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Old 06-05-2012, 07:55 AM   #1
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Talking Remember this true Classic machine ?

How many of you guys recall this beauty or have ridden it?

The 1983 Suzuki Katana 1100. I never had the chance to ride this true classic superbike but man, this was the bike to have back then. Loved it then and now
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Old 06-05-2012, 07:59 AM   #2
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Re: Remember this true Classic machine ?

There are still some of these lurking about with some wild upgrades.
Inverted forks, single sided swing arms, turbos...some sweet stuff!
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Old 06-05-2012, 12:20 PM   #3
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I remember it well. I had a Honda CB750F at the time and soon after bought an Interceptor. Always liked the Suzuki though.
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Old 06-05-2012, 12:38 PM   #4
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A good racing buddy had one. I rode it quite a few times. Great bike for it's time. That look was so far ahead of it's time it wasn't funny.
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Old 06-05-2012, 02:06 PM   #5
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Re: Remember this true Classic machine ?

A friend of mine had 1 . I got to ride it . Very fast .
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Old 06-05-2012, 02:21 PM   #6
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A friend of mine has one,picked it up from an older lady whose husband passed away about 17yrs ago. I wanted to buy it but he beat me to it..she also had a mint '82 GS-1100E which I bought and still have.
I rode the Katana quite a bit but prefer the seat/riding position of my GS much better

She had a bunch of '80s superbikes one of which was an original low mileage 82 Kawasaki KZ 1100 Eddie Lawson Replica
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Old 06-05-2012, 02:34 PM   #7
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I remember it well. I had a Honda CB750F at the time and soon after bought an Interceptor. Always liked the Suzuki though.
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I remember it well. I had a Honda CB750F at the time and soon after bought an Interceptor. Always liked the Suzuki though.
Really, I had a 1981 CB Super Sport 750. About two years ago, I bought the stock CB from an older gentleman up in Westchester County who had it sitting in his garage. It was in working condition so purchased it, spruced it up with a few mods i.e. jetting carbs, K & N filters, exhaust etc

Sounded incredible awesome then yes, I sold it to a collector. Crap I should have kept it but then again I made a nice profit

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A friend of mine has one,picked it up from an older lady whose husband passed away about 17yrs ago. I wanted to buy it but he beat me to it..she also had a mint '82 GS-1100E which I bought and still have.
I rode the Katana quite a bit but prefer the seat/riding position of my GS much better

She had a bunch of '80s superbikes one of which was an original low mileage 82 Kawasaki KZ 1100 Eddie Lawson Replica
Oh man, I sure did love that GS -1100 ! Now that I rode and it was fast as hell with plenty of power.

One of my favorite bikes of all time was/is the:

1978 Kawasaki Z1R

If I had extra money laying around that would be my idea bike
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Old 06-05-2012, 02:44 PM   #8
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Here is my 82
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Old 06-05-2012, 02:53 PM   #9
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Here is my 82
WWWWOOOOOOOOOWWWWWW !

Man, what a beautiful bike ! I'm one who really appreciates these classic machines !

I bet she purrssssssss

What's her weight ?

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Old 06-05-2012, 03:38 PM   #10
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Really, I had a 1981 CB Super Sport 750. About two years ago, I bought the stock CB from an older gentleman up in Westchester County who had it sitting in his garage. It was in working condition so purchased it, spruced it up with a few mods i.e. jetting carbs, K & N filters, exhaust etc

Sounded incredible awesome then yes, I sold it to a collector. Crap I should have kept it but then again I made a nice profit



Oh man, I sure did love that GS -1100 ! Now that I rode and it was fast as hell with plenty of power.

One of my favorite bikes of all time was/is the:

1978 Kawasaki Z1R

If I had extra money laying around that would be my idea bike
Wow, that 750 is exactly like mine. Brings back memories. Thanks for posting those pics.
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Old 06-05-2012, 03:47 PM   #11
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What's her weight ?
Never ask a woman her weight, unless she wants a ride and you just want to tell her she's too fat to hop on.
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Old 06-05-2012, 04:03 PM   #12
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Here is my 82
I had an 83 GS750ES from new in the silver. I sold it about 7 or 8 years back for about what I paid for it.
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Old 06-05-2012, 04:21 PM   #13
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Re: Remember this true Classic machine ?

Speaking of all these cbs, i know where a 82 cb900 that runs with some sort of high low transmission is for 500 bucks.... needs restored but at least it runs and is straight. good deal?
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Old 06-05-2012, 06:14 PM   #14
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WWWWOOOOOOOOOWWWWWW !

Man, what a beautiful bike ! I'm one who really appreciates these classic machines !

I bet she purrssssssss

What's her weight ?
I'm sure you would have liked my rare 86 RG 500 Gamma 2-stroke then lol..I had all sorts of cool bikes from the '80s but thinned the herd out quite a bit once our daughter was born 10ys ago. That 82 GS is HEAVY! Gotta be close to 600lbs w gas,shit the engine alone weighs 250lbs lol..I hate having to push that big fucker around the garage

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I had an 83 GS750ES from new in the silver. I sold it about 7 or 8 years back for about what I paid for it.
Good friend of mine had a blue/white 83 GS750;it was a fun bike

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Speaking of all these cbs, i know where a 82 cb900 that runs with some sort of high low transmission is for 500 bucks.... needs restored but at least it runs and is straight. good deal?
Not too many of those laying around anymore;as long as that engine had the proper basic maintenance they pretty much run forever lol
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Here is my 82
Gorgeous

The blue/white 83 1100ES was my favorite bike of all times at the time, until the 1st gsxr came out. Same thing as yours with the 1/4 fairing.
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Old 06-05-2012, 06:56 PM   #16
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Re: Remember this true Classic machine ?

Ok this is the other classic I was talking about..

The beautiful "1978 kawasaki Z1R 1000" !
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Old 06-05-2012, 07:01 PM   #17
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I remember the original Z900-Z1000 had a kick starter as well as electric...imagine that!
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Old 06-05-2012, 07:35 PM   #18
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I had a 1986 GS550L, the first year with the mono shock. It was one of my all time favorite bikes. It was state of the art for its time.
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I had an 83 GS750ES from new in the silver. I sold it about 7 or 8 years back for about what I paid for it.
Oops - didn't see this. Damned tiny Blackberry screens

I still preferred the look of the blue/white 1100ES but the 750ES had the full floater (monoshock), which as cpd419 said ^, was pretty cutting edge for the day
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I remember the original Z900-Z1000 had a kick starter as well as electric...imagine that!
I remember when the electric starters came out. There was always a big worry about what would happen if you had a dead battery & there was no kickstarter. OH NOOOES!!! People were pissed & worried when the kickers started to dissapear. Seems so stupid now.
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