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    Quote Originally Posted by Tomcat View Post
    To be honest Muddy,

    I'm keen to know what this is in the background!
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    Possible smoke from the 'grassy knowl'?
    Thanks for all the replies and welcome guys - I feel right at home already! That photo is from where I picked the bike up just outside Maryborough QLD. The PO was telling me it is a Mark IX Jag that was an embassy staff car that Robert Menzies used to drive around in. He calls it Sir Bob! Anyway it is in really good condition and is on his do-up list. He's got some mags to go on it and it looks absolutely fantastic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shin-Ken 1074 View Post
    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.
    Thanks Shin-Ken, that is great info. Strangely a couple of features in the pictures were not on the bike when I collected it. There was no rear brake pedal, although I purchased a new chrome one from Mick Hones. The pegs were also incorrect - something off another GS that had tried to be adapted - I had to buy later model Kat pegs from Hone's also. Clutch lever is chromed and the carb boot clamps and airbox clamps also are chrome.

    I never realised the front mudflap was "unobtainium".

    I'll respond to you PM tomorrow or over the weekend.

    Thanks.

    Regards

    Muddy

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    Hi Muddy, no worries on the P.M. reply, Kat-ch ya later.

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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?

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    Muddy
    would you be chasing up a seat strap by any chance mud?

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    After a bit of research some time ago looking for a mudflap I found another model bike with the the same part number, from memory it was a GP125

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    Quote Originally Posted by gs110xsxz View Post
    After a bit of research some time ago looking for a mudflap I found another model bike with the the same part number, from memory it was a GP125

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    Thanks for the tip Max, will check on it today.

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    Mick Hone is listing the GP125 mud flap. It is a different profile to the Kat mud flap and uses 3 screws to secure it compared to the two screws on the Kat however, if for some reason you had to have a mud flap and couldn't track down a Kat flap one of these could be adapted for functional use rather than OEM spec.

    GP 125 front fender mud flap 53311-25600 $14.75 for the flap only. Screws, washers, nuts and plate additional cost.
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    Quote Originally Posted by patrick View Post
    would you be chasing up a seat strap by any chance mud?
    G'day patrick

    no plans to get a seat strap. There is no clips on the seat to match the strap, which made me think there was never one fitted.

    Regards

    Muddy
    Last edited by muddy; 04-05-18 at 01:05 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shin-Ken 1074 View Post
    Mick Hone is listing the GP125 mud flap. It is a different profile to the Kat mud flap and uses 3 screws to secure it compared to the two screws on the Kat however, if for some reason you had to have a mud flap and couldn't track down a Kat flap one of these could be adapted for functional use rather than OEM spec.

    GP 125 front fender mud flap 53311-25600 $14.75 for the flap only. Screws, washers, nuts and plate additional cost.

    OK I'll have a better look when I get home in a couple of weeks, I'm pretty sure I found one the same as a Kat one

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    Quote Originally Posted by gs110xsxz View Post
    OK I'll have a better look when I get home in a couple of weeks, I'm pretty sure I found one the same as a Kat one

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    Max
    Hope you find it when you get home Max. The Kat flaps dropped off the Suzi parts list last year. Steve said I bought the last one he had on the shelf and since then they are NLA. Bugger!
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