Resources

Books

A selection of interesting coffee table additions.  Note Service Manuals are located under…..Service!

Kawasaki GPz900R Performance Portfolio

A great collection of journalist articles & reviews from A1 to A8 from magazines all over the world, and IMHO is an excellent way to get a true insight into the impact of the bike back in 1984.  It also includes excellent technical detail including an article JUST about the GPz’s cooling system.

As a collection it does remind me of a my own childhood scrapbooks (car mag articles), a bit mish-mash with no smooth transition between articles and some have been scaled down to fit so the font is really compressed and  quite small – and I don’t use reading glasses.  The print quality is also a bit dodgy, a few pages of mine are very washed out – if it were a bike mag I’d be flicking through another before I bought it.  But all that said – if you love information on the GPz this is a cracking purchase, I have only found TWO of the articles online.

This link is to the publisher site (note search for ‘Ninja’ or ‘GPz 900r’  – you need the gap!) however you can also source this soft-cover book on eBay etc.

 

 

 

 

Sid Young - restoring classic japanese bikes

Sid has shared his expertise both online (YT videos) and published his own reference book to restore these bikes.  

GPz900R (ZX900) Database

Number of owner contacted & confirmed bikes.

A1

A2

A3

A4

A5

A5A

A6

A7

A8

A9

A10

A11

A12

A13

A14

A15

A16

Top Gun

About the Site

My family loves older vehicles, the newest one we own is 2003!  But I am acutely aware of the ownership complexities especially:

  1. they often need more 'hands-on' mechanical work &;
  2. there often isn't any local expertise from the service centres;
  3. there is often no new parts available from the manufacturer;
  4. parts often have to be sourced 2nd-hand or from overseas.

So we often end up doing a lot of the research & work ourselves and this information gets stored either locally with the bike or online forums - although finding the useful parts in these forums isn't always simple.

The original goal of the site was simply somewhere for me to record service work & contacts on my GPz900r so that my kids (the one that likes bikes anyway!) could easily access it - it doesn't concern me if it was publicly available.

I then realised that with this online structure in place I could also offer it to other owners, and the site could potentially expand to record other owners experiences and expertise , meaning we can learn from others but also pass on this knowledge to subsequent owners of these wonderful motorcycles.

At least Covid-19 has given me plenty of spare time to pursue my passion for the motorcycle!

Location

Adelaide
South Australia

Email

gpz900r@motoshoot.com.au

Timeline

1983 - Honda XR200
1984 - wanted a GPz
1985-2013 - cars+family
2014 - finally got one!

Disclaimer

The information provided on this site (or links) is personal experiences from non-professional home-mechanics, so neither it's accuracy nor it's validity can be confirmed.  If you need professional advise please visit your local Kawasaki dealership or a qualified industry professional.

Like riding any motorcycle, at the end of the day the only opinion that really counts is your own!

The site is 99% free to use & your participation is most welcome. 

In Apr 2021 I started a GoFundMe campaign to purchase unusual but relevant resources such as microfiche.  As it is often not economical nor logical for individuals to purchase these items (eg. why purchase A1 info when I have an A8?), this campaign shares the purchasing & processing cost amongst many owners and over time potentially benefits everyone.

For their support only campaign contributors will have access to purchased resources, however this will only be a very small part of the site and all other information will remain completely free.

So if you enjoy the site and share my passion for the GPz900R, please consider donating to the campaign.

 

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