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    Quote Originally Posted by Julian_Boolean View Post
    Because they're really high quality bikes that are easy to ride fast and fun, a reasonably modern 600 is 100bhp, most people can't use a 100bhp sports bike to it's full potential, 60bhp is pretty easy to use.
    The reason they're not made any more is that sports bikes aren't fashionable, especially in Japan, the number of new Japanese proper sports bikes on sale has dropped, R1, R6, ZX636, ZX10, Fireblade, GSXR1000 is about it.

    I think also the 400cc tax class in Japan isn't in place anymore, so there's no point in the factories making them.

    That ZXR looks in absolutely mint condition, but I'd want to replace most of the seals if I was going to ride it (and I would. )

    I'd also like to know if it's a 2003 or an L9. Not that there's a huge difference, Kawasaki made the same bike for about 8 years iirc.

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    Look at the Japanese manufacturer domestic websites.

    The 400cc class is still alive and well (along with the 250 class).

    But all the bikes are retro/naked.

    https://www.honda.co.jp/motor-lineup...avi_pulldown_b

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    Now you've got me looking at JDM bikes... and I want one of these!

    https://www.honda.co.jp/CROSSCUB/

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    The problem with that ZXR is that it's not an L model 750. Poster bike for me back in the day, whereas the 400 was a lardy bucket non 2 smoke.

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    I thought 400's only existed because of license restrictions in Japan?

    They're also really, really, really tiny and only suited to dwarfs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Weeksy View Post
    Every bloody branch....

    But put a proper exhaust on it and I'll find garage room for it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eclipse View Post
    One of the forums I used to be on years ago was for Yamaha RD's and one of the regulars
    put ypvs 500 engine in to one of them kwaka 400's
    Taken from here - http://www.zxrworld.co.uk/zxr400oc/v...php?f=1&t=4637

    Hi guys,
    Yeah it was me....on the ZXR400 with the RD500 motor....not RG.
    A brief explanation...

    Why did I use a zxr400....
    Because I love them to bits....because I am 5'11" and no other 400 or 250 was anywhere near big enough....because I used to race against a few on a TZ350 late 80's early 90's and saw first hand just how good a bike they are.

    I was in France with the RD500 club de France at a track day and rode a Spondon RG500 on track.....superb.....really showed up how bad a stock RD500 is. I wanted one, but with an RD motor, so I rang Spondon, they never got back to me. I got to thinking ....now whats going to be as good as a Spondon....ZXR400.

    Enter Ebay....and a breaker from Leeds...quick call and he was willing to take the 400 motor out of a complete bike and sell me the rest complete. I was worried that if I bought one with a motor I would be playing with the std bike and not doing my project stroker.

    So I started it about end of July this year.....first outing was Cadwell September 10th....sort of shake down...but it really showed its potential.

    I'd never been to Oulton Park before but my other 2-stroke buddies booked me in .....so that was the second outing on it Yesterday. It is absolutely awsome, Carbs are better sorted now and it goes really well.

    The motor is tuned to produce approx 110rwhp. maybe more..but I've not dyno'd it yet....a bit more than a stock 400.

    The chassis..
    I wanted it to look and ride like a std zxr400....your mate on here was taking very long looks at it yesterday trying to figure out what it was. Its amazing how many folks just dismiss it as another zxr400l. I have changed nothing, I did not want to upset the original handling of the bike, I was sort of hoping the CofG of the motor and its weight would be about the same. I was lucky, the bike handles like a dream...as good as my mates Spondon. Next year it will do alot of track days.

    Most of the build can be seen here:-
    http://www.gareth.evans9.btinternet.co.uk/zxr500.htm
    and here:-
    http://www.yamaha-rd.com/forum/topic-43325.html

    I have done some dodgy test bits just to get it up and running as quick as posible - to get a few days in this year. Over the winter I will finish it off proper.

    Thanks for the interest..never thought about kawasaki guys being interested but as you can tell from my username I'm a Kawasaki nut and still own my original z1100r.

    It was a grim old day at Oulton yesterday...but I watched with interest the ZXR400H bollocking round in the afternoon..They are a great little bike.

    Cheers again
    Gareth

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    Quote Originally Posted by davidat19 View Post
    123827872878


    Can't post it as I said in a-morti's thread, but I lurve this!
    Its an ebay number
    One dream shattered, bits ground up and stamped upon. Put a bid in...he took the listing off with a day to go. Pooh.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KungFooBob View Post
    Look at the Japanese manufacturer domestic websites.

    The 400cc class is still alive and well (along with the 250 class).

    But all the bikes are retro/naked.

    https://www.honda.co.jp/motor-lineup...avi_pulldown_b
    I had no idea that was still a thing!

    Although tbf there's not much to get excited about in a sleeved down cbr500, and a cb400sf that's not much different than a 1995ish one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pirahna View Post
    I thought 400's only existed because of license restrictions in Japan?

    They're also really, really, really tiny and only suited to dwarfs.

    I had trouble folding myself onto a 6; not a hope of getting onto a 4

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    Quote Originally Posted by a_morti View Post
    and a cb400sf that's not much different than a 1995ish one.
    Different bodywork and an engine with VTEC is about it, they're great little bikes but the suspension is way too soft for middle aged Europeans.

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    Admittedly not a bike as such, but it has a bike engine and is interesting from a build perspective IMO- I'd love a go in it.

    in the dry...

    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/SMART-FOR...wAAOSwasZc-lYu


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    Not mine, but a 1290 some guy is planning on making this exhaust fit.



    I like it!

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