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MCN overall verdict rating is 3

The Kawasaki GPZ1100 is more sporty tourer than sports tourer. Launched with zero cutting edge technology but a honking great engine with a hearty midrange that makes rapid riding easy. On the spec sheet the Kawasaki GPZ1100 is an overweight dinosaur but on the road it’s actually a great machine. Just don’t go chasing the latest GSX-Rs on a twisty road.

Engine

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4

Straight from the Kawasaki old-school GPZ900/1000/ZX10/ZZR1100 family – and none the worse for it. The Kawasaki GPZ1100 is gentle at low revs but comes out swinging like a healthy prize fighter by 4000rpm with more to come the higher up the tacho you go. The top end of the Kawasaki GPZ1100 can’t match the latest tackle but who cares? Carbs means smooth delivery, good economy and occasional icing.

Ride and Handling

MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 3.5

The Kawasaki GPZ1100 is heavy plus that weight’s carried quite high. The GPZ1100 can feel a bit of a handful at walking pace but get moving and it carries itself with amazing poise. Great all day the only problem comes if you try and chase sports bikes on the Kawasaki GPZ1100 – the suspension and extra bulk means its hard work.

Equipment

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 3.5

The Kawasaki GPZ1100 screen, riding position and seat work well. That means long days in the saddle can be achieved without aches or a numb-bum on the GPZ1100. Pillions are pretty well catered for too. An ABS equipped version of the Kawasaki GPZ1100 was available but at just over a grand more than the standard bike few were sold and the plug was quickly pulled.

Kawasaki GPZ1100 (1995-1998)

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Engine size 1052 cc
Power 123 bhp
Top speed 155 mph
Insurance group 14 of 17
  MCN ratings Owners' ratings
Overall rating is 3 rating is 3.5
Engine rating is 4 rating is 4
Ride & Handling rating is 3 rating is 3.5
Equipment rating is 4 rating is 3.5
Quality & Reliability rating is 2 rating is 3
Value rating is 4 rating is 4

Quality and Reliability

MCN rating rating is 2
Owners' rating rating is 3

Reliability-wise it’s good news. The Kawasaki GPZ1100s engine’s strong and easily capable of six figure mileages. There’s no major mechanical problems with the Kawasaki GPZ1100 but build quality was poor. Brake callipers, wheels and the exhaust all corrode easily on the Kawasaki GPZ1100 and the motorcycle can look tatty fast.

Value

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4

Never flavour of the month and quite rare on the used market – but Kawasaki GPZ1100s are often at bargain prices. Owners are more likely to be older gents and unlikely to thrash or neglect their GPZ1100s. Watch out for high-mile commuters – the suspension and chassis bears will be tired. Yamaha’s XJ900S Diversion is cheaper to buy and run but slower. Find a Kawasaki GPZ1100 for sale.

Insurance

Insurance group: 14 of 17

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Model History

1995: Original Kawasaki GPZ1100 model launched.
1998: Kawasaki GPZ1100 siscontinued.

Other Versions

GPZ1100ABS: Offered during 1996 and 1997 but at £8995 few were sold.

Specifications

Top speed 155 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 11.1 secs
Max power 123 bhp
Max torque 74 ft-lb
Weight 242 kg
Seat height 795 mm
Fuel capacity 22 litres
Average fuel consumption 38 mpg
Tank range 38 miles
Annual road tax
Insurance group 14 of 17
Engine size 1052 cc
Engine specification 16v in-line four, 6 gears
Frame Steel cradle
Front suspension adjustment None
Rear suspension adjustment Preload, rebound
Front brakes Twin 300mm discs
Rear brake 250mm disc
Front tyre size 120/70 x 17
Rear tyre size 170/60 x 17

Owners' Overall Rating rating is 3.5(4 reviews)

  • Cheap wheels

    nickodemon

    Average rating rating is 3.5

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    Good bike. Does what is required of it. Plenty bottom end and midrange. Comfy, good for touring. A bit heavy.

    17 January 2009

  • Good value

    GaryLondon

    Average rating rating is 3.5

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    I've had the GPZ/ZX1100E for 3 years and have had heaps of fun on it. It is heavy but when you get rolling the power is quite effortless. It is reliable but the exhaust fell apart, corroding at the welds. A new Remus 4-1 sounds better and looks the biz. Apart from that I've only replaced anything that perishes apart from an oil seal on the gear selector. You can't twist through canyons like an R1 but open it up on a motorway and 'it'll go stink'... The Goodridge metal hoses have given me fabulous breaking, a must if you want to avoid break fade.

    13 June 2007

  • Good value

    GaryLondon

    Average rating rating is 3.5

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    I've had the GPZ/ZX1100E for 3 years and have had heaps of fun on it. It is heavy but when you get rolling the power is quite effortless. It is reliable but the exhaust fell apart, corroding at the welds. A new Remus 4-1 sounds better and looks the biz. Apart from that I've only replaced anything that perishes apart from an oil seal on the gear selector. You can't twist through canyons like an R1 but open it up on a motorway and 'it'll go stink'... The Goodridge metal hoses have given me fabulous breaking, a must if you want to avoid break fade.

    13 June 2007

  • Simple but effective

    Wozza1973

    Burnaby , CA

    Average rating rating is 3

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    The GPz1100 is a bit of a simple bike by today's standards, no real frills here. It is very comfortable for long rides and the engine is a real gem with lots of torque. It's very hard to find parts as not many of them were sold, so nobody really carries them. The engine is very similar to the ZRX1100 though, so that does help. The bike can be a bit ponderous at low speeds and it also prone to head bearing wear, which makes matters worse.

    17 March 2007

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