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Author Topic: 1981 Kawasaki GPz550 Cafe Build  (Read 24619 times)

Offline caferay

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Re: 1981 Kawasaki GPz550 Cafe Build
« Reply #50 on: Jul 24, 2013, 14:35:29 »
I've thought of redoing the springs on mine like CarfRay talked about and was thinking of changing out the entire front end....then my wallet yells at me again. Great looking bike!!

Putting a modern front end on that era Kawa won't help too much, you'll just transfer more forces to a noodly frame.

Progressive fork springs and high viscosity oil is about the cheapest performance enhancement you can do.  Just takes some time.

-Carfray

Offline STLGPZ

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Re: 1981 Kawasaki GPz550 Cafe Build
« Reply #51 on: Nov 18, 2013, 10:23:13 »
I just picked up a 1981 GPZ 550 here is St Louis, MO. I'm is need of some parts and I have read a few post where people are offering to sell 1981 "first year" stuff.  Here is my list:

1. A decent set of Carbs
2. A clean tank faded paint is OK just nothing so dented it is not worth the effort.
3. Brake Master cyls and calipers front and back
4. A nice seat, mine has a couple of holes where mice needed bedding materials.
5. A complete faring

Or if one of you want to buy the bike as a project.  $ 900.00 takes home a complete 1981 GPZ 550. 
« Last Edit: Nov 18, 2013, 10:36:00 by STLGPZ »

Offline caferay

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Re: 1981 Kawasaki GPz550 Cafe Build
« Reply #52 on: Jan 12, 2014, 13:34:01 »
Any update on this project?

Offline STLGPZ

  • Posts: 6
Re: 1981 Kawasaki GPz550 Cafe Build
« Reply #53 on: Jan 14, 2014, 10:01:07 »
I just got the seat back from the upholstery shop. I like it.
« Last Edit: Jan 17, 2014, 17:58:15 by STLGPZ »

Offline c4f3 r4c3r

  • Posts: 44
Re: 1981 Kawasaki GPz550 Cafe Build
« Reply #54 on: Feb 25, 2014, 12:40:33 »
Any update on this project?

No update, sorry. I've been preoccupied with another bike (dual sport, completely different thing) and haven't put the time into the GPz. I hope to get back to it this summer and will revive this thread.
1981 Kawasaki GPz550 Cafe Project - http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=47139.0
1971 Honda SL350 original - http://sl350.blogspot.com/

Offline c4f3 r4c3r

  • Posts: 44
Re: 1981 Kawasaki GPz550 Cafe Build
« Reply #55 on: Feb 25, 2014, 12:41:03 »
I just got the seat back from the upholstery shop. I like it.

That looks sweet!
1981 Kawasaki GPz550 Cafe Project - http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=47139.0
1971 Honda SL350 original - http://sl350.blogspot.com/

Offline STLGPZ

  • Posts: 6
Re: 1981 Kawasaki GPz550 Cafe Build
« Reply #56 on: Feb 26, 2014, 13:30:13 »
Thanks...   I'm digg'n your cafe project..Do post some updates pic's when you can.

Offline woodgeek

  • Posts: 4
Re: 1981 Kawasaki GPz550 Cafe Build
« Reply #57 on: Mar 10, 2014, 15:30:30 »
Hi guys,

New member here.  I'm rebuilding an '81 GPz550 and have a question.  Does the front fender from an '82 or '83 fit the '81 GPz?

thanks
'81 GPz550 work in progress
'94 GSX1100G

Offline Mcgoo

  • Posts: 122
Re: 1981 Kawasaki GPz550 Cafe Build
« Reply #58 on: Nov 18, 2014, 21:28:18 »
Any updates to this thread?  I just picked up a '84 GPZ550
1972 CL450 (project) http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=64364.0
1981 CM400c (project) http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=60532.0
2013 Triumph Bonneville
1978 KZ1000 - Pending Project

Offline c4f3 r4c3r

  • Posts: 44
Re: 1981 Kawasaki GPz550 Cafe Build
« Reply #59 on: Nov 18, 2014, 22:30:59 »
No, sorry. The bike has been rotting in storage. For the last year I've been a little obsessed with the dual sport thing. I intend to revive this build at some point this winter, and at least get it ridable again by spring. I'll post more when there are updates. Good luck on your GPZ build. Great bikes!  8)
1981 Kawasaki GPz550 Cafe Project - http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=47139.0
1971 Honda SL350 original - http://sl350.blogspot.com/