This may be on the edge of what you might think of as a “classic sport bike”, but it’s got twin shocks, so I say it qualifies!
Introduced in 1980 and powered by Suzuki’s bulletproof air/oil-cooled transverse four-cylinder, de-bored and de-stroked to just under 1000cc’s, the Suzuki Katana looked like nothing else on the road. The striking, edgy design still looks exciting today and was a decisive move away from huge, wind-blocking fairings more suitable for touring bikes to sleek, wind-cheating items that merely pierced the wind, creating a small hole for the bike and rider to squeeze through.
Even the instrument cluster was supposedly designed with speed in mind: the siamesed speedo and tach faces look cool, but were styled to fit behind the minimal windscreen.
Under the skin, this is largely the same model as Suzuki’s existing GS but represents an important shift in design, so while the bike may have been a styling makeover for the existing GS1100, it set the stage for Suzuki’s ground-breaking GSX-R that would soon follow.
From the original eBay listing: 1982 Suzuki GS1000 Katana for sale
1982 Suzuki Katana, new original Suzuki body panels and new Suzuki windscreen, Airtech fiberglass upper cowling pained in original Suzuki silver color scheme (no shark fins but has chin piece), repainted fuel tank with new Suzuki petcock in Suzuki 1982 Katana silver color scheme…
Engine is a GS1150 1985 rebuilt with balanced, indexed, welded crank, completely rebuilt top end with new Ferrea valves, Webcam camshafts &adjustable sprockets, Webcam welded/strengthened rockers, new guides and seals, and new Suzuki valve springs & guides. Top-end and engine case vented with hoses over rear fender (no gas build up in engine, only pure air-fuel into carbs). New Mikuni RS-38 D19 carbs with new K&N air filters & new dual throttle cable…
New Moto GP Werks stainless steel exhaust. This is what the 1982 Katana should have been, has to be seen and heard. Less than 1000km on rebuilt bike, more than $20K invested into parts and rebuild. Bike is a sleeper, in excellent condition, and a real eye catcher. Ideal buyer: a KATANA lover who can appreciate what went into a rebuild like this and is not afraid of the attention this bike will get.
These are generally still very affordable, as classic Katanas are just starting to catch on in the collector market and really are much better off being ridden than sitting in someone’s living room. The classic air/oil cooled four-cylinder powerplant makes plenty of poke and there plenty of tuning parts and shops that can make these things go like stink.
This one has been “restored” or at the very least given a pretty solid injection of horses, with updated and new parts used to create someone’s vision of the “perfect” Katana. It looks beautiful, although the lack of originality may hurt it for collectors.
Starting price is almost $10k with no takers but plenty of time left. Seems to me that price is pretty high, even considering the work that’s gone into it: it isn’t absolutely perfect, or original.
It’s in Canada, so make sure you do your DMV research before bidding!