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Kawasaki June 29, 2022 posted by

I Want a Divorce – 1991 Kawasaki ZX-7J

1991 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-7

1991 Kawasaki ZX-7 J For Sale on Bring A Trailer

Here at RSBFS, you know we love everything twin. Twin headlights, twin discs, twin exhausts, twin sist… You get the point. This ZX-7J today features a couple of those things but the timeless twin headlight design is certainly a huge selling point for many 90s sport bikes. Just screams classic. Kawasaki iterated on their 750 a couple of times over the years but the sweet spot for many collectors and riders of the generation is the 1991-92 ZX-7J. The 1989-1990 models had many criticism mainly regarding their weight, suspension, and looks which were all somewhat addressed for the 1991 ZX-7J. Most of the criticisms only became an issue when you put the Zx-7 next to some of its more costly competitors. If you isolate it and hop in the seat… an absolute peach of thing.

1991 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-7

If you’ve ever seen any 1989-2003 ZX-7 in person, you know how much visual weight these bikes have. That combined with the excess of green can be too much for some but at this point the more green on your classic Kawi the better. 90s 90s 90s. The physical weight was also a common complaint and while the 1991 model lost 2o lbs over the 1989 model, the 1991 K1 model (homologation special) dropped another 10 lbs. With a full 4.8 gallon tank and a wide ergonomics, you’ll feel the weight but you’ll be hard-pressed to find anyone complaining.

1991 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-7

The cockpit POV reveals one of the ZX-7s biggest quirks which are the air hoses that are reminiscent of the air hoses that fighter pilots use. While these can be easily be mistaken for intake tubes, they just provide cool air to the cylinder head.

1991 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-7

While the 1991 ZX-7J made improvements over the 1990 model, one of the backwards steps Kawasaki had to take had to do with the motor. Euro regulations that limited bikes to 100hp were looming and that forced Kawi’s hand to drop 5-7 hp off the top end. The unrestricted K model engines of the same year pumped out 121 hp. While the restrictions never came to fruition, 100 hp was and still is more than enough power to hustle the ZX-7 around.

Not much you can do in the aftermarket due to the relatively short production runs and limited part crossover between models. However, an aftermarket slip-on from Viper is out there if you wish to hear a better soundtrack.

From the seller:

“…The bike was acquired by the selling dealer in November 2020, reportedly from its original owner, and subsequent service is said to have included cleaning the carburetors and fuel tank, changing the fluids, and replacing the battery and tires. This ZX750J is now offered with an owner’s manual, original warranty documents, a sales brochure, a period publication, a spare license plate bracket, and a clean California title.”

For collectors and enthusiasts, one of the biggest problems with 90s sportbikes is that they were really cheap at one point. If you search for Zx-7s on Facebook Marketplace, you’ll be met with examples that have been stretched, neglected, or dressed in Ebay fairings so any ZX-7 is not that easy to find anymore. While you shouldn’t expect these to command the premiums that a showroom Honda or Suzuki would bring, you should expect to have a conversation (maybe not a great one) with your wife if you choose to enter the bidding. One of the biggest downfalls of the ZX-7J is parts availability. The short production runs and age leave a lot to be desired in terms of aftermarket support so if you want to leave some rubber on the road, this may not be for you.

Best comp is the 1991 ZX-7J that sold on BAT in March 2022 for $16K. Might have to bump the budget past $16K to include something for the lady though.

-Norm

I Want a Divorce – 1991 Kawasaki ZX-7J
Kawasaki November 29, 2021 posted by

1989 Kawasaki Ninja ZX 7 w/ only 4,973 miles! *No R required*

1989 Kawasaki ZX 7 For Sale on eBay!

Would you look at that clean and green H1 goodness! #Tasty

If you weren’t a fan of my last Homologation ZX-7R M1 post, perhaps this OG ZX-7 will tickle your green fancy pants at a clean and crisp $19,897.00 B.I.N. price 🙂

Not seeing any gooey chain lube sling-

Not seeing any significant heel marks-

Not seeing much in the way of custodian key chain marks-

Yup, it’s a clean green machine!

