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BUYING A KAWASAKI NINJA 600R – REVIEW AND VIDEO TEST eBay

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Kawasaki GPZ 500 S (reduced effect)

KAWASAKI GPZ400R and GPZ600R (1985-1990) (stills taken from video road test of the GPZ400R)

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This guide was written for the UK market so some details won’t apply

MY VERDICT:

Retro cool

Many parts shared between the 400 and 600

Alloy frame on the 400

The 400 is surprisingly almost as powerful as the 600

Adjustable suspension

Comfortable by modern standards

Low-ish seat height

Parts availability won’t be great due to it’s age

Soggy suspension by modern standards

Very few good original examples left

The 400 is less torquey than the 600

INTRODUCTION:

The GPZ400R and 600R were ground-breaking. The 600 kickstarted the whole 600 Supersports class that is still going strong today. The 400R is a scaled down version of the bike we’re more familiar with in the US but a lighter allow frame.

WHICH ONE TO GO FOR:

The 600R’s are much more plentiful here as they were officially imported, the imported 400’s are often in good condition thanks to the lack of gritted roads in Japan.

RELIABILITY AND COMMON FAULTS:

Reliability is quite good, fork seals suffer and carb diaphragms if they’ve been stored.

As with all imports that have been stored for any length of time, check for rust inside the fuel tank. Also, the 400R’s can suffer from stuck piston rings that allow fuel into the oil. This can usually be cured by getting the engine very hot and good regular use after that.

Camshaft problems were common on the 600R, thanks to a high tickover from cold and no center stand leading to oil starvation on the right hand end. Carb icing was cured by heating the carb bodies with the cooling system, although this did reduce the power output. The steel frame also bent easily in crashes, this was strengthened later on.

MODEL HISTORY:

Introduced in 1985, the 600 created the class we know and love today. The 400 had a similar effect in Japan, where it was considered the best sports 400 for quite a few years.

The 400 had an alloy frame and remotely adjustable suspension. The 600 was less sophisticated with a steel frame and fewer adjustments on the suspension.

In 1987 the GPX was introduced, but the GPZ600R was sold along side it until 1990.

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Before seeing the bike:

If it is a private sale make sure you view the bike at the sellers premises – this will help determine if the seller is genuine

Always ask the seller to make sure the bike is cold when you come to view it – warm engines can hide a multitude of sins

Find out whether the bike:

Has got an MOT certificate, is it taxed and for how long?

Has got a race can fitted and if so is the original included?

Has it ever been crashed?

Has got a current V5 and is registered in the sellers name?

Is there any outstanding finance, if you’re in doubt buy a HPI report or similar?

Does the bike still have both original keys and the toolkit?

Does the bike have a service history, and if so is it a main dealer one?

How to check the bike:

Road testing the bike:

Want to see why if the GPZ400R is a modern classic? Does it make a good first bike? How fast does it go and how far on one tank of fuel? What it’s really like to ride and live with in the real world? You can see the GPZ in action (warts and all) in our comprehensive and fully independent video road test – simply click on the link below:


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