Cold Start (second time since 1996, with Kerker exhaust):
Cold Start (from this week, with stock exhaust):
Additional photos of this Suzuki Katana 750 are available here for your perusal.
The original Katana was introduced to America as a 1,000+cc motorcycle, but did you know that Suzuki offered it in a variety of displacements around the world – 250, 400, 550, 600, and 750? Here’s a rare chance to acquire one of the last option, which was introduced in Japan in 1981 and expanded to other markets in 1982. The following year, Suzuki brought out the GSX750S Katana Mark 2 – changes included 16″ front/17″ rear wheels, slightly larger dimensions (though the wheelbase remained the same), and a slight bump in power up to 72 hp.
By 1983, Suzuki had implemented their Anti-Nose Dive Forks (ANDF) on several models.
This example is VIN: JS1GR72A8D2100158, Engine #: R701-106154. The seller acquired it over 30 years ago from the original owner.
During his ownership, the seller has covered approximately 3,000 miles. The odometer shows 14,249 miles.
“I rode it a few seasons and took it out of service in 1996. It has been stored inside all its life, under cover. The bike is 100% stock and looks exactly as it did on the showroom floor 39 years ago. I resurrected it this season, completely serviced, including brake fluid, oil change, new battery. The carbs were stored dry and clean, I did replace the bowl gaskets and fuel passage o-rings and rebuilt the fuel petcock. All service parts used were genuine Suzuki parts, including brand-new OE grips and a few other rubber bits that had deteriorated over time. The bike runs perfectly and everything works as it should.”
The seller states that it is currently completely stock, however “the bike also comes with a Kerker 4-into-1 header that was on it for most of its life. That explains why the stock exhaust, which I just re-installed, is in excellent shape. It sounds spectacular with the Kerker, but collectors like the stock pipes. You’ll have your pick with this bike.”
Photo from when the Kerker was equipped.
The seller states that there are no cosmetic blemishes. There is very minor wear commensurate with the age and mileage.
It is riding on Metzeler tires which have aged out.
The sale includes the original owner’s manual, keys, and tool kit.
The seller sums up his bike by saying, “the pictures tell the story better than I can. This is as close to a new, 39-year old, Katana as you’re going to find. I welcome any questions and in-person inspections if desired.” Currently located in Tigard, Oregon, this Suzuki is offered on a clean Oregon title. Have any Katana stories or questions about this listing? Let us know in the “Comments” tab!