Advantages Cheap, comfortable, and fast for its age
Disadvantages Aging and moderately difficult to find parts. Not the best handling bike ever
This Kawasaki is now considered cheap transport, but in its day it was Kawasaki's top sports bike, mixing it in reviews and road tests with lofty models like the Honda VFR750 and Suzuki GSXR750. Sadly at the time it was frankly poor in comparison to either of these bikes. The Honda trounced it in every area, whilst the Suzuki was definitely more sports oriented.Reviews of the time suggested the Kawasaki was outdated as soon as it was introduced, leading to something of a sales flop, a short model life, and some real low priced bargains.
The answer to the first question is not much; it was just two years late to market. The other big Japanese 750 models from the years the GPX was produced were simply a year or two ahead. Yamaha had the FZ750 with five-valve head trickery. Honda had the best
For example, it has a double cradle steel tube frame, cutting edge in 1982, but by 1986 when the bike was introduced this was already old hat.
Another example is that the engine was lighter and more powerful than the GPZ900 it was supposed to replace, but just wasn't as trick as those in the opposition despite making similar power output. The rest of the running gear was also already old too. Electronic anti dive on the forks was a fad that had already passed, and the monoshock rear was pretty basic.
Time is a leveller. The GSXR750s have all but gone. Boy -racered to death, I can't remember the last time that I saw a tidy one. FZ750s similarly are now rare; that complex engine and poor build quality has seen most of them off. The VFR has gone on to become a motorcycling legend, regarded simply as the best and still effectively in production today in modified form. But the advantage the GPX has now is price. A similar age / condition GPX can be had for half the price of the equivalent VFR, making the GPX a worthwhile option for cheap transport with a few thrills bunged in.
Displacement: 748.00 ccm (45.64 cubic inches)
Engine type: In-line four
Power: 100.00 HP (73.0 kW)) @ 10500 RPM
Bore x stroke: 68.0 x 51.5 mm (2.7 x 2.0 inches)
Valves per cylinder: 4
Fuel control: DOHC
Cooling system: Liquid
Transmission type final drive: Chain
Weight incl. oil, gas, etc: 223.0 kg (491.6 pounds)
Front tyre dimensions: 110/90-16
Rear tyre dimensions: 140/70-18
Front brakes: Dual disc
Rear brakes: Single disc
Top speed: 230.0 km/h (142.9 mph)
Fuel capacity: 21.
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