1990 kawasaki motorcycles

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Ninjas, Ninjas and more Ninjas that is what the 90’s were really about for Kawasaki Motorcycles. Pushing the Ninja line across the different capacities, and making them the best sportbikes in the relative classes, fiercely challenging the competition from other manufacturers. 

It wasn’t all Ninja’s (just mostly), there was a super cruiser and a retro parallel twin to come off Kawasaki’s assembly line too. 

In this article I take a brief look at some of the best bikes to come from Kawasaki in the 90s and their best bits, let’s have a look.

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Kawasaki Ninja ZX-11

In 1990 Kawasaki Motorcycles released the Ninja ZX-11 and it was intended to be the machine that ended the power race among the Japanese marques and for a while it did just that. 

The Ninja GPZ900R had started the Ninja line in 1984 to much success with several bikes naming it ‘Bike of the Year’, the ZX-10 followed.

6 years later Kawasaki Motorcycles went back to the drawing board and designed the all new ZX-11. The finished bike completed the quarter mile in 10.5 seconds, at speeds of 132mph. The power came from a DOHC, 1052cc, in-line 4-cylinder engine that offered 145 hp and 108 Nm of torque. 

Top speed hit 176mph which would make the new bike the fastest motorcycle in the world until the Honda Blackbird stole the lead in 1996. 

Chassis was all new, as was the new advanced valve train and the most aerodynamic fairing Kawasaki had ever produced. The ZX-11 was also the first production motorcycle to receive ram-air intake which until that point had been used in cars.

Initially dealers were only allowed 2 motorcycles per dealership as demand based on anticipation alone for the new model was sky high. In Cycle Worlds reflection of the ZX-11 they write “In 1990, we said this motorcycle would go on to define the decade. And we were right, as it set the template for what was to come – its handling prowess set it apart from its competition”

$3,000 will get you an original ZX-11 today and you can’t go wrong at that price to own a real piece of Ninja history.

Kawasaki Ninja ZX-9R

In 1994 Kawasaki released a slightly smaller Ninja than the ZX-11, in the form of the ZX-9R. 

Perhaps because it was overshadowed by the ZX-11, the ZX-9R didn’t quite cut the mustard as a top of the line sports bike; this was also hindered later on in 1998 by Yamaha’s R1 stealing the thunder from well…everyone. However, it did become a very popular sports tourer as a result, one that was comfortable and capable, without being boring. 

Initially the ZX-9R was considered to be too heavy but this was later re-vamped for the 1998 model year and was very well received as a result. It would always be too heavy for race-track performance, but for sporty road handling and power it was a great motorcycle. 

The 899cc engine pushed out 143 horsepower, and a top speed of 175mph, specs that really weren’t all that different to the bigger and older ZX-11. It looked good, went like the wind and sounded pretty special, the bike remained in the line-up until 2002.

They might be high mileage thanks to their sports-touring reputation, but you needn’t worry as the motor is bulletproof. You can pick one up for £2,500 or between $1,500-$3,000 on average in the US.

Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R

The Ninja ZX-6R was released in 1995 with a 598cc engine, pushing out 100 horsepower and 63 Nm of torque. The bike had a wet weight of 222kg. 

Designers at Kawasaki intended for the new 600 to be a true middleweight, offering an alternative to the bigger motorcycles but one that didn’t sacrifice race track looks, handling or performance. 

The GPZ line is what was hitting the middleweights before with motorcycles like the GPZ550. Kawasaki wanted big boy looks to fit all riders, but nothing too intimidating. Kawasaki deliberately built the ZX-6R to look like it’s bigger 1994 predecessor the ZX-9R, and was built to include the ram-air intake that was first produced with the ZX-11 in 1990. 

For the 1990’s the new Ninja had the highest spec in its class and was the best performing when compared to rivals, the GSX-R600 and the CBR600. By 1998 the G series was introduced and while the displacement remained the same the horsepower was boosted, later on a J series was introduced and soon after the displacement was boosted to 636.

While the 600 Ninja has remained in the line-up for over 25 years, it didn’t completely destroy the competition early on as the Honda CBR had a reputation for reliability while the GSX-R took the victory for being best on the track.  

If you want an early ZX-6R instead of a new one for nostalgia’s sake, you could find one for £1,500/$1,800.

Kawasaki W650

1998 kawasaki W650

In 1998 Kawasaki released a retro styled parallel twin in the form of the W650 and it was warmly received, catering to riders that were straying from sportbikes and looking for something more traditional. 

The W650 looked like it came straight from the 1960’s from the likes of British Triumph or Norton rather than Japan. Although the same was said about the original W1, W2 and W3 Kawasaki models from the 1960’s, which is where the ‘W’ takes its name from in W650. 

It looked and felt like a true authentic traditional motorcycle, stripped back from any modern tech and just a good looking machine ready to power down the miles. 

It wasn’t intended to be a speed freak, but the performance was pretty steady for the way in which most would ride the model. 676cc, four-stroke, parallel twin, creating 50 horsepower and a top speed of 110mph. 

The W650 would later be replaced with the W800 which was very similar in it’s style but just a bigger capacity. 

