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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

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