1982 Suzuki Katana GS650 Silver Shaft Drive
(Featured on 15th April 2013)
Model: Katana GS650
Registration: TAD 345X
Sellers original description:
Stunning 1982 gs650g katana shaft drive.
Genuine original uk model & hpi clear.
First owner purchased it on 1st august 1982.
(the first day of the new "x" plate).
He paid £1,728 new.
Top speed 123.58 mph.
Standing start 1/4 mile 13.2 secs.
Petrol tank capacity 5.1 gallons.
Average fuel consumption 45 mpg.
Dry weight 481 lb.
Both original Suzuki keys still with the bike.
This bike was restored last year by the previous owner.
The owner before him had it for over 22 years.
Only 4 previous owners.
I bought it last year as a bit of a nostalgia trip as I can remember seeing them in the showroom when i was 17 having just passed my test!
(i had a new Suzuki gsx250et at the time).
This one just looked so nice & original it would have been rude not to buy it!
But at the end of the day i have only managed to get out on it a few times & its done just 100 miles since the last mot.
The wife was right you can only ride one at a time!
(I already have a gsx600r).
Anyway back to the Katana:
Everything was kept as original as possible except for a period Motad 4-1 exhaust & Goodridge braided brake lines.
There is no rust anywhere at-all!
He replaced/re-plated just about every nut,bolt & washer.
Everything was stripped off the frame which was sent for bead blasting along with the swing arm & various other items.
They were then re-painted in original matt/satin black.
The tank/side panels have been re-painted in original silver the graphics are lacquered over (proper job).
The tank was re-painted underneath too & the inside looks as clean as the outside.
The wheels are both mint finished in the original white with polished alloy rims & are both fitted with quality avon tyres (loads of tread!).
Everthing has literally been re-done not just cosmetically he also reconditioned the cylinder head (very quiet no tappet/chain noise etc),replaced all the brakes/pads,all new seals & cables through-out the bike.
New oil, plugs, ht leads, carb set up etc.
New oil & seals in the shaft drive.
All the electrics were gone over new gel battery fitted etc & everything works as it should including the gear indicator on the clocks.
The bike has covered 31,548 which works out at under 20 miles per week!
I have loads of old mot's to back this up & looking at them it looks as thou it has never been taken off the road/stored for any length of time.
Also owners manual and advert literature/road tests etc.
The last owner/restorer bought it in feb last year did the restoration then sold it to me.
Obviously it is not a brand new bike & on close inspection you will find the odd fault but it is as close to new as i think you can really get without finding a new one in a crate (yes,they do still pop up occasionally) then it would be over £7k-£8k anyway.
The bike rides lovely pulls well & is silky smooth.
The exhaust sounds great not loud at-all.
You will not believe it is 32 years old it really does look like a 2 year old.
The seat is the original one which does have a couple of little marks but its just patina (not noticeable) & it looks a lot better than an after market seat cover would ever look!
All under the back of the seat/seat area is mint too!!
It really has never been out in rain since the restoration.