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Kawasaki August 23, 2017 posted by

No Replacement for Artificial Displacement: 1984 Kawasaki GPz750 Turbo

As the rest of the Big Four tried to grab turbo sportbike market share in the early to mid-80s by strapping fuel injection systems and snails to run-of-the-mill UJMs, Kawasaki took the game a little more seriously, and the results made the rest of the crowd look silly. The 1984 Kawasaki GPz750 Turbo was lighter, sharper, handled better and went faster than the others, an actual sportbike among a crowd of boosted pigs.

1984 Kawasaki GPz750 Turbo for sale on eBay

Building on the legend of the insane, and truly rare 1,000cc turbo 1978 Kawasaki Z1R/TC, and its AMA-conquering GPz line, Kawi tweaked an already solid formula into a complete street menace. The engines got new pistons, oil scavenge pumps, and a beefier gearbox to handle the boost.

The magazines went nuts, with at least one hailing the '84 GPz750 Turbo as the fastest streetbike they had ever tested. Capable of 148 mph on the big end and quarter-mile potential in the high 10-second range, the Turbo's numbers stood up to naturally-aspirated 1,000cc bikes for the next decade or so.

This particular GPz Turbo appears to be in fantastic shape, though the pictures are a little low-res. With the bike showing just 5,400 miles, the seller claims it looks more like it is three than 33. It carries new Bridgestone Battlax tires and braided steel Galfer brake lines in black to keep a stock appearance. On a bike this old, anything to keep it sticking and stopping is a welcome improvement. But just in case you do feel the need to take it back to 100 percent original and park it, the 1984 tires and brake lines are included.

From the eBay listing:

Up for sale is my Mint condition. One previous Original owner bike. This is the Cleanest, unmolested GPZ TURBO Ive seen in years. It looks like it is three years old. It looks almost new.
Pipes are immaculate, Paint is immaculate and shiny. Decals are like New. Paint is like New. Seat is like new. All instruments work. Mileage is supe LOW 5,417 .
Only improvements to Stock: ive upgraded tires to Contemporary Brand New Bridgestone Battleaxes (i still have original Period correct Metzlers which will go with bike) and I have upgraded the brake lines to steel braded black Gafflers (look stock---i have originals that go with bike too)
i have original manual and service manuals too.

This is a rare find ....this is a MINT GPZ TURBO...NEVER ABUSED, NO SMOKE FROM TURBO.....RUNS LIKE A NEW BIKE......ENGINE AND TURBO .....NEVER DISMANTLED.......

KEEP THIS IN MIND WHEN YOU ARE BIDDING......... THIS IS NOT AN ABUSED, BEAT UP
RE-BUILT , DRAGGED, TURBO.....THIS BIKE IS LIKE NEW.

IT DESERVES TO GO TO SOMEONE WHO IS A COLLECTOR OR WHO WANTS TO RIDE IT AND TAKE CARE OF IT.

SEEE VIDEO:

Good luck bidding!

Don't ask me what the Reserve Price is...if you are bidding and meet the reserve you will know.
This is an Auction. ..Highest bidder gets the bike.

thanks.

There is no reserve, but the  bidding has been active, and this thing is closing on $10k with time left on the auction. The bike starts at the first touch of the button and settles into a nice idle. Not too shabby.

No Replacement for Artificial Displacement: 1984 Kawasaki GPz750 Turbo
Kawasaki March 23, 2014 posted by

One Owner 1985 Kawasaki GPZ 750 Turbo

1985 Kawasaki GPZ 750 Turbo for sale

While the GPZ 900 makes fairly regular appearances on RSBFS, the 750 turbo seems to be a much rarer thing. Perhaps thats due to its reputation for turbo. As RSBFS writer Jay wrote back in March of 2010, "the Turbo was great but was a bit undecided on when the boost would cut in, meaning that you could be in a turn and all of a sudden #$#$%^!! you get an extra 40hp you didn't want!" Based on the story attached to the auction this particular example seems to be a genuine survivor.

