Kawasaki GPZ 500 (GPZ500S, EX 500, Ninja 500R)

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Kawasaki GPZ500S

The Kawasaki GPZ 500 budget sports tourist model dates back to 1987 and was produced until 2009 inclusive. The model was intended only for foreign markets, so it was not officially sold in Japan - instead, the domestic Japanese version Kawasaki EX-4, featuring a 400 cc engine, was available. The Kawasaki GPZ 500 is the progenitor of the modern model Kawasaki ER-6f (also known as Kawasaki Ninja 650R).

The model was sold under the following names:

  • Kawasaki GPZ500 / GPZ500S - European versions.
  • Kawasaki EX500 / EX500R - American versions (up to 1993) and versions for other countries (outside Europe and America)
  • Kawasaki Ninja 500 / Ninja 500R - American versions (1994-2009)

The Kawasaki GPZ 500 engine is actually half of the sports version of the Kawasaki GPZ 1000 RX. The maximum declared power is 60 hp, the torque is 46 Nm. This engine, with minor modifications, was installed on a large number of other models, in particular - Kawasaki KLE 500, Kawasaki ER-5 and Kawasaki EN500 Vulcan.

2009 was the last year of production of the model, which, despite the release of the ER-6, continued to be produced and sold in the American market. For the market of other countries, the Kawasaki GPZ500 model was produced until 2006 and disappeared from sales immediately after the release of a new model - Kawasaki ER-6.

The main competitors of the Kawasaki GPZ 500 in the class:

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Kawasaki GPZ500S
Kawasaki GPZ500S
Kawasaki GPZ500S

Specifications

Specifications Kawasaki GPZ 500 S (Ninja 500):

ModelKawasaki EX500 (GPZ500S, Ninja 500)
Motorcycle typesports tourist
Release year1987-2009
Framesteel
Engine type2-cylinder, 4-stroke, in-line
Working volume498 cc cm.
Bore / Stroke74.0 x 58.0 mm
Compression ratio10.8: 1
Coolingliquid
Number of valves per cylinderDOHC, 4 valves per cylinder
Fuel supply systemCarburetor, 2x Keihin CVK34
Ignition typetransistor
Maximum power60.0 h.p. (44.1 kW) at 9800 rpm
Maximum torque46.0 Nm (4.7 kgf * m) @ 8500 rpm
Gearbox6-speed
Drive typechain
Front tire size110 / 90-16 (54 H) - EX500A

110 / 70-17 (54 H) - EX500D / E

Rear tire size120 / 90-16 (63 H) - EX500A

130 / 70-17 (62 H) - EX500D / E

Front brakes1 disc, 280mm, 2-piston caliper - EX500A-D

2 discs, 270 mm, 2-piston calipers - EX500E

Rear brakesdrum 160mm - EX500A

1 disc, 230 mm, 1-piston caliper - EX500A-D

Front suspension37mm telescopic fork, 130mm travel
Rear suspensionpendulum with monoshock (adjustable preload), stroke - 100 mm
Motorcycle length2050 mm - EX500-A1 (UK)

2125 mm - EX500-A1 (USA)

2110 mm - EX500-A2-A7

2095 mm - EX500-D / E

Motorcycle width675 mm - EX500A

700 mm - EX500D / E

Motorcycle height1165 mm - EX500A

1160 mm - EX500D / E

Wheelbase1440 mm - EX500A

1435 mm - EX500D / E

Saddle height770 mm - EX500A

775 mm - EX500D / E

Acceleration to 100 km / h4.5 sec
Maximum speed180 km / h
Fuel tank capacity18.0 l (including reserve - 2.2 l)
Motorcycle weight (dry)171 kg - EX500A

177 kg - EX500D

179 kg - EX500E

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