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    Help , Wire Wheel Rims

    Hi Guys,

    All the best for the New Year,

    I may have a lead on some wire wheels for a 1982 1100 katana.
    The Question I have is How can I tell they are original.
    Would any one know what the correct sizes were and any markings or branding?
    Apparently these were on a 82 750, Would they be the same size?

    Thanks Pauly

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    Hi Pauly,

    according to the service manual, rims are aluminum alloy and made by Takasago. The front size is 1.85x19 and rear is MT2.50x18. The rims have stamps of TAKASAGO and sizes. The hubs are common with GS750 or 1000. Darryl has also talked about it before.
    I don't know whether wire wheel 750 kats existed or not. Does anyone know about it?
    Cheers, Takahiro.

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    Hi Pauly, the original W.W are the size and manufacturer as stated by Takahiro San. There will also be a month and year stamp after the 'JAPAN" stamp on the rim, eg 2/82. Factory W.W. were only fitted to SXZ 1100 Kats (1981 and 1982) however, W.W. were retro fitted to many machines and having a set on a 7-Fiddy is not unusual, just not original to the 7-Fiddy. As long as the rims are ally and have the correct markings for the SZ period Kat you should be good to go.

    Cheers
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    1000SZ Kats (limited number) were sold with wire wheels here in South Africa but I have no further info as to specs
    There is my opinion and then there is wrong!

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    Quote Originally Posted by melwain View Post
    1000SZ Kats (limited number) were sold with wire wheels here in South Africa but I have no further info as to specs
    I know W.W.1000SZ Kats in Europe by hearsay. But I didn't know that they existed in South Africa too. I do not doubt about it, but South Africa was slow to adopt the 1000 Class as the upper limit in Production Bike Classes, wasn't it? If so, for what purpose were 1000SZ Kats released to South Africa despite the existence of 1100SXZs? Well, there might be for no particular reason.
    Last edited by GSX1100SXZ.JP; 14-01-19 at 07:19 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GSX1100SXZ.JP View Post
    I don't know whether wire wheel 750 kats existed or not.
    Known as the Blayney (not quite Bathurst) Exceptionals, as well as fencing wire wheels, they featured smooth cams, triple chrome holley mirrors, drain pipe exhausts, and not so knobby tyres.
    Winner of multiple chook raffles their legendary status at the racetrack carpark, was only surpassed by their touring potential, some making it as far as the back paddock...



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    Quote Originally Posted by darkside View Post
    Known as the Blayney (not quite Bathurst) Exceptionals, as well as fencing wire wheels, they featured smooth cams, triple chrome holley mirrors, drain pipe exhausts, and not so knobby tyres.
    Winner of multiple chook raffles their legendary status at the racetrack carpark, was only surpassed by their touring potential, some making it as far as the back paddock...



    Amen brother. Didn't every 1100 come with wire wheels and run at Bathurst?

    PS When are you free to recommence rectifying my electrical maladies?
    Gone riding!

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    Wires, not sure if they're exactly the same as the SXZ wires as such, were available as an optional extra on a lot of alloy-wheeled Suzuki roadbikes at the time.


    I know of at least one GSX1100EX that was dealer-fitted with wires from new.
    AFAIK, they were just ordered from the parts catalogue and fitted before the buyer took delivery.

    My guess is they would have been pricey.

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    The rare as rocking horse dropping E27 1100T "Black Piper" were fitted with wires too. There is no documemtation these unicorns that I've ever seen. But Carl Coleman says 5 units were built.
    Last edited by Kiwialfa; 14-01-19 at 05:37 PM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kiwialfa View Post
    The rare as rocking horse dropping E27 1100T "Black Piper" were fitted with wires too. There is no documemtation these unicorns that I've ever seen. But Carl Coleman says 5 units were built.
    Any idea of frame or engine numbers?

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