Kawasaki GPZ500: history, specs, pictures

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Kawasaki GPZ500
Also called GPZ500S (reduced effect #2), GPZ 500 S (reduced effect #2), GPZ500S (reduced effect), GPZ 500 S (reduced effect), GPZ500S, GPZ 500 S, GPZ 500
Production 1987 - 2004
Class Road
twin, four-stroke
Bore / Stroke 74.0mm x 58.0mm
Top Speed 117 mph (188 km/h)
Horsepower 58.74 HP (43.8 KW) @ 9800RPM
Torque 34.0 ft/lbs (46.1 Nm) @ 8500RPM
Fuel System carburetor. keihin cv34 x 2
Ignition transistorised
Transmission Gear box: 6-speed

Final Drive: chain

Clutch: wet plate
Brakes Front: double disc
Rear: single disc
Front Tire 110/70-h17
Rear Tire 130/70-h17
Wheelbase 56.5 inches (1435 mm)
Seat Height 30.51 inches (775 mm)
Weight 392.42 pounds (178.0 Kg) (dry), 200.0 kg (wet)
Recommended Oil K-tech 10W-40
Fuel Capacity 4.76 Gallon (18.00 Liters)
Fuel Consumption 0.51 liters/100 km (196.1 km/l or 461.22 mpg)
Manuals Service Manual

The Kawasaki GPZ500S was a twin, four-stroke Road motorcycle produced by Kawasaki between 1987 and 2004. It could reach a top speed of 117 mph (188 km/h). Max torque was 34.0 ft/lbs (46.1 Nm) @ 8500 RPM. Claimed horsepower was 58.74 HP (43.8 KW) @ 9800 RPM.


The engine was a liquid cooled twin, four-stroke. A 74.0mm bore x 58.0mm stroke result in a displacement of just 498.0 cubic centimeters. Fuel was supplied via a double overhead cams/twin cam (dohc).


The bike has a 6-speed transmission. Power was moderated via the wet plate.


It came with a 110/70-h17 front tire and a 130/70-h17 rear tire. Stopping was achieved via double disc in the front and a single disc in the rear. The GPZ500S was fitted with a 4.76 Gallon (18.00 Liters) fuel tank. The bike weighed just 392.42 pounds (178.0 Kg). The wheelbase was 56.5 inches (1435 mm) long.

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