1992 Kawasaki GPX600R from United Kingdom

Summary:

A good all round motorcycle if your budget is low, and you want to keep running costs down

Faults:

Sticking front brake piston.

Headlight aim is way too high, and doesn't want to adjust.

General Comments:

For the age of the bike the acceleration is good, I think the bike has around 87Bhp at the back wheel, this is good for a 600CC, and the bike is quite small.

I'm 6'2 and I find the riding position extremely comfortable. The seat is good, and the handlebars are in a good position.

Mirror position is excellent, no need to move your arms to see behind you.

The front brake problem was easily rectified by a strip down of the calliper and a rebuild.

The suspension is good, and makes for comfortable riding over long distances.

I don't like the fact that the headlight is always on, but that's what happens when you buy an import.

The engine is as reliable as it gets, with regular oil/filter changes the bike will take a regular beating, and will have no trouble in sending the needle into the red area.

I do find the rear end of the bike twitchy in the wet. That was easily cured though by removing the Bridgestone rear tyre and fitting a Continental TKV12.

Fuel consumption is on average 50Mpg, not bad for a bike that will tour and also race on the local roads.

Nice clutch, I'm not fond of hydraulic clutches, it was nice to get back onto a bike with a cable clutch.

I have a full stainless exhaust system fitted to the bike, as I use it all year round, the silencer is a Chrome MOTAD version.

Chain and sprockets are fairly cheap for this type of bike. I have a DID X-ring fitted. Which will probably outlast the life of the bike.

The bike does look somewhat dated now due to its age, and its design does lack that of the newer style machines. But, if you're a lover of the big K, then that's something you like about the bike.

Rear footrests are in a good position for the passenger. My girlfriend is 5'11 and she has no issues with the bike, and it also has a good grab rail position.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th October, 2005

6th Oct 2005, 07:12

My brother in law had one of these. Apart from being a pig to start if it was left for a couple of days, it was a great bike!

1989 Kawasaki GPX600R from New Zealand

Summary:

A cheap, underrated bike that still cuts it

Faults:

Rev counter sometimes reads double the actual revs.

Can suffer from vapor lock if left in the sun for any time.

Anti-dive unit leaked fork oil.

General Comments:

My first "proper" motorcycle after owning a Suzuki GT250X7. I bought it because it was cheap, black and was 600cc.

I'm not a hard-out racer and I find this bike is more than enough for my skills. The exhaust sounds a lot better than most other bikes this size, and leaves all the cars standing at the lights (especially the little boy racers in their tarted up Mazda rotary's).

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd January, 2005

15th Mar 2010, 16:10

I am gonna buy one tomorrow, mine is built in 1992 so it is old.

The miles are low, and the bike is damn cheap because it was stolen 3 months before.

Someone forced the ignition switch and got rid off the licence plate. These parts can be bought for about 75 euro.

I have to pay 500 euro for the bike, and I will only buy it if the engine runs, and I can get a spin on it round the block.

I am gonna use the bike to get to work and back every day, and I am looking forward to riding it all ready.