Parts & parcel: a breakerís guide
Hard to nd parts
Fuel tanks are getting tougher to source, especially those that haven't had historical repairs. Internal rust and seams that have blown are common sights on GPz900R tanks. The only glimmer of hope is that with a model run of around 10 years you can use a late model tank on the earlier machines. Standard exhausts are back in fashion for GPz900R restorers; sadly there aren't too many to go around. Handbooks and toolkits are becoming desirable for those restoring back to original. They add value and smiles to any refurbished GPz900R. Handlebar switch gear in excellent condition are hard to find. The black plastic bodies are prone to fading so a set of fresh looking black ones will always be in demand.
Canít give em away parts
Wheels are only worth saving if in very good original condition. Repainted wheels are hard to shift. Frames are cheap, once the sub-frame, swingarm, foot-rest plates are removed it's actually a very cool and small design. This doesn't add anything to its worth. For years tired GPz900Rs have been raided for parts, the frames are often the last thing to sell. Radiators are all too often festered to the point where the mounting points simply turn to powder! The cores are also a weak spot. Any 900R that runs hotter than normal could be in dire need of a new radiator. Used ones that even look okay are usually masking misery.
What to pay!
Fuel tank in great original condition will top £200 if it is repair free and internally clean. Engines vary massively; they are often touted around with optimistic price tags but the reality is £300 will buy you a low mileage item. Carbs are getting tougher to find. UK bikes had extra plumbing to avoid carb icing. £150 isn't out of the way for a bank of carbs from a running bike. Pay less for any untested items.