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They Made Them In Black? 1990 Kawasaki ZX7 H2 Ninja

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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.

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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.

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

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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.



  • The black, grey, and red lettered look is a cool throwback to the original Ninjas. Very sharp looking bike dressed like that.

  • Back in the day, early 90’s , we got $ 500 more for a used green one than we would a black one.

  • Those vacuum cleaner hoses are so cheesy.

  • C’mon Kevin ! Always park the bike beside your wifes car ! It will subliminally send her a message & you will never have to do the vacuuming again my friend ! Just ask us older cats….we have all the motivational tricks ! LOL !

  • You have to admit, back in the day those vacuum hoses were awesome!

  • ^Steve,

    No, I really don’t think Vacuum Cleaner Hoses were ever in style. Just reading that aloud sounds wrong.

  • thanks for the replies,I am the owner of this zx7.I like to be different than the next guy,and this bike is a huge hit it is so rare you can’t pull up an image on google crazy

  • This guy:


    Thinks those hoses are SWEET.

    [I do too. 😉 ]

  • Owned one in that color. First year made.

  • ^RarestRX

    Yeah, but those guys all got killed, the rebel x-wing pilots didn’t have vacuum hoses and they were able to blow up a death star. No vacuum hoses, 1, vacuum hoses, 0.

    Reading that over again…Oh god, I am a nerd! Lie down, try not to cry, cry a lot…

  • very cool bike.. As for the color? Yes it might be racer in green, blue and white, but black just looks mean!! just how a zx7 was viewed from the early 90’s. As for the Vacuum hoses? I love’em… I’m glad kawasaki put them on the bike, set it apart from the other rice grinders, They defined the look of the zx7 from that era. Wouldn’t it be said if all the bikes from the 80’s and early 90’s looked the same? I view this era of sport bikes the same way the 60’s and 70’s muscle cars perceived. you can tell an old cuda from an old mustang from a mile away.. can you say the same thing about sport bikes today? Charlie, no worries if you grew up with Star Wars as I did your not a nerd, just old.. lol

  • I had an 89′ ZX-7 in the green color livery . It was pretty awesome . It was a stiff handling bike though I found it very stable at high speed . Did 150 MPH two -up a few times with friends . Couldn’t afford and RC30 that year . Bought an RC30 the following year . Never owned a Kawasaki after that ! And yet……life brings you full circle ! Why ? Because these days I would be interested in a ZX10R ….not a big fat ZX14R though …… Had an 86′ Ninja 1000R too …in black …that was my 3rd or 4th bike . I loved that sound (stock) ! .

  • chris is so right. green was the only color anyone wanted. to make black collectible is to rewrite history.

  • wait… there’s a david who wrote this classified. this is NOT ME.

  • If I had my choice of a new green,or black zx7 no doubt I would take the black,the black just looks so aggressive and is ten times more rare.But thats why they make vanilla and chocolate LOL

  • I had this same year and color, and wish I kept it, never liked the green, great looking bike.

  • I saw that the bidding ended, did you sell it? If it’s still for sale let me know….

  • I had 91 in black and still miss that bike today.

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