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Kawasaki March 13, 2013 posted by

They Made Them In Black? 1990 Kawasaki ZX7 H2 Ninja

zx tank

My brain is having a hard time processing a ZX7 not dressed in the familiar Kawi green.  Like the Yamaha FZ750, earlier this week, this 1990 ZX7 is another great example of a survivor.

zx leftzx right

I’m impressed, even the side reflector is still there.

The details:

 Up for sale is my 1990 ZX7 model H2.  This is a rare and very sought after bike, and the H2 is more desirable than the H1 (1989).  The colors and this H2 are very rare compared to the blue, green, and white bikes.  I would consider the bike in mint condition for a 23 year old survivor.  It just went through a full service and checks with new fluids, battery, tires, and chain and sprocket.  All the instrumentation, lights, everything works like it should.  There are no dents, rips, no stress cracks, no damage of which to speak – the bike retains it’s originality.  There are some scratches but nothing large enough to take a picture and show.  The bike is missing the chain guard and that’s it.  It has 16,000 miles and rides, drives, and shifts like new.  Truly amazing for 23 years old.

zx top

No dings or dents.   Why do I have the sudden urge to vacuum?

zx right rear

So far, not even a nibble on the auction.  I’m going out on a limb and guessing the starting bid of $4,600 is a factor.  As rare as the color is, I imagine the majority of buyers would want the green because that is what is so associated with the bike and brand.  On the flip side, how many squeeky clean, low mile 1990 ZX7’s have you seen lately?  I have a feeling it is a round number.

Check out the auction here.


Kawasaki June 14, 2011 posted by

Identity Crisis: 2006 Kawasaki Ninja KRR ZX150

Identity Crisis:  2006 Kawasaki Ninja KRR  ZX150

What the heck is this thing?  It  has a serious identity crisis.  It has “ZX” plastered on the tail but “KRR” splashed across the front fairing. I see a “KIPS” sticker so that has to be a two stroke engine hidden in there.  What Kawasaki has a trellis frame like that?  Don’t recognize that tiny braced swing arm?  Whatever it is, I kind of like it!

What we have here is a Kawi that has never turned a wheel in Japan.  This is a model produced for the markets in Thailand and Indonesia.  Here is the officail page on Kawasaki’s website.  It isn’t surprising to me that Kawasaki made a unique model for the Asian market.  What is surprising is that it was a two stroke and they produced them all the way up to 2008!

Generally these Asian market bikes are built with one concern in mind: budget.  The budget to build them and the budget of the person buying them. You’ll notice a single disc up front, older style forks and the lack of  the usual twin spar aluminum frame to keep costs down.  What you do have is a single cylinder, 150cc two stroke engine wrapped in an eye pleasing package.  Did I mention it is a two stroke?  The specs just list Mikuni carb, so no fancy direct injection to clean things up.  This is still a true smoker.


I found this posted on a message board discussing the 150.  Sounds like quite a few people have taken to racing them and they’ve had to limit the mods because it was cleaning  up against Kawasaki’s own four stroke Ninja 250.  It is good to see two strokes are still causing trouble! 

 That reminds me, my drink could use another lime.  You wouldn’t know this isn’t just another ZX from this picture.  At this price point I’d guess those are just holes dumping air to the entire engine.  I wonder if the race bike above has them routed to a pressurized air box?


 If you haven’t figured out by the license plate in the background, this gender bender Kawi isn’t located in the United States.  This one managed to end up in the UK.  I believe it would be a grey bike even there.  I saw a post that said along with the Asian markets, they were imported into New Zealand as well.  I do find it amusing Kawasaki was covering all their basis by calling this thing a “KRR ZX”.  Come on Kawasaki, jump out of the corporate box, bring back the real “KR”, slap some direct injection on it and I promise you will sell every single one of them.  I guess if that doesn’t work the US is trying its’ damnedest to become a third world nation so maybe eventually we will get the “KRR ZX”.  In the mean time  jump over and check it out on Ebay UK here.

Rare video of Rossi testing a KRR ZX150 in Maylasia.


Kawasaki March 2, 2011 posted by

1996 Kawasaki Ninja ZX7RR With Very Low VIN (#025) On eBay–Again

The is a great looking ZX7RR N1 that we haven’t seen since September!

