Additional photos of this Kawasaki GPz750 Turbo are available here for your perusal.
Considered by many to be the best of the Japanese turbo’d bikes from the 80s, the GPz750 was sold for just two years. As a reminder of why turbochargers are so impressive: this motor produced 112 horsepower, which was good enough for a 10.7 second quarter mile. It would take Kawasaki another 6 years to beat that with the naturally-aspirated ZX-11, which knocked off the quarter in 10.26!
From a Sport Rider Retrospective:
“All right, what’s Kawasaki’s Turbo like to ride? Exciting, that’s what. No, you won’t flick through the chicanes like your buddies on their CBR900RRs and VFR750s (or old Norton Commandos, either); canyon carving isn’t the Turbo’s metier. Instead, it makes deliberate progress, as befits machines with nearly 60-inch wheelbases. Sweepers and straights are a different story. In this environment the ZX750 will hold its own, thank you. It is, after all, making 73 foot-pounds of torque at 6500 rpm. These are serious numbers. Turbo-heads don’t give a lick that preboost performance (under 3500) is, well, civilized (Okay, a little doggy). Two blinks of an eye later and those two little wheels are doing their stuff. By four grand you’re hearing their high-pitched whine, like a demented dentist’s drill, only probably faster. By 5000, even guys with skidpads on their knees had better be paying attention.”
The seller had a mechanic oversee his large collection for years, however the mechanic has passed away and the seller is downsizing as a result. The mechanic serviced and sorted this bike out four years ago and though it has generally been sitting since, the seller rode it into our shop. It has a new battery, as well.