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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.


1989 Kawasaki ZX7 L Rear

Details, Details: 1989 Kawasaki ZX-7 for Sale
Kawasaki June 27, 2015 posted by

Clean and Green: 1989 Kawasaki ZX-7 H1 for Sale

1989 Kawasaki ZX7 H1 R Side Front

Although the ZXR-750/ZX-7 H1 often gets overlooked in favor of the GSX-R from the same time period, the Kawasaki was a worthy competitor. The bike was powered by a 749cc inline-four that produced 105hp, a number that looks unimpressive in light of today’s sport bikes, but was on par with the Gixxer and YZF.

1989 Kawasaki ZX7 H1 L Side

Interestingly, while Honda sold their purpose-built RC30 race bike in extremely limited quantities, Suzuki built their dry-clutch “LE” Gixxers, and Yamaha built their exotic-under-the-skin OW01, Kawasaki offered no comparable homologation-special edition of the ZXR. Instead, they offered a whole range of race parts owners could use to compete at virtually every level of racing, an unusually grassroots approach.

1989 Kawasaki ZX7 H1 Dash

Kawasakis of the period felt long and low, and were famed for their mid-corner stability and feel. Riding this today, you’d never mistake it for a modern sportbike: if the stretched-out position and low seat height weren’t obvious, those HVAC-looking ram-air tubes would certainly give it away…

1989 Kawasaki ZX7 H1 Front

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

I purchased this bike to bring to motorcycle shows and take out to local bike nights as a fun classic Superbike. If your looking at this listing you are probably already aware how rare and hard to find these 89 ZX-7 H1’s are. It’s very hard to let this one go, but I’ve decided to sell this motorcycle and channel the funds into another motorcycle project.


Only 20,559 miles

Very rare and collectable motorcycle.

Nice condition cosmetically. Not perfect, but very clean for a 1989.

Motorcycle runs and rides with no engine or transmission issues I can detect.

Newer Michelin Pilot Power tires. Less than 2 years old with very few miles on them.

Yoshimura exhaust that is period correct for the age of the bike.

Clean and clear title.

Original owners manual included.

This is a motorcycle that is becoming very collectable as a superbike over 20 years old. It is a survivor in good condition. The motorcycle does have some minor marks, wear, and scratches. The bike starts, runs, and rides. I have not gone through the bike thoroughly to inspect all mechanics. There may be some service necessary. Listing bike as accurately as possible based on what I know.

1989 Kawasaki ZX7 H1 R Side Rear

Aside from the “Alpinestars” decals and the questionably-located flush-mount signals, this is a very clean bike, and looks very original, just as the description indicates. These bikes were made to be ridden, and while it always seems a shame to spoil some pristine, low-mileage bike by actually using it, bikes like this one allow the owner to rack up the miles guilt-free, all the while enjoying the bike as Kawasaki intended.

1989 Kawasaki ZX7 H1 L Side Front

Not much time left on this listing, so move quickly if this strikes your fancy. The Buy It Now price of $5,500 it seems a bit on the high-side [pun!], but not outrageously so. These are seemingly thin on the ground recently, and are often in pretty shabby condition when you can find them. These have been increasing in value of late and, while they’re hardly as rare as the Bimotas and Ducatis we often feature, Japanese sportbikes of this era have a very strong following among older riders who owned one new or wish they had, and young riders with a taste for lurid green paint jobs.


1989 Kawasaki ZX7 H1 R Side

Clean and Green: 1989 Kawasaki ZX-7 H1 for Sale
Kawasaki December 10, 2014 posted by

1990s Classic: 1992 Kawasaki ZX-7


Not particularly rare, but always striking and always coveted, the Kawasaki ZX-7 defined the early 1990s. Today, a well-preserved example is respected as a capable sporting machine with lines and style that seem to defy the passing of time. Sure, it may not be a limited edition, numbered Italian exotica rare enough to pull in six figures (much less five) – but I would find no shame in showing up on a period correct “Zed-Ex.” Located in Virginia and apparently nicely housebroken, this good looking green machine is looking for a new home. If you want something iconic without having to donate a kidney, this might be opportunity knocking. The bike is not perfect, but looks presentable from the (blurred) pictures shown.


1992 Kawasaki ZX-7 for sale on eBay


From the seller:
Excellent example of an unmolested original 1992 zx7. All of the fairings and bodywork are original so they all have some kind of blemish. This bike looks new from 10-15 feet away and the people who do not know it is a 1992 think it is brand new. The tank has no dents. It is registered and running. I am tired of it sitting in my store and collecting dust. I have ridden it some this summer but it does need to have the choke adjusted. It works but it is either open or closed due to sitting and only being started once in awhile for several years. Never stored without running for any length of time. Only items that are not stock are the sprockets and chain and the original cams were upgraded to the R model at the first service. Original cams are still with the bike. I also have all paperwork from new. This is not a Kawasaki Museum Bike but a super clean example.


1990s Classic: 1992 Kawasaki ZX-7
Kawasaki October 18, 2014 posted by

Nice Ninja: 1989 Kawasaki ZX7 Ninja H1


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


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. “


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?


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”.


Nice Ninja:   1989 Kawasaki ZX7 Ninja H1
Ducati January 31, 2013 posted by

End of January Mailbag [NSR250 MC21, 996 SPS, H2 750, ZX-7]

Here are our picks for the week. While not every suggestion will make it, we thank you for another great week of submissions. Thanks for your emails!


James has his restored 1992 Honda NSR250 MC21 on Santa Barbara Craigslist for $9500. Great looking ride, good luck with the sale!

