Kawasaki GPZ500S — Review — GPZ500 — Under-rated bike

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Kawasaki GPZ 500 S (reduced effect)

Kawasaki GPZ500S

Advantages: low and manageable, capable of giving bikes an occasional surprise

Could do with a little power and wind protection for journeys

I’ve had my 1998 GPZ for and a half years, and have it to be an excellent all-round bike. It is my transport, so has to be 100% reliable to get me to and work, which (touch so far it has been.

The bike is a good and is comparatively low and manageable — often described as an ideal bike, indeed the previous was my sister in law. who bought it but then emigrated. Being vertically challenged, I find it It’s also reasonably having a definite ‘power taking on a greater sense of once the revs rise 6500-7000 rpm, although these things are relative- never going to threaten one of the generation 600cc sportsbikes.

Brakes are OK — mine’s the 17 front wheel model and has brakes front and back the earlier 16 front wheels a reputation for their tendency to out with little warning, and had a brake on the rear. The back is good, although can be a little at first, and will lock up the wheel fairly readily- breeds sensitivity!

Perversely this also highlights the forgiving nature of the bike rear wheel slides can from scary to fun, on your level of experience and the but are always recoverable ( I don’t any great skill levels, and can credit the natural balance of the design ). The front brake is adequate- the initial squeeze on the lever has an effect, but it could be described as eye-popping, and it definitely a good firm squeeze for rapid retardation. This up the inadequacies of the front suspension, is definitely built down to a and does run out of travel.

I may try a braided Goodridge type brake hose in due course, I’m slightly wary this might remove little feel there is. suspension has been Ok for my 11 stone, and I carry a pillion, although carried a fair amount of on occasions.

I’ve had my bike dealer and generally it has only required consumable items, although have been a couple of gremlins- the two cut-out switches, one on the stand and one on the clutch are known points, and are often disconnected or Similarly mine also a minor earthing fault affected the indicators, but was easily down and rectified.

Kawasaki GPZ 500 S (reduced effect)

At nearly years old and 35,000 miles of round all-weather commuting the service was a pricey one, a new water pump and most of the suspension was rebuilt — the is massive, and makes me realise how it had got. Doubtless I’ll to do something about the front in due course, but they have been a bit ‘crashy’. Dealer prices have been to more expensive when needed chain and sprockets new tyres etc, although the old skinny tyres themselves are compared to the fat rubber used on the sports bikes.

The only modification I’ve is a Scottoiler, which was fitted new, and a Motad 2 into 1 when the original one finally — again, the balance between the two exhaust systems ( a bit by the belly pan, but actually is another weak point. The 2 1 conversion is popular, and I’ve a few bikes with these

It exits on the right hand — the lack of any silencer on the visually took me a bit of getting to, but it does make getting to the easier. Seat of the pants maybe noticed a slight but certainly not a revelation. Lazer do replacement exhaust systems budget around Ј300 for a 2 into 1 system.

A front extender is also currently on from MP in preparation for winter the belly pan does give a amount of protection, but if you ever it ( for example when fitting a exhaust ) you realise how much accumulates.

Generally though a bike. Nippy enough for me, can 350 miles a week commuting, enough dry weather confidence to it inside less confident on bigger bikes. Of course pass me on the straights, but any fool can fast in a straight line.

Summary: Recommended, and can be good

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