The Kawasaki Ninja ZX-4RR hearkens back to bikes like the Kawasaki ZXR-400R, Yamaha FZR400RR SP, Honda CBR400RR, Suzuki GSX-R400, and the Honda V-4-powered VFR400R (NC30), none of which came to the US except as gray market imports. (Kawasaki/)
The only four-cylinder 400 on the market rekindles old feelings for the 400cc mini-superbikes that were popular in Japan in the 1980s and ‘90s16,000 rpm redline, modern tech, and 15 pounds lighter than the Ninja ZX-6RIt’s just begging for race trim
Only costs $1,000 less than a Ninja ZX-6RSteel frame isn’t as trick as the aluminum frames that are standard on race-replica sportbikes
The 2023 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-4RR’s spec sheet demolishes that of every other small-displacement sportbike on the market. In a field of twins and singles, the ZX-4RR’s four cylinders are an ace in the hand, making it the lightweight sportbike many riders have been dreaming about since the 1980s—complete with rider aids that were barely being imagined back then. The only downside? Price of admission.
From the nose, it’s clear that the ZX-4RR is no Ninja 400—just look at that oversized ram air duct, which feeds the airbox via intake funnels in two different lengths of 40 and 60mm. The engine’s oversquare bore allows for more valve area with 22.1mm intake and 19mm exhaust valves. Available only in KRT Edition livery, the ZX-4RR looks the Kawasaki sportbike part. (Kawasaki/)
The Kawasaki Ninja ZX-4RR is a 399cc inline-four sportbike—a mini pseudo-superbike that hearkens back to the 1980s and ‘90s when the Japanese market was flush with exotic, state-of-the-art 400cc sportbikes. The class was a hotbed of activity in Japan partly because of a licensing system that made bikes of 400cc and below much easier and less expensive to get permits for than larger-displacement machines.
So, how is a 400cc inline-four sportbike relevant to today’s US market? After 2008, manufacturers realized that the combination of high insurance premiums and empty pockets hadn’t changed riders’ taste for performance. The answer was highly capable but simplified motorcycles—many of them twins—at prices people can more easily afford and that raise fewer red flags with insurance companies.
While new-style mid-displacement twins are great, so too is the high sweet song of the inline-four, particularly in full-on sportbike trim. With the ZX-4RR, Kawasaki must be thinking: let’s spec out a bike whose displacement is too small to frighten insurers, and then let’s see how much of the traditional superbike look we can roll out at a price a lot of riders can pay.
In addition to a four-cylinder engine, the ZX-4RR uses radial-mount calipers, adjustable suspension, an assist and slipper clutch, a TFT dash, and electronic rider aids derived from Kawasaki’s top-end sportbikes. The thought of those four small 57mm pistons whirring away at 16,000 rpm is enough to excite the most jaded sportbike aficionado. This is no mere Ninja 400. However, for the sake of affordability, the ZX-4RR veers away from the Japanese-market 400s of yore by using a steel frame and swingarm instead of pricier aluminum numbers.
In certain ways, the ZX-4RR is history in reverse. Take for example the historical trajectory of the 600 supersport: for years, performance-with-economy was the philosophy behind, for instance, Honda’s CBR600F Hurricane and Kawasaki’s GPz600R, which used steel frames and budget-friendly components. In Japan, that whole concept was scrapped in the heat of the performance wars that defined the 400cc sportbike class. Eventually, America and Europe would come to demand bleeding-edge race-replica 600s. Now, it seems, economic realities, tetchy insurance agents, and emissions standards have caught up with us. Three decades later and half a world away, as the popularity of the 600 supersport class wanes,
By: Cycle World Staff
Title: 2023 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-4RR
Sourced From: www.motorcyclistonline.com/kawasaki/ninja-zx-4rr/
Published Date: Thu, 25 May 2023 18:45:22 +0000
The Mighty Six: A brutal custom Honda CBX from The Netherlands
An email commissioning a new project is good news for any custom motorcycle workshop. But the crew at Moto Adonis in The Netherlands was particularly giddy when their latest project hit their inbox. The brief read like most others, save for one key detail—the client specifically requested a custom Honda CBX 1000.
Like many of us, Moto Adonis co-owners Arthur Renkema and Job Leussink idolize the mighty CBX. “It’s undoubtedly one of the most legendary machines ever built,” Job proclaims. “The sound of this beastly inline six-cylinder engine, skillfully crafted by Honda masters, is more than just noise; it’s a symphony of brute force that resonates as pure rebellion on two wheels.”