MG

1985 Kawasaki GPZ 750 Turbo for sale on eBay

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parsed description from the seller's full listing:

Minimal wear only. This bike has never spent the night outside. It has been in California in a climate controlled garage since brand new. The original paint shows no signs of fading anywhere. The original windscreen probably shows the most age due to the cover rubbing against it. It has a few very typical spots here and there for a 30 year old bike I will do my best to show in pictures. Miles are actual at just over 9500. The fuel gauge is currently blinking empty even with a full tank. Also the battery that is currently in it does not have a wire for the charge light so it flashes . Charging system is working fine.All other electronics are exactly as they should be. Engine, Clutch, Gearbox are all strong and never been race tuned or put in race mode or even really ridden hard. Still has original toolkit under seat.

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All there, all original, all real. take a close look at the pictures. Feel free to request more and specific pictures. I would welcome an inspection asit will be "AS-IS, WHERE IS". It has had the inside of the tank lined and I believe that is what stuck the fuel sender. The tires were put on when the bike was parked on the center stand in the garage in 1999 and have no suncracks and less than 100 miles on them. I found an OEM airfilter on ebay and installed it.

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In the last couple of weeks I have put about 50 miles on this bike which is the only use it has had since at least 1999. It still has original chain & sprockets, grips are original (its been babied- nobody had to even hang on too tight ) engine has never been touched, never had a valve adjustment, I did recently clean the fuel rail and injectors, and put fresh oil, spark plugs and thoroughly wiped down the entire bike and checked it all out.

One Owner 1985 Kawasaki GPZ 750 Turbo
Kawasaki November 17, 2010 posted by

Thanks-turbo-Giving! 1985 Kawasaki 750 Ninja Turbo

1985 Kawasaki GPZ Ninja 750 Turbo

What you are looking at is the quickest bike available in 1985. The last to the Turbo party in the 1980s, Kawasaki learned from mistakes of the competition and created the ultimate factory Turbo bike. With 95+ horsepower, decent handling and tight packaging, the Turbo Ninja came the closest to fulfilling the promise of Turbo power without gimmicks and without excuses.

This Kawasaki was a real performer, providing air-cooled KZ 750 engine internals mated to a Hitachi HT-10B turbocharger and lighting the whole thing off with digital fuel injection. The chassis was upgraded to match the horsepower, and offered the latest in Uni-Track single shock technology in the back. Up front, dual front disks and the latest 37mm air-adjustable forks with adjustable anti dive helped the Turbo Ninja steer and stop on par with the best sport bike of the day.

From the seller:
1985 750 Turbo Classic !!!! Kaw only produced in 1984 & 1985, original owner, very low mileage 7900, Bike tuned up in June 2010, new brakes, new tires, oil change and all filters..Bike runs like new, still very fast.. At the time of production fastest street bike. I took it for a ride 11/13/10 and hit a top speed of 120 mph and there was still more to go....Overall the bike is in good condition with a small ding in the gas tank..This bike is awesome, really do not want to sell it but need to...

For a bike of this vintage, this appears to be in pretty good condition. It is certainly not a museum-worthy piece, but rather could be ridden without worry about damage or mileage. The odometer shows less than 8,000 miles, which is quite low for the year and the model. Still, there are some inperfections as pointed out by the seller. With a BIN set at $3,600, this bike represents a fair value for such a collectable machine.

Kawasaki produced only 1,500 Turbos in 1985, which certainly qualifies this bike as rare. Interestingly enough, most US spec Turbos were produced in Kawasaki's Lincoln, Nebraska facility right here on US soil.

By the end of 1985, the motorcycling world had moved on. The public would not see another factory Turbo bike, making this the last Turbo model ever. High prices and complex technology ultimately fell victim to more cost effective cubic inches. But for a few brief years, boosted bikes whistled along the highways and canyons looking for competition. If you want to relive those days, here is your chance.

