Suzuki 650 Katana

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Suzuki 650 Katana

Four-pot classics are over-complicated, tricky to and expensive to run, right? Not Steve Bergman has clocked up 120,000 miles on the cut-rate and reckons it has real classic

The Suzuki GS650 Katana has in the ‘cheap transport’ league for a but now — following the fashion of the Katanas — these are starting to become collectible. so, good examples can be picked up for high mileage or examples in cosmetic state come for less. Yet here is a classic bike that will do mileage and offer ready to fast, efficient transport.

And do all that with easy and maintenance.

The GS range of Suzukis, the Katana, is not without its faults. The common of these is well trouble with the charging This particular problem from the generator or voltage boxes.

But this is more than some would us believe and is easy and cheap to The expensive one-piece regulator and can be replaced from the breakers items from other or new items from car accessory and the generator can be rewound for less Ј50.

You may also find bikes with over miles on the clock tend to use a bit of This is usually down to piston rings and — that the across-the-frame four engine is a doddle to work on is easy to fix. Use after-market for complete economy.

The even option is to remove the filter the breather on the cylinder head and a bit slower!

The downside out of the way, a 650 Kat you end up with a Jap classic that be relatively maintenance free. riders might be alarmed by the of a ‘complicated’ four-cylinder bike. But really very straightforward.

The ignition is electronic; just it alone. The valve clearances are and shim and seem never to doing, but if they do then the is located above the bucket and it is a job to ease the bucket down and the shim using the wife’s tweezers.

The camchain tensioner is automatic and mostly works The bolts, etc, on the tensioner are to the tensioner back on stripping the down but can just as easily be to clamp the tensioner out if the spring is old and The carbs always stay reasonable balance — is just as well as removing the to fit the air hoses for vacuum gauges result in burnt fingers (we all do our balancing with the engine don’t we?) and the air cleaner is the oil and go’ type.

On a cold wet day the last thing you want to do returning home from a run is oil and adjust the drive chain. The 650 has shaft drive. You wouldn’t it at any other time as the Kat does not any of the ill effects on handling that shaft-drive bikes do.

If you were to the bike without looking at the wheel first then you realise it had shaft drive at

With high mileage you may find that the back is a little bit oil-sprayed from the box. Don’t worry; it is unlikely to be the oil seal. If cheap oil has used in the bevel box then it may up and come out of the breather. Alternatively the may have become blocked, oil past the seal.

Both quick, cheap and to fix.

The Katana is blessed a five gallon fuel one gallon of which is reserve. an average fuel consumption in of 50mpg that gives a of 200 miles before reserve and a 50 miles before Mr Pushit Fuel consumption doesn’t greatly. You can expect it to drop to a low of if you’re pushing three numbers on the speedo (on the continent of Officer!) and highs of 60mpg are achievable with a cool and out riding style.

An average of 80mph on dual carriageway and 70 on should give you that average. Not bad for a bike which was imported to the UK over 20 years

The Katana is supposed to run on unleaded However if the bike has done mileage you may find that it suffer some problems. unleaded and some makes of star will induce The correct answer is to take the head off and clean things up.

I fitted a Fuel Cat fuel booster and the bike will now run on anything beginning with and available at extortionately-taxed figures at local petrol station.

All would be academic on a bike if it your nether regions to straight away — is one of the surprising things about the Although it appears to have a riding position, because of the low height it is surprisingly comfortable, and you find that 200 miles is really no effort. And, of it will happily accomplish 200 in one go!

The handling of the Kat is surprisingly good. The twin back shocks are for spring pre-load and damping, well and seem to last Both of my Katanas reached with the original shocks. once they are shot you to be careful with the replacements. The shocks are quite long.

shorter shocks will down the back end and splay out the end — and you will find doing impersonations of a chop, with associated handling! If stuck then you can get away dropping the front forks in the but even given the very ground clearance you may need to be Front suspension is adjustable for achieved by turning the adjustable under the rubber grommet on top of the forks.

Use only the hard if you have the back end on hard Better tuning of the front end can be by mixing and matching the damping The standard 50% fork oil to 50% engine oil is OK but those of you with hard ends (you, not the bike) who their rear ends (the bike not you) may to experiment.

The combination of taper steering head and swinging arm and a very rigid frame outperforms the engine, means you end up with a bike that you can a lot of fun on without getting into Like most Jap bikes the bearings are not very well from the elements, but are a standard and available from ordinary factors at a most reasonable (many zeros below the OE price). The swinging arm tapers are on adjustable stub axles, a to get out, grease or replace so no excuses!

Both the Katanas I have have been fitted fairings. Not your barn jobs but just enough to the crick away from the on longer journeys. The first one was a fairing from an early YPVS; the second is a frame-mounted top from an old twin shock

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The Kat is capable of sitting on the motorway at the of speed which will lose your license, but if you have neck muscles Gladiators or a fairing!

The standard are usually replaced with a 130-section at the back and a 19-inch at the front, both of which are 90% ratio. As standard the Katana had inch measured 100% things which are H-rated. I found that a V-rated is more suitable as the H-rated were overheating when a bit with the bike fully

The bike is not fussy about its model but it is on tyre make. It not feel happy on Metzelers, or Pirelli tyres. It’s not they will actually grip; just a case of not feeling right.

Dunlop and some of the standard ranges of work OK but the best results are with Avon Supervenoms. tyres so outperform the engine you can get away with blue Supervenoms also allow control without white or any other quirks.

The price you pay for performance is in wear rates will make Britbike feel a little faint. a tyre like the Supervenom you can 5000 miles on the back, and on the front, although seasonal use affect wear. With brands this can be increased to at the back and 10,000 at the front but with any tyre the performance drop off as the tyre reaches its

With the Katana this can in a vagueness with the steering at speeds.

The brakes are well up to the twin discs at the front and a at the back. The twin-piston back can suffer from corrosion but an eye on it and correct servicing will those problems. Should result in a seized back then any old one from the GS range of will do, or one from the V-twin

The brakes are not up today’s standards, but are capable of out-performing the tyres so brakes would simply locking the wheels up sooner. The pad on the bikes I have owned has very good; 15,000 to at the back and 10,000 to 15,000 on the — excellent, considering how I I find the engine braking for trimming speed rather continually touching the brakes.

My Katana came to me with one of awful Alfa 4-1 exhausts. All top end and flat as a pancake everywhere And the sort of noise that you headache and deafness (pardon) on a journey (I heard that).

It was out by grafting a Harris exhaust I don’t know what) the back end of the Alfa downpipes and What a difference! Makes you how it is that a manufacturer can produce a that is half the size, the weight and works better standard, and whilst being ‘noisier’, can sound so much

My second Katana had a Motad fitted and at first I thought was something wrong with the The performance at the top end was very sluggish. I out everything else and it appeared to be the system so the collector box was modified.

it was ground away during a mad in Cumbria, two-up with gear, which wore the metal allowing the exhaust to better’. After modifying and the collector it now sits up much and the exhaust works better and sounds better. It now has a deep sound where as before it a bit like a wet fart!

As far as looks are like many bikes styling which is different you either love the Kat or loath it. If you it then get one, give the old some new boots, panties and make-up — then classic Jap Kat will see the second of its life and happily go round the

Steve thinks the Katana fine on this site. How you ?

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