Despite their love for this 80s icon, Moto Adonis had no intention of simply creating a tidy Honda CBX 1000 restomod. “The bike was craving a contemporary, rugged touch,” explains Job. “And we didn’t just add a hint; no, we went all-out.”
Paying tribute to the CBX’s legacy, Arthur and Job kept the bike’s OEM fuel tank—but everything else was fair game. The guys set out to modernize the bike, while stripping back as much as they could to highlight its gargantuan engine. While we wouldn’t go as far as calling a six-cylinder superbike from the 80s ‘lithe,’ this CBX is one of the leanest we’ve seen.
By: Wesley Reyneke
Title: The Mighty Six: A brutal custom Honda CBX from The Netherlands
Sourced From: www.bikeexif.com/custom-honda-cbx-1000-moto-adonis
Published Date: Tue, 20 Feb 2024 19:35:20 +0000
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REVIVING LEGENDS: The Timeless Transformation of a ’66 Corvette Resto-Mod
Written by Nicole Ellan James
2024 PALM BEACH AUCTION – 1966 CHEVROLET CORVETTE CUSTOM CONVERTIBLE – NO RESERVE
Resto-Mods have surged in popularity within the collector car community, and it’s easy to see why. These vehicles, characterized by their classic appearance combined with modern upgrades, encompass everything from sleek bodywork to advanced technology and powertrain enhancements. In recent years, the appeal of Resto-Mods has skyrocketed among buyers, with Corvettes standing out as constant favorites within this category.
The fusion of yesteryear’s charm with today’s innovation presents enthusiasts with an enticing combination of nostalgia and exhilaration. Resto-Mods embody this harmonious union, delivering the timeless allure of vintage aesthetics alongside the excitement of modern driving experiences. They serve as a compelling tribute to automotive history, capturing the essence of bygone eras while embracing the advancements of the present day.
Imagine a stunningly restored 1960s Corvette, now boasting a fuel-injected powerhouse, enhanced suspension and state-of-the-art infotainment system. This is precisely the transformation custom builder Jeff Hayes orchestrated with this 1966 Chevrolet Corvette convertible Resto-Mod, a project finished in October 2022.
Under the hood, an LS3 V8 engine rated with 540 horsepower is the starting point. The LS3 is known for its formidable power and relentless performance. Paired seamlessly with a 4L70E automatic transmission, this dynamic duo ensures smooth acceleration with precise shifts, for what’s sure to be an incredible driving experience.
Beneath its sleek exterior, this Corvette rests upon an Art Morrison sport chassis, renowned for its exceptional strength, agility and precision engineering. This high-performance foundation offers modern stability and handling, allowing the Corvette to carve through corners with confidence and command the road with authority. Bringing this Resto-Mod’s performance to a smooth halt are 4-wheel Wilwood disc brakes. Whether you’re pushing the limits on the open road or cruising through city streets, these brakes can deliver consistent and reliable braking performance, providing peace of mind and control in almost any driving scenario.
Finished in Bright Red paint, the exterior of this Corvette is complemented by a Saddle Brazilian leather interior.
Completing the look are striking Schott wheels, which accentuate the classic lines of the vehicle while adding a touch of contemporary flair. The wheels are wrapped in custom red line tires that not only enhance the aesthetic appeal but also ensure a smooth and responsive ride.
Step inside, and you’ll find a sanctuary of modern comfort and convenience seamlessly integrated into the classic design. The interior of this Resto-Mod features a Vintage Air system, ensuring the climate inside the cabin is comfortable regardless of the weather outside. A cutting-edge AM/FM Bluetooth stereo system delivers crystal-clear sound, allowing you to soundtrack your journey with your favorite tunes wirelessly. Other amenities include power steering and power windows for modern convivences.
This 1966 Chevrolet Corvette is selling with No Reserve at the 2024 Palm Beach Auction, April 18-20 at the South Florida Fairgrounds. Register to bid today to take this one-of-a-kind Resto-Mod Corvette home with you.
