Posts by tag: GPZ

Kawasaki March 18, 2017 posted by

Nearly New: 1984 Kawasaki GPz750

From the 30-something files comes the epitome of the quintessential 1980s sport bike: the Kawasaki GPz. Conceived during what was to become the eve of the classic sporting motorcyle, the GPz led the way right up to the next real era of technology and died out with the introduction of the hyper bike. Making the ultimate use of air cooling, two valves per cylinder, carburetors and a steel backbone frame, the GPz soldiered on in the face of advancements from Yamaha, Suzuki, and especially Honda. Successful on the track as well as the showroom, the GPz is a classic memory today. But for those that remember the glory, finding one worth shelling out cash for is a rare proposition. Hence today's RSBFS find: a cherry GPz750 with just over 1,000 miles on the clock.

From the seller:
1984 KAWASAKI GPz 750 1,058 original miles!

I am the 3rd owner of this bike. The first owner put the miles on the bike and the second owner purchased the bike in 1998 and never drove it.

During my ownership, I cleaned it up, rebuilt carbs and got it running (It had not run since 1st owner in the late 80's) I took it out and put 2 miles on it to verify operation. (I own 2 other GPz's). The factory exhaust is long gone & I just installed a fresh out of the box Supertrapp system and installed all the discs to keep it quiet. It sounds awesome!

More from the seller:
The carbs were rebuilt with new jets, pilot & mains, new needle & seats & new float bowl gaskets.
All gauges, lights, gas gauge, blinkers and horn works!
New battery last September.
New plugs and spark plug boots.
Original chain & sprockets, original tires! (You will be the first person to change the tires that Kawasaki put on 33 yrs ago!)

Do I know the front fender is mounted backwards in the pictures? Yes (See it the other way in the picture with the saddle bags!)

What is wrong with bike?
Right side mirror glass is missing, was when I purchased it... I have 7 bikes and did not get that far on this one. Very small nick on gas tank graphic and some nicks on left side upper fairing graphic, these graphics are available from RD Decals in Canada. Tank is rust free on inside but does have about a 10mm ding that you can barely make out in picture that shows the nick in tank! It is missing the factory center windscreen attachment bolt so I have a mismatched one in there (factory one is available for a couple of $'s).

Lastly, the outside carb on left side was dripping a little while the bike was running the other day... To cold to drive it outside to get some cobwebs out and may go away but just want to make sure it is in listing as I'm swamped at work and will not have time to look at it!

What is right with bike?

It is absolutely stunning! It looks better in person than it does in these pictures. All the finishes are wonderfully preserved. How many of these bikes do you see with just over 1K miles???

Lastly, I was going to list the matching Bagmann saddle bags separately but really want them to go with the bike... I have been a ebay member for 17 years and never once saw a set of these come up for auction, they go with bike and the 4 GPz test issues you see in picture!

It is always difficult to find a time-period piece in the type of condition that makes it worth your while. This is especially true when the bike in question was not especially rare to begin with. But time has a way of making certain things better, and in this case time has all but erased the supply side of the equation. Had this been a bottle of wine, it would likely have turned to vinegar long ago - but the vintage becomes rare for simply existing in excellent shape. The best part of a well-aged machine is the price: Few bids have been cast, and this retro icon sits at a mere $3,550 (no reserve). It may not be a smoker or some mega dollar collectible, but the knowing nods when you show up to bike night on this earlier generation super bike makes it well worth the price of admission. Only a couple of days left on this auction - check it out here and share your thoughts! Do you GPz?

MI

Kawasaki January 10, 2017 posted by

Collectable Icon: 1983 Kawasaki GPz550

For riders of a certain -- ahem -- level of experience, the GPz model lineup was the quintessential sport bike during a time of alarming advancements. This was a watershed era for sport riders everywhere, as the Big Four labored tirelessly in the pursuit of new technology. By comparison, this era of the GPz could be considered one of the last "basic" layouts; the best of the old school tech. The next step involved liquid cooling, suspension advancements, brake advancements, fueling evolutions and chassis revolutions.

1983 Kawasaki GPz550 for sale on eBay

Although it does sport a Uni-Track single shock rear suspension - which not only saved weight over twin shocks, but more importantly introduced the revolution of rising-rate linkages - very little else on this GPz could be considered high-tech. Instead, Kawasaki relied upon execution excellence by assembling an air-cooled four-cylinder engine using two valve heads (a hot-rod version of the KZ motor), good for nearly 60 horsepower. Triple disks all the way around (albeit with single pot calipers) and an air-adjustable front fork promised sporting credentials. As an overall package, the GPz delivered.

