Fact file: Kawasaki ZX-7R
Other 750s are faster and sharper, but for timeless good looks, front end feel, stoic stability and value for money this green meanie is hard to beat
The best-looking 750 sportsbike of recent times examined in full detail. If you’re thinking of a purchase, read this
THE PRECEDING ZXR750 probably resonates strongest in the memory being Kawasaki’s first mainstream race replica for the masses and the bike immortalized by Scott Russell’s 1993 World Superbike crown. But it’s the succeeding, ‘last-of-the-line’ ZX-7R which is arguably the more successful and remains the better buy today.
Although aging before it was even launched compared to rivals like Suzuki’s all-new SRAD, and with, confoundingly, less power than the ZXR and only marginal race success, the ZX-7R was a triumph on two fronts: a gloriously refined and effective road sportster (with, by reputation, one of the best front ends in the business) and, for many, the best-looking Kawasaki ever built.
As a result, although never dominating on track (Doug Chandler’s back-to-back USAMA Superbike crowns aboard a Rob Muzzy prepared version in 1996-97 being its most notable success) or particularly standing out even on road, the ZX-7R became a steady favourite thanks to its unique blend of looks, performance, reliability and value. It remained in production, virtually unchanged, for a full seven years and sold well throughout.
All of that, added to decent durability and rugged reliability, means hundreds of ZX-7RS survive today.and, with the Kawasaki’s looks and manners as appealing as ever and with used prices often as low as three figures, there’s plenty of potential for a Practical
Sportsbikes bargain. Here’s how it all came about, and what you need to look out for in the hunt for not just the definitive Kawasaki 750 superbike but possiblythe definitive 750 sportsbike of them all.
You cannot deny it’s a handsome beast (and the bike)