Join Date: Sep 2001
Location: Aurora, CO USA 80013
I don't know jack about mechanics, but I can answer your last question.
The Ninja 1000R was built for two years, 1986 and 1987. In 1988 it was replaced by the ZX-10, which was sold from 1988-1990 model years. The 1000R is often confused with the ZX-10.
Additionally, Kawasaki sold both the Ninja 900 and the Ninja 1000R in 1986, so that might also be the source of confusion.
Although the ZX-10 (and subsequent ZX-11) engine was based upon the 1000R's engine, (which in turn was based on the original 1984 Ninja 900) there are very few similarities between your 1000R and the ZX-10. They are completely different bikes.
The Ninja 900 and 1000R engines are much more similar. So much so, that I've heard of 900 owners swapping in 1000R motors.
Last edited by zxrider; 05-02-2007 at 03:15 PM.