Morpheus's feeling during his dialogue with Trinity upon unplugging Neo is not very different from what I feel today. If you ask a motorcyclist how he/she got into it, chances are there is a specific motorcycle involved.
In 1988 I remember watching one of those Japanese superheroes TV series, Machine Man, when the protagonist used to ride a marvelous Suzuki bike, as was the case with 100% of the sentais, they all used Suzukis. In Machine Man series they employed the GSX 1100S, also known as Katana, the one that started the long and successful lineage of Katana-branded motorcycles. Made from 1981 to 1984, it is the grandmother of the GSXR and divided the motorcycle industry in before and after.
Every rider will have their favorite bike in a given aspect. To me, the Katana is the most beautiful motorcycle EVER made by any manufacturer at any time. It is personal, of course. The styling calls immediate attention. Rumor has it that some designers left BMW and joined Suzuki to make this bike. So if you are into BMW bikes and find resemblance with some of the GS, well, sorry, you saw it here first. The immense 1100cc engine with 116HP and a crap load of torque was even more nervous in the first year of production. If I recall correctly, it used 40mm Mikuni carburetors (don't know if the "flatside" ones) which made it very extreme, for this reason, it didn't sell well in some places, for example, here in Norway.
The paint, the star-shaped wheels, the slim gas tank, square head light, bi-colored seat... it is so beautiful, so well made and finished. Suzuki didn't save a single penny on this model, it was their flasghip. What you are going to see below are the pictures of the one I got today, literally. I will come to the details in a minute. And no, I didn't take the photos, I will make some as soon as it reaches my garage. Click to enlarge:
Some days ago I went to Arthur's shop and explained I was after a Katana, to which he replied: "we are". And then he told me about this one put up for sale. But he had to put some money in his business and explained me I would need to dish out serious cash, and boy did he mean it... I bought this specimen from a private collector here in Bergen, who picked it up in London some years ago and was no longer riding it and instead spends more time on a nice MV Agusta F4.
This Katana from 1983 is in mint, showroom condition. All original, entirely, the best birthday gift I could get from myself (yes, I am older today). Modified ones are easier to find, cost less, and obviously don't have the same market value as one in original form. Sometimes the bikes are so deeply modified, such as the paint, engine being bored to even 1400cc, frame being cut to make cafe racers (terrible idea for this bike), that it is impossible to restore it to original before selling, so finding a buyer for these is really difficult.
This week I am going to finish the paper work and have it towed to Arthur's shop for a quick check, carburetors sync and fluid change. With the icy roads now, it is a bad idea to ride it. I am also keeping my GSX600F because it is my every day use bike, travel and stuff, the Katana is a backup of the backup of the backup. Garage space is becoming a problem now...