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Thread: New Katana

  1. #11
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    Re: New Katana

    Quote Originally Posted by johnnyrep View Post
    Original 550 Katana crossing the alps march1982
    March 1982, I was getting ready for a long trip South
    Last of the " Essex Geezers "

  2. #12
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    Re: New Katana

    Nah - its another miss by a mile.

    Take away the decals and it could just as easily be a Kawasaki, Yamaha or Honda.

    Is there a law against fitting twin shocks on supposed replica's now ?

    As said before, it needs another 12 inches on the seat too.

    I would go for a 550 or 650 proper one though

  3. #13
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    Re: New Katana

    Quote Originally Posted by HootOwl View Post
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    Take away the decals and it could just as easily be a Kawasaki, Yamaha or Honda.
    I am to young to remember when complains like that first surfaced. UJM Universal Japanese motorcycle ...
    Bloody Foreigner

  4. #14
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    Re: New Katana

    Here you go John...………………………….cheap nostalgia

    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/suzuki-GS...yMD:rk:17:pf:0
    What Goes Around..........!!!

  5. #15

    Re: New Katana

    Bit porky, but good attempt....I'd rather have an original though

  6. #16
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    Re: New Katana

    It's actually growing on me. I kind of wish they hadn't called it a Katana though - I know it's a look back to it but it provokes too many comparisons which is never going to work well with a modern bike, but I know that's where most of the interest will come from for prospective buyers. Not sure I'd bother buying one though. If it was a limited run I guess they could become a bit of a modern classic to some of the fans (I'm sure others will outright hate it).

    The bit I don't like with it being a supposed re-modelling is the fact they've made no effort at all to make the lower half of the bike remotely look similar. If you take the ZRX for example, at least Kawasaki styled the engine cases to mimic the fins from an air cooled bike so that it retains at least some of the image of an early muscle bike. It really is just a GSX with a different set of plastics chucked on top.

  7. #17
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    Re: New Katana

    Scroll down for the Katana restoration

    https://vintagedesmo.com/

    windy

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