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Old 09-20-2008, 02:45 PM   #18
Doug Grosjean
Writer, Photographer, Dad
Joined: Feb 2004
Location: Northwest Ohio, USA
Oddometer: 281
Originally Posted by FloridaSteve
This one will be arriving at my door middle of October. I'll document the cleanup/resto when i get it. Cant wait!!


Beautiful pic...! Had one identical - year, color, everything.

I'm a former owner of a 1979 KZ-650c3, and a 1984 GPz-550.

Put about 47k miles on the KZ, including a trip down extreme 4WD Schofield Pass; and about 28k miles on the GPz-550.

Toughest ride in my life was taking the KZ-650c down Schofield Pass, which I did at age 17, just outta HS, after riding about 3 years. With my 23 y/o brother, riding a SOHC Honda CB-750K. I've had lots of adventures since then, but that one.... Shudder.

URL for the story about the ride over Schofield Pass:

My brother and me:

Schofield Pass road, looking up at what we'd just come down:

River crossing, top of Schofield Pass, KZ-650:

KZ-650c at Pike's Peak, me standing on seat:

I don't have a pic handy of the GPz, though I do have pics. It had the rubber-mounted engine, silver, then I had painted the frame and wheels red. Had a Fox shock on the back, and undercut transmission dogs, and aftermarket brake pads. With sticky tires on concrete, it's the only bike I've owned that could do stoppies, AFAIK. Had a ton of fun with that bike. Have owned maybe a dozen bikes, and ridden 400k miles in my life so far, and the GPz-550, and my BMW R11rs, and my BMW R100gs are in a 3-way tie for my fav bike.

Though the KZ-650 was one hell of a good soldier.... Sigh.
Doug Grosjean
Pemberville, Ohio

1992 R100gs - 102k (62k are mine)
1993 DR-350s - 52k
2000 Concours - 91k

A slew of others, come and gone....

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