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    Default Very nice '82 GPz 1100, as good as I've seen.

    I saw this '82 GPz1100 at the San Clemente cars & coffee a few weeks ago and it is about as good I've ever seen from a restoration perspective. I had one with stock exhaust and fuel injection and would return to that setup if I had it, because it was so civilized and never needed anything done to it. The price is up there but wow.

    Not affiliated in any way, just a big fan of this particular model.

    https://orangecounty.craigslist.org/mcy/d/dana-point-1982-kawasaki-gpz-1100-b2/7355951762.html

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    That bike is a real beauty!

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    Yes, nice job & sure brings back memories. Is there a good reason, or what was the main reason, most all the early model fuel inj. bikes would wind up with carbs?? even back in the day. I don't remember what yrs. the fuel inj. became more acceptable.
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    What a gorgeous GPz. When I had my 550, I lusted after its big bore brother.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rphillips View Post
    Yes, nice job & sure brings back memories. Is there a good reason, or what was the main reason, most all the early model fuel inj. bikes would wind up with carbs?? even back in the day. I don't remember what yrs. the fuel inj. became more acceptable.
    Tunability. That old FI system was not very useful when you started modifying those bikes.
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    I got away with a set of Wiseco 1166 pistons after one attempt at hone/rings failed to stop the oil burning. The FI didn't need any adjustment and I wouldn't have known how anyway, so luckily I was able to make it stop smoking. Probably about all you could get away with. Then stupid for selling it. I tripled my investment though, got $6500 for both of these...

    Tank was original paint, all the rest spray can and clear coat, looked pretty decent considering. Snagged the exhaust off an '81 parts bike which had an analog fuel injection. It wasn't the black chrome, it was a satin finish. The 81 had a huge ugly instrument pod and no bikini fairing.







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    Tunability. That old FI system was not very useful when you started modifying those bikes.
    Last edited by oldGSfan; 07-25-2021 at 03:00 PM.
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    The Suzi is a better bike in almost every way, yet the Kaw commands three to four times the price. Always been this way, always will.
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    For sure the GS handles better. The GPz fit me really well since I'm pretty tall, was smooth and plenty fast, and the FI was really good with near instant warmup and great throttle response. If it handled like the GS I'd have preferred it overall. Looks are subjective, I like both quite a lot. I didn't like the tall stock GS bars but that's easily changed as I've done.

    Kawi had a cool feature, at a stop, up from first went to neutral and wouldn't jump to 2nd. No anti-dive gimmickry either.

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    The Suzi is a better bike in almost every way, yet the Kaw commands three to four times the price. Always been this way, always will.
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    Big KZ's of that era had a reputation for burning oil. zed1015 knows why better than me but something to do with how they bored the liners.

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    Yeah I had a brand new '82 KZ1000J that I got in Texas, and it used a quart every 700 miles or so, which was annoying. Dealer said it was 'normal' which I guess is true. It got stolen in Athens Greece, that was a big hit.

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    Big KZ's of that era had a reputation for burning oil. zed1015 knows why better than me but something to do with how they bored the liners.
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