From the seller:
Low mileage
Original paint
Perfect running middleweight four
Triple Disc brakes
Electronic ignition
6-speed
Fuel gauge
Amp meter
New clutch , fresh battery
Factory keys, owners manual
Air charged fork
Adjustable unitrack
Adult owned
Clear Massachusetts title

In the world of touch-enabled smart phones, this is a Motorola flip phone with no text option. Even in the day it was shockingly fundamental. All would change in another year for Kawasaki with the advent of the Ninja (initially as a 900, then later as a 600), but the writing was on the wall for the air-cooled GPz series; within 5 years they would all be gone. Here is your chance to go back in time and re-live the glory that was old-tech expertise. The pictures could be better, preventing close inspection (i.e. is that rash on the left side case?). As always, RSBFS recommends talking to the seller and visiting the bike in question if at all possible. Bidding has been very light, so this might be a January bargain. Check it out and let us know what you think!

MI

Collectable Icon: 1983 Kawasaki GPz550
Kawasaki May 12, 2015 posted by

Bay Ridge Barn ( well, storage unit ) Find – 1984 Kawasaki GPz-750

Hard as they are to find, unmolested early sportbikes pop up occasionally.  This pre-Ninja 750 appeared on the New York Craigslist recently.

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1984 Kawasaki GPz-750 for sale on Craigslist

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Developed from the KZ-750, the GPz-750 had 92 hp, new frame with Uni-Trak rear suspension, and generally more sport-oriented.  The sweet bikini fairing foreshadows the full fairing to come later.  For 1984, mostly color changes but slightly raising the clip-on handlebars made the bike friendlier.  Rubber front engine mounts helped, too.  The smallish 280mm brakes nonetheless performed well.  Overall a speedy, stable rider.

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From the Craigslist ad:

This bike has been very well maintained it's entire life by a mature older gentleman who kept it in clean, dry, and temperate storage. Pictures do not do this bike justice. The paint is in absolutely stunning original condition. This bike has no mechanical or electrical issues at all and can be ridden anywhere. The carburetors have been jetted and air box has been replaced with air filter pods. Vance and Hines full exhaust looks and runs great with the properly tuned carbs. This bike's motor pulls strong and has no issues. Chain and sprockets were replaced with new ones last year. Tires are in great condition with no dry rot and lots of tread left. This bike has to be seen in person to truly appreciate how clean it is.

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CL ads can be hyperbolic and poorly documented, but this common-sense ad has great pictures.  The GPz-750 was the fastest bike in its day and still has a lot to offer.  The silver paint and red/blue stripes look great, and the bike seems very clean overall.  Sensible asking price for such a pretty historic.  Certainly have to do your homework on a purchase like this but a GPz in such fine shape is worth a look.

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-donn

Bay Ridge Barn ( well, storage unit ) Find – 1984 Kawasaki GPz-750
Kawasaki April 30, 2015 posted by

Bodyman’s Baby – 1985 Kawasaki GPZ900

The revolutionary early Ninja's combined many improvements with the result being the first street cycle capable of 150mph.  Not the first inline 4, or with 4 valves per cylinder, or water cooled, but the first to combine these in a production engine.  Great attention was given to lightening and narrowing the drivetrain, the alternator and starter are behind rather than beside, and the camshaft drive chain is at the left end of the crank, rather than between cylinders 2 and 3.  The primary and secondary shafts in the transmission are stacked, allowing a somewhat shorter wheelbase.

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1985 Kawasaki GPZ900 for sale on eBay

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Tests from the time show that the GPZ900 was a neutral-handling rocket, with a smooth-shifting 6-speed transmission and excellent triple-disk brakes.  Never a lightweight at around 550 lbs, the Ninja was smooth thanks to an engine counter-balancer and comfortable to ride.  The GPZ900's combination of power, handling, and brakes won many multi-bike shootouts and a generation of riders.

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Looking like it just rolled off the set of Top Gun, this early Ninja is a young 30.  A previous owner contributed a K&N filter and Yoshimura exhaust.  Re-painted in factory colors with graphics stenciled and wet-sanded, some extraneous reflectors and logos have been removed, and some of the aluminum has been polished.  With the multiple clear coats it looks ready for a show or a cruise.

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From the eBay auction:

Here's my first gen 900. An avid fan of the original Gpz, I think the first gen 900 was the last and best of them. The bike has a short list of mods that I think make the bike much better overall. First the paint. I have painted the bike in original colors but instead of using decals for the stripes and 'Kawasaki' and 'Ninja' they have been hand stenciled with 5 coats of clear over them. There is no bump as you run your hands over them. They've been wet sanded completely flush. The 'liquid cooled' emblem I made of super thin 'water slide' material. I put a drop of pearl metallic in the clear coat which is very subtle and only visible when the bike is under full sun. The bike has been completely wet sanded and buffed. The fairing amber side reflectors have been eliminated as has the front headlight 'Kawasaki' emblem. I feel they both take something away from the bike. The rear fender was trimmed. The wheels were done in red base coat clear coat keeping more in line with the original Gpz's. I have polished the peg mounts and the swingarm. The bike came with the Yosh pipe and K&N filters, thus the bike doesn't use the stock airbox. I think this is also a big plus. When I bought the bike it had a Corbin Gunfighter but I've always disliked them so I bought a stock seat. I'm the third owner and the bike has 26,000 miles on it. It's in perfect mechanical condition and I believe it's the prettiest first gen 900 you will find anywhere.

