ON OUR BENCH

Mi­nor and not en­tirely un­ex­pected hor­rors re­vealed as bar­gain Kwak is prepped for ac­tion

Practical Sportsbikes (UK) - - CONTENTS - Mick Smith

Mick’s new ZX-7R, Damo’s Thun­der­cat, MG’S wee Kwak and Alan’s CRM250 get wrenched

It’s been 10 years since I sold my YZF-R1 4XV. I’ve re­gret­ted it ever since, but fam­ily, work and life have all sadly pre­vented me from get­ting a re­place­ment. Un­til now. A 1998 ZX-7R.

My con­nec­tion to 750 Kwaks goes way back. I had a ZXR750H2 for years, so when ed­i­tor Jim sug­gested I get an­other bike (I’ve known him since school. We used to knock about on mopeds to­gether – my RD50MX was al­ways faster than his AR, much to his an­noy­ance), and know­ing that af­ford­ing an­other R1 is for now out of the ques­tion, I started look­ing for a 7R. I’ve al­ways had a thing for them; they still look ‘right’ af­ter all these years.

I wanted some­thing I could tinker with too, so when I spot­ted an ad on­line for a ’98 ZX I mes­saged the seller. The ad said it had 32,500 miles, a cou­ple of month’s MOT still to run, and was up for £1300. By the time he got back to me he said it would no longer start so he’d de­cided to break it in­stead. Fig­ur­ing that would be a has­sle for him I mes­saged back of­fer­ing £1100 as it stood. He agreed and

Hard not to love a Ninja. Great look­ing bikes still

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