MI

Kawasaki March 22, 2010 posted by

1984 KAWASAKI GPZ-750 TURBO, ALL ORIGINAL !

Ahh the 80's..... Van Halen, Miami Vice, Parachute pants and don't forget the "Member's Only" jacket. I loved the 80's and still do and in 1984 I was looking to trade in my 1983 GPZ 550 for something bigger. My neighbor, who just happened to own the local Kawasaki shop, was my salesmen. The decision was between this bike and the new GPZ900 Ninja, I really liked the Turbo but something told me he knew more than the press had lead on. He said the Turbo was great but was a bit "undecided" on when the boost would cut in, meaning that you could be in a turn and all of a sudden #$#$%^!! you get an extra 40hp you didn't want. I took his advise and bought the 900 which ended up in 1985, Bike of The Year. This one's on Ebay in San Antonio Texas with a "Buy It Now" of $5500, current bid about $2000 and a few days left on auction. It was one of if not THE fastest bike in production that year and got great reviews, even better then their new fuel injected GPZ1100  as it was lighter and a bit more power.

The ad reads:

1984 Kawasaki GPz 750 Turbo (ZX750E1) All original in excellent condition.

First a little background on the 750 Turbo In 1984 this was the fastest production bike in the world it was more powerful then the GPz 1100 but with the weight of a 750. Although many people refer to it as a GPz and it has the 2 engine emblems it is NOT a GPz the true name is ZX750E1 (E1 means turbo) but Kawasaki referred to it only as 750 turbo. It was basically a street legal race bike it used most of kawis racing technology with its uni trac suspension. They are digitally fuel injected and was built with one thing in mind speed... Check out the Kawasaki 750 Turbo presentation video on youtube

 I bought the bike in May '09 and put about 200 miles on it with no problems, then decided to send it in for a tune up and whatever else it needed to isure it would be reliable and safe for years to come. The work was done at a local shop named cycle rider the mechanic was a old kawi dealer technician that had worked on the turbo bikes since new. Although the bike ran nice and strong I had the entire bike gone through and inspected and had about $2,300 on it Which included: New Bridgestone Battleax Tires front and rear, new brakes front and rear, both new sprockets, new o-ring chain, forks resealed, oil change, air filter, spark plugs, timing chain tensioner, timing chain, valves were adjusted ( these bikes require it as part of schedule maintence), high speed wheel bearings, battery and thats just off the top of my head. since the work was performed ive put over 900 miles on it and still counting bike runs great no problems the only thing that doesnt work is the fuel gauge. I have the original owners manual and tool kit and i also will include a NOS seat cover with the bike.

The bike is All original and is in very good shape for its age just wax it and it looks almost new and the bike has a modern look for its age I get many compliments on its condition and most people dont believe its a 84. The paint is not flawless theres small scratches here and there as usual and some wear on the tank where your legs rub but you have to look close to see. The only visible damage i know of that dont show in pictures are cosmedic and its a small quarter size chip in the upper shroud which can be easily fixed and these a crack in the housing of the boost gauge (no damage to the gauge) all gauges work except for gas. Mechanically i havent had any problems I start it right up and just ride wherever the road takes me the bike runs strong, engine sounds tight and she purrs till the turbo spools its plenty fast and will give u a hell of a ride. I am selling due to slowing work im a contractor and I need the money to finish my GMC Sprint.    I have a clear Texas title in hand ... The bike is bein sold AS IS .....the bike is also for sale locally so if it sells i will end the auction.

Click for the Ebay link.

Conclusion; This bike looks really nice in the pic's, at 23,000 miles it's not really collector quality in my mind, but add the fact of how original it is does increase the price. These bikes weren't that much new ($5500) in 1984, I believe the bike was about $4k-ish at that time. Though it is fairly in line with other cool original examples like the Suzuki GSXR's of '86, '87 the decision really comes down to you. It's not far off and if it can be had in the $4000 range I think it's a great value that kept well, will just keep edging up in price. "God Bless Texas".

- J

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