SEE THE VIDEO mo­tor­cy­clen Katana in Watch the Team thoughts ac­tion, in­clud­ing from James Whitham

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He also looks af­ter a fleet of fac­tory RG500 and RGV500 GP bikes for a pri­vate col­lec­tor.

Today is a shake­down test to run ev­ery­thing in, check ge­om­e­try and dial in the K-tech sus­pen­sion. De­spite hav­ing never turned a wheel in anger this racing Katana is pretty much bang-on straight away, as racing leg­end Whitham ex­plains: “

“You’ve got to man­age your ex­pec­ta­tions slightly when you jump on a bike like this, but I’ve been pleas­antly sur­prised. The throt­tle’s stiff be­cause it isn’t ride-by-wire; it’s ca­bles, springs, nee­dles and slides. The brakes are miles bet­ter than I thought they would be and we’re only on two-pis­ton calipers. The bike’s a lot lighter and shorter than I ex­pected, so it steers nicer.

“The good thing is it looks like a proper a Katana. You don’t just want a doff of the cap to the past, you want it to look like the real thing.”

‘You don’t just want a doff of the cap to the past, you want it the real thing’ JAMES WHITHAM

Whitham with Columbi and Neeves

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