Kawasaki GPZ500S – Review – Kawasaki GPZ 500 – what a cracker of a bike!

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Kawasaki GPZ 500

Kawasaki GPZ500S

Advantages: Economy, Looks, Knowing you own a Kawasaki

Disadvantages: Not for thrill seekers


Sleek curves, a big mean looking headlight, and a nice shiny paint job, the Kawasaki GPZ 500 sure does look like a stunner!

as mentioned above, this is a very good looking bike, my specific one has a red and silver paint job and I must say that this does look the part.

Most people cannot decide wether this is a sports bike or a touring bike, in my own personal opinion this is a bike designed for touring, with 4 cargo net hooks underneath the back seat, a nice comfy riding position and a nice biggish seat for a pillion. This bike is absolutely perfect for buzzing through town or zipping round little country lanes, this is mostly due to it not being a very wide bike, it can fit into lots of tight spaces quite easily without too much effort.

Drive / Ride Quality:

This bike does ride extremely nicely, its very easy to turn, the steering is fairly light and it lets you know where your limits are before you start pushing it too hard. This is not a bike to slam your knees to the floor on, if your looking for a knee scraping thrill of a ride go and buy a ZX6R.

As mentioned in other reviews on the web, the engine does feel a bit lumpy below 3k revs, this doesnt seem normal on a bike the first time you ride it, but you definately get used to it after a while and is not something to concern yourself with. Above 3k revs she is smooth as anything, all the way up to 7k acceleration is fairly sedate, but once you hit that power band everything changes.

The exhaust makes a sudden ripping noise, the engine tone rises and all of a sudden it feels like spok engaged hyper-drive and your away! This bike can definately surprise you sometimes when you need a quick pull away, and would definately out-do any high performance car up to 80 – 90 mph easily.

Braking is fairly good, I have the single front and single rear disk model, and providing you dont sit up the arse of cars all the time, braking will never be a problem! Keep the pads in good nick on the front and you will never end up climbing into someones boot.


This bike, if thrashed everywhere, will produce little more than 45 – 50 mpg. but that is if you really do cain it around all the time (2nd gear upto 60 mph all the time, for instance). However if like me you commute at 70 mph up the motorway all the time, and accelerate up to that speed in a sedate manor, you can get up to 70 mph out of it. Depending on what fuel I use, I get anything from 65 – 72 mpg out of her, which lets face it, is very good for a 2 cylinder machine of this size!

My 125 used to do 85 to the gallon (ish) so to take a drop of only 10 – 15 mpg is very very good, for 5 times the power.

Kawasaki GPZ 500


Mine starts first push of the button every time, with or without choke. Choke is most definately reccomended for cold or rainy days though! Parts I have seen on ebay seem reasonably in-expensive compared to other bikes too, so if anything were to go wrong then parts wouldnt be too expensive.

At Night:

The bike does have a decent enough headlight on it for you to blind car drivers, and a good enough low beam to navigate your way around. However I plan on fitting some extra spotlights to mine.

What your mates will think.

Mine all think that this is a cracking looking bike, it looks good in the cold mornings with the twin exhausts blowing away, and in the summer provided its well polished it will outshine anything! I have had people stop in car parks and look at it, commenting how nice it looks. The only thing I am currently trying to find is a custom fairing to sit above the belly pan and below the top fairing to fil in that gap!

I have seen one bike with it on and it does look a lot nicer!

Overall a lush bike with a lot of good features, perfectly good commuter but definately not a bike for the thrill seekers or anyone that wants to constantly do silly speeds and get their licence un-sullied!

Summary: Fantastic bike, especially for new riders just passing their tests!

Kawasaki GPZ 500
Kawasaki GPZ 500
Kawasaki GPZ 500

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