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Suzuki February 18, 2017 posted by

Unloved Kat: 1997 Suzuki Katana 750 with 1,300 miles

If we were to ask RSBFS readers what 750cc sportbike of the 1990's they would most like to own now, I would bet most would choose a Suzuki GSX-750R Limited Edition or maybe a Yamaha OW01 or perhaps a Kawasaki ZX7R/ ZX7RR.  A few intrepid souls might throw a Honda VFR750 or Ducati 748 into the mix but would anyone have the Suzuki Katana 750 on their list?

1997 Suzuki Katana 750 with 1300 miles

The 2nd generation Katana 750 (also known as the GSX-S) was produced at a time when Suzuki couldn't seem to figure out where to focus its efforts.  Suzuki's lineup included race oriented machines such as the 4 cylinder powered GSX-750R and a new V-Twin powered TL1000 series.  These were offered along with several more two other street-oriented models; the Katana 750 and the "dramatically styled!" RF900.  And to make matters more complex, new models such as the GSX-600R, TL1000R, RF600R and Katana 600 were already in the pipeline and would be introduced within the next year.  This wide variety of offerings was great for potential buyers who could find a bike exactly suited for their particular needs and price range but it also meant intense competition for development and marketing monies.  The result was the Katana lineup (and to a large extent, the RF lineup too) didn't received the attention/development monies to keep up with the competition and regularly came in last in model comparisons.

Even though it never got much development support from the Hamamatsu home office, the 2nd generation Katana wasn't a bad bike.  Based on the same long-stroke 750 engine as the GSX-R750 but tuned to focus more on lower and mid-range torque delivery than top speed, the Katana was perfectly adept as a street oriented sportbike with light touring aspirations.  While the competition were all moving towards pressed aluminum featherweight frames and fuel injection, the Katana frame was still steel and 36mm carbs were used to preserve low and mid-range torque while not sacrificing too much top end, and suspension/forks were standard for the time 41mm.  Styling was contemporary for the period and build quality was good (although not a match of Honda of the period).

Its important to note the Katana did have one "ace" over the competition; price.  The wide lineup meant all the major components were already available to Suzuki.  The result was that while many other 750 sport bikes were bumping the $8,000 USD price barrier, the Katana 750 was offered for barely over $7000.

Overall the 750cc Katana sold well but not spectacularly.  A revision in 1998 (the year after this bike)  with updated bodywork and improved mechanicals did help make the Katana a bit more popular but it seems like the entire model line was never a priority for Suzuki.   The 2nd gen Katana/GSX-S seems to fall into the same category as the Kawasaki ZX6/ZZR600 or maybe the Yamaha FZR's of the same period; a sportbike not really intended for track use, bikes with a focus more on price/value than pure performance.

This particular Katana 750cc has obviously been parked for quite a while and the seller freely admits it will need servicing.  Pictures are limited but everyone looks to be OEM and intact.  Mileage is only 1300 miles since new so its really not even been broken in.

Here is what the seller has to say

  • Only 1,300 miles.
  • Has been stored since 2004.
  • Has a small dent in the gas tank where I dropped my helmet on it and a broken mirror.
  • There are a couple minor scratches. Otherwise in excellent condition.
  • Will need a new battery.

Overall it seems like it was a bike that was bought, ridden for maybe a season or two and then tucked away with "I'll get back into riding next year".  Obviously any new owner would need to plan for fresh fluids and rubber as well as a possible shock rebuild and maybe front fork fluids being done.  Also the seller indicates some pending registration fees in California so this one might be best suited to someone intending to take it out of state?

Okay so now the question - why should you consider this 750cc Katana? Given its lack of breakthrough technology and historical reputation against the competition of the time it seems highly unlikely that it will appreciate much in value.  I only found one other post on RSBFS for a 2nd generation Katana and that was back in 2011 for a 1990 edition so the market value of this one can't really be known.

Essentially this is a 20 years old bike that was never broken in.   Yes it needs a full refresh  so it will take some monies to enjoy it but the stupid low price of $1200 USD and ultra low mileage makes me think you really can't go wrong on this one - its probably worth that price in parts alone given Suzuki's interchangeable component philosophy of the times.  This really seems like a good opportunity for someone to pick up a 750cc sportbike that can easily be brought back into daily use, especially if they are looking for a daily driver with some light touring capabilities.