Title: REVIVING LEGENDS: The Timeless Transformation of a ’66 Corvette Resto-Mod
Sourced From: www.barrett-jackson.com/Media/Home/Reader/reviving-legends-the-timeless-transformation-of-a-66-corvette-resto-mod/
Published Date: Tue, 20 Feb 2024 16:23:35 +0000
ROAD TRIP TO COOLSVILLE: Cars From the 1950s Represent an Incredible Automotive Era in America
2024 SCOTTSDALE AUCTION – 1954 KAISER DARRIN ROADSTER – NO RESERVE
After World War II, the United States saw an unprecedented surge in economic prosperity – and a newfound fascination with cars. The 1950s saw families moving out of the cities and into the suburbs, meaning a vehicle was pretty much a necessity for a commute to work. The automobile also signified freedom for the average American – a chance to hit the open road to explore via the burgeoning highway system (hello, Route 66!). Car culture flourished: drive-in movies, drive-thru restaurants and car clubs popped up everywhere.
This era saw the United States become the world’s largest manufacturer of automobiles – by the end of the 1950s, one in six working Americans were employed either directly or indirectly in the automotive industry. The decade began with some 25 million registered vehicles on the road; by 1958 there were more than 67 million.
American car designers let their imaginations run wild, and the advent of the jet age proved to be a major influence. As a result, Fabulous ’50s cars were resplendent with chrome, tailfins, chrome, wings, chrome, turbines, chrome and afterburner taillights. Did we mention chrome?
Ford, GM and Chrysler – known as the “Big Three” automakers at that time – led the way in automobile production during the 1950s boom. Vehicles forever emblematic of the decade of their creation include Chevrolet’s Bel Air and Corvette, Cadillac’s Eldorado, Ford’s Thunderbird and Fairlane, and Chrysler’s New Yorker. But smaller entities made waves, too – as evidenced by cars like the Kaiser Darrin roadster with its unique pocket doors and DeSoto’s impressive Adventurer – some of which even came with built-in record players.
Highlighted here are just a small sampling of the fantastic cars from the Fabulous ’50s that will be headed across the auction block during the 2024 Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction, January 20-28 at WestWorld. See you there, Daddy-O!
1954 KAISER DARRIN ROADSTER – NO RESERVE
Pictured above and previously owned by renowned Kaiser Darrin collector Bob Adams. Powered by an original 2.6-liter Straight-6 engine backed by a 3-speed manual transmission with fourth-gear overdrive. Mechanically sorted, including redone brakes and full tune-up.
1955 CHEVROLET BEL AIR CUSTOM COUPE – NO RESERVE
Recipient of a frame-off nut-and-bolt rotisserie restoration. Powered by a Hilborn electronic fuel-injected 383ci stroker engine backed by a 4-speed manual transmission. Modified frame, custom interior and smoothed firewall. 28 miles since completion.
1956 CHEVROLET BEL AIR CUSTOM COUPE – NO RESERVE
Powered by an LS2 V8 engine paired with a 4L60E automatic transmission. Recipient of a full frame-off restoration; now rides on a Roadster Shop chassis. Everything from the top to bottom has been improved.
1957 DESOTO ADVENTURER – NO RESERVE
Powered by a factory 345ci HEMI V8 with dual 4-barrel carburetors. Equipped with power brakes, power steering, Continental kit and a Highway HiFi 45 record player under the dash.
1955 CHEVROLET BEL AIR CUSTOM COUPE – NO RESERVE
Powered by a new Wegner LS3 427ci V8 engine mated to a Stage-4 4L80E Performance automatic transmission with a billet converter. Has an Art Morrison Tri-5 frame, multi-link rear suspension, Wilwood brakes, Vintage Air and a custom Alpine stereo.
1959 CADILLAC SERIES 62 CONVERTIBLE – NO RESERVE
Recipient of a complete nut-and-bolt restoration. Powered by the factory 390ci engine paired with a Hydromatic transmission. Rides on a custom air-ride suspension with AccuAir controls. Also has a JL Audio system built into the car for a modern feel.
1957 FORD THUNDERBIRD CUSTOM CONVERTIBLE – NO RESERVE
Powered by a modern 5.0-liter Coyote engine mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission. Features modern amenities with all power options, removable hardtop, custom interior and a custom-finished engine bay. With 400 miles since the build completion.
Title: ROAD TRIP TO COOLSVILLE: Cars From the 1950s Represent an Incredible Automotive Era in America
Sourced From: www.barrett-jackson.com/Media/Home/Reader/road-trip-to-coolsville-cars-from-the-1950s-represent-an-incredible-automotive-era-in-america/
Published Date: Wed, 20 Dec 2023 20:56:34 +0000
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