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    Quote Originally Posted by GSX1100SXZ.JP View Post
    Hello Glen,

    your information is very helpful for me.
    The mystery of the swing arm has been elucidated.
    I thought for a long time that the pipe swing arm looks bad. But I don't think so any more.

    My SXZ don't have a V.I.N. plate attached to the steering head. Only the frame and engine number are stamped a plate on the steering head.

    Attachment 6503

    Thank you for lots of information!
    Takahiro
    Hello Takahiro, I am glad to be able to help you. I think the pipe swingarm look O.K. on the Katana. I have a South African SXZ pipe swingarm fitted to my Australian SXZ 1100 Katana and I like it. I will see if there is a photo of it to show you.

    Here is a photo of three Australian SXZ 1100 Katana.

    Mine, Paul, Doug Kats Woodford.jpg

    Cheers,
    Glen.
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  2. #22
    Hello Rob,

    I'm sorry for the late reply.
    Yes, Tokyo is a terrible place. Like Mad Max I want to run with Katana.

    Cheers,
    Takahiro

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    Mad Max

    Mad Max movie night Freo W.A.
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    I have had a chat with my SXZ expert here in South Africa. As we all know 25 SXZ's were imported to South Africa. Of these Clive Strugnell reckoned about 10 of these were raced here. The remainder were put on sale but for some reason were slow sellers. However, there was an independent importer in Japan who somehow managed to get his hands on 10 of these that were sitting on showroom floors here in South Africa. This was in 1985. So this could be one of those that Takahiro has managed to find. My expert here says that there is a Iwata Tadashi in Japan who bought one in 1985 and still has it. So of the original 25 , 10 were exported back to Japan which leaves 15 (if all survived) still here in South Africa.
    I hope this helps. Clive Strugnell's SXZ in his colours.
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  5. #25
    Hello everyone!

    To Glen: A while ago I measured the exhaust outlet in the centre of the muffler of my SXZ. It is only 26 mm, which is maybe same standard SZ. However I can not judge that the exhaust was installed at SUZUKI factory or not, because I am not first owner. 3 Australian SXZ are in a very good condition!! The ANDF decal was recently put by me.

    To Patrick: Mad Max is also famous in Japan. Decadent good movie.

    To Melwain: Please wait a little more for my reply.

    Cheers,
    Takahiro

  6. #26
    hello Melwain,

    thank you for information of SXZ in South Africa.

    I also know "Tadashi Iwata"who has a SXZ, because his SXZ was featured in a motorcycle magazines in 2003. I read the magazine and I knew that about 10 SXZs were sold in a motorcycle shop in Tokyo in 1985. He bought one of the about 10 SXZs. As you wrote I also think that my SXZ also was one of them, because first registration of my SXZ in Japan was in August 1985.

    Are the 25 South Africa SXZ E06?

    Cheers,
    Takahiro

  7. #27
    Quote Originally Posted by GSX1100SXZ.JP View Post
    Hello Darryl,

    It is the only one Katana that won the championship with Dave Hiscock and Neville Hiscock. I think that E27 is a brilliant legend.

    Attachment 6504

    Cheers,
    Takahiro
    Takahiro, I had the pleasure of watching the Hiscock brothers race in NZ in the early 1980s.

    Kat Racer 1 by Daz Za, on Flickr


    You might be interested in this then https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cBKMW7Kwh1Q
    Darryl in E27-land


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    Quote Originally Posted by melwain View Post
    I have had a chat with my SXZ expert here in South Africa. As we all know 25 SXZ's were imported to South Africa. Of these Clive Strugnell reckoned about 10 of these were raced here. The remainder were put on sale but for some reason were slow sellers. However, there was an independent importer in Japan who somehow managed to get his hands on 10 of these that were sitting on showroom floors here in South Africa. This was in 1985. So this could be one of those that Takahiro has managed to find. My expert here says that there is a Iwata Tadashi in Japan who bought one in 1985 and still has it. So of the original 25 , 10 were exported back to Japan which leaves 15 (if all survived) still here in South Africa.
    I hope this helps. Clive Strugnell's SXZ in his colours.
    Cheers
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    Hi Mel, great to hear from you mate, how is the back?

    Wow, your reply has nailed it I'd say. The details fit perfectly with the background Takahiro has on his SXZ as one of ten exported to Japan in 1985.

    There remains only one issue to clear up. Darryl has confirmed his N.Z. E27 SXZ Kat has the same type of V.I.N. decal as the decal Takahiro has on his SXZ.

    Clive told me his S.A. SXZ didn't have a V.I.N. decal from new, hhhmmmm? Do you know of any other S.A. SXZ that had a V.I.N. decal?

    V.I.N. decal issue aside, from what you have supplied here, the background story from Takahiro and parts fitted to his SXZ the money would have to be on his Kat being one of the S.A. SXZ being exported back to Japan in 1985.

    Thanks for the vital (and very enlightning) info on the 10 S.A. SXZ and their return to Japan in 1985, much appreciated.

    Cheers mate,
    Glen.
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    Hello Takahiro San,

    Yes the standard 1100 Katana exhaust outlet is 26 mm. I have attached two images of my S.A. / N.Z. SXZ E 27 exhaust showing the larger outlet.

    Images of the 33 mm E27 exhaust outlets.

    Attachment 6509

    Attachment 6510

    Cheers,
    Glen.
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    Hello Takahiro San,

    are you able to contact Iwata Tadashi san? If you are in contact could you ask him if his SXZ has a V.I.N. decal the same type as yours? Could you also ask him the V.I.N. and engine number, I would hope they are within 25 numbers from your 100825 V.I.N. This will confirm 100% your SXZ was one of the ten SXZ exported to Japan from S.A. in 1985 along with the SXZ of Iwata Tadashi san.

    Thank you,
    Glen.
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