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    On the way back home

    Hi All, after a 10 year rest in central Qld my beloved 83 1100 SD is heading home to WA. I've been living in PNG for past 10 years & the kat's been in a storage shed all that time. I organised Bikemovers, Stephen Sylvia is the man, they came & picked her up in Yeppoon and it will be delivered to my bro's place in Perth in about 10 days. Told them that it won't run & possibly have flat tyres but that was no problem for them. Great service and reasonably priced. I recommend them ! The kat will be there when I arrive from PNG before xmas so can't wait to throw a leg over her. Now guys I have a few questions about bringing her back to life so any advice will be greatly appreciated.
    1. New battery. I just go for the old original lead acid type or is there a newfangled type used nowadays ?
    2. Tyres. The tyres on her are over ten years old, Michelin Macadam rear, Metzler front. I'm a old bugger, not a boy racer so what rubber do you recon I should shod her with. Good grip & wear but not the most expensive.
    3. Fuel. Yes, will get carbies cleaned out. Then, what fuel do I put in her ?KATANA Vic.jpg
    Well stay tuned guys. In a couple of weeks I'll be in Perth so will let you know how things turn out. Of course if I have any issues trying to get her going there is only 1 place to go, here !
    onya, rangerkat

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    Senior Member WA ThomasJ's Avatar
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    Welcome back to the sunny West.

    1. Cheap Katana battery last for around 5 years in mine (from Super Cheap Autos)
    2. Tyres go off (well the rubber does). They will need changing no matter how good they look. I use Pirelli's and Bridgetsones - both are great - I use Motorcycle Pit Stop in Angove St North Perth
    3. 98 octane

    Give me a yell when you get settled.

    Tom
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    Thanks Tom, what about tyres for bikes in vic park and bridgestones ? I'll be up near Whitfords, nth burbs.
    onya, rangerkat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rangerkat1100s View Post
    Thanks Tom, what about tyres for bikes in vic park and bridgestones ? I'll be up near Whitfords, nth burbs.
    onya, rangerkat.
    Yep, they get a good wrap. Long time Kat owner Shaun Roe (Roey) love the BS Battleaxe on his beast and has been using them for years.
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    Hi ranger, just put on a Pirelli sports demon rear to match the front but tyre guy was saying Avon's are the go (is that because there's a bigger margin on them???? ) which is what I'll put on next front rear swap over, that was tyres for bikes bris. Also I run 91 octane which is what I believe the bikes ran on when we bought them but a bit of av gas wouldn't hurt every now and again . Cheers swoop

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    After standing for 10 years or so.....

    With new oil/filter - I would manually prime the oil pump and chase certainty of good clean oil - sequentially - at each of the 5 oil galley bolts.

    Most likely shall need new m/c and brake seal kits. Replace brake lines with braided if original still.

    Clutch may be seized - don't ask me how I know - I would pull clutch cover off - oil each plate and check/tighten the big clutch nut. If it still sticks - ride it down the road in 5th - pull in the clutch, pick up the revs and apply the rear brake.

    New fork oil (atf) wouldn't go amiss.

    These are assuming the tank/fuel/tap and carbies are all sorted......with the carbies - primary circuit is critical to get clean.

    Good luck - I just started a bike that had stood for at least 11 years - it can be done.

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    Glad to hear you'll get to resurrect her Ranger!

    You already have plenty of tips above but I'll throw my 2 cents in anyway... I have Avon Roadriders on the 450 and Bridgestone BT45's on the Kat, very happy with both. The Avons are a hair more expensive than the BT45's, but the BT45's have a dual compound rear meaning the centre should in theory last a little than the centre of the Avons. Really can't go wrong with either I don't think.

    I also run standard 91 octane in both my bikes and they're happy with it.
    1984 Katana 7/11 - done at last!

    1982 GS450E - not quite stock

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    Thanks guys for the reply's. I'll probably go for the bridgestones. I also forgot to ask what oil do you reckon is the go to put in her.
    cheers, rangerkat

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    Ranger it might not be for everyone but if you google cost effective maintenance I use these products in my truck car bike. Expensive but the bloke has an interesting story and Oz University's have tested the stuff to the point mines with multi million motors use it. So oil flush, fuel system cleaner, cylinder de carb I do. An ex Chem engineer from csiro I think. For a bike not too expensive. Cheers

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    Oils? Now there's a controversial topic!

    For me I've had good success with Penrite HPR15 15w50 semi synthetic Diesel oil. I tend to wait 'til it's on special at Autobarn or Supercheap and buy the 10L bottle, goes well in both the 450 and the Kat.
    1984 Katana 7/11 - done at last!

    1982 GS450E - not quite stock

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