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Kawasaki January 24, 2018 posted by

Tennessee Stud: 1989 Kawasaki ZXR400 H1

The hard-edged Kawasaki ZXR400 is something of a rarity among grey-market Japanese 400cc sportbikes, as importers drag far more Honda VFR 400s and Yamaha FZR400Rs to our shores. For whatever reason, the Hondas and Yamahas seem to command most of the demand.

1989 Kawasaki ZXR400 H1 for sale on eBay

It’s not for lack of trying on the Kawi’s part, though. The ZXRs are known to mimic their epic ZX7 big brothers, bringing racebike handling and revs to a street package aimed at tiered licensing laws. Never as comfortable as their competitors, the ZXRs made their mark at the apex.

This 1989 Kawasaki ZXR400 wears British registration plates in the pictures, though the seller shows photos of a Tennessee plate and title. The pictures don’t show a whole lot of detail, but the bike looks very clean and well cared for.

From the eBay listing:

Here we have an ultra rare and cool looking 1989 zxr400 H1. It is Tennessee registered and ready to be ridden. This team green Kawasaki has lots of power for a 400, and is perhaps the fastest example of any of the Japanese 400 I’ve ever sampled. It suits taller riders better than the 400cc VFRs or CBRs. Handling is spot on as well as the brakes. This would make a fine lightweight class racing machine were one so inclined. Please contact me with any questions by texting or calling 423 747 3265.
A $300 deposit is due via PayPal within 24 hours of the auction’s conclusion, and the balance within seven days. Please only bid on this item if you are serious and are willing and able to dispense with the transaction in a timely fashion. I will be posting several collector motorcycles for sale over the next couple of weeks, so please look for my other auctions. I can provide or arrange for shipping at a reasonable rate if needed. Thanks, and happy bidding!

If the video below fails to play, please visit my Youtube channel (Israel Gillette) and search for ZXR400 Test Ride

Bidding is low with the better part of a week to go in the auction, which means this could be a slick pickup to sort as riding season approaches the East Coast.

Tennessee Stud: 1989 Kawasaki ZXR400 H1
Kawasaki July 18, 2017 posted by

Featured Listing: 1995 Kawasaki ZXR400R for Sale

Although bikes in the 400cc class are virtually unknown in the USA, they were big business elsewhere, with bikes like the Honda CBR400 and VFR400, Yamaha FZR400, and today’s Featured Listing Kawasaki ZXR400R competing in showrooms and race series for the hearts and hard-earned money of sportbike enthusiasts. Here in the US, it is 600s that are generally thought of as the lightweight, “beginner” sportbikes, and anything smaller than that is the domain of cheap and cheerful commuters and learner bikes.

Overseas, it was a different story: tiered licensing, heavy taxes, and high gas prices meant there was a great deal of interest in serious motorcycles with smaller displacement. Consider that for Yamaha, the FZR600 was the low-tech model of the range, with a steel beam frame in place of the aluminum Deltabox unit found in the FZR400, FZR750, and FZR1000.

With today’s 1000cc superbikes sporting sky-high redlines of more than 13,000 rpm and Yamaha’s R6 claiming 16,000 shrieking revs, it’s maybe hard to think of a bike with a 14,500 rpm redline as being “high-strung” but the 398cc inline four in the ZXR400R needs to be worked hard to make speedy progress, which is completely in keeping with the bike’s sporting mission. Produced between 1989 and 1999, there were basically two versions of the bike, the earlier “H” bikes and the later “L” version. The H bikes made 61hp while the L made a few more horses at a higher rpm, with a slight loss in torque. The H model weighed a bit less than the L at 350lbs dry and the bike had a top speed north of 140mph.

Today’s Featured Listing has fairly low miles and appears to be in excellent condition, aside from some minor cosmetic issues expected of a bike that’s been ridden. Best of all: it does have a valid title and is registered for road use!

