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    Turbo Custom Katana

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    I clearly remember the day I saw a Suzuki Katana for the first time. It was in 1981 in my parentís driveway. Three of my friends, who were still in matric, had bought new motorcycles and had come to show off their new toys to me. Mark was on a dark blue Kawasaki Z1000J, Claude was on a black Suzuki GS1000 shafty and his brother Roland rode the very newly launched Suzuki Katana 750. Thinking back to that day, if I had been asked to choose which machine I preferred, I would have chosen the Kawa before the GS, with the Katana a distant third. To my eye the Katana did not look like what a motorcycle should look like and seemed to have too many plastic parts. Boy was I wrong! The Katana 750cc and 1100cc sold in large quantities both in South Africa and internationally. Every superbike produced from then until now and into the future carries elements of Katana styling.

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    In 1979 Suzuki commissioned a German design studio to design a radically new looking model. The Katana was the first production motorcycle to be aerodynamically designed using a windtunnel. Until then motorcycles had a separate and distinctive seat, tank and fairing. The Katanaís fairing flowed into the tank which flowed into the seat section, a feature common to all modern superbikes. First shown in 1980, it was launched in 1981 to the market. The model which changed my lukewarm feelings for the Katana into burning lust was the launch of the very rare high performance, 1000cc spoke-wheeled Striker version. Spoke wheels were installed for their lightness as these were to be the production race bikes. The combination of space age looks and old school spokes was fantastic. I would like to own a Katana Striker today, but almost all these bikes have found there way to Australia.

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    Holy horsepower Batman, zap kaapow

    Me likee.

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    Senior Member WA Rusty82's Avatar
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    I wonder if she lists a little to port-side? Fair bit of metal hangin out of her!!!

    Cool concept, just a little too much size on the front wheel arch though!!
    From the Kat Haven She Came.....

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    Hey Derek - this started life as a 'blue seat'!!!! Of course it did I hear you say!!
    From the Kat Haven She Came.....

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    Now comes with the occasional brown seat!

    Nige

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    Senior Member WA Rusty82's Avatar
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    Ha ha ha Ha - Would be permanently that colour if I rode it....... Im sure it would have only slightly more grunt than me 750....
    From the Kat Haven She Came.....

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