1982 Suzuki GSX750 Katana

Practical Sportsbikes (UK) - - In Your Shed -

Owner: Mark Hynes, Heysham, Lancs Owned for: six months

What’s the story?

Wanted a Katana, but prices for 1000s and 1100s were too high so I ended up buy­ing this Ja­pane­sespec 750 with a 16-inch front wheel that I ended up get­ting for £1600. When I was strip­ping it down I was think­ing ‘this is so easy to work on com­pared to mod­ern bikes’.

Progress so far?

Like most things, it looked a lot bet­ter in pics than it did when I fi­nally saw it in the metal. It was dirty, cor­roded and in need of a com­plete ground-up re­build. Once it was all in bits I made up the frame bracing – Ge­off at Asbo welded them in place for me, and I’ve re­placed the small wheels with 17-inch GSX-R ones. Front end is GSX-R1100K; I made new lock­stops on my lathe. I’ve just ser­viced the mo­tor; it runs as sweet as a nut and is only show­ing 17,000 miles from new.

What’s next?

Just down to paint­ing the body­work now, the old Kat should be ready to rock by spring. I’ll be do­ing the paint my­self in the garage. Even­tu­ally it may get an 1100 en­gine, but it’s all down to one com­ing along at the right price – they’re not cheap be­cause they’re so pop­u­lar with the drag rac­ing boys. Oh, and I’ve just bought an RZ250 as my next project.

Alex has been go­ing steadily at this – and win­ning

All it re­ally wants is an 1100cc en­gine

But was soon brought back to bet­ter health

Kat was far mang­ier in the metal than in pics

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