1985 Kawasaki GPZ900R
Smooth and safe. Not a wheelie machine
Header pipes rotted - had to replace the entire system. But now it feels like a new bike, such a throaty roar.
It had been 30 years since I had owned a bike, but the itch was there, and I spent about 3 months trying to find the most suitable ride. Then I saw her, in startling black but in need of some TLC. I rode her from the dealer to the ferry. From arriving in Rosslare, the ride to the Dublin was a joy. The bike felt so smooth and did not threaten to spin her wheels.
Okay, it has cost me a lot of money to get her to where she will require little maintenance for a while (I hope) and people have cast aspersions on my sanity. But to get the admiring looks from fellow bikers makes it worthwhile. They recognise a classic when they see one.
Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 21st April, 2010