1996 Kawasaki ZX-7R

Practical Sportsbikes (UK) - - In Your Shed -

Owner: Phil Wat­ter­son, North Wales Owned for: one year

What’s the story? Hit ebay last Novem­ber on a Fri­day af­ter my wife went to bed. It was an all orig­i­nal P1 with 7100 miles (the holy grail of 7Rs out­side of the 7RR) and in good con­di­tion ex­cept for a cut rear mud­guard, non-stan­dard hug­ger, and some blem­ishes in the fair­ing, I also no­ticed it was in­ter­mit­tently run­ning on three.

Progress so far? I stripped her down to frame and mo­tor, sent the fair­ings to an awe­some lo­cal bike paint shop called J&S Race paints. Ev­ery sin­gle carb di­aphragm was pinched and one def­i­nitely punc­tured so a new set along with a carb re­build kit was sourced from NRP carbs. I then dis­cov­ered the cracked float bowl when the carbs where plumbed back in. I couldn’t find any ad­ver­tised for ZX-7RS so took a chance on a ZZ-R600 float bowl and lucked out.

What’s next? I’ve not had a chance to ride her prop­erly yet and prob­a­bly won’t till next spring due to work­ing away from home, and I like to pot­ter about on an old and very heav­ily cor­roded BMW 1150GS when the weather turns poor. So the ride is some­thing I’m re­ally look­ing for­ward to.

Not sure the bike should re­ally be kept in a sauna, but that’s North Wales for you

Re­splen­dent in red and pur­ple, th­ese early ZX-7RS are bloody lovely

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