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Community Level 1Twisted_In...

Twisted_Individual_23

Kawasaki GPZ 500 Honest review!

AdvantagesReliability, cost, engine.

DisadvantagesBrakes,front end handling.

"...rear silencers are fine, but kawasaki (in their wisdom) decided to make the downpipes out of mild steel, (on a comuter! GRRR) which rust massively, i have had my exhaust off twice so far and rubbed it down, then treated it with rust-off then sprayed it with high temp paint. If you decide to get one, invest in some stainless downpipes, there about 70-80 quid and well worth it! So there you have it, i think this an honest overal review. A great ..." Read review
16.07.2009

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Community Level 2ladyrider

ladyrider

Ok for a starter

AdvantagesCheap enough to get you started

DisadvantagesNot the best for handling

"...opted for a T reg Kawasaki GPZ500s. It was cheap enough to buy considering a lot of other makes and models of a similar size and age were more expensive. Then I found out why. The 17" wheel does absolutley nothing for handling. It was not the kind of bike to drop to the knees on an open bend, it was the type of bike to slide where it wanted to. She started first time though I did find the starter switch slightly sticky,perhaps a common fault with ..." Read review
23.02.2001

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Community Level 1tomsmith500

tomsmith500

GPZ500s - real world review

Advantagesfast, light, cheap to insure and run

Disadvantagescan be lumpy at low revs, likes good tyres and needs regular servicing to keep the engine quiet

"...by swapping the two standard Kawasaki exhaust cans with two Sarachu cans. Choosing the carbon fibre Sarachu can will also shave 4kg off the bike. * A fully adjustable rear shock and progressive front springs are available from Hagon Shocks. * Braided hoses combined with EBC sintered pads all round - available from Wemoto. * To improve the feel of the clutch and eliminate clutch slipping at very high speed (110mph +), EBC heavy duty clutch spring ..." Read review
22.01.2004

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Community Level 2thundersmurf

thundersmurf

Great budget all rounder Review with images

AdvantagesDurable, reliable, low centre of gravity

Disadvantagesfairly high seat,

"I have had two of these. Well I have ridden one and I have just bought a damaged repairable from eBay, it's not on the road yet. The one I HAVE used is the one I bought just after I passed my test. I had a Honda NSR125R and felt quite comfortable on that, so I wanted a similar bike with a bigger engine. I had only passed the restricted test so I could only have a bike of 33BHP or less. I scoured EBay and all the local papers but I couldn't find ..." Read review
05.11.2005

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Community Level 1persiankitty

persiankitty

A BABY ZOOM !!!BIKE

AdvantagesGood for the novice

Disadvantageslooks like a toy next to modern bikes

"If you are new to the bike market and want a good all rounder with good looks then this is the one for you. It has enough power to see of the average family car and it looks like a super bike (at a distance) 600 bikes will leave you standing in third gear but if you want to race this is not the one for you. You do not have to bend to far to reach the throttle so your back won't snap after 3 miles. The sales suggest it is still one of the best for ..." Read review
25.09.2000

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Community Level 1minilandro...

minilandrover

Kawasaki GPZ500S 2001 model

AdvantagesLow running costs, excellent handling, fast.

DisadvantagesSuspension a bit soft if two up.

"...happy with mine. well done Kawasaki ... ..." Read review
04.07.2007

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Community Level 1acemclynch

acemclynch

GPZ500S 99

AdvantagesCheep to run handles superb and very fast

DisadvantagesBrakes are a tad soft

"I have now had my GPZ500 on the road for a week now and bought it two months ago. I previously has a Honda CB250 Two fifty and was restricted to a 33bhp licence but since last week my two years are up! My first day on the bike consisted of the ultimate test. I was riding with a pillion and around 6000 other bikers! I was riding in the Glasgow Yorkhill childerns hospital easter egg run. This bike performed faultlessly easy to control at slow speed ..." Read review
26.04.2006

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Community Level 1chris4468

chris4468

cheap rocket

Advantagesmost comfortable bike I have ever owned

Disadvantagesa bit light for windy motorway stretches

"I upgraded from a Suzi 250 which was a bit under powered for the wife & myself on longer trips so went looking for a 500.We both fell in love with the looks & colour (Blue) sitting on it felt good & with the wife being a little short in the leg found the pillion footrests slightly lower than other 500s. The specs looked quite impressive for it's size & a new bike for a few hundred pounds more than a 2 year old Suzi & cheaper finance to boot finally ..." Read review
21.09.2002

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Community Level 1doozer666

doozer666

What a bike

AdvantagesSize, cost.

DisadvantagesMaintenance cost.

"I brought mine brand new with a 33bhp restrictor, as soon as I passed my test. It was a good step up from the 125cc that i learnt on, without giving me the chance to do anything excessively dangerous. I found it great for getting to and from work with the good power and small size that makes dodging through traffic jams quite simple. Fuel efficiency is fantastic too. I recently took the limiter off after I had held my license for 2 years, and now ..." Read review
04.03.2001

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Community Level 1nizzy

nizzy

Sports

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"This bike is a touch of class as it has the looks and the style of any good sports bike.has enough power for the road a superb bike which i would advise anyone to buy this bike.this bike comes in a range of colours and is a good handler on the road as it is nippy and a good handler.this bike is good for getting around the town and when you hit the country you can let the throttle out with the long straights and get the knee down on the sharp turns.the ..." Read review
22.09.2000

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Community Level 1thegrinree...

thegrinreefer

Steer clear!!!!!

AdvantagesCheap to buy

DisadvantagesNo power, handling, durability or style

"The GPZ500s may seem like an ideal bike to go for after passing your test, I thought so. You may be aware that it isn't the most powerful 500 on the road, and that it's looks leave a little to be desired, but you have to wait until you really get used to the machine before finding out it's worst points. At best I would describe the handling as pathetic, at worst, this bike is a death trap. The front forks are not nearly big enough, and the springs ..." Read review
23.08.2000

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