Kawasaki Xan­thus ZR400

Practical Sportsbikes (UK) - - Special Build of the Year 2018 -

1991-1992 398cc liq­uid-cooled, dohc, 16v in­line-four, 53bhp, 168kg

What is it? Bark­ing, that’s what. No man­u­fac­turer has built any­thing like the Xan­thus (Achilles’ horse in Greek mythol­ogy) be­fore or since – a shame. Why so odd? Back in ’92 with its twin-stacked si­lencers and multi-sec­tioned alu­minium frame the Xan­thus screamed moder­nity in a way that made even cut­ting edge sports­bikes of the time look or­di­nary. Al­most a quar­ter of a cen­tury later the Xan­thus still packs a mighty vis­ual punch.

Why you want one: ZXR400 mo­tor in a bonkers chas­sis, stripped back and naked for all the world to see. Be­ing a home mar­ket model, and only here as a grey im­port, this 400 Kwak is a rare find too, so it’ll al­ways pull a crowd. The stock cans are a must. Val­ues: £1500-£3000

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