1993 Kawasaki GPZ900R
Mind bending acceleration with dubious handling
Nothing went wrong. It was bullet proof.
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