From the Seller: 1995 Kawasaki ZXR400R for Sale

Up for sale is a VERY RARE 1995 Kawasaki ZXR400R in collector quality condition with only 16,267 kilometers (10,107 miles). It has a few tiny rub marks and a couple of small scratches from its 10,000 mile journey thru life but overall its in MINT condition. After thorough inspection, I can tell that this bike has been loved and cherished over the years. It is in completely stock unmolested condition.  All fairings and components are 100% OEM factory Kawasaki. Brand new Bridgestone Battlax tires have been installed front and rear. Bike runs like the day it was new. This ZXR comes with a Utah state title and is titled as a street bike for road use. I have set the purchase price at $10,500 because my last 1993 ZXR400R sold on Ebay for $10,450 in the “your choice” auction with the GSXR400RR. Serious buyers can contact me at 801-358-6537 for more pictures or any other questions you may have. $500 deposit thru PayPal due immediately after sale.

The seller is asking $10,500 for this fizzy little monster. Obviously, that’s not a whole lot of bang for your buck if you consider it in purely performance terms, and the ZXR400 isn’t quite as iconic as something like the NC30. But these are exceedingly rare here in the USA and if you’re a die hard Kawasaki lover or a fan of motorcycle exotica, this will probably fill a large [figuratively], green hole in your collection. If you notice any other bikes in the background, we have been told they are for sale as well.  Skip the line before they get listed publicly! Everything must go!


Featured Listing: 1995 Kawasaki ZXR400R for Sale
Kawasaki January 25, 2017 posted by

Bantamweight Sportbike: 1990 Kawasaki ZXR400 for Sale

While we see the occasional CBR400RR here on the site, and FZR400s aren’t too hard to find if you go looking, it’s been quite a while since we’ve been able to feature one of Kawasaki’s bantamweight superbikes, the ZXR400. With a liquid-cooled 398cc inline four and a six-speed gearbox to make the most of the high-strung powerband, the ZXR packs serious sportbike credentials into a very compact package. It was introduced in 1989 and produced through 1999. Claimed power for the earlier “H” bikes was slightly higher at 64hp versus the later “L” version at 61hp, and they made that peak figure further up the rev-range by a few hundred rpm. But torque was a bit lower, as you might expect, since the engine is mechanically nearly identical in both versions. The earlier model was also naturally a bit lighter, with a claimed dry weight of just 350lbs, which meant the bike was good for a top speed of over 140mph.

As has been stated in the past, there’s a reason that all this sophisticated technology was included in a bike with such limited displacement. Simply: it wasn’t aimed at new motorcyclists. Here in the USA, bikes under 600cc are generally cheap commuters with decades-old technology, and new riders are often steered towards 600cc sportbikes since there are no limitations for newer riders, insurance is cheap, and the market is saturated with 1000 sportbikes and 2300cc cruisers. But overseas, tiered licenses mean limited access to bigger bikes for many riders, and international racing series didn’t really have a 600cc class at the time, so these 400s were really just a step down from World Superbike displacement 750s.

From the original eBay listing: 1990 Kawasaki ZXR400 for Sale

This is the full power Japanese home market version not the usual detuned US market model.
The bike has just been imported in December 2016 and registered on a Florida Title in my name.
These superb looking bikes with ram air induction are now at classic status
This beauty has only covered 35,871 miles in 27 years
Tires are brand new front and rear.
The bike does stert up and run fine and clutch gears and brakes are all good the Carb’s could do with tuning and possibly rejetting for the low grade US fuel.

The bike looks good in the photos, but that’s not saying much, considering their low quality…  Certainly, the price is right: the Buy It Now is listed as just $3,000 which, although the mileage is on the high side, seems to make this a pretty good deal if you’re looking for something sporty, unusual, and are working with a limited budget. The seller mentions “the usual detuned US market model” although I’m not sure these were ever officially imported to the States. Either way, if you’re interested in picking this up, be sure to verify that you can legally register it in your home state and request some better images to verify the bike’s condition.


