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Motorcycle insurance bargains: Kawasaki GPZ500S

By MCN -

 24 September 2010 11:12

Motorcycle insurance costs are an important consideration for any bike buyer. That's why MCN is highlighting some of the best cheap-to-insure motorcycles out there. This time it's the Kawasaki GPZ500S.        

Insurance group: 8
Engine: 498cc parallel twin
Power: 59bhp
Top speed: 125mph 
Weight: 176kg                        

Long in the tooth but surprisingly fast and easy to live with, the Kawasaki GPZ500S’s a true and reliable all-rounder - a prime candidate for a bargain “first big bike”. Plus it's only group 8 to insure.       

The Kawasaki GPZ500S begs to be revved, adopting a banshee-style wail to accompany super fast acceleration over 7000rpm. Down low the Kawasaki GPZ500S can be a bit lumpy but it’s not a major flaw. Smooth and reliable, owners of the Kawasaki GPZ500S describe it as “bullet proof”.

The Kawasaki GPZ500S is ong, narrow and relatively lightweight, making for quick, responsive handling. The GPZ500S's suspension’s a bit budget and nearly always needs replacing on older models but does the job. Brakes likewise.

Really old Kawasaki GPZ500S's tend to look a bit ragged: suspension, brakes and bodywork need particular attention. However, overall build quality of the Kawasaki GPZ500S is good and the engine’s reliability is without question. High mileages are common but check for dents and bumps: many Kawasaki GPZ500S are ex-learner or courier bikes.

MCN verdict

Handling

4/5

Engine

4/5

Reliability

3/5

Value

4/5

OVERALL

4/5

 

Thinking of buying a Kawasaki GPZ500S? Get motorcycle insurance quotes from lots of providers in one place with MCN Compare. 

 

 

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