Bike:  1996 Kawasaki ZX7RR N1

Miles:  6,998mi

Price:  $6,000 Starting bid with no reserve

Location:  Colorado Springs, Colorado

This ‘RR is on consignment from the third owner, was fully serviced prior to being listed, and the bike is stated to be all original.  Some defects include light scratching to the ram air covers, front fender, some of the left fuel tank decal has been removed by a fuel spill (new one is included with the sale), the battery is dead and the forks have started to leak.  Not exactly what I expect when a bike has supposedly had “…detailed service work” and “…several different services including thorough carb work.”  Regardless, this bike appears to be a very collectible piece with some light love–and front turn signals.

Doug had some very good observations when this bike was first spotted in September:

1. Missing the front turn signals
2. Missing the side fairing reflectors
3. Doesn’t have the Muzzy 7rr Special sticker on the tank
4. Butt pad is a little beat up
5. Seat has a gas cap stain – can see if you look closely at pictures
6. Needs a new front tire, but it’s the original D204 Sportmax
7. Has a pencil sized dent in the gas tank.
8. Rims may have been painted at some point.

1. It’s a N1!
2. Better than average condition
3. Low miles
4. Has one original tire :)
5. It’s priced right.
6. I like it a whole lot for the money

I’m going to have to agree with Doug, this is a very good–great–bike for the money compared to what we’ve seen other N1’s going for.  If you wanted an occasional weekend bike with collector credibility this is a fantastic choice.  With a little work, I don’t think anyone would be ashamed to have this in their garage.  See Doug’s very thorough write up here.  See some of the other ZX7RR’s we’ve posted .


Kawasaki September 10, 2010 posted by

2003 Kawasaki ZX-6RR Completely Stock With 1,766 Original Miles On eBay

This is a very nice example of what I believe to be one of the next collector Kawasaki’s!

Bike:  2003 Kawasaki ZX-6RR

Location:  Windsor, Connecticut

Mileage:  1,766mi

The seller states that this bike is in mint condition and free of scratches or dents.  The bike has a new battery and fresh oil change.  This bike looks to be completely stock down to the rear fender and exhaust.

Now before you judge me, this isn’t the 636cc ZX6R, this is the Homologation 599cc ZX6RR.  What does that mean?  Well, the RR features a short stroke engine with forged pistons, fuel injection, close-ratio gear box, adjustable swingarm pivot, adjustable USD forks, adjustable rear shock, a 15,500rpm red-line and a digital dash with lap-timer.

Like many of the bikes on RSBFS, the RR was designed to compete in national (AMA) events and World SuperSport championships.  I see it being one of the future collectible Kawasaki’s especially as examples like these become increasingly rarer.  This was the first 600cc sport bike to feature USD forks and should be the first new Kawi in your collection.

See this low mileage example on eBay , before someone convinces their eighteen year old friend this would make a great first bike.


Kawasaki August 9, 2010 posted by

1993 Kawasaki ZXR400

Mini ZXR:  1993 Kawasaki ZXR400

Location: San Antonio, TX (Spring Branch)
Price: $7,400
Mileage: 21,633

A clean 1993 ZXR400 with 21,000 km’s is looking for a good home.  I  believe this is an L4 model (see below).  Not a whole lot changed from the beginning of L’s to the eventual end of production in 2003.  Some small engine modifications and color changes for the most part.  This is only the second one I’ve seen for sale in the past year and the first was an older H series model.

From the CL ad:

This is a very rare exotic 93 kawasaki ZXR 400, this is extremely rare hard to find motorcycle, you wont find another one in such great shape!

It has only 21k miles, recently serviced, in great shape!

Has always been garaged, never raced, adult owned and is in excellent condition! She starts, runs and rides great! Everything works – idles smooth and runs strong. This bike always draws a crowd. I’m constantly asked if it is a current model and love watching people’s jaw drop when I tell them its a 93 model! I know I’m going to regret selling it…


I hate to say it but when I saw the price I got real excited.  I thought it was an RR model: with more adjustable suspension, solo seat, close ratio gearbox etc.  I know they are rare but I’m not sure about $7,400 rare for a standard, non SP, 400cc bike.  At least one website I came across claimed 93 models came with black frames.  I not 100% sure on the year on this one but it is quite common for grey bikes’ model years to be miss identified (I think this bike is actually a 94).  If you are into these little rockets be sure to check out  ZXR400world, it has some excellent info on them.

