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The GPZ900R was the machine with which Kawasaki recaptured its reputation for unbeatable four-cylinder performance. When the firm's first liquid-cooled four stormed onto the streets in 1984. the manner in which it delivered 150mph (241km/h) top speed with smoothness and unprecedented refinement confirmed that a thrilling new era had begun.

And there was much more than sheer speed to the bike that in most markets was known as the Ninja. This was a 908cc machine that felt as compact as a 750 - and which outran its 1100cc rivals when you opened the throttle. Street riders took to it in droves, production racers adopted it as their own.

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Kawasaki GPZ900R Kawasaki GPZ900R
  • Engine - 908cc, liquid-cooled dohc inline four
  • Top Speed - 150mph
  • Maximum Power - 115bhp
  • Production - 1983-1994. Read more..
  • 1984 Kawasaki GPz 900R Ninja Kawasaki GPz 900R Ninja  
    1985 Kawasaki GPZ900 R Kawasaki GPZ900 R  
    1986 Kawasaki GPz 900R Ninja 1986 Kawasaki GPz 900R Ninja  
    1986 Kawasaki GPZ900R 1986 Kawasaki GPZ900R The first, true 150mph sportsbike? Some might say yes, and those who disagree are wrong. In those days, Kawasaki built the fastest bikes in a straight line. Full stop. And the GPz (not to be confused with the later and truly awful GPZ was certainly that. In a world of CBX1000s and GSX1100s, it was in a class of its own. It was made famous by appearing in Top Gun ridden by Lt Pete Maverick Mitchell who seemed to have modified the gearbox to run with 48 ratios. Listen to the gearchanges in the film. In its day, it was outstanding and now they're just good bikes with lots to offer.
    1986 Kawasaki GPZ900R 1986 GPZ900  
    1986 Kawasaki GPZ900R GPZ900  
    1986 Kawasaki GPZ900R GPZ900R  
    1988 Kawasaki GPZ900-A5 Kawasaki GPZ900-A5
    1989 Kawasaki GPZ 900 R A5 Kawasaki GPZ 900 R A5
    1989 Kawasaki GPz 900R Ninja 1989 Kawasaki GPz 900R Ninja  
    1990 Kawasaki GPZ 900R Kawasaki GPZ 900R Ninja, A7.
    1991 Kawasaki GPz 900R Ninja 1991 Kawasaki GPz 900R Ninja The 1991 GPZ900R uses a totally unmodified version: the very same eight-year-old 908cc motor, with its screw-and-locknut tappets, piggyback alternator and cam-drive on the end of the block. Sure, there have been a few minor updates along the way: revised camshaft oil feed, modified camchain tensioner and guide, recalibrated temperature gauge, some fiddling with the airbox and a much-publicised aniti-icing cure for the 34mm Keihin carbs. But the engine essentials, and the claimed output of 113bhp at 9500rpm, are just as they've always been and are still impressive.

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