Kawasaki Xanthus ZR400
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