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Suzuki May 19, 2016 posted by

Smaller, But Still Sharp: 1999 Suzuki GSX400S Katana for Sale

1999 Suzuki Katana 400 R Side Front

Introduced in Europe in 1981, the Suzuki GSX1100S “Katana” and its littler siblings like this rare, apparently very late-production GSX400S stunned the motorcycle buying public. A quick glance at bikes available from other manufacturers at the time shows us deep in the era of the Universal Japanese Motorcycle, and the Big Four were clearly following, not leading, when it came to styling. The angular design of the Katana’s tank, a tiny quarter-fairing, that compact dash with nearly overlapping gauges, the strange, squared-off seat… it was almost enough to distract you from the fact that the bike was basically a restyled GS1100.

1999 Suzuki Katana 400 L Side

The mechanical components were very conventional: twin-shock rear suspension and the… um, familiar air/oil-cooled inline four cylinder backed by a five-speed gearbox, along with a 19” front and 17” rear wheel combination. The GSX-R that followed updated the mechanicals to match Suzuki’s radical styling but, at the time, those GS bits were deemed sufficient. And they were: the bike handled well enough and proved to be very popular. It wasn’t cutting-edge technology, but the GS was already a solid performer and that engine is powerful, reliable, and can be made to really perform with a wealth of hop-up parts and a vast resource of tuning knowledge pulled from decades of drag and road-racing experience.

1999 Suzuki Katana 400 Dash

Interestingly, the US actually got a smaller, 998cc engine for their “GSX1000S” when it arrived in 1982 to squeak under the 1025cc limit for Superbike racing, but it’s still a big, burly performer. But this little Katana throws that all out the window. I’m assuming the bike was intended for the Japanese home market and I’d expect the engine is basically shared with the 400 Bandit. There’s nothing wrong with the little Bandit, but the Katana’s small-block Chevy quality and a good deal of the bike’s brutally simplistic charm is gone.

1999 Suzuki Katana 400 Engine

From the original eBay listing: 1999 Suzki GSX400S Katana for Sale

Located in Santa Ana, California. This bike has 2273 KM = 1363 Miles. This is a true low KM original bike. 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. 

1999 Suzuki Katana 400 FR

Aside from some wear on the seat fabric, the bike does look very clean and in good shape. So this little Katana is certainly rare, especially here in the US, but does that make it especially valuable? The seller is looking for an $8,000 starting bid and the bike doesn’t come with a title, not a surprise but a bit of a problem for anyone who wants to do more than display the it, unless they live in a state with a very permissive DMV. The Katana does make a pretty great display piece, and are seeing an increase in value. They’re striking and very practical, with good parts availability, decent handling, and some pretty big power available from that lump of an engine. But considering that a good 998cc Katana would likely run you less than what this seller is hoping to get, will look almost identical, and be much faster, I think the novelty actually works against it here.

-tad

1999 Suzuki Katana 400 R Side

Smaller, But Still Sharp: 1999 Suzuki GSX400S Katana for Sale
Suzuki March 14, 2016 posted by

Springtime Slabbie: 1987 Suzuki GSX-R 1100

NOTE:  I have been informed that this one was posted previously, here is the link

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A lot of people will say that modern sportbikes began with the launch of the Suzuki’s GSX-R lineup and I really can’t argue with that sentiment.  Prior to the GSX-R most “sportbikes” were actually large displacement bikes that had some sporting bodywork/pieces. It wasn’t until the launch of the GSX-R lineup that regular riders were able to get their hands on true sportbikes.

Suzuki introduced the 750cc model in 1984 and the 1100cc edition followed in 1986. While the bikes were developed in tandem/were visually similar, virtually no parts were interchangeable.  The engines, frame, swing arms, and steering geometry were all different and the resulting experience was different for each model; the 750 was sharp but peaky, the 1100 was more to handle but had more power.  I suppose it’s not surprising that the two models developed different core constituencies, with the 750cc bike was the object of lust for those who wanted to go to the track while the 1100 was more “all around”oriented (although some people did take the 1100cc onto the track).

NOTE: The very flat side panels and tall narrow frames gave rise to a nickname for the bikes as the “slab side” GSX-R models while the 2nd generation GSX-R’s are often referred to as the “slingshot” models due to a different engine and carb configuration.  For anyone who is curious, a really good comparison of the slabside and slingshot models was just done in the Feb 2016 edition of Practical Sportbikes.

