1996-1999 KAWASAKI ZX-7R

Practical Sportsbikes (UK) - - Brill bikes for 2k -

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.

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