Thursday, August 18, 2011

Kawasaki GPZ500S

The GPZ 500 has been being manufactured since 1987 and suffered no major changes over the years. The bike was also known as GPX 500R, EX 500, Ninja 500 and Ninja 500R.

The Kawasaki GPZ500S begs to be revved, adopting a banshee-style wail to accompany super fast acceleration over 7000rpm. Down low the Kawasaki GPZ500S can be a bit lumpy but it’s not a major flaw. Smooth and reliable, owners of the Kawasaki GPZ500S describe it as “bullet proof”. You could be hard-pushed not to think it was a four.

Really old Kawasaki GPZ500S's tend to look a bit ragged: suspension, brakes and bodywork need particular attention. However, overall build quality of the Kawasaki GPZ500S is good and the engine’s reliability is without question. High mileages are common but check for dents and bumps: many Kawasaki GPZ500S are ex-learner or courier bikes.

Make Model Kawasaki GPz 500S (EX 500R Ninja)

Year 1993

Liquid cooled, four stroke, parallel twin, DOHC, 4 valves per cylinder.

Capacity 498
Bore x Stroke 74 x 58 mm
Compression Ratio 10.8:1

Induction 2x 34mm Keihin CVK carbs

Ignition / Starting - / electric

Max Power 60 hp 43.7 kW @ 9800 rpm (rear tyre 54.2 hp @ 9500 rpm )

Max Torque 46 Nm @ 8500 rpm

Transmission / Drive 6 Speed / chain

Front Suspension 35mm Telescopic forks

Rear Suspension Monoshock, preload adjustable.

Front Brakes 2x 270mm discs 2 piston calipers

Rear Brakes Single 230mm disc 1 piston caliper

Front Tyre 110/70-17

Rear Tyre 130/70-17

Dry-Weight 176 kg

Fuel Capacity 18 Litres

Consumption average 18.4 km/lit

Braking 60 - 0 / 100 - 0 13.3 m / 38.5 m

Standing ¼ Mile 13.0 sec / 160.3 km/h

Top Speed 193.6 km/h

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