The Kawasaki Ninja 500R
(which was originally named, and is still referred to as the EX500
and is known as the GPZ500
in some markets) is a sport bike
with a parallel-twin engine
manufactured by Kawasaki
from 1987 to 2009, with a partial redesign in 1994. Although the motorcycle has a sporty appearance, it offers a more standard
, upright riding position with greater comfort and versatility. It provides a combination of performance and low operating costs, which has made it a favorite as a first motorcycle with new riders and popular with experienced riders on a budget. 2009 was the last model year for the Ninja 500.For touring the EX500 has an fuel tank, reserve included.
Given that it was Kawasaki's best-selling sporty bike for a number of years, the EX500 is a popular mount for road racing, offering low price and availability of spare parts. It also offers a wide but forgiving performance envelope suitable for new riders or even veteran club racers, eschewing the significantly higher expense of campaigning 600 cc or larger supersport machines. The Production Twins class of the LRRS racing organization in New Hampshire comprises primarily essentially stock EX500's. The United States Classic Racing Association has a similar class.
Its marketing name was changed in 1994 from EX500
to Ninja 500
; the R
suffix was added in 1998. In Europe it was sold as the GPZ 500
A partial redesign of the 500 was done in... Read More