Blast From My Past: GPz 550

Discussion in 'Old's Cool' started by Robert B, Feb 12, 2014.

  1. Robert B

    Robert B Desk Adventurer

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    So, my first bike back in 1983 was a slightly used 1982 Kawasaki GPz 550. Yesterday, I brought back a piece of my youth and took delivery of a shiny, slightly used 1982 GPz 550. It only has 14.8k miles and looks to be in great condition. It must have been pampered since the bottoms of the pegs are still square and unscratched. I wore the pegs down on my old bike to a nice bevel. It still has the center stand and stock exhaust. My old bike had a Yoshimura 4-into-1, which I wish I could find for this bike.


    Riding the bike has great fun so far. But, it does not seem as powerful or quick as I remember my old bike was (although I think my expectations have been skewed by my current bike, an R1200 GS). The lack of wind protection compared the BMW is also very apparent, especially since the freeway traffic in San Diego is much faster today than it was 30+ years ago. Nevertheless, the bike is very cool and brings back great memories. What will be most cool is that I will teach my 17 year old son to ride on this bike.

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    And, yes, this is winter in San Diego :wave
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  2. concours

    concours WFO for 41 years

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    Can't see the pic...
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  3. lkoncor

    lkoncor Adventurer

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    Very Nice!!

    I had a 82 GPz 550 as my first bike as well. Lots of fun learning to ride on that bike. I do wish I had never sold it. I ended up selling it to a former high school class mate, who butchered it trying to make it more like a modern, 1992 at the time, sport bike.:cry
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  4. Skowinski

    Skowinski Eukaryote

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    Love the old red GPZ's, that one looks like it came out of a museum... :freaky
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  5. Keithert

    Keithert Been here awhile

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    My first bike was an 81 LTD 550. I miss that bike. I remember that above 5000 rpm it became a different bike. It really took off. The Zephyr 750 I had later didn't seem the same. I looked at another 10 years ago but the seller wanted $1500 which I felt was too much

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  6. Robert B

    Robert B Desk Adventurer

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    Thanks, guys. I put some miles on the bike yesterday and the bike runs great. Adding air to the forks helped the ride and handling a bunch. I think that after I bleed the brake lines, it will be spot on.

    Now, I am on the prowl for the bike I traded my old GPz for, a Yamaha 650 Seca Turbo ...
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  7. JR_Dakar

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    82 GPz550 was my first street-only bike too.
    It was cool, but not sure I'd want it back.

    Great around town and in the twisties (for it's day),
    but I remember it being brutal on the freeway.

    (okay, I'd still probably want it back) :D
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  8. JackHinds

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    Looks like a wonderful bike! I stopped by the side of the road to chat with a guy who was selling a gold-ish coloured GPZ550. The sign said he wanted to sell it, but the way he went on about it said that he really didn't. Have fun with it!
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  9. Keithert

    Keithert Been here awhile

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    I remember mine getting buzzy at 55 mph and higher.
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  10. Olav

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    Nice!

    I still have my 1981 Yamaha RD350!
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  11. JR_Dakar

    JR_Dakar Adventurer

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    It was the smoothest bike I had ever ridden,
    but it would get buzzy and my hands would go numb after a while on the fwy.

    JR
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