Click here for an CycleVIN Motorcycle History Report on this 1982 Suzuki Katana GS1000SZ. Additional photos are available here for your perusal.
In the late 70s and early 80s, Japanese manufacturers were selling standard bikes as fast as they could make them. And while most of the bikes were technically sound, they all started to emulate each other, creating the UJM (first coined by Cycle magazine). Some considered it efficient, others considered it boring. Either way, it’s why bikes like the Katana are very important in the history of motorcycles.
Suzuki’s Marketing Manager in Germany told his Japanese management, “we had the most technically advanced bikes, but their design was uninteresting!” In response, Suzuki hired a three person team called Target Design, led by the ex-chief of BMW’s styling, Hans Muth to update the ‘company image’. This was his first creation, which was an immediate show-stopper at the Cologne Motor Show in 1980. In fact, the fairing might remind you of a similar Muth creation – the BMW R65LS.
The result was an industry-defining machine that still captures hearts today. Suzuki recently released a new Katana to try and bring back some of the magic, but the original was one of the motorcycle featured in the Guggenheims’ Art of the Motorcycle exhibition and for good reason. It’s a truly Iconic Motorbike.
The Katana (also known as the GS1000SZ) had enough poke to back up the interesting styling thanks to 90 horsepower at 8,500 rpm, enough for a top speed of 140 miles per hour.
This example is VIN: JS1GT72AXC2101571. The seller acquired it one year ago from a private party in Florida.
During his ownership, the seller has covered 40 miles. The odometer shows 14,505 miles.
Seven months ago, the seller serviced the bike with a new clutch, new throttle cable, oil/filter change, and brake system overhaul.
Aftermarket turn signals.
Steel braided front brake lines.
The seller notes scratches on the stator cover.
The seller notes the original black chrome exhaust is in excellent condition and that “the bike runs and rides fantastic and is extremely quick. The overall condition is a 9.5. This is a fast appreciating, classic, 80’s sport bike.”
Currently located in West Palm Beach, Florida, this Suzuki is offered on a clean Montana title. Have any Katana stories or questions about this listing? Let us know in the comments!