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May 12

Posts: 111

LearnerRider says:

Kawazaki GPZ 500

Ok so I've been looking for a bike to restrict to 33bhp when I pass my A2 (hopefully before the law changes) 

I have stumbled across a 1987 kawazaki GPZ 500 with 20,000 miles (claimed) 4 owners and a full service history -and 12 months MOT for £900 quid. I just want to know has any one owned one? And well is it woth taking a plunge at was seems an amazingly well looked after bike?

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denzil z9


Apr 07

Posts: 339

denzil z9 says:

Had one

as my first "big bike" years ago and loved it. Think I would try and get the price down though

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Aug 12

Posts: 4

spangle2k4 says:

Restricts really nicely.

My wife has a 1998 GPZ restricted using £40 carb washers from eBay.

I would say that the bike restricts really nicely. The low-end power delivery is essentially unchanged and the bike pulls fantastically well low-down in the rev range. The bike takes a while to rev when restricted but does have decent pull at the top end if you want to push it (though you really don't need to).

The engine is fantastically smooth and it as happy at 8k rpm as it is at 4k rpm, it pulls good and hard from 4k up to 7k.

Within (and slightly over) the speed limit the restricted GPZ rides really well. I recommend it :-)

I'll let you make your own mind up on that price, but FWIW I think it's certainly at the high-end price-wise.

Edit: If you've only ridden a 125 you'll think it's an absolute rocket.

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Mar 06

Posts: 2505

MadKwakaMax says:

great first bike

I've never had a restricted one ,but if it's done properly should be fine .

Price is  high for a 1987 .Even without a high milage .

check for after market exhaust ,the original is sure to have rotted/be rotting by now ,rear bearings are in good shape and ignition is ok .If all of this is well haggle hard and you'll have a good bike to ride restricted and even when de-restricted ,

Maxie x

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Aug 12

Posts: 14

Samar says:

Great Bike

But have a look around. I got mine 1998 with 15k milegae for £850. I've had it for 6 months now and can honestly say that it is fantastic "first big" bike.

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