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    750 for sale Vic

    I've had this bike since new and hardly used it sadly I have to sell it because of a nasty ex It's likely the only one of its kind in existence a replica of the Katana that Niel Chivers and Rod Cox rode to an outstanding victory in the Yamaha 24 hour at Sydney's Oran Park in 1982 I also have the certificate of compliance the bike runs as new ! the paint has suffered slightly over the journey but nothing major I've just had it completely overhauled from sitting around by Hands on Kawasaki Lilydale Victoria I've been asked to put this bike in the national museum such I'd it's condition and historical value I would love to see her used by someone who would appreciate her value my mobile ******4384 + click to reveal this bike would be a solid investment I'm asking a fraction of its value for an expedient sale

    http://www.gumtree.com.au/s-ad/morni...ana/1122367720

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    Max
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    What.... no replica race stickers or advertising.So it is just a yellow paint job?
    Please correct me if I am wrong.
    looks reasonably neat.

    Nige

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    There were 40 750cc JCW replica Kats painted in Australia for sale through Suzuki Dealers. The following info was sent by Warren Walker himself and provides details on the official 750 Kat JCW Replicas. The replicas should not be confused with the genuine yellow JCW ex-race Kats that were sometimes sold through Warren's shop fresh from the track and still in their race set-up. Same colour different animal.

    Nige, if you want race/product decals it's the genuine JCW ex-race Kat you need to buy, although I think you will be about 20 years late. Over the years many of the ex-race JCW Kats have been repainted/restored/pranged with some later JCW owners not realising what the bright yellow Kat in the shed was.

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    I have seen a bit about the JCW Katanas so I thought I would post a little about them
    I was the owner of JCW motorcycles I started the shop in 1978 sold in 2002.
    The replica JCW Katana 750s built by Suzuki only 750s(40 in All) were a celebration of us winning a race at Oran Park which was called the Yamaha 750 a 750 kilometre production race, we did ask Yamaha for supply of some Yamahas for the race but they declined (I was a Yamaha and Suzuki dealer)
    Yamaha wasn’t happy after our win winning on a Suzuki there race!!!! not allowing us into the Yamaha promotional area at that race meeting even though I was a Yamaha dealer .
    Our production race team was very successful winning the REVs magazine championship ,(adding all the points for production races Australia wide over 12 months beating all the factory teams) incl Castrol 6 hr ,Adelaide's 3hr, Calder's feature production race and the Bathurst production races plus other races racing the 1100s.They have had our team on the front page of there magazine, Also Matich the Pirelli tyre importer of the day did full page adverts of our bikes with their tyres as we mostly ran Pirellis . In our Grand Prix team I raced 250 TZs also very successful.
    The Katanas where sent to Crows custom paint shop at I think somewhere around Sydney NSW by Suzuki Australia, it was great advertising for us having all the dealers selling our replicas.
    We did have a lot of Yellow Katana's around as we would have maybe 2 or 3 new bikes for a main race and sometimes then sell them after, they where always in demand as they where fully set up , We raced mostly 1100s which of course where yellow, our team colours, When I first put forward that the bikes in our team where going to be yellow (the same colour I painted my shop) there was a lot of opposition from the riders calling it team canary but that soon wayned as the successes started coming, and it was very easy to see the JCW bike amongst a whole bunch of other plainer coloured bikes, some people then started painting their own bikes yellow. Hope this is of some help.

    Regards Warren Walker

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    I guess that explains why so many 750 kats have been repainted.... would be interesting to dig back through the colours mine has been over the years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shin-Ken 1074 View Post
    There were 40 750cc JCW replica Kats painted in Australia for sale through Suzuki Dealers. The following info was sent by Warren Walker himself and provides details on the official 750 Kat JCW Replicas. The replicas should not be confused with the genuine yellow JCW ex-race Kats that were sometimes sold through Warren's shop fresh from the track and still in their race set-up. Same colour different animal.

    Nige, if you want race/product decals it's the genuine JCW ex-race Kat you need to buy, although I think you will be about 20 years late. Over the years many of the ex-race JCW Kats have been repainted/restored/pranged with some later JCW owners not realising what the bright yellow Kat in the shed was.

    Cheers.

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    Hi
    I have seen a bit about the JCW Katanas so I thought I would post a little about them
    I was the owner of JCW motorcycles I started the shop in 1978 sold in 2002.
    The replica JCW Katana 750s built by Suzuki only 750s(40 in All) were a celebration of us winning a race at Oran Park which was called the Yamaha 750 a 750 kilometre production race, we did ask Yamaha for supply of some Yamahas for the race but they declined (I was a Yamaha and Suzuki dealer)
    Yamaha wasn’t happy after our win winning on a Suzuki there race!!!! not allowing us into the Yamaha promotional area at that race meeting even though I was a Yamaha dealer .
    Our production race team was very successful winning the REVs magazine championship ,(adding all the points for production races Australia wide over 12 months beating all the factory teams) incl Castrol 6 hr ,Adelaide's 3hr, Calder's feature production race and the Bathurst production races plus other races racing the 1100s.They have had our team on the front page of there magazine, Also Matich the Pirelli tyre importer of the day did full page adverts of our bikes with their tyres as we mostly ran Pirellis . In our Grand Prix team I raced 250 TZs also very successful.
    The Katanas where sent to Crows custom paint shop at I think somewhere around Sydney NSW by Suzuki Australia, it was great advertising for us having all the dealers selling our replicas.
    We did have a lot of Yellow Katana's around as we would have maybe 2 or 3 new bikes for a main race and sometimes then sell them after, they where always in demand as they where fully set up , We raced mostly 1100s which of course where yellow, our team colours, When I first put forward that the bikes in our team where going to be yellow (the same colour I painted my shop) there was a lot of opposition from the riders calling it team canary but that soon wayned as the successes started coming, and it was very easy to see the JCW bike amongst a whole bunch of other plainer coloured bikes, some people then started painting their own bikes yellow. Hope this is of some help.

    Regards Warren Walker

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    This particular bike is No 21

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    but some cracking and brake fluid damage, unfortunately

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    But I bought it anyway ........ cause, as both Nick and Frankie know, I have being looking for another project and have been hounding them with stupid questions and for their opinions about what is currently out there for sale.

    Crowie is just around the corner, still painting motorcycle bits, not cheap but very very good, most excellent actually, so that is a bonus

    The seller, Mark, has indeed owned it since new. He said that the bike is completely original, as purchased new from our sponsor Mick Hone in 1982, including the race replica exhaust of the day. He just recently had the clutch refurbished and also overhauled the carbies because it had been sitting for six years while he was in QLD. Mark is returning to QLD in about a week or so and wants to drop it off on his way to see who with and where its gonna live.

    Thanks to Max (who I initially thought was the seller) for posting the ad. I am a happy Katana Kamper.

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    Nice one Garry. Shame about the paint. It would be nice if you can touch up what is there and leave as much original paint as possible.

    Nige

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    Very interesting story.

    Do you know why the steering stem bolt is missing - might also be an interesting story?

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    Nice Katch Gary, glad you found another great project.

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    Max
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    What a great background. I never knew they existed until recently when I picked up a set of yellow lower fairings. The seller told me the story about them and said that these were from one of them. I will have to have a close look at them.

    The bars look different, metal not alloy or is it just me?

    Apart from the minor paint issue it is great.

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    Well done Gary Yes, pity about the minor damage but great find and project none the less. The overall condition looks solid and won't take much to recon back to former glory. The bars look different to me too. not quite the std clip on set up.

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