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Old 07-10-2011, 07:36 PM   #31
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I think Katanas only appeal to a select few My dealer had couple of them setting on his floor for what seemed like forever...one them is still there after at least five years and the other was sold to an older guy just recently.
I think U R right...mine was in the showroom for 2 years, and I kept telling them nobody else was going to buy it because it was heavy, slow, and out-of-style. Finally they dropped the price and I pounced.....
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Old 07-10-2011, 10:58 PM   #32
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I'm going to look at a 93 Katana 750 tomorrow with only 6700 miles. Any known problems I should look for on it? Looks to be in great shape from the CL posting.

He's only asking $1675, with "near new tires" he says. How difficult is a GSX 750-F to maintain? I'm currently riding a Ninja 250, would I regret the change? I'm hesitant to switch to an air cooled inline 4, never really trusted an air cooled engine to last all that long.
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Old 07-11-2011, 04:19 AM   #33
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My 1100 has never broke and I have only replaced things that wear out. It is air and oil cooled.
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Old 07-11-2011, 05:46 AM   #34
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This thread sure went nowhere fast.
Kinda like Kan o' Tunas.


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I'm going to look at a 93 Katana 750 tomorrow with only 6700 miles. Any known problems I should look for on it? Looks to be in great shape from the CL posting.

He's only asking $1675, with "near new tires" he says. How difficult is a GSX 750-F to maintain? I'm currently riding a Ninja 250, would I regret the change? I'm hesitant to switch to an air cooled inline 4, never really trusted an air cooled engine to last all that long.
Twice as many cylinder, valves, and sparkplugs to worry about. Beyond that, that family of engines have been around for 30 years directly, or even 40 if you count the inline twins and four cylinder GS's that it evolved from. They are about as bullet proof as you are going to find. However, getting thru all the tupperware plastics and the sorta half perimeter half box frame to do any service on the motor like adjust valves is a serious PITA. Also, GSXs unfortunately either get neglected or abused in equal measure. An almost 20 year old bike that has sat idle most of its life is going to have lots of little things wrong with it like dry rotted rubber and plastic fittings.
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Old 07-11-2011, 10:34 AM   #35
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How hard is a valve adjustment? i read they have a 4000 mile service interval, and they're shim and bucket as opposed to my ninja's lock nut.
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Old 07-11-2011, 11:59 AM   #36
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They stopped making real Katanas in '83! Here was my pair, street and race.



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Old 07-11-2011, 12:58 PM   #37
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No, it is the lock nut type for the valve adjustment. The original Katana's are nice bikes and sure changed the way bikes looked.
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Old 07-11-2011, 06:25 PM   #38
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No, it is the lock nut type for the valve adjustment. The original Katana's are nice bikes and sure changed the way bikes looked.
The 1993 750 has Lock nut type? I swear I read they're shim and bucket.


I just got done test riding, and the bike is in amazing shape. It has been well maintained, but the guy said he has never done the valves, so I would probably need to do that. However, when decelerating from 11k RPM, the bike backfired extremely loudly twice. Would the valves cause this? Or should this scare me away?

I'm planning on offering $1500 and seeing where it goes.
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Old 07-11-2011, 07:27 PM   #39
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No, lock nut, siamesed off the same cam lobe.



GSXRs didn't get shim and bucket until the watercooled second generation, along with the "RF" series.

Katanas and Bandits have been chugging along on 1985 technology ever since.


What makes working on Katanas such a pain is the frame. Its a bitch to work around, even after you get the tank and all the mickey mouse bodywork off.



As for back firing, could be lots of things anything from an aftermarket fart can without re-jetting, out of tune carbs, to exhaust leaks.
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Old 07-11-2011, 07:30 PM   #40
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Awesome, thanks.


Should I be concerned about the backfiring issue I mentioned?
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Old 07-12-2011, 10:23 AM   #41
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I'm going to look at a 93 Katana 750 tomorrow with only 6700 miles. Any known problems I should look for on it? Looks to be in great shape from the CL posting.

He's only asking $1675, with "near new tires" he says. How difficult is a GSX 750-F to maintain? I'm currently riding a Ninja 250, would I regret the change? I'm hesitant to switch to an air cooled inline 4, never really trusted an air cooled engine to last all that long.
What do you like about riding your motorcycle?

The katana is a sport touring pig with a nice engine. If you want better highway capabilities, it's a great bike. If you like appreciate the handling of your 250, you'll hate the katana in stock form.

Maintenance is cake, btw.

edit: I'd offer 1200 and go from there.
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Old 09-29-2011, 05:55 PM   #42
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Old 09-29-2011, 07:28 PM   #43
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Gotta hand it to Hans Muth on the original version. It still looks as fresh today as it did when I was a wee lad lusting after them.

It was just a stone's throw away from this 1983 R65:

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Old 09-29-2011, 07:58 PM   #44
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Old 09-29-2011, 09:30 PM   #45
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Gotta hand it to Hans Muth on the original version. It still looks as fresh today as it did when I was a wee lad lusting after them.

It was just a stone's throw away from this 1983 R65:

Indeed. That sort of proportion was on the other bikes, too, IMHO. The GS700S and XN85 had a similar silhouette, but more mainstream.
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