Bantamweight Sportbike: 1990 Kawasaki ZXR400 for Sale
Kawasaki June 18, 2014 posted by

No Reserve 1998 Kawasaki ZXR400 in Las Vegas

1998 Kawasaki ZXR400 for sale

We never miss an opportunity to blog about 400cc sportbikes, and while we have posted ZXR400s before, only a couple were available in the U.S. This example is advertised as a German model and shows 19k miles. These boast about 60hp and dry weight is around 350lbs. Amazingly, this auction is no reserve and at the time of this writing has a winning bid of $600. With several days to go, it will go higher, but it could be a potential bargain.


1998 Kawasaki ZXR400 for sale on eBay


from the seller: selling a 1998 zxr400 ninja.this is a german model.very rare in the states as i have only seen one other for sale.the bike has a little over 19k miles and is good has some light scratches but is very respectable.i bought this bike to put in my collection and was going to restore to original showroom quality but life has changed and i am selling some of my has the original toolkit and the original kawasaki key that fits gas cap and seat selling bike with a bill of sale and copies of the original paperwork that is in is up to you to get a title or make it a nice track bike or restore it and display it in your collection.


No Reserve 1998 Kawasaki ZXR400 in Las Vegas
Kawasaki April 20, 2013 posted by

Is 4 better than 2 ? Kawasaki ZXR 400 vs Suzuki RGV 250 (Germany)

Since motorbike magazines exist, bikes have been put at tests and compared against each other, to help potential buyers in making the right choice for them. Today, the bike shops in some countries organize a couple of events in spring time, where they give the possibility to ride motorbikes of different brands in one single place…and all this is for free (so, cheaper than buying a paper magazine). By riding the bikes of your wishes, one after the other one and on the same stretch of road, you can appreciate their real differences. In technical terms, this is called “benchmarking”. Every year (with the exception of 2013, as somebody decided I shouldn’t ride for a while to learn how to drive slower next time), I do join all of these events in Switzerland where I live. They represent the ultimate bike reviews for a non professional in the industry. I hope that this form of marketing will be adopted in each country where you are. Now, as I mentioned in the beginning, if we exclude the “live” riding comparison experience, the only ways we have to compare bikes we’d like to buy,would be one or more of the following:

1) look for a magazine (paper or digital that is) that is publishing exactly the comparison we are looking for.

2) check the technical specs of the 2 bikes we are comparing. Confront horsepower/weight ratios, dimensions, reported performance, etc.

3) use our personal taste in terms of style and look at as many pictures as we can find (these are never enough).

4) walk to the nearest dealer of each brand and look at the bike for real, seat on it and talk to the “impartial” sales rep. On your way out, collect a brochure.

5) spend the rest of the week watching over and over those brochures and technical specs on the last page. Go on youtube to remember yourself how these bikes sound. Remember what others said about the models you dream of.

6) if the bikes are not new models and you don’t have a collection of motorbike magazines of the last 20 years at hand, nor Google library has yet included all bike magazines of all the world and all years, simply visit RareSportBikesForSale and do your search here 🙂

Today’s old style comparison is about 2 exciting small capacity super-sports. Before proceeding to the comparison, you need to know that they don’t make these any more !

So off we go: 1997 Kawasaki ZXR 400 (4 cylinder, 4 stroke) vs. 1992 Suzuki RGV 250 Gamma (2 cylinder, 2 stroke). Both bikes are available on eBay in Germany, see links at the bottom of the page.

Kawasaki ZXR 400:


This late 400 Kawa ZXR model is undoubtedly in top conditions, hence the starting price set around 3000 EUR:


A few words from the seller:

Hello everybody, check out my beautiful and well-kept ZXR for sale, the bike is in very good condition.
The miles are real and verifiable, history booklet available.
Last year the carburetor has been overhauled.
New air filter, spark plugs in year 2012.New Brembo front and rear.
How you can see in the photos, there are two brand new tires of the brand Metzler M5 too.
Have serviced it last year in October, with oil filter, the oil has a mileage between  200 and 300 km.
Have fun bidding.





Suzuki RGV 250 Gamma:


This Gamma is not in the same conditions, clearly more used. Apart form the vibration stoppers at the end of the handlebars and the polished frame, it looks in original trim which is always good and rare for these  models. The bike is yours with a mere 1900 EUR !


