The GPZ900R was Kawasaki’s first Ninja – the beginning of a long line of iconic motorcycles. If I remember correctly, serial number 1 is currently in Kawasaki’s museum at their US headquarters in Foothill Ranch, California. According to this seller, serial number 2 is now up for sale…
Produced from 1984 to 1996, the Ninja was a revolutionary design when it came out. In fact, some would argue that it was the predecessor of what we consider today to be a modern sport bike. It was the first 16 valve liquid cooled inline four, something the competition would take years to catch up on. The engine produced 115 horsepower, good for a top seed of 151 miles per hour – it was the first production road bike to top 150. Nowadays these numbers might seem tame, but this bike was an instant legend when it was released. It didn’t hurt that the bike also got a supporting role in Top Gun:
This example apparently has some race history (campaigned in Daytona in 1984) but it was “restored to new condition.” Well, that’s what the seller claims, but it is annoyingly missing the Kawasaki stickers on the tank (which seems like a pretty obvious oversight). Either way, all racing parts are in storage and will be included in the sale. It has a new tires, an extra swingarm, and…a new motor. Hopefully the original numbers matching engine is included but that isn’t mentioned by the seller.
Find this Ninja for sale here on Craigslist for $4,000 in Fort Collins, Colorado.
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