1989 Kawasaki GPX750R from Spain


Well designed piece of machinery


Alternator belt snapped on it.

General Comments:

Before I had this bike, I had a 1989 Honda VFR 750, which I sold to a friend. You might think bad idea. Well, I had to as I, rather we, were having a family.

A couple of years went by, and I bought myself a cheap 800 euro GPX 750R.

Here's a thing, while my GPX went on and on, my old VFR got worse and worse. I put the VFR's problems down to climate. I live in Spain, and I sold my Spanish VFR to my Scots friend. I drove it all the way up to Scotland for him, and took a plane back. Never sell a bike to a friend. The VFR caused him headaches, and although he never said it directly, he felt conned by me.

Back to the GPX 750 R. The GPX sunny days in the mountains, driving between wheat fields shrouded by deep blue sky, leaning into beautiful corners in the Pyrenees, joy after joy. A solid dependable friend. The bike has taken me to see Rossi at the circuit at Catalunya, and I've been to France, the coast. Yes, you can't tear round corners like a new 600, but with a little calculation and risk left to your teenage years gone by, you can have a magical time on this old timer. Look, it does do a genuine 140 mph or 220 kph.

Read "Zen and the art of motorcycle maintenance", and this bike will look after you if you look after it. Sure, there are lots of cool bikes out there, but there is always one or two that go really well with you, and this one goes just fine with me.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th September, 2010

1989 Kawasaki GPX750R from United Kingdom


Very good, great fun


Nothing but exhaust rusting through, not bad for 20 years old, I am really impressed with this twenty year old bike.

Getting 45 MPG.

General Comments:

For a 750cc bike and twenty years old, very impressed. I have been riding bikes since I was 16 years old, am 56 now.

Handles great.

Brakes great.

Exhaust starting to blow, got to buy complete thing, no front pipes, so will get MOTAD replacement.

Over the last 15 years, have always had a Harley's and a rice burner, in the garage, as well as a BSA C15, these have to be kept on the road for future generations.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th February, 2009

1989 Kawasaki GPX750R from South Africa


Quite the kicker of oldies


My water pipe burst on 22,000km. That's ALL TILL NOW.

General Comments:

This motorcycle can be recommended to any one that's serious about biking.

Comfort is one good aspect from this little runner.

VERY QUICK FROM TAKE OFF AND WENT UP TO 248KM/HR, for this old model, no one is going to beat that for its age.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th December, 2008

1990 Kawasaki GPX750R from United States of America


Cheap, fun, fits a backpack on it


Seat vinyl broken 3 places.

Broke 3 rocker arms / worn intake cam, replaced at 78k miles.

Broken alternator belt when purchased.

Various sliding oil seals replaced.

ECS damping unit doesn't work, can't adjust kick stand switch worn, removed.

Handle bars bent from falling over.

Lower cowling destroyed from falls.

Ignition cover wiped off.

Exhaust rusted through.

Starter motor died around 65kmi, possibly due to jump-starting with an undercharged car battery.

Fuel filter clogged often due to rusty tank.

General Comments:

Nice economy japanese power, but really try to get a fuel-injected bike. There really is no comparison to a newer engine. It is also very very heavy. But, that's not so bad as long as you're not up in the mountains and then it snows on you.

The engine finally tanked at around 80k miles, but was easily rebuild-able. No progressive damage from broken rocker arms.

Great for touring, I've taken a few long trips. You can just strap your backpack right on to the 4 hooks at the back.

Furious acceleration above 8k rpm. Really stirring.

2-up riding kinda sucks, unless you're really fat maybe. The seat is designed so that she's sitting on a ridge pushing you forward.

Same as UK GPX750R.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th September, 2007