Eighties icons tucked away in rural Oxfordshire
WHEN PS turned up to borrow a Yamaha R6 from Hughenden M40 for this month’s Head-to-head (see p70), showroom manager Steve Loxton showed us some pristine Gpzs and GPZS.
“The boss, Rob, likes bikes from the Ps-era, especially Kawasakis,” says Steve. “We’ve been selling bikes from this shop since the mid-’70s. We’ve got a connection with these bikes.”
Included in the mint 1980s classics are a GPZ750, two Z750 Turbos, a GPZ900R, GPZ1000RX and a GPX750R. They’re book-ended by a Z1300 and, at the other end of the scale, a lovely KH250. Most are under 10,000 miles, with no more than two owners.
But the classics corner of the shop isn’t just limited to Kawasakis: there’s a 1994 Honda CB1000 Big One, a CB900F from 1981 and a pair of glittering late ’70s Suzuki GT750S. There’s even a 1981 Yamaha XS650SE.
The Kawasakis are only reluctantly for sale. But, says Steve, “We’re always open to offers.” Three bikes he definitely does have on the forecourt ready for purchase are a 1997 CBR600F-V, a mint Kawasaki 1992 ZXR750K1 and a rare Motorsport-coloured 1978 BMW R100RS – originally sold by the shop back in 1978.
Z750 Turbo a pearl, two nice Kettles too
Tidy GPX750R could be yours