The Orig­i­nal

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First, big-bore pro­duc­tion Katana was de­vel­oped from Tar­get’s ED-2 con­cept bike. Changes for pro­duc­tion in­cluded the ad­di­tion of a fly-screen and anti- dive forks and slightly re­vised seat shape. As rac­ing lim­ited bikes to 1000cc with few changes the ho­molo­ga­tion spe­cial GSX1000S came the fol­low­ing year com­plete with smooth­bore carbs and other changes. These are now the most de­sir­able of all Katanas. While in 1983 a 750 ver­sion was also pro­duced for the home Ja­panese market that later evolved into the S3. All re­vival bikes, in­clud­ing the 250, 400 and later 1100s, were also all based on the orig­i­nal 1100.

1981 SUZUKI GSX1100SZ En­gine Air-cooled 1075cc 16v trans­verse four Frame Tubu­lar steel dou­ble cra­dle Power 111bhp @ 9500rpm Torque 71ftlb@ 6500rpm Weight 232kg

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