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Thursday, March 27th, 2008
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Suzuki 1983 GSX1100S Katana

I bought this bike in 1983, and I still have it as of 2007 (and it still looks pretty much like this), though I don't ride it a lot these days. One change is the carbs now have velocity stacks on them; that actually works very well unless there is a crosswind, at which point the engine runs unevenly. It was an experiment that I'd probably undo if I came across a replacement airbox, because here in Montana, one thing you can pretty much count on is wind, cross or otherwise.

The appeal of cafe-style riding is just about gone for me, no matter how quick the bike is. I'd be more interested in something like a Yamaha VMax, something I can sit on like a normal human being and still put 100+ horsepower to the pavement when the occasion calls for it. You know, occasions like... well... every time you're on it. 😊

I almost lost this bike (and a lot of other stuff) when the 18-wheeler that contained it slipped off a hill in Montana where it was parked by my new home and jack-knifed into the head of a ravine below the house; ten more feet and it would have gone over. As it was, the driver, white-faced and shivering, managed to get it out of there without resorting to a tow truck, and nothing was the worse for wear except perhaps the driver. It certainly was exciting to see that truck just take off down the hill, though!

Update: Sold it March 27th, 2008. Oh well. Guess it's time to find a V-Max. 😊

The photo was taken in North Lauderdale, Florida in 1983 with a Pentax 35 mm, and the print was scanned in June 2007 using an Epson 4870 at 600 DPI.

If you look into the garage, you can also see my cat, Scurvy, sitting on my Yamaha 750 turbo. 😊

#cat #motorcycle #florida #scurvy #katana

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