Class of ’84: Suzuki Katana 1100 v. Kawasaki GPZ900R — Road Tests — Visordown

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Class of ’84: Suzuki 1100 v. Kawasaki GPZ900R

I George Orwell’s 1984 I was 13, when getting my hands on a of Shaven Haven was a more literary task, so my memories of famously pessimistic look the future are scant. Perhaps students with fresher will be able to tell me George predicted the arrival of the four-… motorcycle engine or the front wheel. I certainly seen them coming my first sight of a Kawasaki left me reeling.

One day while along the Thames embankment I next to an unfamiliar red Kawasaki. all bikes left my MZ of the time but this Kwacker seemed to into thin air when the lights changed. Shocked, I my local Kawasaki dealer and a test ride on the new GPZ900R. about it was incredible: its power, its its brakes.

I knew that I had ridden the and I couldn’t afford it.

The GPZ900R we have here is absolutely despite having 43,000 on the clock. It’s still a looking bike; solid, and subtly aggressive. And totally to the Suzuki GSX1100 Katana joins it in this battle of the giants. But then the Katana is to everything that came or since.

If you want to learn the development of the Suzuki Katana, then warm yourself up with a task like mastering Chinese, because the Katana is complicated with various engine sizes and appearances of bikes.

The most excellent Central website tells us no motorcycle company had used an design house to pen one of its bikes and Suzuki, in commissioning German meisters target DESIGN, was the Not strictly true because asked car designers Bertone to a bike in the early 1970s, the of which was one of Ducati’s ugliest bikes, the 860 GTE.

Kawasaki Z 1100 GP
Kawasaki Z 1100 GP

Suzuki launched the GS1100S in the UK in 1980 when bikers their trousers into boots and still folded socks over boot the BMF rally was massive and Belstaff kit for bikers rather than with shotguns. The Katana as a bit of a shock and left most rather confused.

Numerous Katana-style models and went during the 1980s, 550s, 650s, 750s and in 1984, the GSX750 S3 Katana a pop-up headlamp. Surprisingly the Kat we have here wears a which means that it was in 2000. I didn’t know were made that but Katana experts will already observed from the engine that this is one of the 1100 Japan-only limited GSX-1100SYs built in late

With less than miles on the clock it is in as new condition.

nostalgia takes several First, there’s the bikes you about as a kid like my Kwacker H2. there’s the bikes that you because you owned one in your and you want to recapture those long before grey and having to stop for the loo before petrol while riding a

And lastly there’s the nostalgia for from an era that you missed out on was obviously a hoot. Which is why Urry is mad about 350LCs though he had yet to learn to pee standing up the Elsie made its debut in

Kawasaki Z 1100 GP
Kawasaki Z 1100 GP
Kawasaki Z 1100 GP
Kawasaki Z 1100 GP
Kawasaki Z 1100 GP
Kawasaki Z 1100 GP
Kawasaki Z 1100 GP
Kawasaki Z 1100 GP
Kawasaki Z 1100 GP

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