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Staff bikes: Kawasaki GPz550 - 'I want to throw it in the river'

Steve Farrell, 14 February 2011 10:42

Sometimes fixing bikes can be almost as satisfying as riding them. But lately I’ve felt like dumping my £300 ‘bargain’ GPz550 in the river. Which is where much of it appears to have come from. More competent fettlers have completed nut and bolt restorations in the time it’s taken me to get the back brake to work. It began when ...

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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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