Unloved Kat:  1997 Suzuki Katana 750 with 1,300 miles
Suzuki February 5, 2014 posted by

Storage Wars: 1982 Suzuki Katana 1000


Presumed abandoned in a rental storage locker, this '82 Katana 1000 comes to light courtesy of the winning bidder of the unit at auction. Not much detail and certainly no history given the circumstances, so this is a chance buy at best. However Katanas are the "in" classic these days, and prices are rising fast. With good looks, great power and not many clean survivors, this might be a good opportunity to pick one up! Bike is located in sunny Southern California.

1982 Suzuki Katana 1000 for sale on eBay


From the seller:
For sale is a very rare GS1000SZ. This is not an 1100. As far as I know it is a matching numbers 1000s. Engine number is GS10X102217. The odometer reads 36,600. I bought this from a woman about 5 weeks ago who bought it in a storage auction. The bike is in absolutely great condition. The bike has great compression and sounds strong. It had been sitting for a number of years but the systems were in good shape, meaning that the owner had been running it while in storage. I emptied the tank. Put new fuel in the tank. Took the carbs out and cleaned them (didn't take them apart because they would then have to be synchronized) and the bike fired right up. The brakes work good but I would flush them just to make sure.


More from the seller:
Please take a look at all of the pictures. I like motorcycles but I don't collect them and am not an expert in them. I'm a car guy. I need a bike I can ride without worrying about damaging it. This is a very nice, historic bike and it should go to a collector who appreciates these motorcycles. I understand they built just a handful of these for racing purposes. It's almost flawless. I broke one f the mounting plastic studs on the drivers side small cover while removing and accidentally dropped the gas cap which put a scratch on it. Other than that, the bike is in great shape. The paint on the gas tank is flawless. The front fairing doesn't have any chips or scratches that I can see. It probably will need new tires since they've been on the machine for so long.



Storage Wars: 1982 Suzuki Katana 1000
Sport Bikes For Sale February 25, 2013 posted by

California Kat: 1982 Suzuki Katana 1000


Quick - look at the pictures. Do you spot the rare bike? I'm beginning to doubt the rarity of these post-disco, pre-grunge "it came from the 80s" Suzuki Katanas. RSBFS went for ages without posting a single one, and then BANG! we suddenly find several. Such are the risks associated with bringing you the best of the rare bikes available on the internet; sometimes it is an HRC RC30, sometimes it is a Neiman Marcus "limited edition" offering, and sometimes it is something in between, like this 1982 Suzuki Katana 1000.


Designed by Hans Muth, the futuristic styling assured Suzuki of instant recognition and plenty of press. But the big Katana was perhaps too ahead of it's time - and the bold angles and "big block" approach to power was already past; just around the corner the Ninja waited to change the game completely....


From the seller:
1982 Suzuki Katana 1000, all stock, 8476 original miles.
Clean title, original Tool kit, owners manual, all original keys. Original seat in photo, new seat from Suzuki also included.

New fork seals, progressive springs installed, anti-dive units replaced with block-off plates, anti-dive units included in sale.

Chrome and brightwork on engine is excellent. Everything works. No oil leaks.
Original exhaust. Black chrome in great condition, no pitting, very shiny. There are some scratches on the bottom right side exhaust shown in picture.

I replaced gas tank and fairing. Originals are included in sale. All work done by Suzuki dealer. engine #GS10X102258.

Bike looks, runs and rides excellent.


Whether you are buying to ride or buying to invest, you might want to take note. Complete Katanas in first year colors and complete with the stock seat, body panels and black chrome exhaust are becoming more and more rare. If unmolested is what grabs your eye, then you might wish to stare at this one for a while. It is certainly not perfect, but has seemed to survive the drag bike turned rat bike status of less fortunate machines.


Your chance to own this piece of stylistic history is now. This bike is located in the sunny State of California, and the auction has just begun. The opening ask is a bit high at $6,000, but Katanas in this condition will pass that mark at auction these days. There is a reserve in place as well, so time will tell us how high this seller hopes to go. Check out all of the info and pictures here. Good Luck!!


Suzuki February 7, 2013 posted by

Old School: 1982 Suzuki Katana 1000


When this first year, 1000cc Katana showed up on eBay, I knew it was perfect for the RSBFS faithful. Who doesn't like a classic survivor like this? Built to be the baddest road rocket of the day, the Katana still turns heads with its knife-edge styling and purposeful looks.


