Posts by tag: Katana

Suzuki October 4, 2017 posted by

Featured listing: Like-new 1982 Suzuki Katana

The 1982 Suzuki Katana ended a long era of Japanese bikes focused first on reliability, practicality and speed and cosmetics a distant second. The 1,000cc Katana changed the course of bike styling in general, but was an especially loud wakeup call for Suzuki's countrymen.

To get the seismic effect they were after, Suzuki turned to Europe, employing the services of former BMW design chief Hans Muth. The result was literally and figuratively edgy, with a pointed beak, creased bodywork and a square headlight. The deeply-dished rider saddle and body-color pillion perch gave the bike an even more purposeful stance.

Underneath, the bike featured standard UJM fare: a fairly archaic steel tube frame, an air-cooled inline four and big wheels. The Katana was stiffly sprung and had fairly narrow clip-ons, which slowed turn in and gave it an aggressive-for-the-time riding position.

This Katana is in near-perfect condition, and the odometer shows not quite 2,500 miles. It retains its stock mufflers and period-looking tires, and is only fed airplane fuel.

From the seller:

1982 Suzuki GSX Katana

The owner of the collection of this highly collectable rare 1980s motorcycle thinks you would agree that the 1982 Suzuki GSX Katana is one of the 25 most beautiful bike designs ever produced. Most people know that this Japanese motorcycle was designed by a German designer and he certainly did not let anybody down in the appearance, designs, colors and overall dimensions. The design just flows, the colors just work and even the seat is an important element in the design.

Most people know that because the Japanese bikes were so well built and dependable, most of them had the wheels ridden right off of them. For a wonderful collector bike like the Katana 1000 most of these bikes besides being ridden into the ground also when new had their muffler systems immediately modified for what was then thought to be a better muffler system. For serious collectors, today original mufflers are one of the most important elements on a collector motorcycle. Non-original mufflers just don’t cut it with serious collectors.

The Katana that you are looking at is about as close to mint as any Katana you will ever find. It runs great and is kept on a trickle charger and the tank is only filled with airplane fuel. This bike is ready to be ridden coast to coast but suggest more local rides to preserve its value and original fit and finish. The mufflers are 99% perfect.

This is a true collectors piece and we doubt if you will ever find a nicer one. Call us to discuss the details and for our price at 847-668-2004 cell 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. CST.

Current owner wants to make sure that this bike goes to a good home.

Call the sellers directly to discuss the sale details. Email: adreply514@gmail.com This is not a bike to be missed!

Featured listing: Like-new 1982 Suzuki Katana
Bimota September 9, 2017 posted by

Featured Listing: 1986 Bimota SB5 for Sale

Sept 9 Update: Due to some issues with eBay UK, the seller has relisted this amazing SB5. Links updated. -MI

The fifth Bimota powered by Suzuki engine, the SB5 was a development of their successful SB4, which is no bad thing: both bikes followed Bimota's formula of wrapping a solid, Japanese engine in a race-bred trellis frame and lightweight, swoopy bodywork. The style of the SB5 is very 80s sportbike, with a huge fairing and windscreen that should make trips to the 160mph top speed relatively comfortable. As with many Bimotas, the devil is in the details: notice how few fasteners hold that one-piece tank-and seat section to the bright red frame? And what's that there, hiding under the tail section? A passenger seat?! Yes, the SB5 was basically an SB4 with a longer wheelbase and passenger accommodation added in the form of a hidden seat and pegs that tuck away into recesses in the bodywork.

Most of the 158 SB5s made were fitted with the 1135cc inline four from the GSX-1100, but this ultra-rare example is apparently fitted with the similar, but slightly smaller unit from the Katana 1100 that displaces 1074cc. It lacks liquid cooling, but the engine was otherwise fairly sophisticated and incorporated dual-overhead cams and four valves per cylinder, along with Suzuki's TSCC or "Twin Swirl Combustion Chamber" that promoted faster and more efficient combustion, all fed by a quartet of Mikuni carbs and backed by a five-speed gearbox. Claimed horsepower for the standard SB5 was 119hp with 77lb-ft of torque. The Katana engine installed here doesn't seem to offer any performance advantages compared to the one from the GSX, but does add to the bike's rarity.

