KATANAs - Show em if ya have em

Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by akarob, Jun 4, 2010.

  1. akarob

    akarob Green Cantern

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    There's no recent or active Katana thread, so I figured I'll see how it goes.

    I got my 1994 600 from the original owner with 5500 miles. It was supposed to be a "compromise bike" for me & my wife to share but she's new & not into this bike - at least not the pilot's seat yet. Otherwise, I might have gotten a 750 or 1000.

    Anyway, I love it. It goes plenty fast for me. It's very smooth for a bike that likes to be in the 6000-12,000 rpm range. I realize that they get a bad rep for being cheap and heavy, but it's got all the power I need. Top speed is between 120 & 130 but I havn't gone all out onit yet. My friend got a ticked for 81 in a 65 - almost $300 !!!! I'll keep it under 100 for the most part.


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    Eventually, I need to get some bags mounted up so I can travel on it. I don't have any trouble doing 2-3 hundred miles on it. I am currently getting my Garmin GPS hardwired into it.

    If you have one, lets see some pictures.
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  2. paul.miner

    paul.miner Adventurer

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    '93 Katana 600

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  3. Brian-M

    Brian-M Melting in GA

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    1993 1100.... in the process of salvaging from a squidly life.

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  4. akarob

    akarob Green Cantern

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    You have a couch and carpet in your garage? Full size refrigerator too I bet.
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  5. akarob

    akarob Green Cantern

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    Nice, it looks just like mine. You have it all loaded up for the trip, it's clearly not a picture from Kansas. I took all the fairings off my bike last night to touch them up.
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  6. Dismount

    Dismount Boring bastard

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    a 94 600 was my first road bike. Was in the process of stripping all the plastic off and relocating the pegs/ finding something gravel road friendly when she was stolen.
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  7. Uglyprimate

    Uglyprimate UglyPirate

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    It's a '95. Needs work


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    zip tied the body work to the frame to keep the wife happy about something or other
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  8. abogado68

    abogado68 Been here awhile

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    I have 2001 750 cc kat[​IMG]. I just can't upload pics, once I figure out how i will post my bike.

    The kats are great bikes, fast enough, comfortable, and smooth.



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  9. akarob

    akarob Green Cantern

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    You have to upload them to Photobucket or some other image hosting site. You are linking to pictures on your computer - that doesn't work.
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  10. akarob

    akarob Green Cantern

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    Jeez, I guess so! Good luck with the rebuild.
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  11. akarob

    akarob Green Cantern

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    I'm doing some work to the plastics so I took them off. I got bored doing that and just went for a ride.

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  12. Cat0020

    Cat0020 El cheapo

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  13. Wingspan

    Wingspan Been here awhile

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    I used to have one, it was my first bike.

    The day I bought it, that purple and teal HAD TO GO!!!

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    Repaint, due to Suzuki putting the purple tank stickers under the clearcoat:

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    Done:

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    I put ~8000 miles on it during my first year of riding, had a minor accident, then sold it and moved on. It served me well, but I can't honestly say that I miss it.
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  14. akarob

    akarob Green Cantern

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    Looks great in black. Nice job
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  15. oldbeemerguy

    oldbeemerguy Adventurer

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    :clap
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  16. Transalp Jas

    Transalp Jas Been here awhile

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    Wingspan- never seen a Katana with a solo cowl before. It REALLY improves the looks, IMHO.
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  17. tslewisz

    tslewisz Long timer

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    Now we're talkin'. Anybody have pics of their big bore 1000/1100 from '82-'83? I had an '82, but don't have pictures of it. :cry
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  18. TomN

    TomN Long timer

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    Great picts, I had a 600 years ago!
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  19. Wingspan

    Wingspan Been here awhile

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    Thanks. I thought it was an improvement. The cowl was from Airtech, a fiberglass copy of the rarely seen Suzuki accessory part.
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  20. Dismount

    Dismount Boring bastard

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    I liked the old kat. It was pretty comfy, got decent mileage, and was cheep. 2k for my old 94 600 with 10k on the clock.
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