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Old 09-15-2010, 01:33 PM   #1
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Looking at at 1984 Kawasaki GPZ 1100...

Anybody here have any experience with these bikes? Handling? Performance? Reliablity? Problem spots? I found a nice example in stock trim (with the fairing) with 18,xxx miles for $2K. Good price?
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Old 09-15-2010, 01:48 PM   #2
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Wasn't that the first fuel injected bike? Parts for the FI would be PITA to source.
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Old 09-15-2010, 06:39 PM   #3
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great bike in the day but parts may be hard to come by now days, it would have to be in great shape to pay that for it. but if you like it thats all that matters.
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Old 09-15-2010, 06:48 PM   #4
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If it's in good shape, I'd pay $2k for one, but $1800 would be a better value. Don't worry too much about parts, many of the parts were shared with other models back then and there are many shops that specialize in older bikes. They are good bike, so not much to go wrong.
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Old 09-15-2010, 07:13 PM   #5
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I think the FI system on the '84 Gpz1100 is similar to the FI system on my '85 750 Turbo. It's a simple and fairly bulletproof design. I've never had a bit of trouble with mine.

I say go for it.
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Old 09-15-2010, 07:21 PM   #6
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Izzat one of those early cop bikes?
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Old 09-15-2010, 08:57 PM   #7
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Izzat one of those early cop bikes?
No.
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Old 09-15-2010, 09:14 PM   #8
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is it the one with the monoshock?
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Old 09-15-2010, 09:18 PM   #9
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is it the one with the monoshock?
Yes.
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Old 09-15-2010, 09:42 PM   #10
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dangerously fast...and not a lot of brakes either
...for that kind of money I'd look for a bandit
better handler for sure
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Old 09-15-2010, 10:11 PM   #11
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I had an '82 with the quarter fairing and twin shocks. Fast, smooth and comfortable with a near perfect riding position.
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Old 09-15-2010, 10:18 PM   #12
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I had an '82 with the quarter fairing and twin shocks. Fast, smooth and comfortable with a near perfect riding position.
I had the 82 GPZ550 what a Giant killer that little bike was.
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Old 09-15-2010, 10:56 PM   #13
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I had the 82 GPZ550 what a Giant killer that little bike was.
Yes. A friend had one and I recall another at the track occasionally laying waste to 750's.
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Old 09-15-2010, 11:23 PM   #14
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Great bikes. Very fun, and would make a cool 80's chic retro-ride. Brakes were fine for the vintage, and while a "powerhouse" in their day, the power is not earth shattering by any means (especially by modern standards).

They have cool digital displays on the tank and a very decent front almost-half fairing. I had the 550 and 750 turbo versions of that bike.
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Old 09-16-2010, 05:36 AM   #15
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The frames could be wobbletastic. Neat bike.

I 2nd the sentiment to get a Bandit or a Nighthawk.
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