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Warm Leatherette – 2001 Kawasaki Ninja ZX7R

This ZX7R has popped up from the middle of the 1996-2003 run, mostly stock and showing no particular damage.  The owner lists a recent major service, battery and new tires.  Not a ground-breaking design or super lightweight, the mid-size Ninja did nail down a few AMA Superbike titles, and is still a great looking ride.

2001 Kawasaki Ninja ZX7R for sale on eBay

Kawasaki evolved the 748cc in-line four from the ZXR-750, and it puts out a very usable 112 hp.  The alloy twin-spar chassis was also a refinement from the previous model and offers a great-steering platform.  House adjustable USD forks and monoshock reviewed at the sporty end of the spectrum, rather stiff for road duty.  Six-piston Tokico brakes over 320mm rotors were up to the task.  Scoops next to the cat’s eye headlights send fresh air to the engine, and the biposto seat console offers a nice backstop for a solo rider.

With rather low mileage at 13K, this example looks great – but of course some close-ups would be nice, and we’ll have to look under that tank bra.  The color-matched pillion looks good, and the green Micron muffler will either delight or incite.  Surprising to see un-altered turn signals and tail feathers.  From the eBay auction:

Mint condition Kawasaki Ninja ZX7R. The only thing that is not original is the Micron can. I have the original black back seat for it. The bike only has 13,000 miles. It has never been laid down. There are a few minute scratches. It’ll be difficult to find one that’s this clean. The bike has new tires , battery and the front calipers rebuilt and all the fluids changed. The bike had a hung up float from sitting however that problem has been taken care of. Own a piece of history! The bike really needs someone that’s going to ride it. All it does is sit with me. It is maintained and started regularly. The bike runs and rides like a brand new machine.

Collectors will want a second -R, wanting an homologation special to keep up with their RC30 / OW01 buddies.  Not exactly plain vanilla but a perfect sport rider, carefully used, just a little young to be termed a classic…



  • I never liked these later ZX’s compared to the early ones as far as looks go. The earlier ones with round headlights were much better looking. That Godawful grab rail has got to go.

  • The early ones are now collectible and getting much harder to find a H, L or J designated bike. The last generation from 96-03 are still a dime a dozen and command very little in value. Maybe someday but not today.

  • Not really “mint” with all the paint worn off around the ignition housing. Why people let keys flap around in the breeze is beyond me.. And the fake carbon fibre on the triple tree. Also, it never came out of the factory with “Bel-Ray” stickers on it. Beware this one- people who “dress up” their bikes like this are more interested in looks than maintenance. At least the guy never butchered the rear fender. Plus, if it’s been sitting, rest assured the brake calipers will need a rebuild. ZX7 Tokikos are notorious for sticking. Oh and because of that, the front disks will be warped

  • really Jay, a friend of mine used to hang his house and car keys on his R1100RT, drove me nuts. Guess that’s why the carbon-y trim is there…

  • Sold for a mere $3,675!


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