As you probably know, I recently bought a 98 ZX7R (as you're trying to.) This particular Kaw had the splash I was looking for and I was fortunate to have found one near where I live. I saw it sitting outside of a dealership and made an offer to the guy. He had asked a firm 6800, but I was able to talk him to 6650. As far as the exterior was concerned, it was in excellent condition. No visible scratches, let alone cracks! Approx. 5700 miles. The only thing (if you've been following my thread in a recent posting here) is of a possible problem with it's tendency to steer to the right; depending on the outcome of the findings, the sale could have been a good or bad deal. Let's hope it is minor.
In any case, I talked to the guy and he had mentioned that he would cover if it's beyond a $200 fix. If you don't already know, you can check out bike values by going to www.nadaguides.com.
I have inserted here, the values of a 98 ZX7R for your convenience.
July 10, 2000
9950 JERONIMO RD, IRVINE, CA 92718-2016
ZX750P3 NINJA ZX-7R
Piston Displacement (CCs): 748
Stroke: 4 Cylinders: 4 Speeds: 6
Dry Weight: 448
Low Retail: $4,860
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