Kawasaki GPZ900R Reviews from United Kingdom

1993 Kawasaki GPZ900R

Model year1993
Year of manufacture1993
First year of ownership1993
Most recent year of ownership1993
Acceleration marks 9 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 7 / 10
Handling marks 4 / 10
Braking marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired5000 miles
Most recent distance12000 miles
Previous motorcycleYamaha FJ1200

Summary:

Mind bending acceleration with dubious handling

Faults:

Nothing went wrong. It was bullet proof.

General Comments:

Iconic bike and blisteringly fast, in a straight line.

I never had the opportunity to see what 'warp factor' it could attain... road conditions or bottle? Bottle probably, the bone yards are full of people with more bottle than me!

Handling; I took this machine on a long road trip to Scotland. The bike was heavily loaded as we were camping. We encountered a traffic jam and I experienced a nasty dose of tank slap.

Once off the motorways, I adjusted the tyre pressures and suspension for twisty roads. I obviously got something wrong. It handled like a stubborn, angry pig-weasel.

I asked my fellow motorcyclist to try it, in case it was just me being a plum. No! He agreed that it was indeed, 'horrible.'

The riding position though, was very comfortable and the seats soft and not too high. My wrists, after eight hours on the bike, didn't feel as if I'd been punching walls all day and my neck didn't feel as though I had just survived a hanging.

Although reliable and very fast, the engine sounded like someone applying a chain saw to a bucket of bolts... Who cares? Light the blue touch paper and hold on tight!

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th May, 2008

1991 Kawasaki GPZ900R

Model year1991
Year of manufacture1991
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2006
Acceleration marks 9 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 9 / 10
Handling marks 8 / 10
Braking marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.5 / 10
Distance when acquired20000 miles
Most recent distance35000 miles
Previous motorcycleSuzuki GSX750R

Summary:

A very fast bike at a very affordable price

Faults:

Seat cover erodes quickly, especially if kept outside, and the over complex cooling system often needs attention.

General Comments:

Brilliant bike in its day, and it still keeps up with modern superbikes. If you want a fast superbike, but do not have thousands of pounds, this bike is the business. Capable of 160 mph with acceleration to match.

Very reliable and easy to maintain.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th September, 2006

Average review marks: 7.8 / 10, based on 2 reviews