KAWASAKI EX 500R Ninja (GPZ 500S) (1997-2006) Specs, Performance & Photos

Segment: Sport / Super Sport
Production years: 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006

KAWASAKI EX 500R Ninja (GPZ 500S) 1997-2006 6 Photos
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In 1997, the Japanese motorcycle manufacturer launched the Kawasaki EX 500R Ninja (GPZ 500S), a sports motorcycle manufactured by Kawasaki from 1987 until 2009, when it was replaced by the Ninja 650R.

Before 1997, the bike received a major revision in 1994, with changes including larger 17-inch wheels with wider tires, a redesigned front and rear fairing, a redesigned instrument cluster and dials, a new brake disc that replaced the drum unit previously used, and a firmer suspension system.

Also, the bike received several improvements to the engine, such as a revised alternator for better reliability. In addition, the Cam Chain Tensioner (CCT), flywheel, and transmission were easily installable with minimal modifications to fit any first-generation model made between 1987 and 1993.

In the aesthetic department, the bike had fitted standard features, such as a bikini fairing with a lower engine fairing, a rectangular headlight, a small windscreen, a one-piece dual seat with a passenger grab handle, a dual exhaust system, and three-spoke lightweight aluminum wheels.

The bike was built on a double cradle steel frame with a 36 mm Kayaba telescopic fork on the front and a single Kayaba shock absorber on the rear, delivering optimum suspension performance and handling.

As for the power figures, the 1997 Kawasaki EX 500R Ninja (GPZ 500S) had its soul brought to life by a 498cc four-stroke parallel-twin liquid-cooled engine that delivered an output power of 60 hp at 9,800 rpm and 46 Nm (34 lb-ft) torque at 8,500 rpm.

KAWASAKI EX 500R Ninja (GPZ 500S) 1997-2006

KAWASAKI EX 500R Ninja (GPZ 500S) 498

engine specs
Type:Liquid cooled, four stroke, parallel twin, 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
transmission specs
Clutch:Wet multi-plate
Primary Drive:-
Final Drive:Chain
chassis specs
Frame:Iron, double cradle frame
Front Suspension:36mm Kayaba telescopic fork
Rear Suspension:Single Kayaba damper, Uni-Trak
Front Brake:Double discs 280 mm, 2 piston calipers
Rear Brake:Drum 160 mm
dimension specs
Overall Length:82.5 in OR 2096 mm
Overall Width:27.6 in OR 701 mm
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
power system specs
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