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Old 05-22-2006, 11:04 AM   #21
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Default Re: End of The Road for The Katana.

Man, I have to say it again. You guys can be some rude MoFos. Ever stop to think that someone on this site might own a Katana? I don't but I sure feel bad for someone who gets beatup by some jackass elitists, as if any sportbike is elite. Think about the target audience of the Katana, just sensible sportiders - right? Jeeez



Oh and BTW, didn't Russell or someone win the 600 SS on a Katana back the first year they came out?
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Old 05-22-2006, 11:10 AM   #22
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i doubt it but i remember drooling over first 600 Katana in Cycle mag in like `87. O i thought, a Hurricane beater! Cycle said it was a pig even then. The 1100s with electric windshield were cool tho. Shifter fell off in like Taft and i rode home in fifth. No problem.
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Old 05-22-2006, 11:12 AM   #23
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A lot of people complain about "Change for the sake of change" (bigdx). Well, here's a couple of bikes that really haven't changed mechanically since their introduction in 1987. That's almost 20 years of techno-stagnation.



And, yes, I believe that the 600 won a Supersport championship on introduction.
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Old 05-22-2006, 12:04 PM   #24
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The very first Katana looked suspiciously like HR Giger's "Alien". It was all downhill from there.
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Old 05-22-2006, 12:14 PM   #25
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$132.95 promotion? Kind of a lame promotion...no matter what bike it's for.
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Old 05-22-2006, 12:15 PM   #26
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MotoGP is going to 800cc in 2007, right? Maybe we'll see a resurgence of the 750-850 class bikes. I mean, look at how the sheeple keep buying those weak-sister 600cc I-4s simply because there is a racing class for them. If guys like Rossi are riding 800cc bikes then you can bet the lines will be long for 800cc bikes that the posers can ride around on. This should give us a new line of 800cc class sportbikes to choose from in a few years.
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Old 05-22-2006, 12:43 PM   #27
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Can't believe you guys. Did someone (or all) here forget motorcycle history. The Katana (as much as those who hate it must admit) is the original superbike. Suzuki made the first sportbike and it's line lasted from 1981 to today. 25 years of life is a long time. Technology passed the Katana by but the bike was dogged reliable. It's heavy, turns slow and looks like a jelly bean but it was a dependable bike and it's easy to find parts for it. What's wrong with that????????
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Old 05-22-2006, 12:54 PM   #28
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"Ever stop to think that someone on this site might own a Katana?"



I do. Pass along my condolences if you find one.
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Old 05-22-2006, 01:03 PM   #29
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Ummmm. No. Actually the 900/1000cc Kawasakis were the first superbikes. Or maybe the 750 MachIII.



And "sportbikes" were being produced long before the Japanese even entered the market.



If you are talking about street bikes with factory equipped sport full-fairings then the first one was the BMW R100S, I believe. Around 1975.

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Old 05-22-2006, 01:42 PM   #30
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I seem to remember it was quite the bike to own. I thought it looked great and still do.



But first superbike - No. Norton Commando (1967), Kawasaki H3 (1969?), Kawasaki 900 (1973). I could go earlier.
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