1992 Honda NSR250 MC21 For Sale

Next up is this 1999 Ducati 996 SPS in Scottsdale. Current bid on eBay is $10800 reserve not met.

1999 Ducati 996SPS For Sale

Gregg spotted this stunning 1973 Kawasaki H2 750 Radical Cafe Racer. Available on San Diego Craigslist for $13500.

1973 Kawasaki H2 750 For Sale

Jeremy sent us over a dozen picks but we rather like the ZX-7’s this week and this 94 looks like another great example. This one is located in San Francisco with just 12k miles and only a $3k ask, this looks like a great buy considering the seller states it’s never been dropped!

1994 Kawasaki ZX-7 For Sale


Kawasaki January 30, 2013 posted by

Palm Trees and Ninjas: 1995 Kawasaki ZX-7

Boca Raton, FL – 16,500mi – $1,800 No Reserve


Couldn’t make it to the Midwest for the last Ninja? Well here is a crack at another, and shinier, Ninja all the way down in Florida. This mid-90’s example of a ZX-7 will have you riding in style like Zach Morris on his way to the College Years. Yes the frame has been polished, which will definitely turn some of you away who are looking for a bone stock example. But the sound of that Kawi-correct Muzzy exhaust might draw you back for a second look.


From the seller:

You are bidding on a 1995 Kawasaki Ninja 750 ZX7 –

Bike has all original plastics Muzzy Exhaust and Second Look Seat. The purple vinyl on the seat cover is faded and sun bleached. The fairings are in excellent shape for its age and only have a few faint scratches that cannot be seen from a few feet away.

The frame is polished, has brand new spark plugs, and brand new battery, tires are in good shape…runs great.

Do not miss out…not many left in this shape. High bidder gets the bike. Bike is for sale locally.

Please email any questions you may have prior to bidding.

So this might not be the cleanest and most original example of an early ZX-7, but with only 16k miles on the odometer, it is low in mileage and not a beat-up, re-sprayed hunk of garbage like most that I see. Let not forget the best part, it’s only at $1,800 in bidding right now with no reserve. That means that this one is finding a new owner in a couple of days. If your retirement plans include getting that condo in Boca, then cruising some sweet 90’s style, then this ZX-7 might be up your alley. Jump on over to the auction here and make this rad bike yours!


Kawasaki January 23, 2013 posted by

Middle America Ninja: 1992 Kawasaki ZX-7

Elkton, South Dakota – 19,221 miles – $2,325 with No Reserve

Looking for something a little different from the hyper-pristine and expensive Italian exotica? Then check out this mysterious little ZX7 that has been tucked away in middle America. Don’t get me wrong, I dig me some old Ducati’s. However, I also dig cool bikes that are riders and come on the cheap.


This ZX7 still looks cool 20 years after it rolled off of showroom floors. The details of this one are a little thin and the photos definitely have you wanting more. The bike has less than 20k miles, which considering its age is pretty good.


From the seller:

UP FOR SALE IS A 1992 ZX7. Serious inquires only. Local pickup only. New oil & filter, UNI Air Filter, New NGK Spark Plugs, and new back tire. Runs and ride great. Has minor scratches.

She isn’t the prettiest girl on the block, but she’s a cheap date. Clearly some TLC is going to be required to get this Ninja back to it’s glory day status. The seller requires a local pick up for the bike. I can tell you that South Dakota has some great (flat) scenery if you’re looking for a winter road trip. Check out the auction here and make the decision for yourself.


Kawasaki August 15, 2012 posted by

Lime Green Meanie: 1998 Super Bike Spec Kawasaki ZX7RR

Lime Green Meanie:  1998 Super Bike Spec Kawasaki ZX7RR

Sit back an enjoy some Kawasaki race spec porn circa 1998:

Drool worthy for sure but I’m not quite sure about what spec it actually is.

From the seller:

For sale is a factory race Kawasaki ZXR750RR from the 1998/1999 season.

This is a ZXR750RR with all the factory options that are to be found on such

a rare machine. It has been in the same owners hands for over a decade.

It is not put together from parts, like so many of these 750 RR were in the

years after their racing days were over, but has always been in the condition

Please do not mistake this ZXR750RR for one of the dozens of privateer specials and production-racers that

were put together from used spare-parts or build up using left over NOS parts.

This is a real World Super Bike series race bike.

I have no issues with the bike and would gladly make room in my living room for it.  My only problem is I don’t believe it is WSB spec.  Two things stick out to me.  Cosmetically it doesn’t seem to match up with any ZX7RR that was raced in WSB.  Mechanically, while exotic, it doesn’t appear to be WSB spec.  The lack of a beautiful Suter dry clutch seems glaring.  I’m pretty sure the top spec Kawasakis used Brembo brake components as well.  Weren’t the factory bikes using Ohlins suspension in 1998?

Help me out guys what do we have here?  Am I correct that the frame  and swing arm look factory spec?  My amateur hunch is this might have been a bike raced in the German Super bike Series (the bike is located in Germany).  Even at that level though wouldn’t the bike have a dry clutch?

I bet a few of you would like to get your hands on  that engine with the gear driven cam shafts.

What is red line on a production ZX7RR?

Exotica doesn’t come cheap, the seller is asking $44,500.  He is open to offers though.  What do you think, is it exotic enough to command that much money?  It’s not like you can go down to the local Kawi dealer and order a 1998 super bike engine with factory internals (although it would be fun to try).

The classified ad.

Who can forget Yanagawas’  weenie roast from 1998?