1989 Kawasaki GPZ550A

Practical Sportsbikes (UK) - - Fettling -

This GPZ550 re­ally caught our eye. Ze­phyr run­ning gear gives it a pur­pose­ful stance, even if the ape hang­ers do their best to take it away. It was built as a racer (with those ’bars?) and the seller says the frame and wheels have been pow­der­coated, and the mo­tor’s top-end has been re­freshed. The loom’s been stripped back so you’d need an­other to get back on the road, but with a lick of paint, a fair­ing and a pair of clip-ons it’d make a tasty mid­dleweight.

Gary says: By the look of it the hard work’s been done. It needs a de­cent paintjob and fin­ish­ing prop­erly, but for £700 that’s a good ba­sis for an in­ter­est­ing pro­ject. Ob­vi­ously it’d be bet­ter if it was a 750 or an 1100, but then it’d cost more as a re­sult. These old Gpzs are ripe for spe­cial treat­ment. Like it.

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