1996-1999 KAWASAKI ZX-7R
748cc liquid-cooled, dohc, 16v inline-four, 203kg, 125bhp, 159mph
What is it? The best looking race rep 750 of the 1990s, and in superbike trim a genuine WSB race winner – its abilities burned into our collective psyche by the otherworldly exploits of Anthony Gobert, Chris Walker and Simon Crafar. Not quite as sharp as an SRAD but a better road bike for it. Why you want one? Best front end of any ’90s sportsbike, and indeed many from the following decade. It’s stable too, so you can really grab a ZX by the scruff of the neck and force it to your will without fear it’ll bite back. Just look at the styling too – those lines haven’t aged a bit; it looks as aggressive and ‘up for it’ as it ever did. What if I can’t find one? You should be able to, there are loads of ZX-7S in a variety of conditions out there looking for new homes. £1000-£1500 buys a project, £2000 upwards gets something good. Early colours with silver chassis are the best lookers.
What we found 1998 Kawasaki ZX-7R, £25,700 MOT, miles, 12 months aftermarket fairings, two keys, HPI clear, £1895 We say: It’s been used on track – hence the non-standard fairing, but the overall condition is tidy. Low miles, too. Could be wriggle room in the price too.