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« on: October 28, 2014, 08:07:44 am »

Is this bike worth buying as a project, and if so how much is it work? The lady said she listed it for her husband which either means A: she has no idea what to charge and she could be easily negotiated with or B: she's doing this without her husband's knowledge and he'll fight tooth and nail to keep it. Lol I don't know much about the particulars of the ZX-11 trouble areas, I just know it looks better than the ZZR1200 and has a pretty sweet history.

http://washingtondc.craigslist.org/mld/mcy/4734759905.html

Here's another one that looks turnkey, but I don't mind a project bike....
http://washingtondc.craigslist.org/nva/mcy/4731106476.html
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« Reply #1 on: October 28, 2014, 10:44:01 am »

Second bike is the one you want.  Heck, it might sell for $2500.   Thumbsup

The first one was crashed on the left side, stored outside and generally looks rough and weathered.   Thumbsdown Thumbsdown

The second bike was stored indoors and is still glossy.  The owner just wants to move it on.  

No contest.  Bike number two.   Bigok
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« Reply #2 on: October 28, 2014, 10:46:13 am »

Oh, and forum member Greench440 has one of these.   He's your source for info.

Offer the second guy two grand.   Bigsmile
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« Reply #3 on: October 28, 2014, 11:24:55 am »

i like the red and black of the first one, and i've been looking for a project bike for the winter. i dunno, maybe $500 bucks for that as long as the engine internals are strong? put no more than $1,000 and my time into it and try selling it in the spring for $2,000?

I'm not seeing the rash on the side that you mentioned. Pictures aren't very good, of course.
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« Reply #4 on: October 28, 2014, 11:34:29 am »

first one only if you REALLY want a project. $500 IMO.

The second one...  Inlove Drool
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« Reply #5 on: October 28, 2014, 11:36:29 am »

Number 2 will need you to spend money on rebuilding the carbs.  Could have rotted seals and gaskets or floats.  Muck in the tank, etc.  Battery too.  Looks like it could be a money pit depending on what else we can't see.

Number 1 looks a peach.  I agree, offer 2k.

I remember these bikes as a friend from college had a 91, I think.  I honestly loved the power delivery of these compared to the more peaky modern versions.  It was just strong everywhere and easy to use.  And it was a darn comfy ride.
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« Reply #6 on: October 28, 2014, 01:22:11 pm »



Number 1 looks a peach.  I agree, offer 2k.
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« Reply #7 on: October 28, 2014, 01:34:15 pm »


i like the red and black of the first one, and i've been looking for a project bike for the winter. i dunno, maybe $500 bucks for that as long as the engine internals are strong? put no more than $1,000 and my time into it and try selling it in the spring for $2,000?

I'm not seeing the rash on the side that you mentioned. Pictures aren't very good, of course.

The left clip-on is plain aluminum.  OEM one was prolly banged up and trashed.  Plastic fairing looks severely weathered, and the grips look moldy.  The frame looks like it has been polished on the left side.   That's just stuff you can see from a couple of low-res pics.  Live and up-close won't get prettier.  A bike like this will $100 dollar you to death.

Second one looks well cared for.  Still... it's a 20+ yr old bike.  Not tough to find a 10yr old litre sport for $4k or less.
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« Reply #8 on: October 28, 2014, 01:45:17 pm »

Who knows about the starving oil to #3 rod problem? Seems common, but maybe one that's been ridden 20k doesn't have the problem?
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« Reply #9 on: October 28, 2014, 02:02:42 pm »

Starving #3 is a doing wheelies down the highway problem mostly.  I sold a 96 like the 2nd pic with 30k on it for $2500 a year ago.  I did peel the ugly purple sticker of it day 1.
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« Reply #10 on: October 28, 2014, 03:58:45 pm »

the owner of the pretty zx11 says theyd like to get 2200 but will take 2k. well then youll get 2k! anyway i may go look at it and offer 1800. my big concern is the oil starvation thing cause i dont know if i feel like cracking the motor open.
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« Reply #11 on: October 28, 2014, 04:30:07 pm »

Oil starvation is not a concern unless it was owned by a stunta. Which judging by the appearance it wasn't.  Wink
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« Reply #12 on: October 28, 2014, 04:59:48 pm »


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« Reply #13 on: October 28, 2014, 06:28:52 pm »

Number 1 is a gen 1 bike and number 2 is a gen 2 bike. in 1993 they sold both models.  And the gen 1 bike is pink and black, not red. It's also missing the stock exhaust.

You want the gen 2 bike, it still has the OEM exhaust and OEM handgrips.  The gen 2 bikes were also substantially revised with twin ram air intakes, revised frame, bigger gas tank, better finish panels between the fairing and gas tank, i think they also strengthened 2nd gear which was weak on early production gen 1.

Supposedly, the gen 2 bikes also pulled stronger through the mid range but didn't have any higher top speed.

2k for the gen 2 bike would be a good price.  I sold my 1991 gen 1 last February for $2100.  It almost approached Mr. Smooth levels of cleanliness and had many high quality upgrades like DID gold chain and sprockets, ss brake and clutch lines, galfer discs and pads, new PR2 tires, corbin seat, gerbings heat controller, and that bar end throttle lock thingy.

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« Reply #14 on: October 28, 2014, 07:17:39 pm »

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« Reply #15 on: October 28, 2014, 09:20:43 pm »

Buy #2 - ride it and love it.
Just keep it home in the snow.
Love this ride - a good fit for you.
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« Reply #16 on: October 28, 2014, 09:53:22 pm »


Buy #2 - ride it and love it.
Just keep it home in the snow.
Love this ride - a good fit for you.


It's worth going to take a look, probably this week. like all bikes this old. condition will be the deciding factor.

i feel like it's up your alley, too. i always pictured you on a zzr1200, this bike's successor.
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It's worth going to take a look, probably this week. like all bikes this old. condition will be the deciding factor.

i feel like it's up your alley, too. i always pictured you on a zzr1200, this bike's successor.


Yes - that was on my short list for a long time.  Still is if a deals shows up.

When I sat on one for a bit at a show once, knee room seemed like it could be an issue - but clearly something that could be solved with aftermarket goodies.

Hope it works out for you and looks solid.

And its a Kawi you don't have yet.
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« Reply #18 on: October 29, 2014, 08:20:41 pm »


...I sold my 1991 gen 1 last February for $2100.  It almost approached Mr. Smooth levels of cleanliness and had many high quality upgrades like DID gold chain and sprockets, ss brake and clutch lines, galfer discs and pads, new PR2 tires, corbin seat, gerbings heat controller, and that bar end throttle lock thingy...



Dave, you sold the '91?!?!   Crazy   I thought that was a forever thing, like Khloe Kardashian and Lamar Odom.   Bigsmile


Seriously, though, I am a little surprised that you let go of that hot rod.   Cool  It was in fantastic shape.  Although I suppose one reality of ownership is that cracking a fairing piece would be unfortunate as I bet that the fairing panels are all unobtanium now.


Like Katy Perry and John Mayer, it seemed like the two of you would be permanently linked.   Shrug    Bigsmile


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« Reply #19 on: October 29, 2014, 08:50:19 pm »

the more i read about the #3 bearing failures the more it worries me...
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