Regardless of the model, lots of the GSX-R’s got what we sometimes call the “80’s treatment” of anodized bits, aftermarket exhausts, flush mounted turn signals/indicators, chopped down tail assemblies, smoked windscreens, etc, etc. This makes finding one with the major OEM parts still in place and in good condition a challenge that will only continue to increase in difficulty over time.

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1987 Suzuki GSX-R 1100 on ebay

This particular GSX-R1100 looks to be in mostly OEM shape save an aftermarket exhaust system.  There does seem to be an odd white patch at the base of the rear plastic on the both sides, possibly decal residue from the SACS decals? The seller indicates there are some paint chips/small gas tank dings and the exhaust is aftermarket but overall the bike looks to be in really good shape/mostly OEM.  Mileage is only 9,962 (yes you read that right) and there are lots of fresh items including tires, battery and oil.

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Here is a summary of what the seller has to say

  • DYNOJET KIT, K&N AIR FILTERS AND VANCE & HINES EXHAUST SYSTEM  (INSTALLED BY PREVIOUS OWNER)
  • NEW DUNLOP  ROADSMART TIRES
  • NEW US MADE GEL BATTERY
  • NEW REAR BRAKE PADS,  GOOD FRONT BRAKE PADS
  • FRESH ENGINE OIL
  • BIKE HAS SOME SMALL SCRATCHES, SMALL PAINT CHIPS AND TWO  SMALL DINGS IN FRONT OF THE GAS TANK

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Now we ask the question, is this low mileage, recently freshened but not 100% OEM 1987 Suzuki GSX-R worth the $7,200 Buy-It-Now ebay price?  That price seems a bit high; the average price we seem to be seeing for one of these seems to be about $5,800 USD.  But factor in transport cost and the fresh items listed as being included and I think a bid of around $6400 might make this one move to a new owner.  And values of these do seem to be creeping up…I’m just saying..

 

Marty/Dallaslavowner

Springtime Slabbie:  1987 Suzuki GSX-R 1100
Bimota December 6, 2015 posted by

For your consideration: 1995 Bimota SB6

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1995 Bimota SB6 on ebay

I will to admit to hesitating before posting this one as the number of pictures is low, the paint job is apparently non-stock (per Bob @ Bimotaspirit) and mileage is higher than most Bimota’s.  But for many the SB6 is close-to-if-not the pinnacle of the 1990’s Bimota offerings and has even been listed as one of the sexiest Bimota’s ever built.

The 1990’s Bimota philosphy was pretty straighforward; take powerful Japanese engines, transport them into better handling chassis/frame, add better bodywork, exhaust systems, a few bits of trick like carbon fiber or billet footpegs. For the SB6, Bimota took the Suzuki GSX1100 engine (which put out about 150 hp) and placed it within a framework of big aluminium spars that curve from the steering head all the way down outside the engine.  The frame also incorporates the rear swing-arm pivots while the rear suspension was via an Öhlins unit placed horizontally.  The seat was a MotoGP style carbon-fiber floating design and everything was shaped to blend smoothly into the tank cover which like all the bodywork was a composite of carbon and fiberglass for lightness and good looks.  Oh there was also a Bimota designed exhaust the moved the exhaust under the tail/rear fairing unit.

Overall the SB6 was better looking and over 40kilos lighter than the GSX it was based on.  However it was also much more expensive than the standard GSX-R1100 and only 1140 units were built before Bimota stoped production to focus on the followup, the SB6R.

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This particular SB6 seems to have been painted with a style similar to the Bimota DB2 tri-colore, albeit with different colors.  It doesn’t look bad but probably won’t appeal to collectors looking for a full OEM setup.  Perhaps the OEM bodywork is available from the seller?

The bike has definitely been ridden as evidenced by the mileage and the pics the seller has posted.

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What is this SB6 worth?  I truly don’t know….on the plus side the SB6 is probably the most well-rounded model of all of the classic/pre-bankruptcy) Bimota models and a total of 1144 units were built so parts will probably be available with a bit of work.  On the negative side this SB6 seems to have non-stock turn signals, a missing rear mudguard, non-OEM paint, and the mileage might require some service (although the seller indicates fresh tires).

