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    Takasago MT2.50x18

    I am looking for a SUZUKI genuine rear aluminum rim for wire spoke wheel(takasago MT2.5x18), or both front and rear rims.
    It is not necessary with a hub.
    Does anybody have one ?

    Part No. 65311-49200 RIM (MT2.50x18)

    I will pay a price only for SUZUKI genuine rim. I pay by paypal. I will wait for your offers.

    Thank you all the same.

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    Hello new Junior member to the forum, it is custom to tell some thing about your self and you bike , very nice to see SXZ, good luck with the genuine rear rim,
    I had the rear 2.50 drilled for front since previous owner did not to fit to hub correctly and 3.50 rim for rear, but that's just the way i got it, cheers Patrick.
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    Hello patrick,
    thank you for your reply and a picture of your Katana.

    I am Japanese and live in Tokyo.
    My first Katana is GSX750S, when I was 17 years old.
    I bought SXZ at a motorbike store in Chiba in 2006.
    Now I have GSX1100SZ, GSX1100SXZ and RG500Γ.

    My SXZ was interviewed in a motorcycle magazine before.

    https://young-machine.com/2018/10/07/14577/

    The former owner was exchanging the rims(DID F MT2.50x19, R MT3.50x18).
    I want to return it to original rims(genuine Takasago F 1.85x19, R MT2.50x18).

    cheers GSX1100SXZ.JP

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    Hello J.P.
    and welcome to our Katana Forum. I do not have a Takasago spare 18 x 2.50 rim for you, sorry. I hope you find one for your SXZ Katana and you are able to restore it to original specification. Your SXZ Kat appears to be one of the 25 examples made for South Africa, if this is not a genuine S.A. SXZ Kat but is instead a tribute Kat then someone has spent a lot of time and money to build it to S.A. SXZ Kat spec. If it is the real deal what you have is a very rare Katana as there are only a few of these in close to original condition these days. Thank you for posting the Young Machine story with the photos of your South African SXZ Katana, a genuine Superstar in the Katana World and a machine to be very proud to own.

    Cheers,
    Glen.
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    Hello Glen,

    thank you for readable text.I'm not good at English.
    We also often hear the number of production is 20 in New Zealand and 25 in South Africa. But is that information certain? It is because I have heard that approximately 10 SXZs were sold at a motorcycle shop in Tokyo around 1985. It seems that the SXZs were equipped with VM 32ss and pipe swingarm. They may have been unsold overseas. I imagine that there are more production numbers.
    "a genuine Superstar in the Katana World" It is a good expression! I think so too.

    Cheers,
    Takahiro

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

    thank you for readable text.I'm not good at English.
    We also often hear the number of production is 20 in New Zealand and 25 in South Africa. But is that information certain? It is because I have heard that approximately 10 SXZs were sold at a motorcycle shop in Tokyo around 1985. It seems that the SXZs were equipped with VM 32ss and pipe swingarm. They may have been unsold overseas. I imagine that there are more production numbers.
    "a genuine Superstar in the Katana World" It is a good expression! I think so too.

    Cheers,
    Takahiro
    Hello Takahiro,

    Your text in English is very good so there is no problem there. I can confirm 100% that 20 SXZ 1100 were built for N.Z. and 25 SXZ 1100 were built for S.A. Some of these Katana were sold at Dealers and some were allocated to Suzuki Production Race Teams. That is not to say one or two of them may have been exported from S.A. back to Japan like your SXZ. I have been involved with Katana 1100 since I bought my first 1100SZ in 1981 and over the years I have been in contact with some of the people involved with Production Racing Katanas here in Australia, N.Z. and S.A. I can also confirm that only the 25 S.A. 1100 SXZ Katana were fitted with the chromemoly pipe swingarm as a Suzuki factory fitted item. Australia and N.Z. SXZ Katana were fitted with the OEM alloy swingarm ex-factory. N.Z. and S.A. 1100 Katana SXZ were fitted with VM32 carbs however, the Australian SXZ 1100 were fitted with CV 34 carbs. I am not aware of the 10 SXZ you mentioned being sold in Japan. It may well have happened, stranger things have been done?

    I was under the impression that Japan didn't allow the sale of 1100 cc motorcycles for the JDM until 1987 and the release of the 1987 SAE 1100 Katana. The 1987 SBE was a very limited batch that were built for an import/export company and these SBE Katana 1100 were then resold to buyers in Japan. If the law didn't allow for the selling of 1100 cc motorcycles until 1987 I wonder how the 10 SXZ could have been sold in Japan in 1985? Another Katana mystery for us to solve at some stage.

    Cheers,
    Glen.
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    Hello Glen,

    thank you for the deeply interesting information! I thought that was fascinating.

    In other words, the combination of VM32ss and chromemoly pipe swingarm is South Africa spec of SXZ, isn't it?

    Until approximately 1990 in the JDM, motorcycles with over 750 cc were not sold pass through normal sells route on voluntary restraints by japanese 4 makers.
    But we could buy GSX1100S as imported motorcycles in 1981,for example to buy Harley Davidson. That's why it's no wonder that the SXZs were selled in Japan in 1985.

    Cheers,
    Takahiro

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

    thank you for the deeply interesting information! I thought that was fascinating.

    In other words, the combination of VM32ss and chromemoly pipe swingarm is South Africa spec of SXZ, isn't it?

    Until approximately 1990 in the JDM, motorcycles with over 750 cc were not sold pass through normal sells route on voluntary restraints by japanese 4 makers.
    But we could buy GSX1100S as imported motorcycles in 1981,for example to buy Harley Davidson. That's why it's no wonder that the SXZs were selled in Japan in 1985.

    Cheers,
    Takahiro
    Hello Takahiro,

    Yes, the SXZ 1100 Katana with VM32 carbs and chromemoly swingarm were a South Africa Katana Production Race specification only.

    Cheers,
    Glen.
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    This is most interesting, every one here loves a good SXZ story , Can you tell the engine or frame numbers, there has been a lot of reading here in regards to the sxz over the years.
    Also great to have you with us on the forum Takahiro and welcome . Could it be that this rare SXZ super star model kAtAnA is original wider rims as standard for this small production ?
    Cheers,
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    Hello patrick,

    thank you for welcoming me and a picture.
    I am also very interested in SXZ story.

    frame No. GS110X-100825
    engine No. GS110X-142052
    carburetor I.D.No. 49320

    Engine and frame numbers are consistent by a plate of factory on head pipe.
    Cam height was measured during engine overhaul.Its value is matched to the specifications of E27.

    I wonder why SZX of South Africa is with a pipe swingarm. Does anyone know about it?

    Cheers,
    Takahiro

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