Your Kats - GSX750S1 / S2
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Here is a picture of my GSX 750 Katana '82 which I own since
April '84. Guess it would be the only one on original red on your Web Page. Of cause the muffler on
this picture is not original (Wiseco) but because the police in Switzerland did not really like it I
had to change it back to the ones supplied by Suzuki.
Houghton Le Spring, England
1982 orginally 750, now with:
- 1987 1100 GXR motor with big block
- Wiseco 1255 pistons
- 13.5:1 compression
- ported head
- MSD multi spark ignition
- Vance & Hines control box
- hot cams
- Vance & Hines exhaust competition only front and rear end from 1100 GXR 1989
- 5.5 inch rear wheel
- Carillo conecting rods
and more, much more!
The old girl is a 1981 750cc chassis running an 1100 motor
bored out to 1178cc.
All the running gear is pretty standard, but she has been resprayed Gun metal grey. Since the photo
was taken she has had her frame re-built and then resprayed fire engine red. The screen has been
replaced with a piece of hand crafted Polished Aircraft Aluminium and the seat has been
re-upholstered and re-cut into a racing saddle look in Gun-metal grey with a red and light grey
striped saddle seat.
I currently own a 1982 Katana 750s. The bike has now done
about 70000 km, or 45000 miles. The motor is still in perfect order, with no oil consumption, noisy
timing-chain etc, as would have been the case with various other Jap bikes. The bike is still 100%
original except for a Wildcat 4 into 1.
I use the bike to commute from and to work, and also on weekends when we have regular so called
Breakfast runs. This trip is normally to a nearby dam ("Hartbeespoort-Dam"). Usually there
arrive about 200 to 400 riders with various bikes. These trips take place every Sunday throughout
the year. As you know our winter is only about 2 to 3 months long with min temperatures during night
about 0 degrees centigrade and max about 24 degrees centigrade during day-time. In the summer The
max is about 30 degrees and the min about 20 degrees.
This makes it ideal biking weather. So if you live in South Africa, and don't own a bike, there is
something seriously wrong!!!
One of the most popular "older" bikes here in South Africa is the Katana, It is really as
they say "A Timeless Shape".
The Katana are very popular at the regular drag races held in South Africa, and also holds various
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
I have owned my katana for six years and just love to ride
this bike. I have had the bike painted, of which I did all the hard work, and had the seat
recovered. The past owners have mad some changes to the bike such as added a set of lower fairings,
changed the location of the signal lights, four into one exhaust, Barnet clutch, carb jets, K &
N air filters, and added an oil cooler. I may change the duel rear shocks to a mono shock. This bike
has 46000 kms on it and is still very strong running.
Confessions of a KATAMANIAC:
My name is Michael and I'm suffering from a special kind of SUZUKI desease, called KATAMANIA. It
seems it's without cure, it hurts, its catching and its sooooo good. When I say KATANA I'm not
talking about any modern, perfect, mph screaming rice-burner but about the ones from the early 80's,
about the genuine ones, the bad and ugly ones, the ones certain "normal" riders will tend
to vomit on. Strangely enough, I enjoy the flaming from bikers with regular iron! To me it provides
a strange, (maybe somewhat perverted), but deeply satisfying sensation in those parts of my deranged
brain where the SUZI-virus is located. Why can anybody love old and imperfect Japanese blades?
After 20 years with old SUZIs I'm convinced: CHARISMA COMES WITH AGE .... AND UUUH THEY DO HAVE
PERSONALITY. After working on my Kat babies in the evening it will take about 30 minutes before I
can dim the lights in my garage because I keep staring at my maidens with a beer in my hand and a
foolish grin on my face. Maybe it is because of my disturbed mind but my beauties will start to talk
to me ... and usually with a very feminine voice. Some of you people out there will think that I'm
carried away, some will propose to take a freezing shower and some will call a psychiatrist. But
judge for yourself:
GSX 750 S Katana, 85 - the sexy one She was bought as a pile of iron and had to be
restored from scrap. Today she shines again, is in mint condition and truly my mean maiden. In the
morning she's eager to start, "Where have you been all that time, dammit ...come on lets show
everybody my sexy tail ... brooooaaah" She will jump to her wheels, hit the road faster than I
can warm up and scream, "Do you like that, loverboy?...Uuuh this is good ... come on .. hurt
me, animal ... yes yes YESSS!!"
See the 650 page for my other Kat...
It is a 1982 GSX750 with a couple of modifications...
- 1100 engine bored out to 1166
- Koni shocks
- custom paint job
- custom seat
- welded swing arm
- modified frame
- Barnett racing clutch
- Hindle exhaust
- custom air cooler
Here's a pic of my 1983 750 Katana, taken in 97, before I put
the new Hindle 4-1 on. Now all I have to do is fix the carbs after the last owner. He somehow
managed to screw up the vacuum fixings on the carb, so I have to run on prime. Still a great bike,
good for 200 kms an hour - oh sorry officer, I didn't realise I was going that fast. I've had it
since 96, but haven't done much on it, only made the trip from Halifax, Nova Scotia to Barrie,
Ontario. Quite a sight, two tier tank bag, saddle bags, and a duffel bag bungeed to the pillion and
blown pipes... Those tour buses from Quebec certainly creep up on you... that's when I nailed it and
hit over 200km/hr and she was rock steady.
I already have a 1000SZ that I bought in '95. That needs
restoring as it was painted black in the early 90's (see picture in GSX1100
section). I wanted a project that I was prepared to modify, I didn't have the guts to mod the frame
of a UK spec 1000SZ! Found this Kat 750S1 advertised here at KatCentral, and bought it May 2003.
Regular forum contributor Alan of Brighton had previously owned this bike and he informs me that he
converted it to S2 spec. The picture was taken over a year ago by Simon, who I bought it off. It
looks the same now, and I'll get it on the road soon as is. Plans are to fit my spare 1000SZ motor,
slingshot carbs, K&N's, and GSXR11H front/rear(inc. mono shock) and braced frame. The bodywork
will be swapped with the 1000 so this one will become black - with the modified GSXR race pipe I've
got, I hope it'll look something like the last Yoshi Kats!
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