Kawasaki GPz550 Reviews

1983 Kawasaki GPz550 from Australia

Model year1983
Year of manufacture1983
First year of ownership2010
Most recent year of ownership2012
Acceleration marks 8 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 8 / 10
Handling marks 9 / 10
Braking marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 1 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired62000 kilometres
Most recent distance70000 kilometres
Previous motorcycleSuzuki RG 250

Summary:

Reliable, superb handler

Faults:

Head stem bearings.

General Comments:

The bike of early 83. Superb handling 550cc hot rod, AMA handle bar set up, comfortable, responsive, good roll on and top end kick.

Bullet proof engine, good torque and very economical. Light clutch, quick shift, good ride, smooth motor. Brakes should be better. Seat feels a little wide.

Good 'do it all' bike. Good for shorter riders. One of the best rides I've owned.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd September, 2012

1987 Kawasaki GPz550 from United Kingdom

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

Summary:

Brilliant usable classic that's loved by all

Faults:

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: 7.6 / 10, based on 2 reviews