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    Older Suzuki 400/750 Katanas



    I was admiring the older 1980s-1992 Suzuki Katanas and loving the look of them - those clean sharp 'jet-fighter' lines, incredibly low handlebars and aggressive stance... And so I just wondered if they were any good?

    Reliable? Quick (I'd guess so)? Comfortable? Economical (probably not, aye)? Easy to fix in this day and age? Fun?

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    If it wasn't for them, we wouldn't have the GSXR. And all the other-brand copies...
    No doubt Katman will be along shortly to tell you they are the shizz. But only if they have wire-wheels.
    Do you realise how many holes there could be if people would just take the time to take the dirt out of them?

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    "Wire wheels"?

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    Spokes, son, spokes

    Do you realise how many holes there could be if people would just take the time to take the dirt out of them?

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    Here's a picture of my old 400 that I resurrected from a rusty heap.

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    And a beauty it was, Jim. A veritable feast of pleasure to ride, too.
    I wonder what became of it?
    Do you realise how many holes there could be if people would just take the time to take the dirt out of them?

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    I still think the old pop-up is one of the sexiest motorcycles to date.
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    All beautiful but have to agree with AVgas, the pop-up is unique and sexy!

    And with streamlined indicators too:


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    Spokes, son, spokes.
    Doh! My bad...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tigadee View Post
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    And so I just wondered if they were any good?
    The one that you have pictured is a 250.

    As has been said the 400 is a great bike to ride. I'm looking forward to getting mine out on a trackday.
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    Some had red seats?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maha View Post
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    Some had red seats?
    The 550 and 650 had two tone red and black seats.

    The '83 and '84 1100's (we didn't get them here in NZ) had two tone red and cream seats.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Katman View Post
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    The 550 and 650 had two tone red and black seats.

    The '83 and '84 1100's (we didn't get them here in NZ) had two tone red and cream seats.
    Not sure what year it was but maybe 83'-84'? I worked with a bloke who had a Katana with that seat combo thing going on.
    The bike itself looked so radical by comparison.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maha View Post
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    The bike itself looked so radical by comparison.
    Depending what it was compared to I guess ...

    Interesting reading ...

    http://www.katanacentral.co.uk/histo...natimeline.asp
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    Quote Originally Posted by FJRider View Post
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    Depending what it was compared to I guess ...

    Interesting reading ...

    http://www.katanacentral.co.uk/histo...natimeline.asp
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    I can't wait for this.....

    Seriously....it was supposed to be out years ago!!!!!!! (&$*($^^@%@%!!!!!!!
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