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    1983 Kawasaki GPz305

    For Sale: 1983 Kawasaki GPZ305

    Behold the baby GPz! Lost as a virtual unknown amidst the the more popular 550, 750 and 1100 variants, the 305 was introduced as a beginner’s bike with GPz pedigree. Powered by a 300cc, air-cooled, two-valve parallel twin, the GPz 305 was very user friendly for first-time riders. Still, with the fire-red paint and the bikini fairing, the littlest GPz evoked images of the much larger machines.

    Note the prominent “Belt Drive” nomenclature on the side pod. The 1983 GPz 305, unlike the larger sportbikes from Kawasaki, was driven via a toothed Kevlar belt. This was novel at the time, but was right in line with Kawasaki’s desire to make this beginner bike very friendly; no chain meant no chain lube and no chain adjustment. The belt was an inexpensive, silent and maintenance free item.

    From the seller:
    1983 Kawasaki GPZ305
    Up for Sale is a Rare Kawasaki Motorcycle
    Only Brought to the U.S. for One Year
    Has 3200 Actual Miles, 305 Twin, 4 Stroke
    6 Speed Transmission, Belt Drive, Single Shock Rear Suspension
    Front Disc Brake, Looks Just Like Its Big Brothers, the GPZ750 and GPZ1100
    As the Pics Show, the Bike is Like New, Full Tune-up with Oil Change
    New Battery, All Stock, Everything Works
    The Tires are Original, But Need to Be Replaced, They do Hold Air
    That is All that Would Need to Done to this Bike
    Comes With Clean Title
    Bike has Been Stored Indoors for over 20 Years

    While certainly a survivor and definitely pretty rare, one must take the seller’s comments with a grain of salt – yes, there are relatively few miles on the bike, but there is also some rust showing which is certainly not original and not consistent with sitting indoors for 20 years. Also, while great pains have been taken to point out the original tires, what happened to the original graphics on the bike? GPz 305 models had the same graphics packages (stripes, etc) as the bigger bikes. Pictured below is a stock photo of what the 305 would have looked like when new:

    All in all, this is still not a deal killer if you are looking for something different, or looking to complete your GPz collection. Conceived and constructed long before the 250 Ninja took off and became the best selling bike in Kawasaki’s portfolio, the GPz 305 offers many of the same benefits: light weight, good handling, decent power, low maintenance.

    This auction is currently underway, and bidding has been active. The bidding at time of this writing was only up to $430, with reserve not yet met. I can’t imagine that this bike will go for any sort of big money – they are simply not collectable from a reseller standpoint – and thus this might be the perfect opportunity to pick up that unique bike for a song. For more details and additional pictures, click on the link and

    . Good luck!

    MI

    1. Jacob says:

      First bike I owned, loved and obsessed over. Was a little lame at highway speed until I put on a Kerker exaust.

    2. Mike says:

      Hi Jacob – glad you found the site and liked the post! I always wanted one of these (and the first gen Ninja 250). Maybe someday. Don’t forget to sign up for RSS or email notification, as I hope to post a lot of beauties like this one and others from this time period!