As was the style for high-performance sportbikes for a very short period at the time in the 80s, 16" wheels were fitted at both ends of the SB5 for nimble, if sometimes unstable handling. Bimotas may be famous for their light weight, but that's relative in this case: the GSX was definitely heavier, but the SB5 clocks in at a solid 513lbs full of fuel and lubricants. The bike featured triple Brembo brakes and quality suspension at both ends. Period reviews naturally praised the bike's handling and straight-line performance, although the SB5's high cost made it more dream bike than something a normal rider might seriously consider.

From the Seller: 1986 Bimota SB5 for Sale

1 of 5 factory build SB5 with the 1074cc engine

This 1986 Bimota SB5 is one of a handfull of bikes left from our collection which we have been dissolving this past year due to continued health related reasons which in turn require us to consolidate all our personal items and to scale back from multiple locations to just one.

This is not a 'normal' motorcycle in 'average' condition so the text describing it and this sale's particulars might be somewhat different than what one would normally see written in a listing here on Ebay. If you dont care for long descriptions, please feel free to just skip to the photo album link here below and enjoy the images. If those images raised your interest level i am sure you will take the time to read the remainder of our description as posted below.

There are really no guidelines as to what the value of this fairly rare Bimota SB5 in this exceptional, low mileage condition might be worth in the current international market place, so all we expect is a reasonable and fair offer that both, we as the seller and you as the buyer can be satisfied with and the motorcycle will be sold.

Details:

One of the last 10 Bimota SB5 build in the factory in Rimini in 1986, one of only 5 known to be delivered with the 1074cc Katana engine, due to homologation issues surrounding the later 1135cc engine in all other SB5 models in some marketplaces. Total production run of the SB5 was 158 units, 5 of which were these special 1074cc versions. This makes this one of the rarest factory Bimotas build in the 80-ies and fairly collectible

We bought it because we liked the look and have always favored Suzuki's 1074cc power plant. At the time we had the choice of buying the SB3 or this SB5 and we decided in favor of the SB5 because of the newly designed frame which incorporates an aluminum CNC machined centerpiece and because with only 158 bikes build and this being one of five special ones it seemed much more collectible than the SB3 which was build in over 400 units and didn't allow for a passenger to enjoy the great road handling as well.

As an added bonus this SB5 is in superb condition, with very low original mileage, all original with the correct Bimota wheels, Bimota stand, correct Magneti Marrelli mirrors (never installed) and small round black-body turnsignals with black aluminum stalks and the correct black chrome exhaust system

Having only been ridden some 14-thousand kilometers ( 8000 miles) from new it runs as good as it looks.

I do not think there is a need to go into extreme detail on every component on this motorcycle, the images in the photo album say more about what level of condition this motorcycle is in than words could ever do

As mentioned before, we have prepared such an online photo album showing this motorcycle in detail in more than 50 high quality images that might be of interest to a serious collector.

So it may have been an out-of-reach luxury machine when it was new, but what will it cost to put a Bimota SB5 in your garage today? This extremely nice example is listed on eBay's UK site with a price of £14,500, the equivalent of about $18,800, and is currently located in Germany. All-in-all a very exotic, very collectible motorcycle that could form the centerpiece of your Italian motorcycle collection or a very cool roadbike.

-tad

Suzuki May 10, 2017 posted by

Time Machine: 1982 Suzuki Katana 1000

Grab your leg warmers and get ready to dial up your favorite Tommy Tutone number - we're going back to the 1980s! Hard to believe that Suzuki dropped the Katana on a flabbergasted world more than 35 years ago. With looks dominated by a big-block inline four and scantily clad with an itty-bitty bikini fairing, the Katana was as provocative as it was performance-oriented. Even today this bike stands out as something special; the design language still tells a powerful story as this bike looks mean and menacing just parked in the drive.

