Manufactured for two years from late 1983, the GPz750 Turbo was Kawasaki’s retort to the turbo machines already launched by its three Japanese rivals. Whereas the Honda, Suzuki and Yamaha turbo models produced relatively conservative power, Kawasaki went for all-out performance from its turbo bike. With 112hp it could eat the others alive, while also being more than a match for Kawasaki’s flagship sportsbike, the 109hp GPz1100.
The net result was that both Kawasaki and some magazine road-testers declared it to be the world’s fastest production motorcycle. With low 11-second standing 1/4m times and a near 150mph top speed, few argued with that claim, but when a pro drag racer recorded a 10.7-sec standing quarter in the US on a supposedly stock machine, the doubters were silenced.
With a little over 23,000kms (14,300m) showing on the clock, the GPz Turbo here is in very tidy, unmolested original condition. It has an Italian ASI certificate of identity, and it’s a genuine example of what’s reckoned to be the most exhilarating motorcycle of the short-lived turbo era.