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Old School Awesome: 1982 Kawasaki GPz 750

There comes a point and time when nearly everything becomes valued – nostalgically if not financially. Such just might be the case with today’s find, a cherry 1982 Kawasaki GPz750. In the early 1980s the GPz was generally a top-dog kind of sport bike. Pitted against Honda’s CB and Suzuki’s GS models, the GPz looked and acted like a sportbike. With an air cooled inline four, double overhead cams and a brace of Mikuni constant velocity carbs, the 750 could pump out 80 HP – good for nipping into the 11s in the 1/4 mile. By today’s standards this is all relatively tame – and old tech such as air cooling, carburetors and twin shocks seems laughable. But it was good enough to put a young fellow by the name of Wayne Rainey on the top step of the AMA Superbike championship on a Muzzy-prepped bike and cement the GPz as a sporting weapon with serious intent.

Old School Awesome: 1982 Kawasaki GPz 750 for sale on eBay

1982 was the first year of the 750, as both the GPz550 and GPz1100 were introduced a year earlier. 1982 was also a bit of a one year only model, based on the older architecture. Follow on years found a revised fairing setup (from quarter fairing to half), as well as the introduction to Uni-Trak, Kawasaki’s rising rate linkage, single rear shock setup. Fuel injection was also on the horizon (the 1100 introduced it to the series), but liquid cooling would have to wait for the introduction of the revolutionary Ninja model. So while one can view the GPz as a mass-produced motorcycle and therefore likely never to become truly rare, the combination of a one year only configuration and the survivor status does elevate this one into something worth considering.

From the seller:
1982 KAWASAKI GPZ 750 , I have the original stock seat and rear shocks, this bike runs like new, I Just installed Michelin Pilots front and rear, the bike has been freshly serviced and a Dyno Jet carburetor kit installed to enhance the Horse power with the period correct Bassani exhaust. The bike has been kept in doors it’s whole life and has zero cosmetic issue’s. It gets attention where ever I ride. they made this model only 1 year so these are very rare to be seen in show room condition.

I bought brand new spare brake pads, clutch kit, gaskets, spare starter motor etc . these are included in the sale. every thing electrical works perfectly, I just freshened up the battery with a Yuasa OEM original. so it’s ready to ride from California to New York.

Most GPzs have lived multiple lives. Purchased new by aggressive riders, many found their way to the racetrack in amateur and privateer formats. Those that stayed on the streets passed through a few owners, with the price likely dropping with each change. That quickly put these bikes into the financial reach of younger riders, driving up insurance rates everywhere. Not all were flogged and forgotten, but enough were to make finding a good example difficult today. And this particular example is no garage queen – with 20k on the clocks (eBay advert lists 18k) this bike has been ridden. But there is life yet in that robust motor, and all the appeal of the “arrest me red” paint still applies. It may be on the far side of 30 something, but viscerally this bike still has all its mojo.

Located in the sunny state of California (which bodes very well for issues such as rust and corrosion), this 1982 GPz750 is looking for a new home. The paint looks good despite the age, and there have been few modifications. The aftermarket exhaust is not stock, but a Bassani is not the worst pipe you could image for this application. There are a number of spares that come along with the purchase, which is a good thing from a maintenance point of view. Parts are still readily available for the mechanicals, although cosmetic trim might be getting scarce. Fortunately, all of those pieces are still attached. Check it out here. If you are of a certain age, you KNOW you wanted one of these. Maybe you had one (lucky bastard), and now miss it. Was this the bike you regretted selling all those years ago? Jump over to the Comments section and share your stories. Good Luck!!

MI

17 Comments

  • Really wanted one of these or the 1981 Gpz550 but they were beyond my reach as a young apprentice.
    Would love to have this if purely fro nostalgic reasons.
    I have made up for my shortcomings in later times, now have 4 bikes, 2 x first Gen ZX-10R’s, a ZRX1200R & a HP$ Competition.

  • It’s good to see these bikes getting some attention. I’ve got 2 of them that are all original including the exhaust. One is a daily rider. It is so comfortable with great retro styling. At my age, riding my 91 zx7 just doesn’t work anymore. Price at $3800 and still rising. Go baby go.

  • Bob Weaver sold one of these out of his collection at Mecum. Including buyers premium, it went for $6050. It had just over 12k miles on it. Of course, being from the Bob Weaver collection, it was all original and beautifully presented. Besides the pipe, this bike above also has non-original horns, grips ( look like my Oem Yamaha fzr1000 grips) and bar ends. Very nice looking bike.

  • Had a 1983 GPZ 550, first street bike, age 19, never a single problem, super fun bike, got stolen at LAX, while working a Western Airlines baggage handling shift, paying my way through UCLA. Man-o-man – I wish still had it, been trolling the internet for one over last 10 years, and GPz prices are on the rise. 1982 750 is the best looking of the bunch!

  • That was such a cool bike back in the 80’s, until the Ninja 600r came out. Which was my first street bike.

  • In my opinion, this was the bike that started the super bike craze

  • It was the bike to have in thd early 80”s, then 1986 Suzuki release the GSXR at that started everything

  • Nice old school scooter!
    For those jonesing for a GPZ550, check out this 1982 550 currently on eBay -https://www.ebay.com/itm/1982-Kawasaki-Other/153376033896?hash=item23b5ec8c68:g:fGwAAOSwRYNcY0nO:rk:3:pf:0&vxp=mtr
    Looks pretty clean. It’s in California. Good luck!

  • The link I posted above is for the 750 listed here by RSBFS. Sorry.
    Now this site won’t let me post the proper link. It’s to smart for it’s own good!
    The GPZ550 I’m referring to is on the Cycle Trader site. You’ll have to find it yourselves. Sorry

  • I ran into this bike while looking at ebay. The first shot was from the left side of the bike. Bassani!!! Yes!

  • How about the ’83 Honda 750 Interceptor.

  • These bike are so comfortable and easy to ride compared to today’s bikes. Not hyper fast but still thrilling and nostalgic to ride.
    I have a perfect condition 81 550 that is bone stock and unrestored right down to the original tires and break-in sticker on the tach. Less than 2,400 miles too. Every time I walk by it I just smile.

  • Agreed!!!

  • Amazing how prolific were the Japanese with new models in the early 1980’s, new models almost every year. Perhaps it was the golden age of the industry. Great to see a well preserved model from this time.

    Bikes from this era are virtually non-existent here in Australia, most examples are US imports.

  • The seller pulled the listing prior to the auction ending. Item no longer available. I have always noticed that usually several bids are placed right before an auction closes. Unless you get an amazing offer, it would sure seem wise to let these auctions run their course.

    • Unfortunately this is pretty standard practice — use eBay more for advertising and conduct the rest of the sale in private.

      dc

  • Jess, I agree with you on the Interceptor. The GPZ was an evolutionary bike but the VF750F was a revolutionary bike. A new engine, perimeter type frame, 16 inch wheel, racer type bodywork. Led the way to the two stroke replica bikes, then the GSXR, and then it was on from there.

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