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    Senior Member QLD muddy's Avatar
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    New Member, New Kat Owner, Old Rider!

    G'day Everyone

    Gotta admit I've been lurking around here for a while. The site is full of helpful info and people willing to share their experience.

    I've recently bought my second Katana 1100. It is nearly the same as my first, the latest being a 1982 (1981 MY) GSX1100SZ. I've been looking around for a reasonable one to do up and managed to get hold of one in Maryborough QLD, in October last year. It has plenty of potential, but also needs plenty of work as the pictures show. I've got it fully stripped down and preparing to paint and rejuvenate.

    I've been around bikes most of my life, with Dad buying my first 1959 Honda C71 Dream in 1974. It was a great old reliable bike and taught me a lot about motors and swapping engines, frames and electrics. Since then I've had a Suzuki TM125, Honda 750/4, my original 1982 Katana 1100 SZ, Suzuki 1100 EFE (which I was really pleased to get rid of) and a BMW K100RS.

    In the shed at the moment I've got a Suzuki SV1000S with a few mods and beefed-up GSXR suspension, a 1964 Honda C72 Dream, 1995 Ducati 900 SS custom and the latest Katana. I just love working on bikes, that doesn't mean I'm any good at it, but I do love the research and experimentation.

    The latest Katana needs a lot of paint - I plan to keep the frame, tank, fairing, covers etc as standard, but want to make the rest of the bike look like the SY - I do love the look of that bike. To do this, I hope to powder coat the rims, paint the forks and engine. I also plan to do up the front forks, rebuild the rear Marzocchi shocks, upgrade the front brakes and get various bits and pieces powder coated. The tank is being repainted now, I've got a new fairing, front mudguard and black tail cowl. I'm in the process of rattle-can spraying a number of bits and pieces.

    Anyway I'm in for the long haul - the Ducati took me about 3 years and expect about the same for the Kat.

    I hope to be able to contribute a little, but I could never compete with the collective knowledge and experience on this site.

    Sty safe and upright.

    Regards

    Muddy
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    Senior Member QLD muddy's Avatar
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    PS. The eagle-eyed of you may notice that the original seat has no strap. Also the bike has chromed air-box covers, plus various chromed bits and pieces including some of the switch-gear, the bar end weights, chain guard, side stand and parts of the mirror stalks. I'm told this is a characteristic of the very early Katanas - is this correct?

    Regards

    Muddy

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    Welcome to the site Muddy. It's always good to have an interest/hobby and working on motorcycles is a great thing to do ... albeit bloody frustrating at times.

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    Senior Member WA ThomasJ's Avatar
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    Hi Muddy and welcome

    Tom
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    Hey Muddy, welcome! Yep a bit of spit and polish and she'll clean right up

    I'm with you enjoying working on bikes, I rebuilt my GS450 over a number of years, now enjoying getting my Kat done. So far two and half years and counting... don't think I'll make the three year mark but that's ok, the working on it is only second to riding it

    I'm sure one of the more knowledgeable folk will be along shortly to answer your queries.
    1984 Katana 7/11 - done at last!

    1982 GS450E - not quite stock

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    Quote Originally Posted by muddy View Post
    PS. The eagle-eyed of you may notice that the original seat has no strap. Also the bike has chromed air-box covers, plus various chromed bits and pieces including some of the switch-gear, the bar end weights, chain guard, side stand and parts of the mirror stalks. I'm told this is a characteristic of the very early Katanas - is this correct?

    Regards

    Muddy
    Welcome Muddy
    Yes, am sure the Revit counters are lurkingin the shallows ready to pounce ( hi everyone, my name is Stuart and in a closet five counter. )
    Just be sure nobody tries to seperate you from the front fender mud flap, perhaps that's where your tag name comes from, but if original is a bit of 'un-obtainium'!

    Hope you enjoy the forum and remember, it's a symbiotic relationship. We welcome the input of others as much as knowledge of the elders.

    Are you considering the State Of Origin ride in September?

    Cheers
    Stuart

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    Senior Member NSW Tomcat's Avatar
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    To be honest Muddy,

    I'm keen to know what this is in the background!
    http://www.suzuki-katana.net/member/...4&d=1524999308

    Possible smoke from the 'grassy knowl'?

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    Hi Muddy and welcome to the Forum, glad to see you have stepped out from the shadows. Good score on the Kat, she looks to be in very good shape and pretty well unmolested. The cut rear guard and bling work are minor blemishes and easy to sort out. The main parts SZ Kat had chrome work on were the starter motor cover, gear lever and rod, block oil gallery bolts,cam end caps and screws, rear brake lever and clutch release arm. The airbox covers, chain guard and bar weights were chromed on many Kats after the owners bought them and with the passing years that has lead to some thinking the chrome was an early feature, it isn't. They were satin black ex-factory as were the mirror stems and sidestand. In the photo your carb boot clamps and airbox clamps appear to be chrome, all clamps were satin black ex-factory. If you have chromed switch blocks the blocks are alloy/white metal items from a GS or maybe a 750 or something else, the SZ Katana 1100 switch blocks were black plastic.

    The photos show your Kat is fitted with alloy footpegs and an alloy rear brake lever from the SD/SE Kat. SZ Kat pegs were blocky rubber/steel units and the rear brake lever was forged steel. Not saying there is an issue with the pegs or lever, just an observation. The aftermarket screen is fitted with screws that appear to be chromed. The screen screws are guess what? Yep, satin black ex-factory however, when new ones are ordered from Suzuki now they sometimes turn up as chrome finish. Clutch and front brake lever are anodised satin black ex-factory.

    Thanks for your intro and photos of your new Baby and look forward to seeing more posts as you work through the Kat. Do you still have your first Kat? Is it a runner? If you can get away in Sep the SOO is there for you and your Kat to join in the fun. Good to see your offsider (diggity dog) there to help. Mine has a habit of chewing the Kat tyres so the only time she is helpful is when new tyres are fitted and she roughs them up a bit.

    Have sent you a P.M.

    Cheers,
    Glen.
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    Senior Member NSW Nick Kakasiouris's Avatar
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    Welcome to the Kat house mate.
    Nick
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    Hi Muddy,
    Good to see another Kat getting a tidy up!

    As Glen states in his reply, looks like a PO has put a bit of extra bling on the Kat. Not that I mind bling, just if you are doing a 100% restoration you'll need to get out the satin black or buy NOS from Hones in Melb.

    Keep posting those photos, cheers
    Rob

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