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post #1 of 63 Old 10-02-2018, 08:08 AM Thread Starter
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Suzuki bringing back the Katana

Kind of a let down it is nothing more than a GSX with different bodywork.

I own the original 1982 GS1000SZ so to me this is a marketing fraud based on the original name only. Nothing cutting edge about this bike. Even the regular bars look out of place on it. Original has clip-on bars.

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To be fair, a GSX with different bodywork is better than the Katana 600/750 that was released in the 90's. Absolutely nothing cutting edge about those gutless wonders. I did own the 600 though, and it was a great beginners bike.

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To be fair, a GSX with different bodywork is better than the Katana 600/750 that was released in the 90's. Absolutely nothing cutting edge about those gutless wonders. I did own the 600 though, and it was a great beginners bike.
Those were junk. I was referring to the original bikes 82-83 those were cutting edge for the day.
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Seems weird that it's so close to the GSX-S1000. Does it mean the demise of the GSX-S?
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I doubt it, I think it's just their retro version like the Kawasaki Z900RS and the Yamaha XRS version of the MT-09
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Those were junk. I was referring to the original bikes 82-83 those were cutting edge for the day.
What was wrong with them? (other than the looks)

It was a 600cc inline 4 with decent power, wasn't it?
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What was wrong with them? (other than the looks)

It was a 600cc inline 4 with decent power, wasn't it?
Take off the "decent power" and you've nailed it. They were very low tech, down on power, and ignored by the aftermarket community compared to GSX-R's, Ninja's, etc. They were great dead simple beginners bikes though and I loved mine till I tossed it down the highway. After that I bought a 2000 CBR 600 F4 and later got a chance to ride a friends new to him Kat 600. Going back after riding the F4, that Kat was a turd and a piece of junk. But if it's all you've ridden then it's awesome. I learned a lot on mine both riding and wrenching and it was a good cheap bike.

I only was pointing out that the last iteration of bikes to wear the Katana name were more of a disappointment to the Katana fans than this one will be. This is definitely a step back in the right direction. Might not be fully back on track but getting there.

Just for fun, the day I picked up my first motorcycle, the 1997 Kat 600 sold for a heck of a deal leftover bought in 1998.



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What was wrong with them? (other than the looks)

It was a 600cc inline 4 with decent power, wasn't it?
I had one it was just a inline 4 with steel frame and gawd aweful paint schemes

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This is the version I was referring to:



Made until 2006 when it was replaced by the GSX-650F.

There was a 600 that made about 70-75hp and a 750 with about 90 hp.

They weren't meant to compete with the GSXR or other super sports, they were more sport touring bikes with upright ergonomics.
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