Classic Bike (UK) - - Classic World - John Fisher

The big Katanas rac­ing in the In­ter­na­tional Chal­lenge don’t run fair­ings, but could if they re­ally wanted to. The prece­dent that would al­low that is the fair­ing on John Fisher’s rare ver­sion of the Katana.

Built by Cy­cle Style, a lead­ing Aus­tralian custom fair­ing man­u­fac­turer of the 1970s and early ’80s, it has turned John’s big Kat into a true in­ter­state blaster. He bought it in 1983 and has clocked up 30,000 miles on it, in­clud­ing a week-long 4000-mile round trip from Mel­bourne to Cairns.

“I get a lot of re­ac­tion to it,” said John. “A typ­i­cal com­ment is: I had one and wished I’d never sold it.”

The Aus­tralian ver­sion of the Limited Edi­tion mainly fea­tured wire wheels and styling touches, the New Zealand ver­sion was a rip­per. It had big­ger brakes, carbs and cans along with hot camshafts.

“The only thing I re­gret about the bike is get­ting ob­sessed about a dent in the tank and get­ting it repainted, so it now doesn’t look 100% orig­i­nal,” he said.

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