It’s not incredibly difficult to find a ZX-11 for sale and Kawasaki did make plenty of them at the time. But it is hard to find one that looks this nice, and nearly impossible to find one with the mere 7,700 miles on the clock this one has: dead-reliable and capable of massive speed all day long, these usually rack up far more hard miles than this one has.
Also known as the ZZ-R1100 in some markets and built from 1990 until 1997, the ZX-11 was powered by a 1052cc inline four backed by a six-speed gearbox. That motor pumped out 150hp at the crank and, aided by one of the first production ram-air systems, was good for a genuine 175+ mph. Unlike so many of today’s ultrabikes, it was no screamer: this was the Small Block Chevy of motorcycle engines, with power on top, power down low, and power in the middle.
The ZX-11 was one of the most significant weapons employed in the Speed Wars of the 80’s and 90’s and, until Honda dropped their Super Blackbird into the mix, it was the fastest motorcycle in the world. And like that bike, the Kawasaki was never really meant to be a race-replica-style sportbike: at 600lbs fully-fueled, it’s much more of a GT, the perfect bike for gobbling miles at supra-legal speeds, but one that’s still agile enough to enjoy riding around [or terrorizing] your destination.
Because for all its weight and power, the ZX-11 has very neutral, forgiving handling and is pretty docile, as long as you respect that throttle and the power at your command. Be aware of the mass and short-shift it, and you can take it shopping on the weekend around town. But twist that grip and it will still squash your eyeballs, unless you’re used to riding modern literbikes.
From the original ALL CAPS eBay listing: 1992 Kawasaki ZX-11 for Sale
This is a rare opportunity to own a true iconic motorcycle.
You will never find one nicer than this… Looks like a 2015, hard to believe it’s a 1992. Truly amazing condition.
Beautiful rare gloss black color.
The ZX11 is the original bad ass sportbike
All stock except for
Gen Mar 1 inch risers
Corbin seat have original seat with rear seat cowling cover. Shown in pic.
Purple piping on seat matches Ninja decals.
This bike runs as good as it looks.
Tons of raw power and handles like a dream.
No scratches, scrapes, or rust of any kind.
Collect it or ride it but don’t let this amazing bike get away.
I have owned 2 ZX-11s before but this one is in amazing condition and runs as good as it looks
Look at pics and check my feedback… You will not be disappointed!
Aside from some slightly fuzzy pictures, this is one of the nicest ZX-11’s I’ve ever seen, and is basically stock except for that single-sided exhaust that I think really cleans up the bike and modernizes the look. That Corbin saddle is also perfect for the bike’s intended mission and should help the new owner munch miles for years to come.
If you’re looking for a cool, reliable, potentially collectible bike you can ride the bejezus out of, but won’t break the bank, this bike deserves a second look.