In 1988, Kawasaki unleashed an amazing motorcycle, the Ninja 1000 or ZX10. The motorcycle press flat ran out of words to describe this thing, everyone was sure it was the ne plus ultra of super bikes. Who could imagine any factory topping what this bike could do right off the showroom floor, of course, as time went on, they did, but the reaction at the time was simply shock and awe. I owned the 1989 version of this bike, the only real difference was color, the broad red stripe was now black, and I can tell you from personal experience the Ninja ZX10 was crazy fast, but it was also a really comfortable sport touring machine and you could cover hundreds of miles with ease.
This particular 1988 Ninja 1000 is extremely clean, a rare quality in any vintage Japanese inline four, with the same owner since ’89, always garaged and well maintained. New tires, jet kit and a Vance and Hines 4 into 1 exhaust system in place of the original dual exhaust. Interestingly, it’s been re-geared to reduce the top end slightly while increasing acceleration to match today’s bikes which is where you want the performance anyway, how often do you run over 150 mph?