The GPZ900 is a historic bike for Kawasaki. It was its first liquid-cooled DOHC inline four motorcycle, and the first machine to bear the Ninja name. It also made a legendary appearance in the 1986 movie Top Gun.
But, it’s been off the market for a long time now, so why is Kawasaki promoting it?
Earlier this, week, Kawasaki published a throwback video featuring the classic GPZ, and it’s interesting to speculate why. It could just be that 2019 is the 35th anniversary of this most excellent proto-superbike … or maybe it’s because Kawasaki plans to morph the Z900 naked bike into an ’80s retro machine? That would be an excellent way for Team Green to enter the ’80s nostalgia market, which is dominated right now by the Suzuki Katana (with honourable mention to the Moto Guzzi V85 TT). There’s no question that collector interest in ’80s and ’90s street bikes is growing, and Kawasaki could be planning to meet that market.