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Staff bikes: Kawasaki GPz550 - Beware bike sellers who limp

Steve Farrell, 26 May 2010 10:00

When I bought my GPz550 for £300 in January, I triumphantly claimed I’d proved you could get a decent bike for next to nothing. I now admit I’ve proved only that you can get a bike for next to nothing. This particular one comes with an assortment of gradually emerging deadly faults. As one is fixed, another reveals itself. In ...

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Staff bikes: Kawasaki GPz550 - Rear disc on front wheel

Steve Farrell, 30 April 2010 15:55

More surprises from my bought-unseen £300 GPz. When I removed the warped front brake discs to replace them, I found that in fact only one was a front disc. The other was a rear. They’re the same diameter but the rear is thicker. More worryingly, one of the bolts appeared to have been held in place by some kind of ...

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Staff bikes: Kawasaki GPz550 - It's fictional

Steve Farrell, 26 March 2010 09:30

I had a budget of £300 to spend on a bike when I saw this advertised on a forum with a month’s tax and MoT. MCN happened to have a van passing the seller’s area that day. I gave the driver the cash. A couple of hours later the bike was mine. When you buy a £300 shonker without seeing ...

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The scooter the law says is a car

Steve Farrell, 10 June 2009 10:50

This 100mph scooter can be ridden by car drivers without a motorcycle licence or helmet.  The 400cc Piaggio MP3 LT is Piaggio’s latest scooter with two leaning front wheels, after the smaller 125 and 250cc versions. Piaggio MP3s for sale But this one can be ridden with no bike training because it’s the same as a three-wheeled car in the eyes ...

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