1982 Suzuki Katana 1000 for sale on eBay

Primarily a collection of existing parts, the Katana was not mechanically groundbreaking. Motivation comes from the GS model lineup, and the Katana 1000 is actually - GASP - less powerful than the GS1100 that donated the motor. But the sporting intent of the Katana is quite clear, and with a less-is-more philosophy overall the Katana made for a potent platform in the day. Today, archaic elements such as two valves per cylinder, air cooling and twin shocks make this look like it came from the caveman era. Yet this was built to go AMA Superbike racing (hence the 1,000cc vs 1,1000cc engine), and go racing it did.

From the seller:
This Katana is in very good condition, the fuel tank has a few small scratches and a shallow dent close to the filler cap. The bike shows 14939 miles looks to be original miles on the bike. The front reflector holders are missing on the bike. The exhaust system is new from MotoGP Werks. The inside of the fuel tank is clean. This bike looks like it has been taken care of during it life time. I was not planning on selling this bike as it is a great example of an original bike and it took a long time to find an original bike with out modifications. Realizing that I still have a number of projects ahead and needing the space I have decided to pass the bike on.

Katanas continue to be polarizing models today. Although the Katana name has been slapped on many a bike since 1982, it is really the original that one should bring to mind. Many examples have been rodded, rat-rodded, or simply abused to the point of salvage. Clean, original examples are very difficult to find. And while this one is not 100% original, it is closer to factory than many we come across. The seller has done a good job highlighting the known discrepancies, and would likely entertain questions should a prospective buyer have any.

This auction is live right now, and bidding has been moderate. The price is nearing the $8k mark at time of this writing, and the reserve is OFF. Get in while you can, because this bike is going home at the end of it all. Check it out here, and then jump back to the Comments section and wax nostalgic with us. Did you lust after a Katana when it was released? Did you actually OWN one? Were you even born yet? Good Luck!!

MI

Time Machine: 1982 Suzuki Katana 1000
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.

-Marty/Dallaslavowner

Unloved Kat:  1997 Suzuki Katana 750 with 1,300 miles
Suzuki February 8, 2017 posted by

Sharp Sword: 1982 SUZUKI GS1000 KATANA

In ancient Japan, the Katana was known as the samurai sword. Smaller than the long broadswords of the day, the Katana changed the art of Japanese warfare; quick to draw, the lighter blade could strike quickly before the enemy could react. When victory depended upon response times, the Katana became the weapon of choice. Sadly, such artistry was eradicated by the rise of firearms technology. But for a period of time, the Katana sword ruled the battlefield.

1982 Suzuki GS1000 Katana for sale on eBay

Like the samurai sword, the Suzuki Katana could be written off as a bygone relic of past times. With its air-cooled four cylinder lump displacing 1000cc and breathing through CV carbs, this twin-shock, mild-steel backbone chassis beast would soon be decimated by giant leaps in performance and technology: liquid cooling, fuel injection, single shock suspension with rising rate linkages, aluminum perimeter frames. But for a meteoric moment, the Katana ruled a world that had never seen the likes of its power and beauty.

Using a new design language penned by creator Hans Muth, the Katana oozed angular lines and purposeful design. But it was not simply cosmetic; the tiny front fairing and upright windscreen reduced front end lift by a considerable amount (decades before GP machines started using wings). The power plant was more narrow than its predecessors, and churned up an estimated 108 ponies - a magical number in 1982. The riding position was forward canted, expecting a committed rider. The result was a machine that looked like no other, and performed like no other.

From the seller:
MUSUEM BIKE SOLD AT FIXED PRICE,
RARE UNCRASHED LOW MILES TIME CAPSULE SUZUKI KATANA 1000
1882 MODEL, DRY TANK, ZERO RUST AND SHINEY INSIDE,
THE CARBURETORS WERE DRAINED OF ALL FUEL BEFORE STORAGE IN 1984. THIS BIKE WAS KITTED WITH FACTORY YOSHIMURA REAR SETS, YOSHIMURA OIL COOLER KIT, YOSHIMURA EXHAUST SYSTEM, THE REAR SHOCKS ARE S&W 13"LONG. IT HAS THE ORIGINAL DUNLOP 391 RACE COMPOUND ELITE TIRES STILL. THE SEAT IS SWEET WITH NO RIPS OR TEARS. SOME ONE INSTALLED FLUSH STYLE TURN SIGNALS AND THE STOCK REARS TURN SIGNALS ARE INCLUDED IN THE SALE. THE BIKE HAS 19,559 ORIGINAL MILES