Back in 1989, these were pretty bad ass machines (sans the fake Hoover hoses). From the factory you could expect front and rear adjustable suspenders, massive 275mm front rotors, 105hp and 17″ wheels at both ends- sporting radial tires. I know, none of that seems impressive to modern day riders, but believe me when I tell you- All of that was cutting edge in 1989. However, the middleweight Ninja was a touch heavy at 450ish pounds.

Did I mention it has 2 round headlights and is neon green with some snazzy reflective stickers?

From the seller
1989 KAWASAKI NINJA ZX-7
4973 ORIGINAL MILEAGE!!
UN-RESTORED
AMAZING ORIGINAL CONDITION
HAS BEEN PAMPERED SINCE DAY ONE
ALWAYS STORED IN CLIMATE CONTROLLED BUILDING
MY COLLECTION IS GETTING OUT OF CONTROL
NEED TO DOWN SIZE A BIT I HAVE SOME VERY SPECIAL LOW MILE BIKES
I KNOW THIS ISNT FOR EVERYONE BUT IF YOU WANT THE BEST HERE IT IS
TONS OF MAGAZINE ARTICLES COME WITH
ORIGINAL OWNERS MANUAL
2 ORIGINAL KEYS
ALL STOCK NO MODS
FREE AND CLEAR TITLE IN-HAND
SERVICED AND RUNNING CONDITION
NEW DUNLOPS
EXTREMELY HARD TO FIND IN THIS CONDITION
THE BEST XMAS PRESENT IN THE WORLD!!!
PLEASE MSG ME THROUGH EBAY FOR BUY NOW OR QUESTIONS

Why you yelling at me? Oh, you’re getting your point across that your machine has covered less than 5,000 miles in 30 plus years? Got it! I like it more than a fat kid (me) loves cake!

Interested?

Make the jump here!

Cheers!

Doug

1989 Kawasaki Ninja ZX 7 w/ only 4,973 miles!  *No R required*
Kawasaki September 30, 2020 posted by

Featured Listing: 1991 Kawasaki ZXR750R for Sale

10.4.2021: This bike has SOLD! Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

When you’re searching for very rare motorcycles in the very best condition, you sometimes need to cast a net that extends beyond local borders. Portugal might seem a bit too far for some but, if you’re interested in a bike like today’s Featured Listing Kawasaki ZXR750R, no distance is too great. Or maybe you’re reading this post at your home in Barcelona, and the bike is just a hop, skip, and a jump away…

Known here in the US as the Ninja ZX-7, the ZXR750 was Kawasaki’s entry in the hotly-contested 750cc superbike class war that was raging on track and spilling over into showrooms worldwide. At the time, literbikes were wickedly fast but a bit heavy, with unexpectedly reasonable ergonomics. They were more grand touring machines than roadgoing racebikes so, if you wanted the very best sportbike money could buy, it was the 750s that were the hot ticket for canyon carving and bench-racing sessions.

As was common at the time, manufacturers built limited-editions of their roadgoing machines to “homologate” certain changes to the engine and frame, or the inclusion of components that weren’t practical for mass-produced machines. These rare and exclusive machines were used as the basis for racing machines intended to compete in production-based racing series like World Superbike. The homologation ZXR750R differed from the standard ZXR750 in subtle but significant ways. 39mm Keihin flat-slide carburetors replaced the more road-friendly constant velocity units normally fitted. A lightweight aluminum fuel tank and solo tail helped the bike save a claimed 11lbs over the standard bike. There were higher compression pistons and an 800rpm higher redline, and different ratios in the six-speed box, with a tall first and closely-spaced after that. The fork had thicker [stiffer] stanchions and was fully-adjustable, and the rear shock had 20 clicks of adjustment.

From the original eBay listing: 1990 Kawasaki ZXR750R for Sale

Kawasaki ZXR750R, K version. Mint Condition.

Very rare bike, R model.

Bike is all original.

R model comes with aluminium tank, flat Keihin carburettors, etc.

Year 1991 with 22972 km.

Portuguese documents.

Please feel free to ask me more pictures or videos.

Transport to the UK costs around £550 and it will be Chas Mortimer Logistic Ltd collecting this bike.

On the off chance that you don’t reside in Spain, it’s nice to have that shipping estimate from the seller. The 14,000 miles shown mean this isn’t a museum-piece, but a bike that’s actually been used as intended. That’s good news for the next owner, since adding a few more won’t do much to the bike’s value, and you’ll get to appreciate this homologation special for yourself.

