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Old 10-28-2011, 06:53 AM   #91
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CFBROWN, excellent job on the Ninja upgrades. Those are some sweet wheels and brakes! The newer exhaust looks rather good with the Ninja's styling too. On this last ride, I was really impressed with the 84 Ninjas high speed handling, wind protection and comfort. The riding position is stretched out and roomy, plus the new corbin seat with a sheep skin was excellent! We have a pretty strong sentimental attachment to the 1980's Japanese and Italian bikes, because we rode them when we were in our 20's. I had a Guzzi LeMans back then, and still crave a 1980's LeMan. I tried to snag a sweet 1989 LeMans that was in New Mexico, but it was snapped up quick!
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Old 10-28-2011, 10:18 PM   #92
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thanks!
it has
98' zx9r wheels
zx11d forks
zx11c triple trees
zx11d front brakes
zx9r rear brakes
08' gsxr1000 mufflers
02' ex250 pass/muffler pegs
90' zx10b rad and fan
zx6r stick coils
i also run a 180 rear tire in the stock swingarm,
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Old 10-29-2011, 07:30 AM   #93
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thanks!
it has
98' zx9r wheels
zx11d forks
zx11c triple trees
zx11d front brakes
zx9r rear brakes
08' gsxr1000 mufflers
02' ex250 pass/muffler pegs
90' zx10b rad and fan
zx6r stick coils
i also run a 180 rear tire in the stock swingarm,
That is an impressive list of modifications. I bet they improved the handling and braking quite a bit.
The Performance Machine wheels on our Ninja are nice, but probably not so durable for the road, since they are racing wheels and rather thin. Plus we have trouble finding wide bias ply 18 rear tires. I imagine you are running radial tires?
Your radiator mods are great too, our 900 tends to run hot especially in town.
I like how your bike does look very stock, like what the factory would have done for upgrades. Its interesting that
Kawasaki continued to produce the 900 Ninja (GPZ) in Europe for many years after its USA release.
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Old 10-29-2011, 10:04 AM   #94
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yes radial tires. i use race take offs. i only get 600-1000miles out of them, but there free and make the bike handle GREAT!! the rad mod was the best one yet. the bike never gets hot. i only use the one sensor(rad) and not the two stage system from the stock bike.
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Old 01-11-2012, 09:32 PM   #95
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Old 02-19-2012, 07:48 PM   #96
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Awesome rebuild. I just obtained an 84 for $280 that I'm planning to put back on the road and this thread is getting me excited. Cosmetically my bike is pretty ratty but its complete and fairly low mileage. Any interest in selling the Corbin you took off to replace my shoddily recovered seat?
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Old 05-02-2012, 12:40 PM   #97
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Old 05-27-2012, 02:47 PM   #98
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My twin brother and met at Starbucks for a ride and were refused service because we were not riding a BMW GS.
His old-skool Ninja is a real blast. He built it it when he worked at a motorcycle drag racing shop in the late 80's and we recently resurrected after sitting for 18 years. We are very glad he kept it!




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Old 06-13-2012, 01:45 PM   #99
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Thumb Beautiful!

I've been poking my head in this thread for over a year...finally joined advrider!

This is a beautiful resurrection build, thanks for sharing.

The Ninja debuted when I was 19, it made me drool and my pants snug in the front...I've had a longstanding love affair ever since. I got to test-ride one at SIR (now Pacific Raceway) in Kent during a Kawasaki promo event in fall of '84, it completely blew my young, testosterone-addled mind! At that point I vowed to own one...someday...

My dream became reality in 1997. Found a clean, but slightly-neglected example, by complete random chance, and bought it on-the-spot. It is an early-production (Japan-build?) '84 model, frame no. 00275.
I still own it, and ride it regularly. Just absolutely LOVE the thing, I plan to keep it forever.

In fact, this Sunday I'll be doing my first-ever trackday aboard my clean, trusty ZX900A1, at the brand-new Ridge Motorsports Park in Shelton, WA. Always wanted to get my baby out on the track, and now my chance has come.
I cannot wait...Should be a BLAST!!!

Thanks again for the detailed resto story and pics.
I've always fantasized about PM Chicanes and Flatslides...

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Old 06-13-2012, 07:37 PM   #100
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Howdy TedR,
Thank you for the compliments on our Ninja! My brother and I did several years of club racing with the WMRRA in 1984-90, we also frequented PIR. My brother won the Battle of the Twins on an EX500.
Being 50 years old, we get pretty sentimental about the bike we rode in the 1980's. Its amazing how far modern bikes have progressed in the handling, braking and motors, they are so sophisticated these days. But the 84 Ninja can still hold its own remarkably well and its a blast to ride, very raw and visceral!
Have a good time in Shelton on your Ninja!
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Old 11-07-2012, 02:19 PM   #101
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thanks!
it has
98' zx9r wheels
zx11d forks
zx11c triple trees
zx11d front brakes
zx9r rear brakes
08' gsxr1000 mufflers
02' ex250 pass/muffler pegs
90' zx10b rad and fan
zx6r stick coils
i also run a 180 rear tire in the stock swingarm,
Hey, CFBrown, I actually joined this forum specifically to ask you about your Ninja 900. I have an '84 that I'm trying to keep cool -- the stock radiator isn't really cutting it in Phoenix. I love your radiator mod, especially how you've gotten it to fit with the stock mid-fairing. Do you have any more info on what you did to make that work? Maybe even just some more pictures? I'd appreciate any advice you can offer. Very nice bike!
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Old 11-07-2012, 06:00 PM   #102
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Hey, CFBrown, I actually joined this forum specifically to ask you about your Ninja 900. I have an '84 that I'm trying to keep cool -- the stock radiator isn't really cutting it in Phoenix. I love your radiator mod, especially how you've gotten it to fit with the stock mid-fairing. Do you have any more info on what you did to make that work? Maybe even just some more pictures? I'd appreciate any advice you can offer. Very nice bike!

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Old 11-08-2012, 06:02 AM   #103
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My 84 performing a tire change ceremony
Miss that old lump... I remember sitting at a red light in Montreal and some lad pulled up on a pimped out shadow and told me I smelled like a 2 smoker ski-doo... rings!!
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Old 02-10-2014, 09:19 PM   #104
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We took the Ninja out yesterday, after lowering the needles in the slides, by one notch - which made the lower end and mid-range more crisp. The bike really hauls!

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