Let’s hear it from the seller:

Very well preserved RGV 250 VJ22B to sell

The RGV is deregistered since Dec. 2000 final approval to Jan 2003, but in good condition.
Relatively low mileage of 18539km. Original engine.
Marks on the trim on the left and right but not broken (see pictures).
New oil change, battery, carburetor cleaned, jumps to …
! Please note that it is not a beginner bike!

– Trade Motorcycle possible –

Must see BEFORE bidding if possible and ask BEFORE motorcycle questions.
PLEASE no fun bidding!

Private sale: no guarantee, no warranty, no returns!
Phone 0176 / 61,565,405







If you made up your choice, then click on the appropriate link below:

Kawasaki ZXR 400 (Germany) at a starting price of 3050 EUR

Suzuki RGV 250 (Germany) at a starting price of 1900 EUR


Kawasaki April 4, 2013 posted by

Why less, can be more – Kawasaki ZXR 400 (Germany)

These days you can enter a BMW or Ducati dealership and without pledging your house against your new sport bike, ride out with a close to 200 hp missile. If you entered a Japanese OEM dealership you will be near these figures as well. But in the real world, made of commuting on public roads and at best, a weekend blast along your favorite canyon, will you ever get close to, let’s say, 80% of your new sport bike potential ? If you’re not called Hayden or Lorenzo, probably not.  In addition, is it more fun to ride a high tech bike knowing that you are actually just scrapping the surface, or take a less evolved machine close to its edge ? I personally had more fun riding a Ducati 748 R than my last attempt on modern bikes like the BMW S1000RR. Don’t get me wrong, the Beemer is a fantastic machine but too often I found myself looking up the sky when gearing in 3rd at 100mph. Do that on your way home from work and you’ll end up without a license for a few months (any reference to actual persons or myself is purely accidental). What you want, is something that involves your senses and won’t kill you or, get you in jail. A small capacity two stroker (RGV 250 or RS250) is a good example of a pure sport bike that you can, or better must, ride “like you stole it”. In the four strokes world, you’d be looking to a 400cc 4 cylinder, like this classic and affordable Kawasaki ZXR currently available on eBay in Germany.


Try it on a twisty road, don’t change gear before you hit 13000 rpm, brake hard, shift down and accelerate again…now was that involving enough ?


With only a day left and a current bid of 1500 EUR, you might be able to get the deal of 2013.


he bike had only one owner, registered for the first time in 2001, it has an after market exhaust and a couple of “normal usage” marks on its body.  Let’s read what the seller says (translated with Google):


Hello ebay friends

Offered with 65 HP Kawasaki ZXR400 firsthand.
Remus Viper exhaust (with Approval) + pillion seat cover.
The machine had little fall –
Scratches on the frame slider, pulpit and the exhaust plus a small crack under the lights.
The machine is clean and reliable.
At the moment the machine off the road.

New TÜV (German official vehicle revision test) !


If interested click on the link below to find more about it:

Kawasaki ZXR 400 in Germany



KTM December 2, 2012 posted by

Early December 2012 Mailbag [RC8R, GS1000, FZR1000, ZXR400]

Hey guys,

Here’s the latest submissions to our email. It’s been very busy for all of us at our day jobs and unfortunately we weren’t able to to get to everything before it expired but we appreciate your submissions.



First up is Adam’s 2011 KTM RC8R. Current bid is just shy of $15100 and appears to be winning bid with 2 days to go. It comes loaded with tons of trick bits to be a track day super threat, but with just 1200 miles and all the stock bits included in the sale, you get to decide how it lives the rest of it’s life. Good luck with the sale Adam!

Kurt and Amy forwarded this awesome 1978 Suzuki GS1000 survivor. Available in Tampa Bay, Florida for $4500 this one sports just 17k miles and looks like a great buy for this price and condition.

Ned forwards us this 1992 Yamaha FZR1000 in North Carolina. It has 22k miles but looks unmolested and even sports the original exhaust. For $2700 it’s hard to go wrong here I think.

Jeff emails us this brand new 2000 Kawasaki ZXR400 for sale on eBay UK for about $8000 USD.

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.