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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 01-10-2020, 07:12 PM Thread Starter
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In my bedridden boredom (I know..... I sound pathetic....), I chanced upon a picture of a 2020 Suzuki Katana.
In 1983, when I was a young soldier with more money than I ever had in my life, I decided to buy a brand new bike. It came down to 3 motorcycles: The Suzuki Katana, the Honda CX turbo, and the Yamaha Seca turbo. I decided on the Yamaha.
Looking at the 2020 Katana has brought back a flood of memories. This is a bike of my youth........ Can a 60 year old look good on one of these?? How can I justify this as a touring bike?? Will it be worth the divorce settlement???

Seriously though, in 1983, these looks were cutting edge, and Iím looking through nostalgic eyes. Iím just curious how yíall think the looks of the Katana compare with the looks of bikes today?

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They all (with the exception of the e-bikes) still have 2 wheels, an engine, a frame, handlebars, gas tank, and a seat. Everything else is just frosting.
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The original is ok, tail is ugly though. The new short-cramped body naked's, I'm tired of them, hate them, the body/seats need to cover the rear wheels, they are only practical for short jaunts and fun/track times. Have any cargo, forget it!

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Can a 60 year old look good on one of these??
Absolutely, Yes!

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How can I justify this?
Easily

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as a touring bike??
No way. No need to ignore what it is.

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Will it be worth the divorce settlement???
Divorce from what, your tail bones, back bones, and shoulder bones?


Seriously, get it; run it through the Advanced MSF course; track it; enjoy it for the next 30 or 40 years, young man! No shame there! Maybe even commute if not too long, but take it on an hour long test drive before you try to use it for touring.

Compared to the new bikes? The 2020 version looks somewhat like the rest of them to me, with a few nods toward the Suzi look we know and love.
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I like the look, but more importantly, you like the look. I don't see it as a touring bike or any kind, but yes, you'd look awesome on it.
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The new Katana definitely looks old Katana-ish, which ainít bad! If I were going the new-old direction, it is the Yamaha XSR900 that tugs at my heartstrings. A red and white one like my old RZ350. Needs a bikini fairing, though.
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The new Katana definitely looks old Katana-ish, which ainít bad! If I were going the new-old direction, it is the Yamaha XSR900 that tugs at my heartstrings. A red and white one like my old RZ350. Needs a bikini fairing, though.
Thatís the first time Iíve seen the XSR.... That is a beautiful bike. Kinda a cross between the RZ and a Seca. On both the Katana and the XSR (to Rebís point) the backend looks like there is nothing there.

On another subject, factory colors are interesting to me now. I was listening to someone talking about factory Yamaha blue. I still think of em as yellow and black, and Suzuki as blue and white.

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Judging by Your overall posts, go test ride a Kawasaki Z900RS or the cafe version. I’ll bet you will buy it on the spot. It will have you at start up. Don’t know how KAWA got away with that (awesome) sound and noise emissions.
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I think the xsr900 is the best looking in class and the red white and gold is this years design. The 900rs does sound good, but it doesn't sell me, but I would take it any day over the CB. Plus, the triple sound is awesome as well if you do the exhaust right, I have had my eye on the xsr900 for a while now. The new katana is nice looking, but does also cost 3-4k more than the others, that's a big downer.
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Judging by Your overall posts, go test ride a Kawasaki Z900RS or the cafe version. Iíll bet you will buy it on the spot. It will have you at start up. Donít know how KAWA got away with that (awesome) sound and noise emissions.
Iíve had my eye on that 900RS cafe . The big question is if the knee will hold a 500 lb bike again. The XRS900 comes in at 430lbs, thatís 80 lbs more than the current bike, but around 50lbs less than the Kawasaki.

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