Friday 5 September 2014

Friday bike

Following on from last week's 'Friday bike', I was still looking for a replacement for my BMW. Another bike I seriously thought about was:
Kawasaki GT550

As a tourer the GT had a lot going for it: sensible riding position, shaft drive (was thought important then), big (22 litre) fuel tank, and low exhaust that allowed panniers to be easily fitted.
A very popular bike at the time with many racking up huge mileages at the hands of couriers.
My plan would have been to fit panniers and a screen/small fairing, and use it as a general runaround/commuter that I could also use for European trips.

When I was looking on the Internet for pictures of a GT550, I came across this example. You can't deny its got a lot of luggage carrying ability!

General information
Model: Kawasaki Z 550 GT
Engine and transmission
Displacement: 553.00 ccm (33.74 cubic inches)
Engine type: In-line four
Stroke: 4
Power: 50.00 HP (36.5 kW)) @ 8500 RPM
Compression: 9.5:1
Bore x stroke: 58.0 x 52.4 mm (2.3 x 2.1 inches)
Valves per cylinder: 2
Fuel control: DOHC
Cooling system: Air
Gearbox: 6-speed
Transmission type
final drive:
Shaft drive (cardan)
Physical measures
Weight incl. oil, gas, etc: 221.0 kg (487.2 pounds)
Chassis and dimensions
Front tyre dimensions: 100/90-19
Rear tyre dimensions: 120/90-18
Front brakes: Dual disc
Rear brakes: Expanding brake
Speed and acceleration
Top speed: 177.0 km/h (110.0 mph)
Other specifications
Fuel capacity: 22.00 litres (5.81 gallons)

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