1998 Kawasaki ZXR400

Practical Sportsbikes (UK) - - In Your Shed -

Owner: Mike Ste­ward

Owner for: one year

So far: full restora­tion What’s next? GPX clas­sic race build

I‘ve loved the ZXR since I came across one when I was 16. I bought this as a £700 wreck – all fas­ten­ers were ei­ther coated or re­placed, wheels swingarm and an­cil­lar­ies pow­erd­coated. Ini­tially I tried to paint the ITOHAM replica colours my­self with rat­tle can but I was un­happy with the re­sults, so Paintz­fic­tion of Bev­erly did the job. The en­gine from the bike went pop on the way to MOT but they passed the bike with­out it run­ning, now it’s got a a re­place­ment en­gine. It sits along­side an SP1, GSX-R600 and R1M. My next project is a GPX750R race bike.

See it in all its glory in next month’s is­sue of The PS

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