CMM’S Retro Re­booted Kat

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Ayear or so ago the ta­lented sooth­sayer that is Kar Lee of our ‘Retro Re­boot’ fame, ac­tu­ally pre­dicted Kawasaki mak­ing a tourer ver­sion of its su­per­charged H2 as a GPZ1000RX Re­boot. We think he’s even closer to the mark now with Septem­ber is­sue’s re­booted Katana. But which is best? His or Suzuki’s? Kar based his Kat on an ex­ist­ing model too – this time the 2018 GSX-R1000. He would have been happy with less than the claimed 199bhp – maybe closer to 160-170 rather than the ‘old’ mo­tor’s 150bhp at 10,000rpm. Mean­while the 2018 GSX-R chas­sis was adapted to carry the leg­endary Katana body­work. And here’s where Kar’s Kat purrs: we think that his is closer to the orig­i­nal. He said: “Un­like some con­cepts – more re­cently the Gsx-s1000-based ver­sion shown at last year’s Tokyo show – I reckon the styling should re­main more faith­ful to the orig­i­nal to make it as pure as can be. We’ve kept ours 95% as it was in 1981 for that per­fect retro fu­sion of old and new.”

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