Click here for an instaVIN Motorcycle History Report on this 1996 Kawasaki ZX-7RR.
For ’90s Kawasaki fans, the N1 (1996) model of the ZX-7RR is just about as good as it gets. It was the last of several homologation specials based on the ZX-7, and Kawi only made approximately 500 examples.
The base ZX-7 was a lovely bike to ride, but the N1 homologation was truly special thanks to a laundry list of upgrades: adjustable steering head angle (23.5-26.0 degrees), adjustable swingarm pivot, 41mm Keihin flatslide carbs, Nissin brakes (6-piston calipers up front), quick-ratio gearbox, upgraded fully-adjustable suspension front and rear, and a solo seat. Compared to previous homologation Ninja ZX-7s, the N1 had a steel (not aluminum) tank.
Fun story about the 1996 models: they were the first year to get purple wheels. The homologation Ninjas were so popular as privateer racers that Rob Muzzy was finding it too difficult to identify his bikes in a sea of green. His solution? Paint the wheels purple. Apparently Kawasaki liked it enough that they went with purple wheels for the 1996 bikes as well.
This example has a clean Michigan title under the original owner’s name – we were able to verify the provenance as the owner shared a wonderful series of photos he took of his daughter every birthday while sitting on the bike! When the bike was originally delivered, the front wheel had a manufacturing flaw. The warranty replacement was scheduled to take several months and the owner understandably didn’t want to wait to ride his bike, so he took a green one instead. We love the green/purple combo of wheels, but we can help the next owner source a purple one if desired.
When we acquired this Ninja, the turn signals, rear fender, and ram air tubes were all boxed up because the seller ended up putting the bike in storage once he had kids. Considering the low mileage of just 210 (337 kilometers as it is originally a Canadian model), it’s unlikely that the next owner would want to add to the odometer reading. However, if you would like to ride this machine, we would recommend a standard recommissioning that we would be glad to perform as part of our White Glove services.
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