-tad

Featured Listing: 1991 Kawasaki ZXR750R for Sale
Kawasaki September 15, 2020 posted by

Featured Listing – 1993 Kawasaki ZX-7 with under 9,000 miles !

Update 9.15.2020: This bike has SOLD! Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

( In your best Rod Serling voice ) “Imagine if you will, riding a quintessential 90’s supersport around town, and attracting very little attention…”  This ZX-7 with rather low miles is dressed up in candy apple red, and is in lovely survivor condition.

     

1993 Kawasaki ZX-7 for sale Asking $4,950

The ZX-7 came ashore in 1989, with the usually green bikes’ eyes on the AMA Superbike series.  Some nice improvements were made in 1991, with a seriously oversquare engine layout ( 71mm bore x 47.3 mm stroke ), 38mm carbs, and upside-down forks.  The single air scoop was added in 1993, sending ram air to the newly-designed top end.  Steering was always a ZX-7 strong point, and incremental improvement was made to the rear suspension over the years.  The black painted alloy chassis complements the alternate color scheme perfectly.

 

RSBFS reader Rocco has tended his ZX-7 carefully, the brandywine red metallic still sparkling.  The Muzzy exhaust might be the only update, and tires look to have a lot of miles left.  Rocco’s notes on the ZX-7:

1993 ZX-7 (ZX750L) with 8,984 original miles.
Original plastics – All VIN tags in place.
Engine/Frame/etc. all very clean.
Runs and Rides great.
Light damage on right side lower gas tank from falling off lift while stationary
and small crack in upper cowl fairing.
Muzzy full system with correct jetting.
CLEAN OHIO TITLE IN HAND.

So what’s to like here? The low miles, the reasonable price, compared to a more exotic ZX-7RR, the period Muzzy pipe, and classic superbike looks. What’s not to like? The fact that it’s just a standard ZX-7 and the minor damage mentioned.

I doubt these will ever be worth crazy money, but it’s certainly a bike that should go up in value and you’ll be able to ride it in the meantime without worrying too much about either damaging an ultra-rare exotic or devaluing it by adding too many miles.

Extremely well preserved. Runs like it looks, INCREDIBLE. Items included in sale: original owner’s manual, tool kit, matching gloves and helmet, clear title. Rare was the factory brandywine red color but rarer here is a true survivor time capsule ready to take you back – don’t miss it.

Rocco asks $4,950 for his ZX-7

Kawasaki gave Team Muzzy a great platform to start, and they delivered four AMA titles with Doug Chandler and Scott Russell aboard.  Almost like a UCF fighter out for dinner in a suit, the brandywine ZX-7 blends in, giving off a more sport touring vibe.  What a surprise when the rider calls up the 118hp exiting the next corner !  Rocco’s ZX-7 carves out an interesting corner in the sport bike world – very sporty credentials, practically vintage at this point, hidden under the alternate livery and immaculate presentation. 

-donn

Featured Listing – 1993 Kawasaki ZX-7 with under 9,000 miles !
Kawasaki July 3, 2019 posted by

Featured Listing: 1989 Kawasaki ZX-7

Update 9.9.2019: This bike has SOLD! Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

Every once in a while it’s nice to see a clean, honest and awesome sportbike come across our screens that would be as comfortable as garage art as it would be on your morning commute and in the mountains, and this 1989 Kawasaki ZX-7 might just be that bike. It’s not particularly rare, but it’s an early iteration of a sporting icon and a link between Kawi’s beastly GPzs from the 1980s to the modern Ninjas.

1989 Kawasaki ZX7 for sale on eBay

With the best part of 100 horsepower on tap and a reputation for being a sweet handling street bike, this early Ninja has a ton of upside for the right sportbike rider. We love that this bike is in the stealthy, classy black and silver color scheme. More often than not, we see these things with Kawasaki’s trademark green and blue paintwork, but the black looks just as good and you don’t see as many of them.

This 1989 Kawasaki ZX7 is mostly stock, but has a couple of modifications to aide rideability. There’s an Ohlins shock and a 1990 ZX7 swingarm out back, along with titanium chain adjusters and the carbs have been jetted to cure the stock flat spot. Past that, it’s as it left the nest.

