Posts by tag: Katana

Classic Sport Bikes For Sale May 25, 2010 posted by

Sharp As A Sword-1982 Katana 1000 On Ebay

Sharp As A Sword-1982 Katana 1000 on Ebay

Now most of us recognize a Katana instantly but how many remember the Katana 1000  was actually a bit of a homolgation special?  Yep, the Katana got the GS1100’s engine and Suzuki minused a few cc’s so the bike would be AMA legal.  How can a bike this old still look futuristic?  Love it or hate it, the bike still looks avaunt guard today.  I hope Suzuki paid Hans Muth well because they got their money’s worth out of him for the design.  Now one thing that shocked me was that according to Suzukicycles.org,only 3000 Katana 1000’s were produced. 

The bike for sale looks like it is in nice shape.  The seller states the bike is original other than a 4 into 1 Yoshimura exhaust.  The bikes odometer is listed in KM’s, so I’m wondering if this was originally a Canadian bike.  Take a look at the pictures and send yourself back to 1982.

I can’t say I’ve priced one of these lately so I might be off on price here.  The bidding started at $2,500 and the bike has a buy it now price of $6,500.  That doesn’t seem outrageous if you consider the mileage, the shape and the fact that only 3,000 were produced (if that is correct).  I’m basing my opinion on the assumption that the limited production 1000 is more desirable than the 1100 of the same year.  On the other hand the  bigger bike was known to have a stronger motor than the sleeved down 1000.   Are there any Katana collectors out there that can set me straight?   Check out the Katana.  Be sure to check out Katana Central  as well, it has some great info on the Katana series.

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Suzuki July 20, 2009 posted by

Suzuki GSX Katana For Sale: Only 3000 Miles, Barely Broken In!

The last time a champagne colored GSX750 Katana came up for sale I immediately thought of Paul’s old bike. While the image with this eBay listing of course also made me fondly recall that bike, this particular one only has 3000 miles on it!

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quote from seller’s listing:

989 suzuki 750 katana 2900 original miles, bike is like new, not a scratch. you could eat off of this bike, its that clean.

It doesn’t look like the bids are going to break the reserve. Too bad, I wonder what the owner wants for a nearly new Katana?

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Suzuki November 23, 2008 posted by

1989 Suzuki Katana 750GSX: Oh the Memories!

When this one popped up on my eBay favorite searches, I just about spit my Stella out all over the monitor. My close friend and riding buddy Paul used to own a Katana 750 just like this one. I mean EXACTLY like this one: that champagne color, an 89, and completely stock. I remember when he bought it from this idiot who tried to sell it out from under him to a higher bidder after Paul had secured the bike with a deposit!

Take a trip down memory lane with me and take a look at this 1989 Suzuki Katana 750 GSX for sale on eBaymotors:

quote from seller’s eBayMotors listing:

HERE WE HAVE A NICE OLDER BIKE READY TO RIDE I BOUGHT IT FROM THE ORIGNAL OWNER IT HAS SOME SCRATCHES FROM HAVING BAGS ON IT I DONT HAVE THE BAGS THE BIKE HAS FRESH BRAKE PADS,FLUID FLUSH,CLUTCH CABLE AND OIL&FILTER CHANGE BIKE RUNS AND RIDES GREAT REMBER THIS IS NOT A NEW BIKE THE HAS A SPOT WERE IT LOOKS LIKE SOME ONE SPLIT SOME GAS AND THEIR IS A MINOR DISCOLOR THAT I THINK CAN BE COMPOUNDED OUT EVERTHING WORKS IF I DONT SELL IT I WILL KEEP IT AND RIDE NEXT SUMMER I HAVE FOUR BIKES

Don’t you just hate non-savvy users who insist on using all caps? Rant aside, this looks like a really solid buy at $2300 with such low miles and zero modifications. I asked Paul to highlight his experience with his bike:

[21:07] Tj Rubley: for the blog post and from a previous owner, give me the high and low points of the bike. Maybe a favorite ride?
[21:07] Paul: that is a rare find, all stock and in reasonable condition with low miles, still a lot of bike for $2300.
[21:10] Paul: High points: GSXR derived engine, lots of power and plenty of torque, sport-touring riding position for long-trip comfort, obviously an easy bike for novices balanced and smooth even if the rider isn’t 😉
[21:12] Paul: Low points: to call the styling dated would be an understatment… honestly I can’t think of much to fault if for, other than puting a 400cc non-O-ring chain on mine I really didn’t do anything but an occasional oil change,
[21:13] Paul: Greatest ride: Sonoma, hands down, still the greatest motorcycle trip of my life (we need to do better next summer!)
[21:13] Paul: Shit, I’m serious if that thing was closer to home I’d buy it

He went on to say he originally purchased his with about 23k miles for $2900 in 1995, and sold it about a year later for $2500 to another close friend of ours, TravelEd. Hopefully I can get Ed in here to give his .02 too!

Here’s a gallery of our trip to Sonoma years ago:

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