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The Kawasaki GPz550 Launched the Middleweight Revolution 19 Apr 2021 07:53 #847026

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Good article from Cycle World: www.cycleworld.com/story/bikes/kawasaki-...leweight-revolution/ . Hang on to those '81s!
Back in the saddle and loving it! KZ1000A1
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The Kawasaki GPz550 Launched the Middleweight Revolution 19 Apr 2021 09:43 #847030

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Hang on to those '81s!
 


Thanks for the link!

And agreed 100% with the "hang on" piece: I've had mine for almost 30 years.
1979 KZ400 Gifted to a couple of nephews
1967 Yamaha YCS1 Bonanza
1980 KZ440B
1981 Yamaha XT250H
1981 KZ440 LTD project bike
1981 GPz550
2013 Yamaha FZ6R

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The Kawasaki GPz550 Launched the Middleweight Revolution 19 Apr 2021 10:26 #847035

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And agreed 100% with the "hang on" piece: I've had mine for almost 30 years.

That is awesome. I wish I could have kept my '83 but poverty being what is was...
My little brother had an '81 and I know he is kicking himself for having sold it years ago. 
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1982 GPz750 R1
1974 Kawasaki H1
1976 Kawasaki KZ400
1979 Yamaha XS650 cafe'
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1981 Honda XR200 stroked in an '89 CR125 chassis
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The Kawasaki GPz550 Launched the Middleweight Revolution 19 Apr 2021 14:16 #847045

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I agree! This one's a "keeper"
It is such a joy to ride!
I get "thumbs up" a lot, from guys that were teenagers in the 80's!
Love it!
'81 GPz 550 D1 Click this link: kzrider.com/gallery/gallery-categories/k.../1981-gpz550-d1-9051
'82 Yamaha YB100 Fizzie
'79 Suzuki GT200 X5 TWO STROKE TWIN - SMOKER!
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The Kawasaki GPz550 Launched the Middleweight Revolution 20 Apr 2021 06:21 #847081

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Here's a good read about its big brother.
www.motorcyclespecs.co.za/roadtests/kawasaki_gpz750_cycle.html
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The Kawasaki GPz550 Launched the Middleweight Revolution 20 Apr 2021 18:09 #847117

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Thanks for posting that.  I love my 81's.

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The Kawasaki GPz550 Launched the Middleweight Revolution 20 Apr 2021 18:49 #847122

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Repeating myself but my biggest bike selling regret is selling an absolutely pristine '81 before I had to move across the country.  The bike only had about 2k miles on it.  Stupid me.

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The Kawasaki GPz550 Launched the Middleweight Revolution 20 Apr 2021 20:36 #847129

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I found that article while researching my 2001 zr7s, which I just bought as a winter project. It uses the same motor.
The zr7s is an anachronism... modern looks with old school performance from its ancient engine.  Love it.
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The Kawasaki GPz550 Launched the Middleweight Revolution 20 Apr 2021 20:40 #847130

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Nessism, we all have motorcycle regrets but yours was a real doozie. 2000 miles! You hardly got to know her.
Theres a nice one For Sale in my area. 4-5 grand I think.
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The Kawasaki GPz550 Launched the Middleweight Revolution 21 Apr 2021 19:30 #847204

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I had a new 1981 model for 4 months and 1400 miles. I liked it OK, but was not overly attached to it and don't miss it. In Mar of 82 got the GPZ1100 that I absolutely loved, but was a real piece of junk to put it in mild terms, but even with that I would love to have the 1100 back. The 550 I have no memory of that brings back lust to have one ever again.
321,000 miles on KZ's that I can remember. Not going to see any more.

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The Kawasaki GPz550 Launched the Middleweight Revolution 26 Apr 2021 05:24 #847473

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Why does NADA lists the 81 GPz550 value so low ? Excellent value $2050  . . . . Stupid, 
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The Kawasaki GPz550 Launched the Middleweight Revolution 01 May 2021 14:14 #847838

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Last time I saw one for sale was a couple years ago.  It was a parts bike only, and far away.  My buddy ended up grabbing it for next to nothing.

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