When other manufacturers were still stuck in the bikini-faired 1970’s, Suzuki was looking for the way forward in terms of design. The first-generation Suzuki Katana was shocking, and really did look like it was sculpted with an edged weapon.
Underneath, the technology was nothing really new, but the looks are still striking today. Obviously, we’re still talking about a fairly conventional twin-shock suspension, with different diameter wheels front and rear, but the style pf the bike definitely pointed the way forward. And consider that the proven technology means bulletproof reliability. I love the way the needles line up on those two big gauges tucked in behind that little fairing!
From the original eBay listing: 1982 Suzuki Katana for Sale
This is a low mileage example that I know the complete history of since purchased new. ( Email me for this detailed information if you like) The 11, 761 miles is a testament as to how nice it is and the fact that it has been completely gone through adds to this fact. Just for the record, it has never been involved in any accidents/mishaps and has never been down at any time. It has always been stored inside with the rest of my bikes and is covered all the time. Over the years I have painstakingly done the following: Powdercoated the frame in grey (that sparkles in the direct sunlight) as well as the wheels (their outside edges retain their polished aluminum look) and a few other parts for continuity (like the edges of the brake rotors, how’s that for detail) The front brake brace also has been powdercoated to match. Many other parts have been have been professionally polished; top triple tree, swing arm, engine side cases, etc. The seat has been reupholstered two tone black and grey. Carbs were painted high gloss black and baked, carb caps & float bowls were all polished (not just the outers). The other body parts have been painted BMW grey with a thin red pinstripe in some locations (tank, fairing, rear end) Front fender, fairing, tank, side panels, rear end have new paint and have a high shine with multiple coats of “Best In Show” wax. The exhaust is a new chrome Vance & Hines 4 into 1 Sidewinder and appropriate to the year. There have really been no mechanical modifications, just tuning (by Joe’s Cycle) but the Power Commander dyno mapping shows 162 MPH and true 97 HP, not BHP. The bike runs perfectly as is! Full tank of gas, all it needs is a new owner/rider.
These are starting to go up in value, but are still available for a relative song. They certainly aren’t going to keep up with modern literbikes on the race track, but that big motor has enough poke for the street, and parts are readily available.
I’m not sure if all the modifications listed are really going to increase the value, but none will take away from the bike’s usability. This Katana is a great bike for weekend blasts that will only go up in value.