Make or break? Kawasaki GPz900R.
“The red revolution wasn’t it?”
Motorcycle manufacturers love to add a catchphrase type slogan to their associated bumf. It’s something that they still do now, like Suzuki with their ‘Way of life’ and Yamaha’s ‘Revs your heart’.
Back in the 1980s, Kawasaki hit us up with ‘The red revolution’. The new Labour(ish) slogan sat perfectly with their new GPz range, which rather handily, were mostly painted red. The range bridged the end of the air cooled models like the GPz1100, GPz750A and the often overlooked GPz550. It also championed the new kids on the block and the captain’s armband was worn by the all new for 1984 GPz900R.
“They must be right collectable now?”
Wrong! The classic bike market is now waking up to the GPz900R. It wasn’t too long ago you could find plenty for sale below £1,000.
That boat left the harbour a while ago, with prices for the once flagship of the fleet starting to creep up.
The trick is always to find a bike that’s pretty standard and not too mucked about with. This A reg example is a great starting point for anyone looking for a project GPz900R.
“How much is it worth?”
Prices might be on the rise, but compared to other 80s poster bikes, the GPz900R is still a bit of a bargain. Typically a bike like this one would expect to achieve around £2,000 on a good day, and no less than £1,500 if the market was short on buyers.
Like all projects there’s pros and cons attached to any potential candidate bike. The bad bits on this Kawasaki are easily outweighed by the plus points.
The biggest issue with this one is it will need a fresh set of carbs. The throttle refuses to turn pointing to a house of horrors inside that bank of carbs. Beyond that it’s mostly good news. The biggest prize is the full standard Kawasaki exhaust system that was fitted new in 2010, the same year that the bike was last on the road.
The alloy is all in good condition and would look even better with some elbow grease. The other really strong point is that the fuel tank is solid. The whole bike is pretty original and in great shape, not just for a bike that’s been sat for 11 years, but for one that was registered in 1985.
Article provided by Scottie Redmond