELY picky when it comes to the exterior fuel tank condition.  This tank is 100% dent-free.  The in-laid and clear-coated “Ninja” decals are flawless and their color is vibrant and brilliant.  Other upgraded items include complete frame-up painting, cowling-matched painting, decal clear-coating, powder-coating, overall restoration, tire-hugger kit, numerous carbon fiber components including frame sliders and handlebar column cover, rear fender eliminator kit, integrated rear blinker kit, cowling-integrated front turn signals, ZX7R handle grip sliders, smoked windshield, Pro Grip Carbon Fiber “look” tank protector, carbon fiber top tank protector, checkered flag graphics on underside cowling, and upgraded Yoshimura RS-3 Stainless exhaust.  The tires are brand-new Dunlop Sportmax (Front 120/70ZR-17 and Rear 190/50ZR-17) that have less than 47 miles on them.

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The cosmetic and mechanical restoration work hidden by the fairing is also detailed, and is comprehensive:

The parts break-down for the restoration included disassembling the cycle to the bare frame for painting and powder-coating, engine modification services, shaving holes in the tail section for the blinker elimination kit, re-building the carbs, re-finishing the frame/swing-arm/rear sub-frame, sand-blasting, re-painting and re-finishing the front and rear wheel assemblies, re-finishing the rear brake holder, fork tubes, foot rest brackets, and sub-links, re-finishing the tail-section, adding the rear tire-hugger package, installing new battery, replacing all 4 spark plugs, adding a new “quick acceleration chain and sprocket, timing chain, timing chain guide, engine mount nuts and bolts, 16 new valve seals, cylinder head gasket cover, O-ring heads, clutch cover gasket, transmission cover gasket, oil pan gasket, spring-leaf, oil cooler rotator pump, rotor pump, oil pump body, oil filter O-ring, breather cover gasket, various seals, wheel bearing kits both front and rear, and mounting and balancing wheels.  Lastly, the entire engine was inspected and rebuilt with new cylinder base gaskets, new cylinder head gaskets, and piston ring sets.

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The signature of Scott Russell ( on both frame beams ) is a cool addition to a nice collector bike.  Well used at some point in its 21,000 mile history, though it’s hard to see it now.  While it would be sweet to put this 19 year-old back into service, an occasional ride to a show or fan corral might be a better choice.  Probably’d make the previous owner a lot happier too…

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-donn

Hey Nineteen – 1996 Kawasaki ZX-7R
Kawasaki July 15, 2015 posted by

Museum Quality? – Pristine 1989 Kawasaki ZX-7

1989 Kawasaki ZX-7 on eBay

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The Kawasaki ZX-7 H1 represents a vital period for Kawasaki.  With Superbike racing really taking off, Suzuki had thrown down the gauntlet with the revolutionary GSX-R 750 and the other manufacturers were trying hard to catch up.  Everybody knows the age old racing mantra of “Win on Sunday, Sell on Monday” and Kawasaki wanted a piece of Suzuki’s sales.  Enter the ZX-7.  Sporting a solid 105hp, soon to be legendary front end stability and maybe a slightly too harsh rear shock, Kawasaki was back in the game.  The great looks didn’t hurt either!

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If you’ve been nostalgic for a while and are really serious about adding a collector quality ZX-7 to your stable, this one deserves a serious look.   With just one owner, low miles and all of those hard to find stock bits still intact, you begin to appreciate what you are looking at here.  Over the years and throughout their lifetimes, many ZX-7s saw their owners remove things like the original signals, reflectors, chain guards and mudflaps in an effort to save a few pounds.  Collectors and restorers know how hard those things are to find these days.  This one is still on it’s original tires! (good for the collector, bad for the rider).
Please check out the seller’s full description here: 1989 Kawasaki ZX-7 on eBay

ORIGINAL OWNER, 1989 KAWASAKI NINJA ZX7 WITH 7000 ORIGINAL MILES.  THIS BIKE IS IN PRISTINE CONDITION, JUST LIKE IT ROLLED OUT OF THE SHOWROOM AND ALL ORIGINAL.  STILL HAS THE ORIGINAL TIRES.  NOTHING HAS BEEN CHANGED OR MODIFIED.  THIS IS A MUSEUM PIECE, AN EXAMPLE OF A TRUE SURVIVOR. BIKE STARTS AND RUNS EXCELLENT, EVERYTHING WORKS LIKE THEY SHOULD.  GOT THE ORIGINAL TOOL KIT OWNERS MANUAL AND EVEN A FACTORY SERVICE MANUAL.