We tend to see more of the SB6R model that followed this one for sale here on RSBFS so info on current values of the SB6 model is kind of limited.  From what I was able to find, asking prices for a stock SB6 seem to be about 6,800 USD.  Current bidding on this one is at 4,650 with reserve not met and I think a fair price is somewhere in the middle.

-Marty/Dallaslavowner

 

Note:  To see what a standard SB6 looks like, check out this RSBFS post from Aug 2013.

For your consideration:  1995 Bimota SB6
Sport Bikes For Sale February 11, 2011 posted by

North of the border: 1986 Suzuki GSX750S Katana

For Sale: 1986 Suzuki GSX750S Katana

At first glance, this bike appears to be a very clean early 80’s Suzuki Katana, similar to what we saw in the US. Upon closer inspection, however, some things are very different. 750cc? U.S. Katanas of this body style were only 1000cc. And what is going on with that front headlight??

This, avid RSBFS readers, is a rare (non-existent in the US) 750 Katana with a pop-up headlight. As you can see in the picture above, the headlight retracts into the fairing, giving this Katana an eerie, hawk-like appearance. Other key details in this picture include the fact that the motorcycle is allowed in the house – a key to preserving a bike of this vintage during winter weather!

From the seller:
Rare Canadian version 1986 GSX750S pop up headlight, K & N Dyno carb kit, Iridium plugs with dual Accel super coils and 9mm Accel wires, Emco cone filters, Supertrapp 4:1 stainless steel header, new hydraulic clutch seal and Kevlar plates.Bike comes with stock exhaust and owners manual.Bike is in Vancouver,Canada and I can help getting it to a shippers dock or deliver it to Blaine, Washington for a small fee.Shipping is not included.Bike is sold as is.Please email if you have any questions or need pictures.This model was only available in Japan,Europe,Australia and Canada.Really stands out of the crowd.You can check online to see specs of this model Suzuki.A lot of the mechanical parts are comparable to the regular 86 suzuki gs750 and the GSXR models. This bike is 25 years old has signs of regular use.It has never been layed down.It comes with a clear title.

For all the people that asked about shipping to the United States.You have to check with U.S Customs about duty.They will give you all the information.Also for those that inquired about shipping companies.I have had friends that used U-Ship and they have had good luck.I can bring the bike across the border to Blaine,Washington for a small fee, but the paper work must be in order to do so.

To answer the question about what is a pop up? This was a nick name given to these bikes because the front head light pops up like those from a 80’s corvette or the 80’s firebird’s and trans am’s

These earlier Katanas definitely had a style all their own. And this particular bike is even more unique, given that none were imported into the States. If you like to roll your own way, and would prefer to never see someone else on the same bike at a gathering or ride, this just might be your opportunity. Besides, this model is already housebroken!

To check out all of the details on this wonderful, gray-market bike, click the link and . Good Luck with the bidding and importing!

MI

Quick Spot February 10, 2011 posted by

2004 Suzuki GSX-600F Katana With Less Than 200 Miles

This seven year old Katana has seen less than 200 miles!

Bike:  2004 Suzuki GSX-600F Katana

Miles:  <200mi

Price:  $5,000 USD

Location:  Vancouver, Washington

Now, this isn’t a very collectible bike (To mainstream collectors…) but it has been hardly used in the last seven years.  The seller states that this bike has been in storage for years, features some after-market parts such as a Yoshimura exhaust system, and that offers will be considered.  The last bit of that sentence is the most important, the asking price of $5,000 makes this Katana the most likely candidate for the “Most expensive 2004 Katana in the U.S.” competition.  KBB retail (For what it’s worth) for this bike is $3,015.  Granted, KBB doesn’t really apply to the majority–any–of the bike featured on this site, including this one, but a $2k premium is all the money for a bike with less than 200 miles.  This bike probably isn’t the only forgotten Katana with low miles, so keep that in mind if you’re interested.  The bike does have some after-market parts and stickers–for some reason–which doesn’t inflate the value at all, but if your significant other wants a bike and you know that they probably won’t ride it anyway, this bike might be perfect for you if you can get it for a good price.  See the bike on Craigslist here.

AG