Prices vary significantly for the W650 depending on condition etc and how much it has been customised or looked after. The retro nature of the W650 does mean many home builders have taken it upon themselves to create cafe racer style motorcycles. I have seen a range of adverts from £1,500 all the way up to £6,500.

Kawasaki Vulcan 1500 Drifter

1999 Kawasaki Vulcan 1500 Drifter

In 1999 Kawasaki released the Vulcan 1500 Drifter. This was direct competition for Yamaha’s Dragstar and Royal Star models. The new Vulcan like the Yamaha Royal Star took design inspiration from Indian Motorcycle’s Chief line, with big sweeping fenders, long exhaust pipes and classy colorways. 

The bike had a four-stroke, 50° V-twin, SOHC, 1470cc engine that thudded out just 64 horsepower but in true cruiser fashion was full of torque 112 Nm of it, to be precise. 

Underneath the vintage cruiser looks the machine was far from vintage with it’s liquid-cooled 8 valve engine and electronic fuel-injection system. 

A huge range of catalogue and after-market parts were made available to owners and this led to many Drifters being personalised, leaning into the true cruiser spirit even more.

The same year the Vulcan 800 Drifter was also released, they were physically very similar machines with just different capacities to capture all audiences. 

Nowadays a good condition 1500 Drifter will cost on average around £3,000/$3,500 which for the size of motorcycle, and for a cruiser that stands out, it really isn’t too bad at all.

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List of Kawasaki motorcycles

Wikipedia list article


This is a list of Kawasaki motorcycles, motorcycles designed and/or manufactured by Kawasaki Heavy Industries Motorcycle & Engine and its predecessors.

Special purpose[edit]

Cruiser[edit]

Dual purpose[edit]

Off road[edit]

Streetbikes[edit]

Sport bikes[edit]

  • Ninja-RR (A.K.A. KR150, NINJA-R, NINJA-SS) (Production year: 2012–2015) 2Cycle Engine
  • Ninja 250R (A.K.A. EX250, GPZ 250, ZZ-R250) (Production year: 1986–present)
  • Ninja 300 (A.K.A. EX300) (Production year: 2012–present)
  • Ninja 400R (A.K.A. EX400, (Production year: 2011–present)
  • Ninja 500R (A.K.A. EX500, GPZ500S, ZZ-R500) (Production year: 1987–2009)
  • Ninja 650R (A.K.A. ER-6F EX650R) (Production year: 2006–present)
  • Ninja ZX-150RR (A.K.A. KR150, KR150K, KRR150, Ninja 150 RR, Ninja RR) (Production year: 1996–present)
  • Ninja ZX-6R and 6RR (Production year: 1995–present)
  • Ninja ZX-750F (Production year: 1987-1990)
  • Ninja 1000 (A.K.A. 2011-2019 Z1000Sx, 2020- Ninja 1000SX) (Production year: 2011–present)
  • Ninja ZX-10R (Production year: 2004–present)
  • Ninja ZX-12R

Sport-Touring[edit]

Scooters[edit]

J300 J300 Special Edition Epsilon 250 J125

Models no longer in production[edit]

