GPZ Thoughts (Paul S. Elsberry) Re: GPZList Digest, Vol 26, Issue 10

Robert.Justice at Robert.Justice at
Tue Jan 13 03:33:42 PST 2009

Hi Paul,

A question with no correct answer - buy new, keep old?

Think this comes down to a personal choice. In the past 6 months I have 
spent close to £1000(GBP) on the GPZ1100(E1) I bought last summer for 
£1750. Friends, parents and colleagues have all told me I should "sell the 
bike, take the loss on the chin and buy a newer model". If I was one of 
them I would probably be saying the same thing but I don't know, there is 
something between my big blue beautiful baby and me. Perhaps it is the 
knowledge of the heritage of the bike, fastest production bike (for a 
short time at least), amazing pull through all the rev range or maybe it's 
just because it's my first big bike but no matter the reasoning I'm still 
looking to spend another £600 on downpipes and fitting to get rid of that 
broken baffler.
When does the cost of motoring dictate a new motor? Never! If you love it, 
the money is not a waste otherwise sell up and move on.

Have fun and take care, whether thats on your GPZ or new beast.

BTW are those headers 4-1 or 4-2? Looking for replacement downpipes for my 
Nexxus cans so if they fit I would suggest getting rid of your GPZ and 
letting me buy it XD

Rob Justice
System Administrator (GEMS)  - PGDS Finance
Craigforth, Stirling, SCOTLAND, FK9 4UE
Tel:          01786 405109            (81 5109)
E-mail:      robert.justice at

Message: 2
Date: Mon, 12 Jan 2009 07:08:43 -0500
From: "Paul S. Elsberry" <pselsberry at>
Subject: GPZ Thoughts
To: "GPZ List" <gpzlist at>
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Hey guys,

I have been thinking lately about what to do with my GPZ.
As some of you may remember, I have a minor oil leak at on of the oil line 
banjo bolts and have thought about rebuilding on some new cases that I got 
off Ebay.
But so far the bike has been running pretty good and the leak is just a 
couple of drops when parked.
The real problem is that I do not want to take it off the road and get the 
rebuild done, way too much fun riding it and the leak hasn't caused any 
real problems other than causing me to check the oil more frequently.
So here is the question - do I take it off the road and get the rebuild 
done and do some other stuff to it also, like install the ZZR1200 headers 
and spend $400 on slipons.
Or do I just keep riding it and sell the parts on Ebay and save for 
another bike ??
At the show this weekend the wife really took a liking to a couple that 
were there, as she has never really been comfortable on the bike for more 
than an hour or so, she really wants a more upright seating position.
So what would you do - ride it and save for a new bike, then work on the 
GPZ, or put the money into the GPZ now and wait until spring 2010 to look 
at something else?
Hoping that clear ice free days are in your forecast!!

Paul in MD


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