Sorry not Colin Edwards, but a turbocharged Kawasaki from Texas – a sharp restoration of the classic 1985 model with sparkling cosmetics and performance mods.
Kawasaki came late to the gas-crisis turbo developments, but gave us the sportiest and least compromised model. On boost the 738cc mill makes 112 hp and 73 ft.-lbs. torque, using fuel injection and just 7.8:1 compression. The engine scoop hides the small turbocharger, which helped push the GPz through the traps at 136 mph. GT style 18-inch wheels are fitted, along with air-adjustable suspension front and rear. The frame is cold steel but the fairing is a hot and shapely red.
Too much time has elapsed to worry about ownership history on this Turbo, but the odo was apparently reset during the restoration. Even with all the work done, the appearance is not far from stock. The turbo in the exhaust system calms the normally noisy Supertrapp muffler. Comments and a long list of updates from the eBay auction:
It has been tastefully modified, close to a resto-mod but not too much that its originality is lost. I have the original rear fender, grab rail and chain guard. Stock exhausts are being reproduced and you could make this bike factory original if desired. I also have the stock rear wheel, it is perfect with a near new tire.
Start stops and runs perfectly. This bike has won shows, it is show quality. It turns heads and always draws a crowd. This bike is no joke and it is blindingly fast and when the turbo hits you better be hanging on. It only has 3,500 miles on it since the complete rebuild.
Here is a rundown of what has been done –
810 KIT W/WISECO PISTONS
HTS10 TURBO WITH BILLET IMPELLER FROM EVERGREEN TURBO
1.5″ BOOST PIPE
RARE SUPERTRAPP EXHAUST – ADJUSTABLE TONE!
ADJUSTABLE WASTE GATE
ADJUSTABLE FUEL PUMP W/ GAUGE
NEW REWORKED INJECTORS
MRE UNDERCUT TRANSMISSION
NEW CLUTCH W/ HD SPRINGS
HYDRAULIC CLUTCH CONVERSION
NEW CLUTCH/BRAKE MASTER CYLS
BRAIDED CLUTCH/BRAKE LINES
FLOATING FRONT DISCS
NEW REAR DISC
PROGRESSIVE FORK SPRINGS
FFTP ANTI DIVE BLOCK OFF PLATES
PROGRESSIVE REAR SHOCK
5″WIDENED RR FACTORY WHEEL – NEW 160 RR TIRE
NEW MATCHING FRONT TIRE
SPEEDHUT GUAGES WITH MATCHING BOOST GAUGE
WORKING FACTORY BOOST GUAGE – LED BACKLIGHT UPGRADE
L.E.D. TURN SIGS W/L.E.D. FLASHER
L.E.D FACTORY WARNING LIGHTS
NEW ZERO GRAVITY WINDSCREEN
POLISHED SWING ARM AND WHEEL LIPS
CHROMED TURBO “WING”
CUSTOM RR FENDER DELETE (HAVE FACTORY FENDER)
2 STAGE PAINTED INNER FAIRING
RECENT FACTORY PAINT JOB w FACTORY DECALS
630 CHAIN CONVERSION
By the time all four Japanese manufacturers had their turbo models ready, OPEC ministers had peeked around the corner and calmed oil prices. And insurers saw potential losses in all the leading-edge equipment aboard these bikes, dampening sales further with higher rates. Still for a while the GPz 750 Turbo was the fastest bike in the showroom, and this one has been worked for even more power – while maintaining its great GPz looks.