Kawasaki GPZ500 Overview
Don’t be fooled by this bike, it may have some years behind it but it is nippy and incredibly reliable. The Kawasaki GPZ500 is a brilliant first bike for those who are looking for a ‘big bike’ and it is also a favourite with experienced riders because of its all-round performance. It is one of those bikes that you will keep coming back to, after all the more modern motorbikes have become mundane.
This motorbike is second to none on ride quality because of its lightweight and narrow frame which enables it to travel quickly on the roads. It is incredibly responsive and makes you feel like it’s a part of you when you’re winding around the lanes. However, just be wary of brakes and suspension because, even though they’re not of bad quality, they will need replacing sooner rather than later.
The Kawasaki GPZ500’s has an impressive 7000rpm, making it a swift accelerator. It has a 498cc, liquid cooled, parallel twin, four stroke engine that reaches top speeds of 125mph. The fuel consumption is pretty impressive at 44 mpg which is why many owners love this model, as well as the fact it engine is unwaveringly reliable, some even calling it “bullet proof”.
However, there are some issues that need to be taken into consideration; the brakes and suspension, as mentioned before, and the bodywork. The Kawasaki GPZ500 is known for easily getting a few bumps and scrapes so, if you’re looking to get one for a great price second hand, then be sure to check the bodywork as many of them would have been used for courier delivery and learner bikes.
Kawasaki GPZ500 Spec
- Top speed125mph
- Average fuel consumption44mpg
- Seat height775mm
- EngineLiquid cooled, four stroke, parallel twin, DOHC
Kawasaki GPZ500 Insurance
Stupidly stable on its open and as long as you're comfortable with a pillion it's still just as sturdy and comfortable.
The engine is bulletproof, classic Kawasaski. However its been used and abused by 7 previous owners so it has its gremlins.
Still yet to find out on that one.
It's a very light weight bike, it will flick into corners however much you want. But at the end of the day it comes down to the rider and the tyres etc.
For an A2 restrictor set up its at the max it can be but still plenty enough for someone at my ability.
All depends how hard you ride it. Nice easy ride it keeps up with plenty of other bikes.
Bit skittish on cornering
Good power band for engine size
Not a lot to improve. Nice little bike.
Never broken down
Not too bad. Rear brake a bit sluggish sometimes