Kawasaki GPz550 Review from United Kingdom

1987 Kawasaki GPz550

Model year1987
Year of manufacture1987
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2008
Acceleration marks 8 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 7 / 10
Handling marks 8 / 10
Braking marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.1 / 10
Distance when acquired34000 miles
Most recent distance45000 miles
Previous motorcycleYamaha RD 350 LC


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.

General Comments:

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

Average review marks: 8.1 / 10, based on 1 review