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Servicing the Katana | by davekpcv
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Servicing the Katana

early 80s


Alan in his posh jacket which was "all the rage" at the time and they are still in fashion today in certain parts of Manchester!


According to one source, the Kat was the fastest mass produced motorcycle on the planet at the time of its launch - I don't know about that but it was pretty "nippy". A quick trawl of the web indicates the top end was about 137-140 which seems quite feeble compared to today's rocket ships. I once heard of an unnamed person who saw 145 on the clock (they always read fast) going down the Ramsbottom by pass.


But whatever. Thirty years later it still looks great (unlike the jacket!). The grand daddy of modern motorcycle design.


(Another one from the bottomless box of 80s biking memorabilia - obviously scanned on from the original photo)

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Taken circa 1983