1989 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-7

SOLD FOR: $5,243

Reserve price has been met.

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2/11 Update: Please note that the paint job on the upper fairing and mirrors on this bike is from a 1990 model – the ’89 had an all-green upper with black mirrors.

Click here for an CycleVIN Motorcycle History Report on this 1989 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-7. Additional photos are available here for your perusal.

In 1988, Kawasaki debuted a 750cc racebike called the ZXR-7. The following year, they released a production version – we knew it in the US as the Ninja ZX-7, and the first year model was specifically referred to as the H1.

The 748cc inline four engine produced 105 horsepower inside of an aluminum perimeter frame. Performance Bikes magazine saw 91 hp at the rear wheel with a 152 mph top speed in a 1989 test.

Crucially, it was easy to ride (though the rear suspension was quite stiff). As noted in a period review, it was “one of the few modern 750s that can be ridden to its maximum in comparative safety.”

Arguably just as important, it looked the part. As Bennett’s says, “When Kawasaki pulled the covers off the ZXR it was love at first sight for riders all over the world. With its twin headlights, race inspired fairing and paint scheme and hoover pipes, the ZXR looked every bit an endurance racer for the road. Add in the beefy aluminium E-Box frame, 17-inch wheels and sporty rubber and the ZXR certainly gave the impression it meant business. Who cared if the hoover pipes did absolutely nothing aside from blow air onto the cylinder head, they looked cool and that was what really counted.” It was the springboard for the long series of Kawasaki 750cc sportbikes that we all adore.

This example (VIN: JKAZXDH18KA007003) was built in March 1989, and it was originally sold in Canada. We believe it was first registered in the US in 1990 in the state of Nebraska.

The seller acquired it on eBay in November of 2020, and he’s covered 10 kilometers since. The odometer shows 29,129 kilometers (18,099) miles.

It is equipped with a Muzzy exhaust.

The bodywork has been repainted and the decals were clearcoated over – however the “Ninja/Kawasaki” decals on the tank were not placed at the correct angle. In addition, the paint job on the upper fairing and mirrors on this bike is from a 1990 model – the ’89 had an all-green upper with black mirrors.

We also note some orange peel on the tail.

There is a crack in the right side of the tail.

The left bar end is damaged and the clutch lever is bent.

The coolant overflow bottle has been repaired.

Please note that the bike has a different key for the gas cap/rear hatch. The tumbler in the gas cap is bad and the lock will open with just about any key.

The seller states that the bike was recently serviced with a carb rebuild and new Continental Conti Motion tires (120/70ZR17 Front and 180/55ZR17 Rear) ordered in November 2020.

Before the auction, he had us clean the bike and replace a leaking shift shaft oil seal.

Currently located at our facility in Santa Monica, California, this ZX-7 is offered on a clean California title with registration that expired in July 2020. The seller will pay for current registration for California buyers.

Have any ZX-7 stories or questions about the listing? Let us know in the comments.

Additional Information

Location

Santa Monica, California

Year

1989

Make

Kawasaki

Model

ZX-7

Title

Clean

Title State/Country

California

VIN

JKAZXDH18KA007003

Mileage

18,099

Private Party/Dealership

Private Party

CycleVIN

https://cyclevin.com/JKAZXDH18KA007003.pdf

Total Bids Placed: 18

Auction has ended.

Highest bidder was: SUNMOTOS

Bidder Name Bidding Time Bid Auto
SUNMOTOS February 11, 2021 11:02 am $4,900
jcam881 February 11, 2021 11:02 am $4,800
SUNMOTOS February 11, 2021 11:00 am $4,700
jcam881 February 11, 2021 10:59 am $4,600
SUNMOTOS February 11, 2021 10:59 am $4,500 Auto
SUNMOTOS February 11, 2021 10:59 am $4,300
jcam881 February 11, 2021 10:59 am $4,200 Auto
jcam881 February 11, 2021 10:02 am $4,100
Murph February 5, 2021 11:32 am $4,000 Auto
gorr February 5, 2021 11:32 am $3,900
Murph February 5, 2021 11:15 am $3,600 Auto
gorr February 5, 2021 11:15 am $3,500
Murph February 5, 2021 11:14 am $3,000 Auto
gorr February 5, 2021 11:14 am $2,900
Murph February 4, 2021 4:49 pm $2,500 Auto
Gunner77 February 4, 2021 4:49 pm $2,400
Murph February 4, 2021 4:19 pm $1,100
owo1owo2 February 4, 2021 11:26 am $1,000
Auction started February 4, 2021 11:00 am
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Haul Bikes will ship anything sold through Iconic for $660 in the Continental US, and Iconic will handle the paperwork on your behalf. You do not need to crate your bike or drain the gas/disconnect the battery if you go with Haul Bikes. We are glad to work with the shipper of your choice as well, but you will have to arrange it.

Please note:

  • spares/extras will have to be shipped separately via FedEx or similar.
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