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Old 09-27-2018, 09:03 AM   #1
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2019 Suzuki Katana

What say ye? Not a lot of info or pictures yet, but should be soon:

http://www.motorcycle.com/mini-featu...ki-katana.html

I'm guessing this will replace the GSX-S 1000. I do like that it has a larger top fairing similar to the coverage we get on the FZ1. I'm intersted!
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Old 09-27-2018, 09:24 AM   #2
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Heard the old ones were heavy but pretty much bullet proof!
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Old 09-27-2018, 10:16 AM   #3
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Sure looks better than the Kanatunas from the 90s. Gack, those things were ugly.

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Old 09-27-2018, 11:21 AM   #4
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I think the original Katanas still look good.
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Old 09-27-2018, 11:38 AM   #5
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That thing was crazy futuristic looking for the time.

Wow. Am I seeing things, or is that an 18" front and 16" rear?

And look at those tires!!

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Old 09-27-2018, 02:05 PM   #6
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I had a red 600 back in the day. The two things I liked about it: The graphics were just tape that could be peeled off, and more than one person asked me if it was a Ducati....
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Old 09-27-2018, 02:23 PM   #7
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Late model katanas always were, and always will be girl bikes.
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Old 09-27-2018, 02:54 PM   #8
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Surprised Suzuki does not bring back the GS1000S instead of a redo of the original Katana. An update on the GS along the line of the Z900RS could be cool, but it may be just as well. I hear the Z900RS is not selling too hot. Kaw did a lot of cool things with the RS, especially with the style and suspension, but detuning it was a mistake. Regardless if of what retro redux they bring, learn from that Suzuki - produce a Katana, or, in my opinion and better yet, a GS1000S, and don't spare the horsepower
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Old 09-27-2018, 04:20 PM   #9
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That thing was crazy futuristic looking for the time.

Wow. Am I seeing things, or is that an 18" front and 16" rear?

And look at those tires!!

Remember looking at this when it first showed up at Suzuki of Pasadena and hating it. Still do
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Old 09-27-2018, 05:15 PM   #10
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Remember looking at this when it first showed up at Suzuki of Pasadena and hating it. Still do
For sheer ugliness, nothing will ever top the Honda pacific coast.

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Old 09-27-2018, 05:21 PM   #11
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Yeah the Pacific Coast was another ugly one.

But, I have some respect for them as a friend of mine ran his up to nearly 200K miles with only minor maintenance doing year-round commuting from Victorville to Los Angeles.
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Old 09-27-2018, 05:22 PM   #12
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For sheer ugliness, nothing will ever top the Honda pacific coast.

How long since your contact prescription was updated? That looks like a couch with luggage, it’s the motorcycle equivalent of a 1980 Buick Century with a Honda motor
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Old 09-27-2018, 08:15 PM   #13
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For sheer ugliness, nothing will ever top the Honda pacific coast.

Who could forget the Pathetic Coast!
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Old 09-27-2018, 08:38 PM   #14
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Surprised Suzuki does not bring back the GS1000S instead of a redo of the original Katana. An update on the GS along the line of the Z900RS could be cool, but it may be just as well. I hear the Z900RS is not selling too hot. Kaw did a lot of cool things with the RS, especially with the style and suspension, but detuning it was a mistake. Regardless if of what retro redux they bring, learn from that Suzuki - produce a Katana, or, in my opinion and better yet, a GS1000S, and don't spare the horsepower

Yep the GS1000 was a great motorcycle it's too bad some of these retro bikes don't sell.
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Yeah the Pacific Coast was another ugly one.

But, I have some respect for them as a friend of mine ran his up to nearly 200K miles with only minor maintenance doing year-round commuting from Victorville to Los Angeles.
The PC was awesome! Do you know you can fill the trunk with a ton of ice and a case of beer? Then You ride it into Laguna seca passing all the traffic and park in a premium spot. I have a pic somewhere of that scene.

My best bud had one. (Same one in the Laguna story) He used it for sales calls. He was a hard core Yamaha guy but couldn’t deny the utility of the PC. Kept all his crap in the trunk and went from city to city
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Old 09-27-2018, 08:41 PM   #16
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Remember looking at this when it first showed up at Suzuki of Pasadena and hating it. Still do

Wow small world I've bought a few Suzuki dirt bikes from Pasadena Suzuki.

I remember the first time strolling into the showroom and seeing the katana I wasn't really sure if I liked it or not and I still kind of feel the same way.

And yeah like desmo says it was very futuristic for its day, never got to ride one though.

I grew up in Eagle Rock where did you live near that shop?
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Old 09-27-2018, 10:49 PM   #17
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San Gabriel Valley '67-03. Monterey Park, San Gabriel, etc. In grade school Ed Kretz's was on my way to/from school. Stopping on the way home was a tradition. Drooling over the first Elsinore, WTFing at the first Gold Wing. Start of long tradition of drooling and WTFing in most of the J brand dealers in the area.
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Old 09-28-2018, 05:19 AM   #18
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Oh then you're probably very familiar with Asuza Canyon and Angeles Crest Highway a really great Road up in the mountains.
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Old 09-28-2018, 08:12 AM   #19
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Yep, my backyard for most of my life. When I finally left the SGV it was to buy a home in Upland so Baldy/Glendora Ridge/Glendora Mountain/East Fork/39 were still part of my backyard.

You know I'm old because I rode 39 when it still connected to 2
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I love the Pacific Coast for what it was, but I have a practical side. I've come close to buying a used one several times.
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