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Staff bikes: Kawasaki GPz550 – A gut-wrenching tale

Steve Farrell, 07 October 2010 18:17

Every Sunday afternoon I try to restore my ‘bargain’ GPz550 to somewhere near acceptable condition. And on Sunday evenings I ask the internet how to undo whatever new damage I’ve caused. My latest handiwork is a sheared sump plug. When I last changed the oil, I replaced the rounded-off old plug with a swanky magnetic one. Unfortunately, because it’s hollow ...

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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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