Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Auburn, WA
Year/Make/Model: 2006 Kawasaki Vulcan 2000 LTD; 1996 Kawasaki ZX9R Ninja; 1993 Kawasaki ZR-1100 (now 1322 cc)
Displacement/CC's: 2000 cc; 900 cc; 1322 cc
I have a couple of Kawasaki bikes from the 1990s that I bought new and keep in new condition. I save searches on eBay and buy parts when I find them. You can often find new old stock for discontinued parts by looking world wide for the parts. I have had very good luck buying from sellers in the UK and Germany for new old stock, especially the UK. You have to be active in checking search results because new old stock parts can disappear quickly.
I have purchased a huge number of used parts for those two bikes on eBay. Never had a problem. I buy mechanical, electrical, structural. I buy wiring harnesses so I can harvest the connectors for my bike. But I ask essential questions about the part prior to purchasing and ask for additional pictures if needed to get a complete view of the part. Sometimes, you have to just buy the part and assume it may be in a condition you don't find acceptable, but if you are willing to do some work on it, it will be a valuable part. For example, I have bought alternators to rebuild, and radiators. One I had rebuilt by a specialist in motorcycle radiators, just last year. I have also purchased used Junction Boxes for my ZX9R and I have removed the PCBs and tested the components on the boards, removed and soldered in new parts where necessary, so I have some spares sitting around.
You will find crossover for brakes, most likely. If you can find the OEM part number, try putting that brake part number into a system on the web for the part, such as Bike Bandit or Babbitt's Motorsports (dba KawasakiPartsOnline, as I recall), and see where it says it fits. You might be surprised that the part is used on something newer and you can still purchase that part under the other bike model number. And I am talking about Kawasaki bikes. You don't have to look to another manufacturer. You also may find crossover for the internal hydraulic parts and some electrical parts.