Why they’re great O What goes wrong O 2018 model tested
Kawasaki were last to the WSB ‘homologation special’ party. After all, its first ZXR750, the H1, came in in 1989 as arguably the original race replica. They made amends when the ZXR was updated into the J1 in 1991 – at the same time launching an up-specced homologation special: the ZXR750K1.
The K had raised compression, 39mm flat-slide carbs, close-ratio gearbox, alloy fuel tank, single seat and fully-adjustable suspension. It was an instant success on track (although only winning WSB once, in updated 1993 ‘M’ trim, which wasn’t imported to the UK) and was cheaper than most rivals – although it remained rare in the UK.
When the ZXR was replaced by the updated ZX-7R in 1996, an ‘RR’ version was also offered. This won races with Anthony Gobert and Akira Yanagawa and also performed well in BSB and world endurance.
The ’96 ZX-7RR truly lived up to the ‘Green Meanie’ legend