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Museum Quality?  – Pristine 1989 Kawasaki ZX-7
Kawasaki July 8, 2015 posted by

1991 Kawasaki ZXR750R (ZX-7R) in UK colors

1991 Kawasaki ZXR750R in the UK

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What’s wrong with this picture?  The classic “K-model” green/white/blue ZX-7R has been a longtime favorite here on RSBFS… but we don’t see these very often.  This is the somewhat controversial green/white/RED color scheme that was exclusive to the European markets.  As a member of a few Kawi specific forums, I can say that opinions are divided on this look, but I love it.  Aside from the colors and the naming, the technical specs are the same.  The “R” version benefits from a host of goodies to homologate it for WSBK racing including a lightweight aluminum fuel tank, solo seat, lighter subframe, taller first gear and 39mm flatslide carbs.  These modifications, along with different cams and some other engine tweaks resulted in a bike that was approximately 20lbs lighter than the standard version and made an extra 20hp.  While the carbs and the gearing can make it a bit challenging for every day use, it shined on the race track.

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This one appears to be in VERY good condition and appears to still have all of those rare goodies that are getting near unobtanium levels for those looking to collect and/or restore.  This would make a fine addition to any collection for our UK readers or even our more ambitious stateside readers with the financial means to clear the customs hurdles.  You likely won’t see another one like it anywhere in the States.

You can check out the eBay UK listing here:  1991 Kawasaki ZXR-750R on eBay UK

here we have a stunning example of this very rare exotic ZXR750R K1, this model of Kawasaki’s very rare machine, was especially made for WSB, made in very low numbers, full adjustable pre-load, anti dive front suspension, gas assisted fully adjustable rear suspension, close ratio gear box, alloy fuel tank, large race flatslide carburettors, DOHC in-line four, 16 valves.
equal bike in its days to OWO1, GSXR750RR and RC30 and made famous by the likes of Scott Russell WSB. champion on the very competitive factory ZXR750’s.
very clean standard example, absolutely spotless, runs and looks superb. very hard to find in this kind of condition with low mileage. getting very collectable. comes with 2 keys, owners manuals and paperwork.

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1991 Kawasaki ZXR750R (ZX-7R) in UK colors
Yamaha June 23, 2015 posted by

Forgotten Favorite – 1997 Yamaha YZF-750R

1997 Yamaha YZF-750R on eBay

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As a YZF-750R owner myself, I’m always looking for them and at them.  They don’t turn up very often.  Unfortunately the YZF-750R will always be overlooked as it comes in between the legendary FZR-750 OW-01 and the drop dead sexy Yamaha R7 and also the revolutionary Yamaha R1.  However, it really is a great motorcycle that performed admirably on the track (in SP trim) having propelled the likes of Scott Russell, Noriyuki Haga and Colin Edwards to wins in both AMA Superbike and World Superbike races.  It was also a dominant force in British Superbike Racing, with Niall Mackenzie taking three straight BSB Championships on the YZF-750R.

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This one looks like it’s in pretty nice shape with only a few minor stress cracks in the plastics.  That might be an issues for somebody looking to restore it 100% though, as fairings are very hard to come by.  So, I guess the only solution would be to not worry about it ride the thing!  You might actually enjoy it!

Here’s a few details from the seller and you can check out the auction and more pictures here: 1997 Yamaha YZF-750R on eBay

Here is a chance to get a rare and very low mileage classic sport bike.  Read up on the history of these bikes……they are really starting to go up in value.  It won the bike of the decade………pretty impressive with the bikes that were being pumped out in the 90’s.  You can easily push these to 160 HP with a few mods.  This one is 100% stock other than a Stage 1 jet kit that was installed by the dealer to help with a flat spot on the curve.

The bike does have a few small stress cracks in the fairings at the typical locations.  This bike has never been laid down and overall shows very well for its age.  Also I cracked the windshield last fall when I was putting the bike away for the winter putting the cover on.  The cover comes with the bike.

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Forgotten Favorite – 1997 Yamaha YZF-750R
Kawasaki October 18, 2014 posted by

Nice Ninja: 1989 Kawasaki ZX7 Ninja H1

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Just a quick post this time. This is a 1989 Kawasaki ZX7 Ninja H1. This is the 2nd generation of Kawasaski 750cc ZX/Ninja bikes and the slightly hotted-up version of these (the 750R) would be used as the basis for the bikes ridden by Scott Russell in 1990 to win hat won the AMA 750 Supersport Championship. This is the non-R/street version and looks to be in pristine shape.

Note: While the H1 version isn’t currently as collectable as the later R versions, they do seem to be starting to appreciate and are certainly easier to use on a daily basis as their engines aren’t tuned as high.