From the eBay listing:

1989 ZX-7 up for sale in beautiful riders condition. No major damage other than a few normal road scratches from age. I ride this bike to work several times a week and it runs great, no issues, selling only to raise funds to purchase a house. Very rare Ohlins rear shock, upgrade to 90′ ZX7 swingarm, shorter suspension dogbones, new fork seals and chain. Factory Pro stage one jet kit. Stellar handling, braking and side to side transitions. I had an 07′ R1 awhile back and this bike is more fun. Would make a great addition to any collection or daily rider. Shipping at buyers expense but I will deliver for free if you live in SoCal. Or, if you live close contact me for a test ride.
YouTube link: https://youtu.be/t1Nggxx34VY

Price: $4,800

If you’re looking for something to stick on track stands and ogle instead of enjoy on a backroad, this probably isn’t your bike. The marks are mostly superficial, but lower-mileage and cosmetically perfect examples are out there. This bike should go to someone who will ride the hell out of it like Kawi intended.

Featured Listing: 1989 Kawasaki ZX-7
Kawasaki January 28, 2018 posted by

The Green Alternative: 1989 Kawasaki ZX-7

As slab and Slingshot Gixxers from the mid to late ’80s get more and more expensive and desirable, now is an increasingly good time to look to their competition to snag an equally capable but much cheaper mount. Early Kawasaki ZX-7s are a great alternative, with more forward-looking styling and a reputation as the baddest race replicas George Bush-era money could buy.

1989 Kawasaki ZX-7 for sale on eBay

This 1989 Kawasaki ZX-7 hits all the boy-racer high points, with a garish tri-color livery that extends across the seat from the fairing, monochrome Japanese character decals and the infamous Ninja badge. If it were mine, I’d ditch the green tinted screen and have the wheels powder coated in their stock single hue. Otherwise, its pretty much as it should be, down to the period Vance and Hines can.

From the eBay listing:

SECOND OWNER 1989 KAWASAKI ZX7 WITH 23000 ORIGINAL MILES. GOT A BUY IT NOW PRICE OF $6500 OR WILL CONSIDER THE NEAREST BEST OFFER. GOT A CLEAN AND CLEAR TITLE IN HAND.

PLEASE ASK ALL QUESTIONS AND CLEAR ALL DOUBTS BEFORE BIDDING. IT IS THE BUYER’S RESPONSIBILITY TO INSPECT THE BIKE PRIOR TO BIDDING. CALL 718 966 0606 TO COME INSPECT THE BIKE. THE BIKE IS BEING SOLD ‘AS IS’ WITH NO WARRANTIES. NO RETURNS.

PAYMENT: $200 NON- REFUNDABLE DEPOSIT IS REQUIRED VIA PAYPAL WITHIN 24 HOURS OF END OF AUCTION AND THE BALANCE PAYMENT SHOULD BE MADE BY CASH IN PERSON, CERTIFIED BANK CHECK OR BANK TRANSFER WITHIN 7 DAYS OF END OF LISTING. IF IT IS A BANK CHECK, THE BIKE WILL BE HELD UNTIL THE CHECK CLEARS. I WILL NOT ACCEPT BALANCE PAYMENT VIA PAYPAL UNLESS BUYER MAKES PRIOR ARRANGEMENTS.

SHIPPING IS BUYER’S RESPONSIBILITY. BIKE NEEDS TO BE PICKED UP WITHIN 2 WEEKS OF END OF AUCTION. IF BUYER IS UNABLE TO PICK UP THE BIKE WITHIN 2 WEEKS THERE WILL BE A STORAGE FEE, IN THE EVENT I AM NOT INFORMED OF THE SITUATION.

The pictures don’t give a huge amount of detail, but the bike looks mostly squared away but not perfect. With a little elbow grease it could be a decent collector piece, but it’s a very nice rider as-is.

The Green Alternative: 1989 Kawasaki ZX-7
Kawasaki August 13, 2016 posted by

Kleen Klassic Kawi: 1992 Kawasaki ZX-7 for Sale

1992 Kawasaki ZX7 L Front

Kawasaki’s ZX-7 Ninja was known in other markets as the ZXR750, although I’m really not clear on why. Calling your “Fireblade” a “CBR900” makes plenty of sense if your target audience is more excited by technical names than by evocative ones. But shuffling a couple letters and numbers around doesn’t send a very different message… When I was younger, these were just too green for me to lust after, although these days I love the bright, non-metallic green and white scheme.

