KAWASAKI EX 500R Ninja (GPZ 500S) (1987-1993) Specs, Performance & Photos

Segment: Sport / Super Sport
Production years: 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993

KAWASAKI EX 500R Ninja (GPZ 500S) 1987-1993

The Kawasaki Ninja 500R, originally named EX500 and also known as the GPZ 500S, was a sports machine part of the Ninja series in Kawasaki's range. The bike debuted in 1987 and was manufactured until 2009 when it was replaced by the Ninja 650R.

Although the bike delivered a sporty appearance, it provided a more standard, upright riding experience with great comfort and versatility. Also, the bike offered performance with low operating costs, making it a perfect first motorcycle for new riders and more experienced ones who rode on a budget.

In the aesthetic department, the bike was fitted with standard features, such as a half fairing, a rectangular headlight, a small windscreen, a one-piece dual seat with a passenger grab rail, a side stand, and lightweight aluminum wheels.

Underneath its fuel tank, the 1987 Kawasaki EX 500R Ninja (GPZ 500S) had installed a 498cc four-stroke parallel-twin liquid-cooled engine fed by two Keihin carburetors, boasting 60 hp at 9,800 rpm and 46 Nm (34 lb-ft) torque at 8,500 rpm.

The engine power was transferred to a six-speed manual transmission linked to the rear wheel through a final chain drive, pushing the motorcycle to a top speed of 198 kph (123 mph).

The bike's suspension system comprised a 38 mm telescopic fork on the front with 130 mm wheel travel and an adjustable shock absorber on the rear with 100 mm wheel travel, delivering optimum suspension performance and handling.

KAWASAKI EX 500R Ninja (GPZ 500S) 1987-1993

KAWASAKI EX 500R Ninja (GPZ 500S) 498

engine specs
Type:Liquid cooled, four stroke, parallel twin cylinders, DOHC, 4 valves per cylinder
Displacement:498 cm3
Bore X Stroke:2.91x2.28 in OR 74 mm
Compression Ratio:10.8:1
Horsepower:60/9800 KW(hp)/RPM
Torque:34/8500 lb-ft/RPM OR 46/8500 Nm/RPM
Fuel System:2xKeihin CVK34 Carburetors
transmission specs
Gearbox:6 Speed
Primary Drive:-
Final Drive:Chain
chassis specs
Front Suspension:38mm telescopic forks
Rear Suspension:Swingarm, single shock adjustable for spring preload
Front Brake:2x270mm discs 2 piston calipers
Rear Brake:160mm drum
dimension specs
Overall Length:-
Overall Width:-
Seat Height:30.3 in OR 770 mm
Wheelbase:56.5 in OR 1435 mm
Ground Clearance:-
Weight:388 lbs OR 176 kg
Fuel Capacity:4.2 gallons OR 15.9 L
tyres specs
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