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post #21 of 23 Old 09-17-2017, 02:40 PM
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Originally Posted by TrueFaith View Post
LOL! "Can-o-tuna" or not, I'd sell my eye teeth in a heartbeat for one of those original Hans Muth designed Katanas!
And I'd throw in a couple of wisdom teeth for his 1982 BMW R65LS.
There were some neat original Katanas, but the later higher production models were pretty weaksauce.

Those are the Can-o-tuna ones.

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There was some neat original Katanas, but the later higher production models were pretty weaksauce.

Those are the Can-o-tuna ones.
Oh yeah, it was reprehensible what Suzuki did to the Katana over time. I gave up on them when they started to look like Honda Hurricanes. All the crisp, sharp design lines that Hans Muth added to the original were completely obliterated and they became completely boring.
That's one reason I loved my Seca 400 so much. It didn't look like anything else on the road at the time (other than maybe the Yamaha Turbo) with it's cast wheels, "boat stern" rear end, rectangular headlight and deep blue-to-purple light transforming paint. I added a factory headlight fairing/windscreen that literally took MONTHS to ship from Japan which made it even more unique-looking. People would do double-takes as they walked past and stop to admire all of it's futuristic-looking touches. I felt exactly the same way when I saw my first parked Yamaha Phazer a few years later.
Yamaha has become a little less "razor's edge" with it's designs since then, but I still see that heritage in the FZ-07s and 09s, albeit in a much more muted form. I'm really excited about the new Husqvarna Vitpilen 401 and the possible return of motorcycle design that's "love it or hate it" polarizing again. : )
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Hmmm, I like the twin cylinder, the larger rear seat, the 4 gallon tank. Don't like heavier. More maintenance with the twin cylinder. Same HP rating as the cbr. Styling is good, albeit pretty close to the cbr. Overall not enough to be tempting.
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