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    How many SBE's were made?

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    According to this site (https://www.facebook.com/gsx1100sbe), the production number of SBEs is 240 and the frame numbers are from GS110X-101600 to GS110X-101840. There will be few SBEs in perfect original condition in this day and age. Despite being made for Japanese people, all of SBEs are originally Australian specification.

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    Hello Takahiro San, yes, the number of SBE produced in March 1987 was very low. "Officially" the SBE was a Katana manufactured for Seiwa Motors as a private order for export however, the 240 SBE Katana were not exported as "planned" and the 240 machines remained in Japan where they were sold as the only "full power" Katana 1100 sold in Japan up to that time. The SBE were built to the Australian GSX1100SE Katana specification for engine tune and power output rather than the detuned specification for JDM GSX1100SAE Katana engine of the time and used SE parts for construction. As well as the "Full Power" feature the SBE stands out from other Katana 1100 due to a paint scheme based on the SE however, the Gypsy Candy Red frame and completely red seat are unique to the SBE. It is the rarest of all Katana produced by Suzuki. Of the 240 made there are three confirmed genuine SBE in Australia, two are owned by members here on the Forum, very lucky members.

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    Glen.
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    Thanks guys for the usual solid info.

    Nige

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    Glen San,
    there are no Katana enthusiasts as enthusiastic as you in Japan.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shin-Ken 1074 View Post
    Hello Takahiro San, yes, the number of SBE produced in March 1987 was very low. "Officially" the SBE was a Katana manufactured for Seiwa Motors as a private order for export however, the 240 SBE Katana were not exported as "planned" and the 240 machines remained in Japan where they were sold as the only "full power" Katana 1100 sold in Japan up to that time. The SBE were built to the Australian GSX1100SE Katana specification for engine tune and power output rather than the detuned specification for JDM GSX1100SAE Katana engine of the time and used SE parts for construction. As well as the "Full Power" feature the SBE stands out from other Katana 1100 due to a paint scheme based on the SE however, the Gypsy Candy Red frame and completely red seat are unique to the SBE. It is the rarest of all Katana produced by Suzuki. Of the 240 made there are three confirmed genuine SBE in Australia, two are owned by members here on the Forum, very lucky members.

    Cheers,
    Glen.
    Hmm. The 45 SXZ's I think are rarer that the SBE's methinks. That's just me being pedantic Glen.
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    I've yet to see an SBE in the metal but would love to, definitely one of my favourites of the stock Kats.
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    Quote Originally Posted by melwain View Post
    Hmm. The 45 SXZ's I think are rarer that the SBE's methinks. That's just me being pedantic Glen.
    Ooops, sorry Mel my bad and you are correct. Yes, the Saffer and Kiwi E27 SXZ are the rarest Kats. I failed to mention the SBE is the rarest "Production" Kat built by Suzuki. Not saying the race teams and selected individuals who managed to get their hands on the extremely limited E27 Kat were not production Kats as then they wouldn't have been allowed to compete in "Production Races" ......................perhaps?

    Kats of any kind rule. Go the almost "production" rarest of Kats, the Saffer/Kiwi E27.

    Cheers mate.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GSX1100SXZ.JP View Post
    Glen San,
    there are no Katana enthusiasts as enthusiastic as you in Japan.
    Takahiro
    Thank you for your kind words Takahiro San, much appreciated.

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    It never ceases to amaze me the level of knowledge and devotion!

    I know and have seen one SBE in Australia and the owner is a true veteran rider of the highest respect.

    I can only dream to have such a ride in my stable!

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