I keep twitching every time I see a Kawasaki ZRX1100R for sale.
Partly because I think that, in original Kawasaki lime green, they look stunning, partly because I rode one some years ago and reckoned then that a ZRX is one of the most convincing big retros (with a naughty edge the Suzuki GSX1400 and Yamaha both conspicuously lack) and partly because I thought they were undervalued.
To a degree, they still are. The 1200S, with the bigger frame- mounted fairing, is actually a more practical bike to ride, but how many people buy Kawasakis for their practicality? No, paint it lime green, add a bikini fairing, make it rorty, and Kawasaki fiends sort of lose all sense of judgement and start putting their hands in their pockets.
You can get a 1200 for a couple of grand, and it won’t break – hardly anyone can break a ZZR1100 engine, which is what it has, albeit retuned. The red and dark maroon 1100s are actually slightly more than the 1200, but for the lime green models, you’re looking at a minimum of £2500 for a good one.
The 1200R is even rarer, and this is absolutely the one to have. I have just seen a mint 2000-miler, described as the best in the UK (which it almost certainly was), sell for £7000. If you’ve got one in your garage, don’t let some chancer steal it by saying: “Give yer two-anna-half grand for it. Best offer you’ll get.”
I didn’t sell my R60/6 at Kempton Park jumble last weekend. Punters were crawling all over it and cooing at it, and saying the price of £3350 was ‘fair’ but nobody actually put their hands in their pockets.
However, an ad on a forum for old airhead BMWs has flushed out a prospective buyer. Sometimes specialist sites for specialist bikes produce results.
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