1989 Kawasaki ZX7 Ninja H1 for sale on Ebay

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Here is what the seller had to say about the bike:

“You are bidding on a very nice all original 1989 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-7. These bikes are pretty rare and are becoming highly collectible in their original shape. This bike is one of the better examples you will see. Take a look at the pics and you will see just how nice it is. It actually looks better in person.
The only change has been made to the bike is the Yoshimura pipe, everything else is very original. This bike runs strong and everything works. As you can see the paint is in great shape and still has lots of high gloss. The seats are in excellent shape as well. There is a small scrape on the left side of fairing, however there are no cracks or rips in the fairings. The bike has recently been tuned and it fires up and shifts with no problems. The battery is new as well oil changes and maintenance. The tires are still in decent shape. I do hold a clear title on the bike. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions. I do have bike advertised with a few local clubs and reserve the right to end the auction early if the bike is sold. “

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Its certainly is nice to see one of these that hasn’t been hacked apart, repainted or had its frame/wheels polished. Mileage is listed as about 18,000 miles but the 750 engine was the configuration with most development effort behind it and was pretty much bulletproof. The bike would definitely need some new tires, also the brake fluid looks a little dark in pictures but seller indicates recent fluids so it may just be the lighting in the pictures or slightly older pictures?

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So what’s it worth? Well since the late 80’s/early 90’s 750cc configuration seems to be hot right now, its not really surprising the bid price is already over KBB retail and the reserve isn’t met yet. Personally I think this is probably going to appeal more to someone who wants to relive a bit of their misspent youth than a serious collector or perhaps someone who wants to introduce a youngster into what it was like “back-in’the-day”.

-marty/dallaslavowner

Nice Ninja:   1989 Kawasaki ZX7 Ninja H1
Yamaha March 3, 2013 posted by

Ride it like Russel Part 2: 2008 Yamama YZF-R1 Race Bike

2008 Yamaha R1 Scott Russell

This is the second 2008 ex-Scott Russel Yamaha R1 race bike we’ve seen up for grabs, and this one is reportedly the backup bike. The seller gives very little detail and Mike’s questions from the other post regarding the livery still stand. This one has a buy-it-now of $12,500 and a current bid of $7850 reserve not met.

2008 Yamaha YZF-R1 Scott Russel race bike for sale on eBay

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quote from the seller:

ex Scott Russell R1 FOR SALE
Yamaha Yzf-R1 , only 1x time you can buy a semi factory buildt Yamaha, This Bike was special buildt for Scott Russel in 2008 as backup bike. Engine buildt by JAMIE JAMES PRODUCTIONS and Graves Yamaha, Everything you wish for is on this bike, Incredibly smooth power delivery and outrageous torque for a rush like you ve never experienced.. Be the new proud owner from the HALL OF FAME Mister Daytona Scott Russell back up bike Bike is New condition Turnkey to go to the track . Bike and engine is fully inspected by Roland Stuart former builder for Larry Mc Bride
Ocala FL

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Harley Davidson October 1, 2012 posted by

What could have been: 1994 Harley Davidson VR1000

For Sale: 1994 Harley Davidson VR1000

Unless I am mistaken, RSBFS readers are pretty much a collection of homologation junkies: RC30, RC45, OW01/02, and the like. Well here is a homologation bike that we see even less frequently than the Japanese variety; a US-born bike that never make it to the top of the big league steps. This is high hopes and history all rolled up into one black and orange thundering monster. This is the H-D VR1000.

The original VR1000 concept started in 1988 between H-D and Roush racing, but it was not until late 1993 that the first racer turned a wheel in anger in competition. Despite the long gestation period, the VR1000 race bike was fraught with failure and generally underperformed. Despite being ridden by some of the best racers of the day – Miguel Duhamel, Doug Chandler, Chris Karr, Pascal Picotte, Tom Wilson and Scott Russell – the VR1000 never officially won a race. There were certainly bright spots in the program with Duhamel leading at Mid-Ohio, Carr on pole at Pomona, and Tom Wilson actually winning at Mid-Ohio (’96) before the red-flag finish reverted back to the last lap running order.

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The VR1000 was the product of a Harley-Davidson skunkworks, which produced Harley’s first from-the-ground-up road-racer, using no existing Harley-Davidson parts and sourcing what it did use from outside parts suppliers, some that had no experience in racing. The project began at Roush Racing, but once a running engine was developed, it came back behind the walls at Harley.

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This bike is clearly one of the original 50 homologated streetbikes. Back in 1994 these carried an MSRP of $49,995. One sold in a Minnesota auction for $94k back in 2007, and another was on the block at a Las Vegas auction in 2011 when bidding stalled at $64k. Pound for pound these are every bit as rare and collectable as Japanese homologation material, although race victory bragging rights are generally not included.

This bike is avialable now with the current price up to $26,100 in very light bidding. The reserve is still in place (which I would expect it to be at double the current bid), so there is a long road to go for this one. For your chance to check out the pictures and the details, click on the link and jump over to the auction. Special thanks to RSBFS reader Martin who spotted this piece of Americana looking to go to a new home!

MI