One very spe­cial Katana

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“It was at the NEC that we de­cided to build the Katana,” says Team Clas­sic Suzuki crew chief Nathan Colombi, who built the bike in con­junc­tion with Suzuki’s clas­sic spares com­pany Suzuki Vin­tage Parts. “We wanted to keep the essence of a Katana, so we de­cided to build a bike from scratch. We bought a donor 1982 GSX1100 mo­tor, kept all the cases, the crank, cylin­der head, then bor­rowed a Katana chas­sis from a cus­tomer, drew it and worked out what we wanted to do with it to get it to han­dle bet­ter – we moved the head­stock, pivot points etc and then had the frame made from chrome-moly. So it’s along the lines of the Katana, but we’ve got the ground clear­ance and swingarm pivot point you need for a race bike. With the swingarm we wanted the op­tion of get­ting a wider tyre in if we wanted to run a 205 slick, so we got it made wider. But you can’t buy the orig­i­nal Suzuki ex­tru­sion so we repli­cated the shape by milling it. It was a mas­sive amount of work!”

They’ll be need­ing wellies for that Le Mans start Guy’s keyed up to leap onto the bike af­ter the the tank’s been brimmed

Next time the Katana will have bet­ter lights

Guy loves the thrill of old-school com­pe­ti­tion

Team man­ager Pete Lit­tle­wood dries Guy’s sock

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