The auction for this first generation Ninja has already generated 14 bids and there are still 4 days left.  If you're one of the many fans, take a look.

-donn

Bodyman’s Baby – 1985 Kawasaki GPZ900
Kawasaki April 9, 2013 posted by

80s Flashback? 1983 Kawasaki GPz 305

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The fact that Kawasaki upped the small bike ante in 2013 by bumping the 250 Ninja up to 300cc and thus creating a new category is some pretty old news; check out this wonderful GPz 305 back from 1983. During this time - and prior to the introduction of the 205R which did not come to the US until 1986, the 305 was Kawasaki's entry level sport bike.

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From the seller:

Here is a 1983 GPZ305 with 4400 original miles, this was a bike that was ahead of its time in 1983 with belt drive, cafe styling and mag wheels. I bought this 4 years ago from a lady who won it in a raffle brand new and it had only 863 miles on it then. I used it as a daily driver for a couple years and now bought a larger bike and dont use this one anymore even though I thought I would. the bike is not perfect but is an excellent survivor and gets compliments all the time. I just put a new battery in it tonight and it fired right up. needs nothing, gets 70+mpg and very nimble to drive. This bike was voted top street bike under 450cc by Cycle World magazine 11/83 issue.

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This wonderful survivor is a somewhat rare bird. 305s don't come up often, and when they do they are often trashed. With graphics similar to the bigger GPzs, belt drive (kevlar) for zero maintenance and a peppy, air cooled parallel twin, the GPz 305 would make a great entry level bike and a decent commuter. It would also round off the range of GPZs, in the event anyone is collecting the full lineup (don't forget about the home market GPZ 250 and 400 while you are at it!). For more info, click the link and jump over to the auction. With mild interest and a current bid of only $1,025, this could be a fun bargain for somebody. Good luck!

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MI

Kawasaki January 25, 2013 posted by

Got Boost? 1984 Kawasaki GPz750 Turbo

Woodbine, Maryland – 32,350 miles – Reserve not met

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With turbo wars in full effect during the early 80’s, the big four Japanese manufactures all brought weapons to the fight. However, it was Kawasaki that showed up fashionably late to the party with arguably the best bike. The GPz750 Turbo was clearly the winner of the turbo conflict (okay it wasn’t really a war) and for good reason.

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The GPz750t claimed the biggest displacement of the turbos and featured a front mounted turbo which allowed it to spool quicker to reduce lag. Surprisingly, the boost delivery was characterized as “smooth” and rather seamless at the time. The bike even out-accelerated the GPz liter bike of the time.

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The bike up for grabs today isn’t exactly a bone stock museum piece. However, it has survived very nicely and features tasteful modifications without loosing the original essence of the bike. From the seller:

Hey everyone, up for sale here is a real survivor. A 1984 Kawasaki GPZ750 Turbo w/ Mods. A pretty clean, good running bike with a clear title. This is a 2 owner bike since 1984, and since they only made them 2 years a pretty rare bike as well. The bike has nearly new tires front and rear, Performance Machine front brake system, Stainless steel brake lines front and rear and a RC51 front brake master cylinder. Exhaust was converted to a single pipe after the turbo and sounds great. Bike also has the Wiseco big bore 810cc kit installed on it as well as Accel supercoils and wires. Bike runs strong and the turbo spool's up nice and quick. Trans shifts smoothly. It does have a few scuffs on the gas tank (see pics) but no other noticeable damage. Comes with original tool kit. Again i have clear title in hand, questions please ask. Payment is due within 10 days from auction end. A deposit of $500 must be made via paypal within 48hrs. Again she is a looker, and pretty fast on her feet too, dont miss this chance to own a piece of history. Delivery is available within a reasonable distance from me for a fee, just ask if it is within my limitations.

If you’re into turbo sport bikes of the early 80’s, a Kawasaki fan, or just someone who likes to feel the boost kick in while on two wheels, then you should take a look at this GPz. I haven’t seen one of these for sale before, so I am interested (clueless) where the final price will end up on this bad bay. The bike looks clean and comes with a clear title. Take a look at the auction here and place your bid today.

-JS