You can find this bike on San Antonio Craigslist.


Kawasaki April 7, 2010 posted by

1989 Kawasaki ZX-7 H1 Ninja Completely Original, Signed By Doug Chandler & Scott Russell

A completely original ’89 ZX-7 signed by Doug Chandler and Scott Russell!  Located in Wasilla, Alaska is possibly a one owner 1989 ZX-7 with very low miles.  Pretty much everything on this bike is speculative as they only definitive information is gained from the photos.  The seller does state that he has owned this bike for twenty-one years, making possible that he is the original owner.  The seller does state that this bike is showroom perfect and that the tank has been signed by Doug Chandler and Scott Russell.  Unfortunately, the seller makes no mention of current mileage but this bike does look to be completely original–with a lime green windscreen which could almost be considers stock for the early ’90’s–with either low miles or a very careful owner.  These bike’s didn’t come signed by the boys so it’s very cool especially if you’re only planning on showing this bike.  The asking price of $4,000 is a bit higher than most other ’89 ZX-7’s but, I doubt any of them come anywhere close to this bike.  The seller may have time on his side getting things together as this bike is located in the frigid–and far–north making it a long trip from anywhere but Anchorage.  This is the first year for the ZX-7, it replaced the GPX750 with a new frame and uprated motor.  It wasn’t the most radical 750 out at the time as Kawasaki chose to sell a very good road bike that could be transformed into a race bike not the other way around.  Many of these bikes were dropped, modified, or raced during their short lives so it’s refreshing to see a very nice ZX-7 Ninja alive and well.  See this bike on Craigslist here.  Note:  The ad only lists a phone number for contact so, please be mindful of timezones.


Kawasaki March 19, 2010 posted by

2000 Kawasaki ZX-7R Ninja With 400 Miles

This is a ZX-7R with extremely low miles.  Located in Hopatcong, New Jersey is a 2000 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-7R with 400 original miles.  The bike has just been fully serviced with new spark plugs, fluid flush, carb clean, synch and jetted to match the Hindle titanium full system.  The bike comes with the original exhaust system too.  The seller mentions that the only modifications are the windscreen–very period–and the exhaust.  The asking price is $4,000–and I wouldn’t regret paying that for this bike at all.  The majority of these late ’90’s superbikes gained a lot of weight and the ZX-7R wasn’t an exception coming in at 448lbs.  However, regardless of weight, the bike still features a very good chassis and suspension set up.  The ZX-7R features fully adjustable front and rear suspension.  The weight penalty shows on the road during acceleration but, these bikes were designed to go racing and these Kawasaki’s did quite well during the 750cc period.  This is a fantastic example of the end of the ZX-7R line and would be a great addition to any garage.  See this bike on Craigslist here.  See more photos of the bike here.


Kawasaki August 13, 2009 posted by

1991/2 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-7RR

Located in Wenatchee, Washington is a very cool 1991/2 Kawasaki ZX-7RR.  I have become very interested in these lately and this looks to be a very good, original, example.  This bike has 10,244 miles and an asking price of $5,500.  The bike has some small scratches on the fairing but otherwise looks to be OK; it comes with an additional rear tire.  Thanks must go out to Doug & Phil for clarification.  This post is somewhat older, so see the ad on Craigslist here.



Update: Looks like there were some typos in the ad. Our sharp eyed readers are on the case. Check comments below and Doug writes in:

The latest posting for the zx7rr is not correct. That is a 91/2 7rr. Just in case you don’t know (maybe you do know) 91, 92 didn’t have the adjustable swing arm and have K1 (91) or K2 (92) in the serial #. 1993 and 94 have adjustable swing arms and have M1 (93) and M2 (94) in the serial # plus the square ram air in the upper fairing. Skip 95 and the 96 have N1 in the serial # adjustable swing arm and steering head and 41 mm flat sides vs the preceeding years 39mm flats, also 96 have the steel tanks vs the aluminum tanks. One more note worthy difference is the fairing. 96 were all green lower and upper with a purple tail section.

Thanks for the heads up guys! dc