  • A1 Samurai 250cc
  • A7 Avenger 350cc
  • Kawasaki AE50 50CC (produced 1981–1986)
  • Kawasaki AE80 80cc (produced 1981–1986)
  • Kawasaki AR50 50cc (produced 1981–1994)
  • Kawasaki AR80 80cc (produced 1981–1994)
  • Kawasaki AR80K Liquid Cooled (produced 1992-1998)
  • B7 Pet (Step-Thru)
  • B8 125cc (1962–1965)
  • Kawasaki B8M Red-Tank Furore 125cc 1962–1965)
  • C2SS & C2TR (1964–1968)
  • G1M 100cc (1967)
  • G31M Centurion (1970–1971)
  • Kawasaki G4TR G4 'Trail Boss' produced in early 1970 (1971 (G4TR-A), 1972 (B), 1973 (C), 1974 (D), 1974 G4TR-A 'Agi'Bike, 1975 (E), 1975 G4TRAA 'Agi'Bike). 10 speed - 5 high 5 low 997cc
  • Kawasaki KV100 KV100 A7-A9 (1976–78) KV100 B2-B4 (1976–78) mainly sold as farm ('agi') bike in Australia, New Zealand & Canada [1]
  • F11M 250cc (1967) (1973-1975AB)
  • F21M "Green Streak" (1968–1971)
  • F3 Bushwhacker 175cc (1968–1970)
  • F4 Sidewinder 250cc (1969–1970)
  • F5 Bighorn 350cc (1970–1971)
  • F6 Enduro 125cc (1971–1974)
  • F7 Enduro 175cc (1971–1975)
  • F8 Bison 250cc (1971–1972)
  • F81M "Green Streak" 250cc (1971)
  • F9 Bighorn 350cc (1971–1975)
  • ER500A/D 498cc (1996–2008)
  • Ninja ZXR 250 / ZX-2R (produced: 1988–1999)
  • Ninja ZXR 400 (produced: 1991–2003)
  • Ninja ZXR 750 / ZX-7 (L model [zx7] street; M model [zx7r] race 93-95) (produced: 1984–1995)
  • Ninja ZX-7R / ZX-7RR (J model [ZX7] street; K model [ZX7R] race 91-92)(produced: 1996–2003)
  • Ninja ZX-9R (produced: 1994–2003)
  • Ninja 1000R (produced: 1986–1987)
  • Ninja ZX-10 / ZZR-1000 (produced: 1988–1990)
  • Ninja ZX-11 / ZZR 1100 (produced: 1990–2001)
  • ZZR1200 / ZZ-R1200 (produced: 2002 - 2005)
  • GPz750 (produced: 1983–1987)
  • GPZ1100B1/B2 (produced: 1981–1982)
  • GPZ1100E (produced: 1995–1996)
  • GPZ250R (Released in Japan only) (produced:1985-?)
  • GPZ305 (produced 1983–1994)
  • GPz750 Turbo (produced: 1983–1985)
  • Ninja GPZ900R (produced: 1984–2003)
  • Ninja 600R AKA: GPz600R, GPX600R, ZX600A-C (produced: 1985–1997)
  • ZX600A Website with Specs.
  • 454 LTD (produced: 1985–1990)
  • Kawasaki S1 Mach I 250cc (produced: 1972) (a two-stroketriple)
  • Kawasaki S2 Mach II 350cc (produced: 1972) (a two-stroketriple)
  • S3 400 (a two-stroketriple)
  • Kawasaki H1 Mach III 500cc (produced: 1968–1972) (a two-stroketriple)
  • Kawasaki H2 Mach IV 750cc (a two-stroketriple)
  • KR250
  • KH125 (produced 1975–1998)
  • AR125
  • Kaze ZX130
  • ZG1200 Voyager XII (Four)
  • ZN1300 Voyager XIII (Six)
  • KE100 (produced 1976–2001)
  • KE125
  • KL250A1/A2/A3/A4 (produced: 1978–1981)
  • KR-1/KR-1S/KR-1R (produced: 1989-1993 KR-1R)
  • KH250/400/500 (See article)
  • Z500/Z550 (A.K.A. KZ500, KZ550, GPz550) (produced: 1979–1985)
  • Kawasaki Z750 twin (produced: 1976–1978)
  • Z1/KZ900 (produced: 1972–1976; Z900 sold in North America as KZ900)
  • Z1R (factory production cafe racer 1015cc four-cylinder; produced 1978–1980)
  • Z750RS Z2 (produced: 1973–1978)
  • KZ750L3 (produced: 1983)
  • KZ750L4 (produced: 1984)
  • KZ750N - Spectre (produced 1982-1984)
  • KZ200 (produced: 1980–1984)
  • KZ305CSR
  • KZ400/Z400 (produced: 1974–1984)
  • KZ440/Z440
  • KZ350
  • Z650 (produced: 1976–1983; sold in North America as KZ650)
  • Z1000-H (Fuel Injected, Produced 1980)
  • Z1000-ST (Shaft drive, Produced 1979 -1981)
  • KZ1300 (Six cylinder)
  • ZL900A Eliminator (produced 1985–1986)
  • ZL600A Eliminator (produced 1986 only ??)
  • ZN700LTD (produced 1984–1985)
  • ZR-7 (produced: 1999–2003)
  • ZEPHYR 750 (produced: 1991–1999)
  • ZR-1100
  • KSR II
  • W650 (produced: 1999- 2007)
  • Voyager
  • ZZR1100 (produced: 1990–2002)
  • KZ-1000 (various configurations; produced 1977–1980)
  • KZ-1100 (various configurations; produced 1981–1983)
  • AE 50 (produced: circa 1981–1982)
  • KZ900 A4 (produced: ca 1976)
  • Kawasaki F1TR 175cc (1966)
  • Kawasaki F2TR 175cc (1967)
  • Kawasaki J1TR 85cc (1967)

ATV / Quad[edit]

  • Aeon Cobra
  • Bayou 185
  • Bayou 220
  • Bayou 250
  • Bayou 300
  • Bayou 400
  • Brute Force 300
  • Brute Force 650
  • Brute Force 750
  • KFX 50 (re-badged Suzuki LT-A50 until 2006, now an independent design)
  • KFX 80 (re-badged Suzuki LT80)
  • KFX 90
  • KFX 400 (re-badged Suzuki LT-Z400)
  • KFX 450R
  • KFX 700 V-Force
  • KLT 110
  • KLT 160
  • KLT 185
  • KLT 200
  • KLT 250
  • Lakota 300
  • Lakota Sport 300
  • Mojave 110
  • Mojave 250
  • Prairie 250 (based on the KLT 250)
  • Prairie 300
  • Prairie 360
  • Prairie 400 (first adult-sized ATV with a fully automatic transmission)
  • Prairie 650 (first production ATV with a V-twin engine)
  • Prairie 700
  • Tecate-3 250
  • Tecate-4 250

Road racing motorcycles[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^Kawasaki Recognition Manual 1963 - 1978

External links[edit]

Sours: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Kawasaki_motorcycles
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1990 Kawasaki Ninja 750R

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