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    New Member Victoria 81' 1100 Kat

    Hi Guys,
    Recently joined and thought I'd introduce myself. I bought my 1100 Katana in 1989 as my first big bike after graduating from RD 250 & 350 LC's. I'v had many big bikes since, GSXR's & Blades etc. but have always kept the Kat and have owned it for 29 years. It was sitting unridden for about 7 years until mid way through 2017 I sent it to my mechanic to check her over before firing her up for the first time, then got a RWC and club Reg on it. All was going well with the club reg rides down the GOR every couple of weeks. Unfortunately I had a rear ender with a tourist that without indication decided to stop in the middle of a corner! I walked away but the Kat sustained significant damage. Tank, dash, front cowl, timing cover, timing plate, pegs all trashed and general scratches down the right hand side from front to rear. Bummer! back to the drawing board.

    Cheers Chris

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    Senior Member NSW Nick Kakasiouris's Avatar
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    Welcome to the Kat house Chris and there are members on this forum to help you with your repairs and put you on the correct track for parts. Hope the repair does not set you back allot.
    Nick
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    Senior Member QLD
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    Welcome Chris, that's a real shame about the bender but glad to hear you walked away.

    Being from Victoria have you heard of Mick Hone? That's the place to go for those genuine Suzuki bits you'll need. Great service, good stock of Kat parts at good prices, and tell 'em you're a member here for a 5% discount too.

    Is she repairable or are you looking for another?
    1984 Katana 7/11 - done at last!

    1982 GS450E - not quite stock

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    Senior Member WA ThomasJ's Avatar
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    Hi Chris and welcome. I do hope you can resurrect the Kat. Tom
    Preservation before restoration - they are only original once

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    Thanks for your support guys, I will be getting her back on the road, I'm going to start with the ignition plate and put a full Dyna 2000 ignition in, at least then I can fire her back up, the rest is cosmetic. And yes I am starting to really appreciate the fact that I walked away, I was shattered at the time about the Kat, better the bike than me, I'm still here to talk about it! Cheers.

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    Hi Chris and welcome, I recently joined the group too. I'm glad to are OK after your incident with the tourist, I hope the repairs go well with your Kat and don't cost you too much. I also have a 1100 81' myself that I had since 1996 which I am in the process of trying to get back on the road.
    Cheers Andrew

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    Senior Member WA patrick's Avatar
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    the dyna 2000 have been real good in my bike for years now , what size coils are you going to use ?
    there are a few to choose from , the grey 2ohms run nice and hot for drag racing, the green inter. go well on the track and the black 5ohms work
    just fine on the road aswell. cheers patrick.

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    Moderator QLD Shin-Ken 1074's Avatar
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    Hi Chris and welcome to the Forum. Sad news about your Kat however, glad to hear you are in one piece. If you plan to rebuild the Kat the good news is just about every part is still available new and for the few parts that are NLA used or aftermarket can be had.

    Cheers.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Palmster View Post
    Thanks for your support guys, I will be getting her back on the road, I'm going to start with the ignition plate and put a full Dyna 2000 ignition in, at least then I can fire her back up, the rest is cosmetic. And yes I am starting to really appreciate the fact that I walked away, I was shattered at the time about the Kat, better the bike than me, I'm still here to talk about it! Cheers.
    Unless you've got a Dyna 2000 in hand, don't waste your time. Put an Ignitech on it, it's actually programmable and has a bunch of other capabilities.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gammaboy View Post
    Unless you've got a Dyna 2000 in hand, don't waste your time. Put an Ignitech on it, it's actually programmable and has a bunch of other capabilities.

    Yes........ and with a normally aspirated engine, stock coils are fine.

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