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Be sure to buy the best new rubber that you can for that, you don't want to join the ranks of guys who get an old bike going again, then throw it away in a turn when the hard tires with "great tread" lose grip. It is a little harder to find good tires for these old bikes, but there are good options.

I love the look of the original Ninja 750, except for the tiny front/huge back wheels. I had an '87 that I bought in '89, it was a great machine, but I dumped it in a turn because I didn't bite the bullet and get new rubber when the rear tire got squared off from too much straight line riding. You do NOT want to depend on the traction of the squared-off edge of an old OEM tire! Broke my collar bone, trashed the poor Ninja. I was wearing what was considered "all the gear" for back then, and let me encourage you to get good gear. True motorcycle jacket with padding, vents, etc., full face helmet, sturdy gloves, boots laced up above your ankles. I wear riding pants, now, too, because the older I get, the less my chances of recovering quickly from hitting hips or knees on pavement, though jeans did me well enough for my little crash back then.

I watch a lot of motorcycle crash compilations on YouTube, and I'm always amazed at the people who end up shoeless and helmetless after a get-off (and the compilations are of the people who survived, I'd hate to see the ones who didn't.) Tie your shoes, people! Buckle that helmet! I mean, seriously?

Scott in Brighton NY
 

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I got the same bike

Except mine is red and white instead of black. It's true that choices of tires are quite limited, especially front. You can swap out the wheels with ZX6 or ZZR600.

But one thing you need to pay most attention is an alternator belt. When you hear some squeaky sound when you turn engine on, it's the belt. It's located right behind the engine. Kawasaki originally wanted to race this bike for Formula TT in early '80s and thus made alternator "swappable" for racing purpose. Unfortunately, World Superbike rules came out so Kawasaki had to develop ZX-7 in a hurry. The belt costs around $30. If you are going to keep this bike, you might need to buy couple since this is the first thing that could go out and you don't want to be stuck in nowhere because your alternator stopped turning.
 

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Wow

I could not believe that you found the exact same bike under the exact same conditions I did in Dec 2013 - except you did me one better and got it free !! I paid $800 CAD for mine and thought I did OK but looks like you did even better.

For mine, all I did was replace the air filter and battery and remove and thoroughly clean the carbs and gas tank. Also cleaned all brakes and chain, replaced all fluids.

Cosmetically mine is close to mint and has 25,000 mostly highway miles. Have the vehicle history - has 2 previous female owners, dealership maintained for those 2. Last owner purchased it in 1999 and only put about 2,000 more miles on it, then parked it in the garage for 6 years.

Had lost of compliments on it - interesting how some see it as ugly while others appreciate its looks. You will enjoy this bike; keep it all stock.

 

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Thx for the replies everyone.

No doubt I'll be picking up some new tires for it. These are cracked and left for dead. As a bit of a track junky, I know how important good rubber and protection is. (yes, I used the words "protection" and "rubber" in the same sentence)

I played with the airbox a little today. Pushed the boots in and put the carbs back in. Got #3 boot popped back into place, started cursing #4 so walked away from it for the time being. I'm thinking the age of the rubber is making this more difficult than it should be. Never worked with any of these as "new" so not sure.

This is surely a long term project haha! I have to admit, this simple little airbox is getting the best of me.... it made a slow start and now a slow finish.
 

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The pics of these old bikes you guys are posting are impressive. You must be proud to own such an old bike in "like new" condition.

Mine does have a small ding on top of the tank and a couple scratches here and there. After I finally finish her up I'll clean up and see what kind of shine she still has under all the dirt.
 

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OK, removed everything again and inspected the boots. #4 is hardened and shrunk so I went a different route....

Found some uni filters. I'm using clothes dryer connectors trimmed to size to choke the entire filter except the ends creating a bit of a velocity stack inside. The bike seems to run just fine and revs to redline without any hesitations. My main concern was getting the slides to open when needed and they do ;)

I know it's not very scientific and I don't know what the a/f ratio is but it runs.... I may find some flat spots in the torque when I get it on the highway...

I'll post some more pics of it when it's finished and cleaned up. New rubber is next, bleed the brakes and she's ready for the road. I'll service the forks after I decide what I want to do exactly with the suspension.

Thanks again for all of the replies!
 

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Finished her up.

Does anyone know what to pump up the rear shock to? I do have a shock pump. There's an adjustment knob there too, I guess for rebound adjustment. Do you just turn it to adjust? Never messed with this old school stuff haha
 

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'88 F2 here

I have the '88 F2 model in Red. This was my first "real" sportbike and I cannot part with it no matter how hard I try. Does anyone know where parts can be found for these?
 
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