Kawasaki GPX750

Practical Sportsbikes (UK) - - SLINGIN’ IN THE RAIN - Martin Forster

Be­ing some­thing of a Kawasaki fan, it was per­haps in­evitable that Cum­brian Martin Forster would ac­quire a GPX750 to con­test the Superstock class. Third last year in the CRMC se­nior Pro­duc­tion class aboard a GPZ750 and on a GPZ550 be­fore that in Ju­nior Pro­duc­tion, Martin is al­ready mak­ing waves in Superstock aboard his nicely run-in 50,000 mile GPX.

“It’s fast, and al­ready com­pet­i­tive against the GSX-RS, FZS and­vfrs,” smiles Martin. “And it’ll only get bet­ter as I get used to it. I bought it from a bloke in Hull [Chilly Hill, whose trick XJ550 has pre­vi­ously starred in

PS – JM] for £750. He’d been us­ing it as a win­ter hack. Other than ser­vice it, fit a Hagon shock and stick­yavon tyres I haven’t done much to it. It still wears its orig­i­nal body­work, and I’ve stiff­ened up the forks with heav­ier oil and spac­ers – I’ve got Hagon pro­gres­sive springs on the way but it feels re­ally good as it is so I might just leave it.”

Martin was us­ing the orig­i­nal shock at Pem­brey, where he scored a sixth. It was over­heat­ing at thewelsh track due to a duff ra­di­a­tor fan, an is­sue he’s since fixed.and the fi­bre­glassed bel­ly­pan and turkey bast­ing tray makes an in­ge­nious oil catch tray…

“I did put it on a dyno be­fore Pem­brey, just to check it was OK. It made 106bhp on the first run even though it was re­ally lean. We went from 112 mains to 124s, and power’s up since, too. I’m re­ally en­joy­ing rid­ing it. I just wish the weather would im­prove. Fin­gers crossed for Oul­ton.”

“I PUT IT ON THE DYNO JUST TO CHECK IT WAS OK. IT MADE 106BHP ON THE FIRST RUN EVEN THOUGH IT WAS RE­ALLY LEAN”

Top: straight from the oven; turkey bast­ing tray dou­bles as oil catch pan. Above: stock body­work for Martin

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