THANKS GPZ900R! Af­ter the first GPZ1100, then 550, then 750, then 550 Uni­trak (then 305, ahem), the 900 was un­equiv­o­cally the Ul­ti­mate GPZ.

What Kawasaki's orig­i­nal Ninja gave us

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THE UL­TI­MATE GPZ THE MODERN SU­PER­BIKE

16 valves, DOHC, liq­uid-cool­ing, starter and al­ter­na­tor be­hind block… it’s ba­si­cally the same lay­out to­day. That's how far ahead of its time the bike was.

PROD­DIE TT DOM­I­NANCE

The late Ge­off John­son dom­i­nated the 1984 Prod­die TT on a GPZ. An­other, rid­den by Howard Selby, was sec­ond.

TOP GUN DREAMS

Ad­mit it, for a while dur­ing the late 1980s we all fan­cied our­selves as Top Gun’s Pete ‘Mav­er­ick’ Mitchell.

THE NINJA NAME

The 900 was the first GPZ to be called Ninja – a name sug­gested by Kawasaki USA mar­ket­ing boss Mike Vaughan.

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