1992 Kawasaki ZX7 R Side Fairing

The ZX-7’s 748cc inline-four followed the hallowed traditions laid down by Superbike homologation requirements and convention: four cylinders, sixteen valves, liquid cooling, six-speed gearbox, hung from a twin-spar aluminum frame. The resulting 109hp means that, on paper at least, this bike would lose out to a much lighter modern 600, as you’d likely expect: tempus fugit. But the 56lb-ft of torque, while not a performance metric sportbike manufacturers typically brag about, mean that the ZX-7 is also blessed with a rich midrange that might surprise some of your buddies on less vintage sportbikes.

1992 Kawasaki ZX7 Clocks

Built between 1989 and 1994, this particular version of the ZX-7 was a follow up to the somewhat flawed H1 and H2 versions of the bike produced between 1989 and 1991.  Those early ZX-7s were saddled with an engine that was a carryover from the previous generation of Kawasaki sportbikes, along with a famously stiff rear suspension. The J model bikes that came along in 1991 rectified both of these problems and the bikes saw more success on track. In spite of the issues with the earliest versions and the fact that the bike had grown very long in the tooth by the time production ended, the Kawasaki ZX-7 was a popular machine, and always made a great roadbike: highly-communicative front ends, strong brakes, and impressive mid-corner stability helped to overcome weight issue on the final versions, while a primitive slipper clutch and a positive neutral finder probably had Ducati owners green with envy…

1992 Kawasaki ZX7 L Fairing

But as with many Japanese sportbikes of the 1980s and 1990s, most were abused, crashed, and generally neglected, making high-quality, low-mileage examples like this one very difficult to find today, and prices have risen noticeably over the past few years as collectors begin to snap up the good ones.

From the original eBay listing: 1992 Kawasaki ZX-7 for Sale

Here is a great 1992 Zx7 for sale with low 10k miles. I recently bought this bike because I wanted a classic sportbike to ride on weekends but this one is just too nice to rack up mileage on in my opinion so it will go to a new owner that can do as they please. This bike has NEVER been tracked or raced. Always Adult owned and loved / babied.

These bikes are getting harder and harder to find in this condition and low mileage, as many private collectors and investors are buying them up and hanging on to them. This bike, as many of you know, will only appreciate it value if kept in its current condition. This would be an AWESOME display bike in a man cave or office, but it is also completely ready to ride.

The brake and clutch fluid reservoir caps were replaced with chrome ones in the 90s ( I have originals in good condition will go with bike), There was a “zxforce” green tinted windscreen installed,  maybe a couple other very small things, Otherwise bike is very stock. Everything works, lights, horn, turn signals, dash indicator lights etc… Bike has a brand new set of Michelin Pilot Power tires mounted and balanced. ~400$ value. Bike comes with manual and original tool kit as well.

The new owner will also receive a Bunch of VERY NICE (some never even worn) matching gear with the bike, Shoei Helmet, 1 piece Teknic track suit, full Teknic rain suit, Intrepid cross country jacket, two pairs of Teknic gloves, Teknic boots etc.. If you don’t want the gear I can take some off the final price (contact me for details)

This bike has always been garaged which is very apparent when you see it, no sun fading anywhere. Paint and decals are all original. Have Clean NV title and keys in hand ready for new owner, currently registered into 2017.

1992 Kawasaki ZX7 Controls

Bidding is very active on this bike but is currently just north of $2,000 and far below where it will likely end up. It’s no garage-queen, but this bike looks like it’s been well cared-for by a sympathetic owner and the bike is mercifully free of the polished-frame nonsense that was inflicted on these bikes. The green-tinted screen is very tacky, but easily replaced if it’s not to your taste. I always thought those little wings on the tail were aftermarket additions, but they appear to have been original. Grab handle? Stylistic flourish? I’m not sure, but I’d be finding some way to remove it if I owned one of these…

-tad

1992 Kawasaki ZX7 L Side

Kleen Klassic Kawi: 1992 Kawasaki ZX-7 for Sale
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