Old member back with an almost running bike

The Masons masonjs at nrtco.net
Sat Jan 9 12:17:27 PST 2010

If you want a whole GPz there is one on KIJIJI in Toronto  ON with 50,000km 
(30,000 miles) supposedly ridden by a Geezer with an Ontario safety check 
for $1700.00 CDN ($1600.00 USA$).  I'm tempted to buy it myself.  There'd be 
some serious nagging around here then!!!  Actually if we got some kind of a 
break on multiple vehicle insurance (I can only ride one bike at a time) in 
Ontario I would buy it.  Hell I've been nagged at before.

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Steve Northrop" <blackgpz at rochester.rr.com>
To: "GPZ List" <gpzlist at micapeak.com>
Sent: Saturday, January 09, 2010 1:46 PM
Subject: Re: Old member back with an almost running bike

> Pete, if you're really interested in keeping the Geeper, I would look for 
> a good ZX11 bottom end w/tranny and bolt on the GPZ cylinder head. I think 
> this is the cheapest, most expeditious route. Look for an engine from the 
> D model ('94 and up). Finding another complete GPZ motor is unlikely. If 
> the one that crashed it let it run while it was on it's side, that's what 
> caused the bearing failure from oil starvation.
> Steve in Western NY
> '96 GPZ1100
> '08 KLR 650
> '08 Tuono Factory
> "You Can't Fix Stupid", Ron White
> ----- Original Message ----- 
> From: "pete weaver" <peteweaver at gmail.com>
> To: <gpzlist at micapeak.com>
> Sent: Thursday, January 07, 2010 11:45 PM
> Subject: Old member back with an almost running bike
>> Hi guys,
>> I was a member up until 4 years ago or so (more lurker than poster).  I 
>> was
>> living in AZ going to school.  4 years ago I graduated, got married, and
>> moved to DC.
>> I left my 95 GPZ in AZ with the shop that had done some maintenance on it
>> and had told me that he was interested in buying it but didn't have the
>> money.  So I left the bike with him, kept the title and left the state. 
>> He
>> never paid me the money so I recently was back in AZ and got the bike 
>> from
>> him.  Someone had ridden it, layed it down, and scuffed/dinged it up a 
>> bit.
>> I was just glad to get it back.
>> I got it started over the weekend (it had been sitting unused for most of
>> those 4 years) and noticed that it had a bad knock.  Sounds like the 
>> lower
>> end.  When I changed the oil I didn't notice any metal in the oil.  When 
>> at
>> low RPM's especially under a bit of a load the knock starts to really
>> hammer.
>> It sounds to me that I have a rod bearing that has gone out.
>> I guess that I have 3 options and would really like some input
>> 1. Sell it/part it out, move on with life
>> 2. Find a replacement engine and swap engines (will any 
>> zx-11/gpz1100/ZRX11
>> engine work?)
>> 3. Open the engine up and fix the bearings/crank
>> The bike has 38,000 miles on the clock and the tranny was in good shape 
>> when
>> I last ran it.  I am reasonably mechanically inclined, though most of my
>> internal engine work has been with automobiles and not bikes.
>> If anyone can comment on my diagnosis and options I would appreciate it
>> Thanks for the help
>> -Pete
>> BTW is there a good way to search through all the archives without going
>> through them month by month?

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