1987 Kawasaki GPz550
Brilliant usable classic that's loved by all
One coil failed at 44,000 miles, but it was an easy fix for about £80 for a pair of brand new ones.
Other than that, absolutely nothing. When it was owned by my father before I had it, he had the uni-trac bushes replaced once.
Excellent bike, especially for smaller riders, feels strong and gutsy at the top end, the mid range power dropped off slightly when a 4 - 1 exhaust was fitted, but it's still enough, 6000 - 10,000 rpm acceleration is excellent for a bike of its era.
As my bike has been restored, it attracts many comments, people just love it, especially as it was many peoples first big bike after passing their test.
Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 30th September, 2008