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Kawasaki Ninja ZX-7R Race Bike Enhancement Detail - AF Desire



Hi Guys, a slightly different detail for me, a rare Kawasaki Ninja ZX-7R, needing some paintwork enhancement and a general tidy-up.


A few stats on the bike -


750cc 4 Cylinder, 4 Stroke
134bhp @ 11800rpm
165mph
203kg
0-60mph in 3.2 seconds
This particular example has just 12,000 miles on the clock and is 12 years old.


The detail was carried out at the owner's car sales valeting facility, so excuse the odd bottle of Autoglym lying around! The detail began with a pre-soak of citrus degreaser to remove storage dust and dirt built up over it's 2 years in storage.


A few before's of the bike -


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After a thorough rinse, the bike was soaked in a pre-wash mix and dirt agitated with various brushes due to the complexity and harder to reach areas of the bike.


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The bodywork was then washed using the 2 bucket method.


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Decontamination began with IronX, followed by Tardis, then mild clay.


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Apart from Tar around the wheel arches, contamination was minimal. Bolts around the fairings were removed and cleaned.


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The bike was then brought inside, dried off safely and taped up in preparation for the paintwork enhancement.


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Some shots of the marring and general scratch marks.


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Enhancement began on the windscreen.


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Moving onto the tank.


Before


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After


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After


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The Exhaust System was then given it's own enhancement, removing baked on dust, dirt and carbon, as well as removing swirls and scratches.


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The seat was then thoroughly cleansed.


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Metal and brightwork was polished using metal polish and the bodywork was finished in Auto Finesse Tripple and Desire, Wheels were protected with Gtechniq C2v3. Desire was one of the finest waxes I've ever used, rivalling those much more expensive in usability and gloss in my opinion.


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Spreading of the wax was effortless and a little went very far. The only gripe I could think of is the visibility of where you've been, but using a systematic approach cancelled that out. Buffing was easy and the finish was unbelievably good over tripple.

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I am definitely going to trial on with Desire over a few different colours but initial impressions are amazing.

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And the final photos!


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Thanks for reading if you've made it this far, definitely one of the most enjoyable for intricate detailing and the colours were amazing!

Comments, chat and views welcome as always.

Andy
 
  Megane 225 f1
Great results, looks amazing for a 12 year old bike. Makes me want to go and detail my dads candy red zx 12 r. That is a great colour and looks amazing in the sunlight.
 

Scrooge

ClioSport Moderator
  E55 AMG
Nice result there, it's nice to do something different. Looking forward to doing my mates new bike!
 
Thanks for the comments guys!

Awesome! Very nice finish!

myself and another member had trouble seeing where the desire was after moving on. It's the wax's only flaw as far as I can see.
It's a great wax otherwise isn't it!

I hope you didn't use tyre shine.
Lol, nope, no tyre shine, just a wipe over for photos, but they dried off by the time it got outside. :(

Nice result there, it's nice to do something different. Looking forward to doing my mates new bike!
Cheers Ant, you'll enjoy it! You feel like you can give the paintwork more attention because there's so little of it lol
 
Lovely work Chappers,


Glad to see you enjoyed using Desire ;) Be sure to keep us up to date with other views you have on Desire.


Joe
 
Great results.... Was following this on Twitter :)
Thanks mate!

Lovely work Chappers,


Glad to see you enjoyed using Desire ;) Be sure to keep us up to date with other views you have on Desire.


Joe
cheers Joe, will do.

Good work! Doesn't look much like a race bike though..

Lovely old Ninja either way.
They were raced in this spec in the 750cc class as far as I'm aware, does that not
make it a race bike?! Lol
 


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