Suzuki produced several Katana models in varying capacities and with different interpretations of the same, angular design (including a pop-up headlight version in 750cc). In an ironic twist, the US saw the smaller of the two one-liter models: The original 1000cc version in the US was actually a de-stroked GS1100 motor to comply with the 1025cc limit for SuperBike racing (Wes Cooley, for one, had good success racing the the Katana). Markets outside the US had access to the original 1100cc motor.

More from the seller:
The Fuel tank has two scratches, not dented or dinded, see photos*** this is the only flaw on the whole paint of the bike. Clear Oregon title from a dealer. You will never get the opportunity to find a better specimen of Suzuki race history to own. check out the specification card on this bike in the photos. NOTE I have never started this bike since I received it from the Sale. It's a museum piece not a toy for children or commuters

Katanas have steadily risen in value over the years. Perhaps it is the 35 years that have elapsed since this iconic form stunned international audiences. Perhaps, despite the instant-relic status a year or two later (think 900 Ninja or even Suzuki's own groundbreaking GSX-R), the Katana continues to impress because it made a statement. It changed the nature of warfare - if only for a brief moment - to impress with looks as well as brawn. This example, while emerging as a museum denizen, actually has nearly 20k on the clock. It certainly is not fully stock. The seller is looking for $9k OBO. You can check out all of the details here, and then jump back to the comments section and let us know what you think. Good Luck!

MI

Sharp Sword: 1982 SUZUKI GS1000 KATANA
Suzuki January 2, 2017 posted by

Retro Dream: 1999 Suzuki GSX 400S Katana

Up for grabs today is something so rare that in the States most people won't even know it exists. I know you think you're looking at a 1000cc Katana from 1981. But in fact, this 400cc version was produced nearly 20 years after the fact! Retro was very big in Japan (and continues to be), and this smaller version of the Katana was meant to cash in on the big model's original heyday. Unfortunately for those in the US, this was a Japan-spec model limited to home country use, with some limited exportation to Asia-Pacific countries. Small bikes rule in Japan, and so we see a great deal of attention to detail in the sub-500cc sector.

1999 Suzuki Katana 400 for sale on eBay

This 400cc model looks so close to the original that you'd be forgiven if you wrote it off as another anemic air-cooled putt-putt. Cleverly disguised to remain aligned with the retro theme, the seemingly air-cooled mill was actually sourced from the 400cc Bandit (which was actually a derivative of the GSX-R400 power plant). What looks like an oil cooler is actually the radiator. Cast wheels that mimic the originals, Tokico calipers (another nod to the Bandit/GSX-R line), as well as the cool retro piggy-back shocks round out the aesthetics.

From the seller:
1999 Suzki GSX 400S Katana located in Santa Ana, California. This bike has 2273 KM = 1363 Miles. This is a true low KM JDM original bike. This bike has a 400cc engine and is sold in Japan only. The carbs were cleaned about 10 months ago. They do need a light cleaning now because the bike has been sitting. This bike is being sold with a bill of sale only. I don't have a title for the bike and can not get one, so don't ask. More info is available on our website. If you overseas or Canadian buyer, you will have to make your own shipping arrangements. I can help USA buyers with the shipping, or you can arrange your own shipper. Bike is being sold as is, no returns. Ask questions and look at the pictures carefully before you bid. Again, this bike is being sold with a bill of sale only, NO TITLE.

I'm not sure what importation looks like, given that this is an 18-year old motorcycle that looks like it's going on 40. Much of the heavy lifting has been done as the bike is already Stateside - except it is missing a title and other niceties that would allow you to register it. As with most things it's likely verboten in California, but I imagine it is possible in other (more lenient) States. It might be some effort, but you could pretty much guarantee that you would *never* see another one like it on the road. Check it out here, and good luck!

Retro Dream: 1999 Suzuki GSX 400S Katana