I’m looking through Fast from the Past’s website and can’t find a direct match. There’s a set that’s labeled ‘1980 gpz550’. I’m kinda thinking that’s it although there wasn’t a gpz550 in ‘80, but it’s the closest description and I know the other similar options won’t be direct fits bc they are different like the ‘82 unitrack or the KZ versions.
It looks like it's using the passenger-peg hangers as the mounting point. It *looks* like it should work on the 81. The front footpegs are in a slightly different location on the standard models, but they mount using the same frame boss... not related to the rear-peg hangers. And I believe the 1980 Kz550 standard did not use the bolt-on hangers anyway, so that kit would have to be for the 81 and later models, Gpz or not.
I went to rear sets that one of the previous owners cobbled together for racing (along with clip-ons). It's fun , but can get a little tiring on long rides. Those in the listing look to have a similar riding position.
That's a great looking kit and the price hasn't really gone up a whole lot over the years.
I think you’re right. It’s gotta be for an ‘81, kz or gpz. There’s a different kit for the kz models that don’t have the bolt on hangers and ones for the 82-83 so that only leaves the 81 w/ bolt on hangers.
I just emailed them. Hopefully they can confirm and correct their description.
They are a little pricier than a universal kit but then I’d have to put together the linkage kit and have mounting brackets fabbed up. That $310 starts looking pretty reasonable I think
Well I heard back from FFTP. Since Tarozzi is Italian the models listed are European (even though FFTP is a US distributor) and they can’t confirm what fits what in US models. They were nice enough to send me drawings to ‘review and decide for myself’ what fits. That would typically be fine and all but it’s pretty hilarious that the drawings have no measurements what so ever. They are just what’s on the website which is just drawings of the parts with part numbers
Not sure if relevant anymore or if anyone cares, but posting this anyways.
I decided to get the Tarozzi rearsets, and they are pretty decent.
They come in 4 different types:
-Fixed, with rubber
-Fixed without rubber
-Foldable, with rubber
- Foldable, without rubber
Took me a lot longer to put them on then it should have. But I have to say they are very well made for the most part. My only issue is trying to position the actuator foot pieces that the linkages agreed with, always seemed either too deep or too high up, but with enough fiddling I managed to get the shift one in the perfect position. Brake one however, is a little more frustration to figure out. the current position i have it in prevents me from using all the brake down force I want before the linkage starts to run into itself. but not to a point to where the brake is useless. Also the shifting linkage is a little more direct than the stock 81 GPZ ones are, so shifting with it feels a little more direct with less movement while still feeling firm. Not sure if they just forgot it or I lost it somehow, but there was a missing counter nut for the shift linkage, luckily you can just pull one off the old linkage.
Ergonomics feel pretty good and race ready, assuming that's what you want when you buy rearsets. Positioned a fair amount more back and up. Takes a little ride or two to get used to them.
Was having a great time with them on a canyon run (that is until my ignition stopped working...)
In the pictures I dont have the passenger pegs on, but there is room for them on the new plate. However the hardware they supply you is way too long. Also in the picture I dont have the rear brake light spring on, (you have to stretch it out a fair amount before you put it on.)
1981 Kawasaki GPZ550 (KZ550D-1)
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Caleator - which set did you end up buying?
I have an '80KZ550 that I'm using a rear disc on. I ordered the Tarozzi for the KZ550 with drum brake, but now I think if I order the disc linkage piece from the GPZ dual shock set it'll make my life easier.
I know FFTP sells individual Tarozzi parts, so if I know what set you ordered, I can get the part # for the linkage piece (I think anyway)...
Hey Caleator, quick question looking at the close up of the RH side of your bike -- the part that mounts on the axis that connects the rearset lever to the master cylinder - it has a piece that juts off at an odd angle along the bottom - is there where the return spring mounts? Didn't see a spring in your photo.
I know this is kind of an old post now but- Thanks for the write up, Caleator! I never did get around to installing rear sets on my gpz. Glad the whole model number thing got figured out and now that info lives on the web. Not sure why I can't see your attached pics. Too old of a post maybe.
I just purchased a set of these off FFTP, but for my '81 KZ750e. The website listed them fitting only an '80, but research proved the '81 was identical. I haven't gotten to the linkage yet as the bike is still being built. The rear brake linkage I can't use, as my rear cylinder was shot. As soon as I fab up a mount for the new MC, I have to design my own linkage. As for quality, these are very well made pieces. I was surprised there was no shift linkage parts in the kit. I will have to modify the stock shift lever to get that hooked up. Overall I am pleased with the quality, though. I got the knurled folding set. Not a post that helps the original thread much, but thought I would chime in with my experience with FFTP and Tarozzi.
'81 KZ-750 E1
'86 Suzuki Savage 650