Kawasaki GPZ900R Reviews

1984 Kawasaki GPZ900R from Australia

Model year1984
Year of manufacture1984
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2010
Acceleration marks 9 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 8 / 10
Handling marks 7 / 10
Braking marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 2 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired67000 kilometres
Most recent distance69800 kilometres
Previous motorcycleYamaha XJ900S

Summary:

Terrific styling, power and rideability

Faults:

Cam chain tensioner needs replacing.

Fork service, seals, anti dive, springs.

Chain, sprockets.

General Comments:

1984 A-1 Ninja GPZ900R.

Classic style and looks, top marks.

26 years old, but still viable.

Great sports tourer.

Mid sized and comfortable to tour on.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd November, 2010

1985 Kawasaki GPZ900R from Republic of Ireland

Model year1985
Year of manufacture1985
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2010
Acceleration marks 8 / 10
Handling marks 8 / 10
Braking marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.9 / 10
Distance when acquired34500 miles
Most recent distance37500 miles
Previous motorcycleTriumph Tiger

Summary:

Smooth and safe. Not a wheelie machine

Faults:

Header pipes rotted - had to replace the entire system. But now it feels like a new bike, such a throaty roar.

General Comments:

It had been 30 years since I had owned a bike, but the itch was there, and I spent about 3 months trying to find the most suitable ride. Then I saw her, in startling black but in need of some TLC. I rode her from the dealer to the ferry. From arriving in Rosslare, the ride to the Dublin was a joy. The bike felt so smooth and did not threaten to spin her wheels.

Okay, it has cost me a lot of money to get her to where she will require little maintenance for a while (I hope) and people have cast aspersions on my sanity. But to get the admiring looks from fellow bikers makes it worthwhile. They recognise a classic when they see one.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st April, 2010

1993 Kawasaki GPZ900R from United Kingdom

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

1988 Kawasaki GPZ900R from South Africa

Model year1988
Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2007
Distance when acquired49000 kilometres
Most recent distance58000 kilometres
Previous motorcycleKawasaki Z650 SR

Summary:

The best bike I have ridden so far

Faults:

The oil cooler leaked when I first purchased it.

The starter needed to be repaired.

General Comments:

The bike is like a rocket, and never seems to quit on any given challenge.

Keeps up to the super bikes of this time (somewhat).

To me, it is a very nice bike to look at, and has the motor to keep up.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th June, 2007

1985 Kawasaki GPZ900R from United States of America

Model year1985
Year of manufacture1985
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2007
Acceleration marks 9 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 9 / 10
Handling marks 8 / 10
Braking marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.4 / 10
Distance when acquired53000 kilometres
Most recent distance97000 kilometres
Previous motorcycleKawasaki Z440 LTD

Summary:

I don't see ever selling this bike

Faults:

Thermostat.

Fork seal.

General Comments:

Purchased while on vacation in Australia. With no more than an oil change, I took this bike all over the east coast of Oz. And Heaven only knows how long it had been sitting unused by the middle aged guy I bought it from. With saddle bags, a tank bag, and the gear rack it had, I was able to travel around Australia freely and on the cheap.

New tires brought back much of the original handling.

After three months, it was time to come home to the States. Knowing that I had to 'Federalize' the bike in order to import it didn't slow me down one bit. The 900R had made such a positive impression on me, that it was a non-issue. I paid for this bike almost three times over after all was said and done.

Since my return I have ridden this bike on several long distance trips. Laguna Seca, San Francisco, Lake Tahoe, all in comfort and speed. Replacing the chain and sprockets has helped much. I feel as though I have a new bike.

The mid-80's GPZ may not be as well built as a Honda Goldwing, but it has proven itself a wonderful compromise between sport and touring. It is THE reason that I WILL buy a Concours.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 29th May, 2007

13th May 2010, 14:01

I have a 1984 GPR 900, a great classic bike. My previous GPZ1100 with a kit was fast, but the 900 not far behind. More compact, better handling.

At $2500 for a good clean one here in Oz, it's great value.

Yes it turns heads. Has 4 into one, a bit loud, may get an original system.

I too am reluctant to part with it, have a 1999 XJ900S Diversion, and getting an XV1100 Virago. Think the Diversion will be sold.

GPZ900s look fast just parked up.

1991 Kawasaki GPZ900R from United Kingdom

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: 7.7 / 10, based on 6 reviews