Shozo Kawasaki as a young man, has been in trade business with sugar, which is why he had to travel around the world. He noticed that the Japanese ships are in much worse shape than European ones, and decided to manufacture its own ships. In April 1876, Japanese Government gives him the land on which Shozo sets up a company – Kawasaki Tsukiji. With the help of the Japanese finance minister, in 1894 he manages to obtain a permit for the transport of goods in major Japanese routes. In 1897 they made the highest number of ships and over the next 15 years improved their production to the point that they began to compete with European ships. Today, Kawasaki shipyard produces ships for transportation of liquefied petroleum gas.
In 1906 Mr. Kawasaki founded the firm HYOGO WORKS which initially produced locomotives and freight trucks, and then perfected the production of airplanes, only 15 years after the first flight of the Wright brothers.
In fifties of the 20 th century, Japan experienced a major development….Shozo Kawasaki decided to manufacture motorcycles. However, this is not the first attempt of Kawasaki. In 1924. they tried to produce motorcycles, but because of the small interest, production was discontinued.
After several failed attempts breaking to the motorcycles scene in 1960. under the patronage of Kawasaki Aircraft Co., first motorcycle had been manufactured – “New Ace” with 125 ccm two-stroke engine. To the possession of know-how and technology Kawasaki group came, purchasing the oldest Japanese motorcycle factory – Meguro Motorcycles. During six years of successful sales with 125 ccm engines, factory portfolio had been gradually enriched by more powerful models ( W1, A1, A7 Avenger ).
In 1969. Kawasaki catches up with the competition producing a model “H1”, with an engine of 500 ccm, known as “Mach III”. Kawasaki started a true revolution, launching model Z with 903 ccm, which, thanks to uncompromising performance, quickly had been dubbed – the king of motorcycles. Three years later, refreshed “Z900” arrived. At the end of the seventies factory in Akashi launched “Z 1000”, and soon after, in 1978….the legendary “Z 1300”.
After the great success with the above mentioned revolutions, Kawasaki further needed something completely new, high-quality, the fastest, the best….
Previous story has been told because we have found and bought the famous 1984. model Kawasaki GPZ 900 R.
Kawasaki GPZ 900 R (also known as ZX 900A or Ninja 900) was produced from 1984 to 2003. It is also the first member of the Ninja family. Our specimen is from 1984, on which we are extremely proud of. At the time it represented a complete revolution in terms of design and the forerunner of today’s modern sports motorcycles. The project was secretly developed for 6 years. It was Kawasaki’s, and the world’s first 16-valve motorcycle with water-cooled in-line engine. Years ahead of all attempts and projects of other manufacturers. The four-cylinder engine delivered 115 HP, allowing the motorcycle to reach a speed of 240 km/h, making it the fastest serial motorcycle of that time. Lowering the engine lower than on the previous motorcycles, with Ninja 900 Kawasaki moved to a completely new level of speed and power. After being released for sale, three drivers immediately signed up for the famous Isle of Man TT race and won first and second place with GPZ.
The GPZ 1000 RX was prepared as a replacement, but the Ninja 900 was still in production. The 1000 RX was replaced with the ZX 10, but the Ninja 900 was still in production. Only after the appearance of the famous ZZR 1100, in the 1990s, our Ninja lost the status of the leading Kawasaki’s motorcycle. At the time, in the 80s, the world was waiting for the new air cooled muscle motorcycle. Kawasaki then released the GPZ and showed to the world that a combination of new and old thinking can produce a machine durable, fastest and finally…..dignified to be called the best “superbike” of that time.
This motorcycle is so important, that many motorcycle fans even today call it “Top Gun” motorcycle. It can be freely said that besides Tom Cruise, the GPZ 900 R had the main-secondary role in the movie.
Today, at a time of high technological achievements, and therefore motorcycle performances, when we drive this motorcycle, we continue to admire the ease of reaching high speed, manageability, sound, reliability, of for us ……..the legend of sports motorcycle racing.
We want to say a lot, to explain, to get You closer to this motorcycle ( which we dreamed of as children and hoped that we would drive it one day ), but here we stop and at the end of the story we present Kawasaki GPZ 900 R. Produced in 1984. Through pictures and specifications, enjoy the offered model.
|Model||Kawasaki GPZ 900 R|
|Engine type||In-line four, four stroke|
|Power||83,9 kW / 115 KS|
|Top speed||240 km/h|
|Bore x stroke||72,5 x 55 mm|
|Transmission type, final drive||Chain|
|Front brakes||Dual disc|
|Rear brakes||Single disc|
|Weight incl. oil, gas, etc.||257 kg|