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    JCW Katana 750

    Hi All, HNY for 2020 and as I'm new to this forum I look forward to many chats about our bikes. I'm trying to learn how you can identify a JCW from a std 750s, could anyone help with numbers or unique ID I can look for?

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    Senior Member QLD muddy's Avatar
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    G'day Silver Fox and welcome. One of the members here, garyclem, has a genuine JCW, I'm sure he could assist. Bloody nice looking bike.

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    Can't help you on the JCW side but welcome along!
    1984 Katana 7/11 - done at last!

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    Hi Silver Fox ........ in the absence of the certificate that came with each bike identifying it by VIN and ENG# (I only had a picture of the certificate for mine and the details were very faded). I see that you are in Victoria. I got VIC Roads to do a Registration History search for the bike which revealed when it was first registered as a new bike, the rego number when first registered and the colour of the bike when first registered. My bike, #21, was indeed Yellow when first registered brand new when sold by Mike Hone. Here's the rub ...... I recall the charge for the search by VIC Roads was about $260 (I think), but they do supply a certificate with all the details. http://www.suzuki-katana.net/member/...0&d=1558166648

    There were 30 of the replicas prepared and sold by Suzuki Australia but I do not know if they were from a batch of sequential VINs etc or not. Someone here may know, but I understand that even Suzuki Australia no longer has any details of the JCW Replicas. BTW, the replicas did not actually come with the Pirelli, Castrol and JCW decals as shown on my bike, I just put em on to represent the livery of actual race bike 'back in the day'.
    Last edited by garyclem; 14-01-20 at 07:44 AM.

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    Senior Member QLD muddy's Avatar
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    Bloody beautiful looking bike, garyclem.

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    Gents, many thanks! I guess from reading the previous forum threads that Warren Walker is the best source for info?
    To garyclem, what makes your original different from the replicas?

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    I may have confused you Silver Fox, sorry ......... my bike is one of the thirty replicas sold in Suzuki dealerships to celebrate the 750 endurance production race win in 1982 by Neil Chivas and Rodney Cox who were riding a JCW team Katana 750 painted in the team colour (yellow), my bike is not an original J.C.W. Team race bike.

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    Gary, was the J.C.W. fitted with lower fairing originally?
    Preservation before restoration - they are only original once

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    No none of that fancy stuff Cheers Murf
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    Quote Originally Posted by ThomasJ View Post
    Gary, was the J.C.W. fitted with lower fairing originally?
    No, just a stock Katana but painted yellow. I do have a matching lower fairing for mine though, which I will re-fit when it gets a bit cooler

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