WHY IT’S RAD!
If RADwood had to choose a small sampling of movies to represent the era, surely the 1986 blockbuster “Top Gun” would be in the conversation. And until we see an 80’s F-14 Tomcat come through our submissions, the closest you can get to Maverick is this iconic motorcycle: the 1985 Kawasaki Ninja ZX900. We’ve seen a few pop up at our RADwood shows and it’s great to see one so well preserved and available on RAD For Sale.
While this isn’t the bike used in the film, it does feature the same red and black paint scheme as the Ninja that Tom Cruise blasted around on. Featuring Kawasaki’s first use of a liquid cooled 16 valve 4-cylinder, this quad-carbed, 908cc engine produced nearly 110 horsepower when new. Other technical highlights include twin front disc brakes, dual exhaust and a 10,500 rpm redline.
The seller's father acquired the motorcycle in October of 1993 with 7,943 miles and it currently shows 12,660 miles on the odometer. A receipt for service in December of 2019 shows clutch slave rebuild, carburetor service and battery replacement. Factory exhaust is still present as is the original black seat, tinted windscreen and red grips.
The seller reports there is a dent in the exhaust pipe by the foot pedal for the center stand. Additionally there is a crack in the plastic by the left side “Ninja” decal. A small scratch exists in the paint between the brake light and right turn signal. Flaws are visible in the photos. Tires are acceptable for moving the bike but should be replaced before serious use due to age.
The seller reports this Kawasaki has been stored indoors and, with the exception of test rides to verify functionality prior to sale, has not been ridden since 2003 when the bike was last registered. Recent work completed in preparation for sale includes right front caliper seals replaced and fuel tank float cleaned and verified.
Overall the bike presents well and runs smoothly.
No known modifications
13,000 rpm tachometer and 160 mph speedometer
DOHC 908cc 4-cylinder
Twin front brakes
12k original miles, preserved condition
In storage and rarely ridden since last registered in 2003
Recent maintenance including carb service, new battery and more
Some cosmetic blemishes consistent with age
Tires should be replaced based on age
All gauges and lights operational
Runs and rides very well