OSG03 Kawasaki GPZ 550 Restomod

The GPz was given to us by a good friend Ray, he had been gifted the bike and it had been freely passed around a group of friends to be used as transport while their usual rides were being replaced or repaired. The bike ran well but was no beauty contest winner with its 'stand back and spray everything with matt black truck bed paint spray job', dented tank, missing side panels and smashed fairing. 

The plan was to build mix period aftermarket parts with modern upgrades and a few choice one off elements to create a bike that had good compact proportions and, at first glance, an almost factory like appearance, but one that revealed its finer detail the closer it was looked at.

Stripped down to a bare frame and powder-coated gloss black. The engine was re-built with a 6219cc pistons but otherwise kept standard to suit its role as an everyday rider. A period correct Davida swing arm was fitted at the rear along with a pair of Hagon rear shocks and a GPz1100 rear wheel was sourced with the swing-arm modified to take the bigger 1100 spindle.

At the front end Yamaha Fazer forks and blue spot callipers were fitted along with an 18” Z1300 front wheel to replace the skinny 19” front, miraculously the stock z1300 disks lined up perfectly so no shims or spacers were needed. Clip on handlebars were fitted along with a one off custom made fairing that started life as a GPz 750/1100 unit, a couple of inches were cut out of the height, the front was filled in and modifications made to the overall shape. From this a mould was made and the final piece was pulled from the mould and fitted with an LED headlight from an ATV and an array of led marker lights. A standard GPz screen was cut down to suit the profile of the new fairing. All the original switch gear was stripped, reconditioned and repainted. A Daytona all in one speedo/rev counter takes care of the instrumentation and is supplemented by a Korso fuel gauge.

The fuel tank is Kawasaki GT550 rather than the more angular GPz unit and despite the frames being very similar needed a fair bit of modification to the tunnel to fit properly. The original rear light unit and bracket were used but both were cut right back and pulled tightly into the tail and fitted with an led panel. Motogadget led indicators are fitted front and rear with the front ones replacing screen bolts on either side. The seat reshaped on the original seat base and re-covered in black vinyl. Starting is via a Motogadget M-switch.
Finishing off the build are Cerakoted Harris exhaust headers and a Danmoto GP race can.