Kawasaki GPZ900R Review from Republic of Ireland

1985 Kawasaki GPZ900R

Model year1985
Year of manufacture1985
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2010
Acceleration marks 8 / 10
Handling marks 8 / 10
Braking marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.9 / 10
Distance when acquired34500 miles
Most recent distance37500 miles
Previous motorcycleTriumph Tiger


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.

General Comments:

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

Average review marks: 7.9 / 10, based on 1 review