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Steve Farrell  says:

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

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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Jun 10

Posts: 394

No such thing... a cheap classic - you can pay on the way in, or pay as you go along.

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Oct 05

Posts: 100

even more amazing is the fact you spent that much
on that bike ................

Dont ponder on what you have spent or you will end up riding it off dover cliffs

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Sep 09

Posts: 905

Rogerborg says:

I make that £1121 plus the rack

If you don't enjoy fettling, why didn't you spend £1121 on a bike in better condition in the first place?

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Jan 10

Posts: 431

rlf3 says:

The worst....

.....of it is that when you're finished spending money you'll still have a GPz550 which was never that great a bike in the first place.

Say goodbye to that cash, you'll never see it again......


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Aug 02

Posts: 105

tl1000kid says:

blatant advert

It's just a blatant advert for all the suppliers that are mentioned. Nobody in their right mind would actually spend that amount of money on such a shed. Do they think we're stupid or something? God, times must be hard at MCN HQ...

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Mar 05

Posts: 66

Darowyn says:

Would the bike work perfectly, and be worth the top price if you threw it in the river?

Thought not!

You should not be thinking of punishing the bike for your mistakes!

And shouldn't you have straightened the subframe before you started throwing money at it?


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Oct 10

Posts: 138


I can't believe you've spent £1200 on that heap of crap,you could have got a half decent mid 90's 'Blade for that,i did,'96 model,one owner from new,30,000mls,a proper bargain.

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Mar 08

Posts: 26

Georg3 says:

Or how about the £1120 I spent for a 1997 Thunderace, 24000 miles, with 7 full service stamps. I'm enjoying this MCN top trumps. Someone! Go better and cheaper!

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Jan 10

Posts: 431

rlf3 says:


A UniTrak 750 might still crack 125, but you'll need nitro to get your old 550 going that fast!

If it was a workhorse 550 you wanted then a GT would have been a far better option.

If you wanted a sporty 550 from that era, the Suzuki GSX550 was the better bike imo.

If you could maybe have negotiated a bit of cash discount, and spent a wee bit more, then this is a proper 80s classic from an apparently reputable dealer.

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Aug 02

Posts: 3293

eatcs01 says:


As long as it's MOTable, just get out there and RIDE THE BLOODY THING. Learn it's foibles and inadequacies. Ride to the bikes limits, not your own. Enjoy it bucking and weaving through the bends.

It's NOT a new bike and never will be. Biking never used to ba about fitting new expensive bits. It was about making do and keeping the bike on the road.

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