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So I have a 2007 500r with a little under 3k miles. Pretty good shape, cracked fender on the underside (think I went over a bump at low speed with not enough clearance. not really noticeable) and a slightly bent brake handle from a driveway drop (d'oh!).
Someone in my area is selling(/trading for newer bike) an '87 1000zxr with 9.7k miles. I've been kind of wanting to step up to something with a little more power to it.
Would this be a decent trade? Not sure how much value the 80's bikes still have, but ti has relatively low mileage and looks great.
Appreciate any/all input.

TL;DR 2007 500r 3k miles for 87 1000r 9.7k miles, good trade?
 

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I had an 87 1000r and it was a fun and very powerful bike. However parts are getting really hard to find.
I found a number of parts that kawi no longer makes, so repairs could become problematic.

If you really love the look and feel of the bike and are fairly handy, it might be worthwhile. Otherwise get something a bit newer.
 

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I had an 87 1000r and it was a fun and very powerful bike. However parts are getting really hard to find.
I found a number of parts that kawi no longer makes, so repairs could become problematic.

If you really love the look and feel of the bike and are fairly handy, it might be worthwhile. Otherwise get something a bit newer.
+1kawasaki is not known for keeping parts for there old iron . It's probably a great bike but would make a bad daily driver just because of the parts dilemma .
 

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Blue book value for the 1000R is somewhere around $1700. It's true that some parts are no longer avalable from Kawasaki, but also true that these were pretty solid bikes, and shouldn't have you looking for parts all the time. Gas tanks are one of the discontinued parts that are in demand. A lot of the original tanks have started to rust through and leak. Fuel float/sending units are also discontinued, but there are a couple of models that will fit and you can modify and use as a substitute. Most screws and bolts are still available, but not all. I've seen a pretty good supply of parts on ebay, and a few salvage yards still have parts, too. You won't have the handling of the 500, and will need to be 5 ' 10" or so to comfortably reach the ground, but these are fun to ride and fairly comfortable on longer trips.
 

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I wouldn't personally. If I were you I would save the cash, keep riding the 50+ mpg 500R, and then trade it in on something newer.
 
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