This particular bike does not appear to be a museum piece. With a claimed 3,325 miles on the clock the bike has certainly not been ridden much. The pictures show that all the right pieces are there, and it still sports the original (and getting hard to find) exhaust system. The best part for collectors is that it looks to be original and unrestored. In short, it appears to be used but otherwise in great condition for its age.


From the seller:


This bad boy has the torque to spank most smokers in the real world, and does it the old fashioned way: with cubes. Although Suzuki would increase the capacity to 1,100cc in the next model year, the '82 bike is still no slouch. The GS-derived motor with its Twin Swirl Combustion Chambers (TSCC: another great acronym from the 80s!) was the powerhouse of the day.


Katanas are getting harder to find in reasonable condition. This one certainly fits that bill - and then some. This auction just opened and bidding was up to a scant $3,300 at the time of this writing. I would expect this one to go up quite a bit from there based on recent interest. For your chance to check it out, click the link and jump over to the auction. Who wouldn't want to jump back to the 1980s for this one?


Sport Bikes For Sale December 6, 2012 posted by

Ghost of Christmas past? 1982 Suzuki Katana 1000

This is a bad boy sportbike from another time. It is hard to believe that this bombshell dropped on U.S. shores 30 years ago! This bike still looks menacing and full of purpose and ready to tear up your favorite road. Credit legendary designer Hans Muth for the angles, and Suzuki for having the guts to produce it.

First generation Katanas such as this are pretty rare, and thus very popular when they do turn up for sale. This particular one seems to have had a minor refresh to get it ready for sale, yet it looks complete and has a significant number of bids thus far.

From the seller:
For sale is a very rare 1982 Suzuki gs1000sz Katana, this bike was completely restored, complete teardown

complete paintjob

all decals and engine badges are new old stock oem suzuki parts

new clutch cable, throttle cable

the seat is original, i just cleaned it and the seat strap is new old stock oem suzuki

forks were rebuilt new seals

frame,stands, battery box sandblasted and painted

engine cleaned and painted

carbs were rebuilt completely all new seals and

brand new battery

vance & hines exhaust( was bought off showroom floor with it on bike)

this was a 2 owner bike, the bike

this bike runs great, has 28600 miles

There are those that prefer the colors of the next year bike, or claim that the 1100 Katana is the more potent performer. While you cannot fault the reasoning, this first edition model will always be the most desired by collectors; this is the model that started it all.

Bidding has been pretty hot on this machine, and the current price is up to just over $4,000 with reserve still in place. Despite the number of bids the price is still a bit lower than expected, although I anticipate that to go up as the auction nears the end. For your chance to bid on this monster - or just to check out the pictures and the action - click on the link and jump on over. Don't miss your chance to snag a piece of Suzuki history!


Sport Bikes For Sale November 22, 2012 posted by

Not a turkey: 1983 Suzuki Katana 1100

For Sale: 1983 Suzuki Katana 1100

Easily the most recognizable of the early Japanese sportbikes, the Suzuki Katana was a "love it or hate it" affair. Regardless of opinion, there is no doubt that the sharp-edged Katana made a bold statement. It continues to do so today, and the Hans Muth styling retains all of the aggression that made this bike stand out in the first place.

This is a second generation Katana, with the 1100 motor and the blue accented graphics. It may not be as desired as the original, first edition 1000cc machine, but there is no denying that this beauty is the definition of "survivor." With a sub 14k miles logged on the unique instrument cluster, I would challenge RSBFS readers to find one of these monsters in this incredible, nearly original condition.

From the seller:
Here is a mint 1983 katana 1100, this is in imaculate condition. runs beautiful, exhaust is spotless,original factory paint, and has always been in heated storage. you would be hard pressed to find another one like it, be the one to one this historic piece of history.

These GS-based Katanas are stout machines. The motors have a lot of room to grow, and appear to be overbuilt as evidenced by the test of time. This was the powerplant to beat in the early 1980s, and while it lacks the top-end rush of the later four-valve GSX-R machines, it still holds up admirably today. The headers appear stock, but the slip-on is not. It is, however, a period correct modification.

This bike is located in the small state of Rhode Island - a place that this rocket could transit in a short matter of time, I would imagine. Interest in this bike has been high, and the current bid is up to $7,000 with reserve still in place. I suspect we may see a new Katana high water mark at the end of this one. For more details, pictures and to check out the bidding action, click the link and jump over to the auction. Good luck!



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