1991 Kawasaki ZXR750J

Practical Sportsbikes (UK) - - In your shed -

Owner: Si­mon Chan­dler, Cum­bria Owned for: two years

What’s the story? I bought this ZXR as a run­ning road bike for £900 two years ago. It was a lit­tle tired look­ing but with good his­tory and low miles (19,000m). I thought that it would make a great track bike.

Progress so far? All the road items have been re­moved and sold to var­i­ous pun­ters for a to­tal of ap­prox­i­mately £800. Then the bike was to­tally stripped, en­gine out – the lot. All the alu­minium was aqua-blasted and scotch padded to achieve the ’90s su­pe­rior look. All bear­ings were re­placed and var­i­ous items pow­der­coated. The forks have been re­built by Max­ton with new SD25 car­tridges. I’ve fit­ted a fac­tory clutch ca­ble con­ver­sion, Ac­cos­sato clutch and mas­ter­cylin­der set too.

What’s next? FCR 39 carbs. Bike ran ab­so­lutely great on track this year, just want to im­prove on what’s al­ready good. Run­ning a stan­dard, low mileage J mo­tor though .... 105 bhp at the wheel; hop­ing the FCRS add a bit to the ac­cel­er­a­tion.

Those flat­slide FCRS should pep it up a bit


Frame and swingarm fin­ish is ab­so­lutely spot-on

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