Speedometer error?

art.robinson art.robinson at rogers.com
Wed Sep 2 11:50:33 PDT 2009

I took a track course some years ago and Francis Martin (Canadian
Superbike Champion that year) was an instructor. He was riding a Ninja
250 and was in love with it. 

I have this memory of him riding with one hand on the bar turned around
and yelling at me to overtake him. I couldn't get close!!


-----Original Message-----
From: gpzlist-bounces at micapeak.com [mailto:gpzlist-bounces at micapeak.com]
On Behalf Of John Soliday
Sent: 02 September 2009 14:38
To: metrogtiguy at gmail.com; 'The Masons'; 'Kawasaki GPZ1100 discussion'
Subject: RE: Speedometer error?

Interesting comment, especially about the lifetime of the engine.  IMHO
they should last a lot longer than that, unless you are racing them,
heck even when you're racing them.  I joined an endurance race team one
year that ran a 250 and a 500 Ninja, both were a blast to spend an hour
at a time on the track with before a change of rider and fuel.  If I
recall the little Ninja had nearly 20K on the clock and had spent most
of it's life as an endurance racer at WOT and redline a lot vs. being on
the street.

Your mileage may vary,

John (PS: The little Ninja lasted a LOT longer on the track than our

-----Original Message-----
From: gpzlist-bounces at micapeak.com [mailto:gpzlist-bounces at micapeak.com]
On Behalf Of metrogtiguy at gmail.com
Sent: Wednesday, September 02, 2009 12:18 PM
To: The Masons; Kawasaki GPZ1100 discussion
Subject: Re: Speedometer error?

Its a fun bike, but the stock tires SUCK.  You can get a mint one for
under 2k, I wouldn't pay 1k for a busted one.  You have to rev the piss
out of them to get moving, and they crank almost 9000rpm going 70mph.
The engines let go at about 25000 miles.  My girl got hers, a mint one,
2004, 900 miles, for 2k last year, but she loves it.  If you wind it up
to 14k rpms and pop 2nd gear, it'll  do a wheelie!

-- Sent from my Palm Pre
The Masons wrote:

How is that 250 Ninja?  I noticed a 2007 in the local Penny pincher for 

$1000.00.  It had been in an accident.  It needs forks and left side 

plastic.  Might be something I could redo as a winter project and either

have some fun riding it or make a few $ on it next spring.

Got out for a 350 km run yesterday.  I stopped and had a picnic on the 

bridge over Mink Creek 1/2 way along the Peterson road in Hastings

While I was there 8 small (12' - 14') aluminum boats full of high school

kids came up stream.  I yelled down "Why aren't you in school?".  They

yelled back "tomorrow".  Was a beautiful day for skipping school.
Hell!! I 

was dodging a "To-do" list.


----- Original Message ----- 

From: "Alan Nicholls" <metrogtiguy at gmail.com>

To: "Kawasaki GPZ1100 discussion" <gpzlist at micapeak.com>

Sent: Tuesday, September 01, 2009 9:57 PM

Subject: Speedometer error?

> Well, I've noticed lately, when I'm cruising on the freeway at 70,

> are blowing past me, and when I'm doing 85, I'm slowing passing

> Is

> the GPZ's speedometer off?  I know the Ninja 250 has an 8% error, but

> the GPZ suffer from the same?



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