1982 Suzuki Katana GS1000SZ

HIGH BID: $9,500

Reserve price has not been met.

This auction has ended.

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Description

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.

The seller of this example (VIN: JS1GT72AXC2101571) acquired it ten years ago from a private party in Minnesota.

Since then he’s covered approximately 1,000 miles, and the odometer shows 14,501 miles.

Modifications:
Aftermarket turn signals.

Steel braided front brake lines.

The seller states that there are no known cosmetic blemishes or mechanical issues. He says that it’s in “great overall condition. It starts instantly, runs extremely smooth and strong, and needs nothing.”

Currently located in Red Lodge, Montana, this Suzuki is offered on a clean Montana title.

Have any Katana stories or questions about this listing? Let us know in the comments!

Additional Information

Location

Red Lodge, Montana

Year

1982

Make

Suzuki

Model

Katana

Mileage

14,501

VIN

JS1GT72AXC2101571

Title

Clean

Title State/Country

Montana

Private Party/Dealership

Private Party

Additional Charges

No

CycleVIN

https://cyclevin.com/JS1GT72AXC2101571.pdf

Total Bids Placed: 25

Auction has ended.

Auction expired without reaching reserve price.

Highest bidder was: DLevitt

Bidder Name Bidding Time Bid Auto
DLevitt August 3, 2021 11:03 am $9,500
F4shane August 3, 2021 11:03 am $9,400
DLevitt August 3, 2021 11:01 am $9,300
charlie27 August 3, 2021 11:01 am $9,205 Auto
charlie27 August 3, 2021 10:59 am $9,200
DLevitt August 3, 2021 10:59 am $9,100 Auto
DLevitt August 3, 2021 10:59 am $9,088
F4shane August 3, 2021 10:58 am $8,988
charlie27 August 3, 2021 10:57 am $8,888 Auto
DLevitt August 3, 2021 10:57 am $8,800
charlie27 August 3, 2021 10:55 am $8,700 Auto
F4shane August 3, 2021 10:55 am $8,600
charlie27 August 3, 2021 10:49 am $8,500 Auto
F4shane August 3, 2021 10:49 am $8,400
charlie27 August 3, 2021 10:49 am $8,300 Auto
F4shane August 3, 2021 10:49 am $8,200
charlie27 August 3, 2021 10:11 am $8,100
DLevitt August 3, 2021 10:11 am $8,000 Auto
DLevitt August 3, 2021 10:03 am $7,100
charlie27 August 3, 2021 10:03 am $7,000 Auto
charlie27 July 31, 2021 11:20 am $5,600 Auto
DLevitt July 31, 2021 11:20 am $5,500
charlie27 July 28, 2021 1:17 pm $5,100 Auto
maicojoe July 28, 2021 1:17 pm $5,000
charlie27 July 28, 2021 8:58 am $1,000
Auction started July 27, 2021 11:03 am
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