Additional photos of this Kawasaki ZX-7R are available here for your perusal.
The “K” model of the ZX-7R, built between 91-92, was a homologation special built in limited numbers so Kawi could go racing in AMA Superbike.
For that extra dough you got a whole bunch of goodies, including 120 horsepower from a tweaked engine, close-ratio six speed transmission, Keihin 39mm flat slide carbs, aluminum (versus steel) tank, lighter subframe with a solo seat/fiberglass tail, and fully adjustable suspension with a remote reservoir rear shock.
The extra power came from a higher redline (+500rpm), higher compression, and larger cams, plus the bike weighed 10 pounds less. It may look rather similar to the standard J model ZX-7, but you wouldn’t want to commute on this thanks to an insanely tall first gear. In a 1992 test, Performance Bikes magazine got 110 horsepower at the rear wheel (Kawasaki claimed 120 at the crank) and hit 158.5 miles per hour – all while returning 41 average miles per gallon.
Fun fact: you can tell if the fairings are proper K model panels when you see the supplemental hole on the right side – that’s to adjust the flatslides. Regular J models had CV carbs and no adjustment hole.
The owner is a big Kawasaki collector who is clearing out his bike collection, which includes the “R” model from every year of the ZX-7, a ZX400R that you’ll see on our auction soon, a ZRX1200R that’s also coming up on our site, as well as the Candy Wine Red ZX-7 and the wildly rare Raptor that are currently on our classifieds.
He bought this bike back approximately three years ago with the intention of putting her back to stock and keeping a collection of bikes he could rotate out and ride but a recent life changing accident has changed his priorities. It is offered on a clean California title and is currently on non-op registration. The bike is currently at our headquarters in Marina del Rey, California.
Non-stock parts include aftermarket turn signals (old stock is still available), a cut rear fender, and a Yoshimura exhaust – though we have a line on a nice Muzzy for it if you’re interested, as we think is more appropriate for the bike and period.
It’s got all the hard to find parts you want – the “hoover tubes”, fiberglass tail, aluminum fuel tank (we have two brand new spare aluminum tanks available for sale as well, one is a new European R model with “ZXR” on the tank and the other is a USA R model), and the basically unattainable rear seat pad.
There are a few cosmetic imperfections that we’ve noted – a scratch on the top of the taillight, minor chips in the wheels, a scratch in the exhaust, and a decal deformation just outside of a fairing mounting hole. Photos of all known issues are included in the album up top.
In the legendary history of Ninjas, this is one of the most collectible. We love the rarity and the history, seeing as it was raced by greats such as Scott Russell, Doug Chandler, Eric Bostrom, and Doug Toland. Just 500 were built, who knows how many are still stock and roadworthy?
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