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Old 03-29-2019, 03:10 PM   #1
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I still like the 80's better with the fairings and all...

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Old 03-29-2019, 03:39 PM   #2
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I had one of the original '82 1000s. Looks pretty bad with the high-rise pullback bars.
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Old 03-29-2019, 04:12 PM   #3
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My 1990 had a full fairing in Black with blue metal flake and silver striping that was just beautiful. I dont see much beauty or much to like at all in the new model. There is an awkwardness to the low front and high bars that makes it look not just wired but likely a nightmare on the freeway, I my last two bikes were nakeds. It’s aggressive styling but it doesn’t look mean or intimidating either.
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Old 03-29-2019, 08:49 PM   #4
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prediction: craigslist is about to see a rise in asking prices for old katanas, as well as the newer ones lol
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Maybe the newer style 600's and such but the old GS1000z's were limited production if I remember correctly.
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had me an 88 can o' tuna my senior year of high school....it blended well with the Camel Smokin Joe and F3's that others in my group were riding. It mattered none to me....I was in high school riding a motorcycle and the girls had no clue! Parts were a plenty too since the styling was the same from what....86-96?
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I still like the 80's better with the fairings and all...
The first half of the '80s looked a lot like what they're showing now. It was the late '80s when they went jelly bean.

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Old 04-02-2019, 09:02 PM   #9
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The first half of the '80s looked a lot like what they're showing now. It was the late '80s when they went jelly bean.

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That’s very cool info. Never actually bothered to checknout the history. Still don’t like the looks though. Retro only works when the original was a looker and early 80s saw futuristic styling take precedent over beauty. Sharp lines all the rage like the wedge shaped Corvette, cool when it came out but only as a departure from previous styling
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The early Katanas weren't that popular when they were new. I only remember them from sales brochures. I never knew anyone to own one. The Yamaha Seca and Kawasaki GPZ550 were far more popular.
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Old 04-05-2019, 08:31 PM   #11
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I love my '82 restomod Kat. All the purists hate the new one but I dont mind it. It uses the K5 engine so I would love to ride it. As was said previously I am not big on the bars but those can be changed.
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They just need to let the Katana line die already!
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