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  • Motorized windshield on 1100 Kat?

    Came across this on ebay:

    http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Gsx-k...Q5fAccessories

    The 1100 Kats have winshscreens that went up and down? Or am I miss understanding?

    Whats the point?
    Originally posted by arsenic
    93 octane fuel and K&N pod filters rock.

  • #2
    http://www.motorcyclespecs.co.za/mod...1100f%2088.htm

    "
    he Katana's ABS plastic fairing, pressed up tight against the upper frame rails, measures only 19 inches wide. Yet cutaways in the fuel tank give the rider room to squeeze inside the bubble for full-body protection against the cold. The GSX's air management with ducts to draw cooling air into the engine bay and airbox, and heated air out, away from the rider—is effective. Even during cruising through warm, mid-town traffic, not a trace of engine heat spills into the cockpit.
    What sets this fairing apart from run of-the-mill aerowork is Suzuki's new Power Shield, a retractable windscreen operated by a handlebar-mounted control switch. Push the button and the shield raises as much as three inches from its fully retracted position. Using essentially the same mechanism as automobile power windows, the PS employs a pair of plastic ball-chains—the left side driven by a sprocket from a small Kioto servo-motor, the right by a drive shaft—to articulate the shield in push/pull fashion.
    Although raising the shield extends the envelope of still cockpit air and shrouds the rider's chest and shoulders from the blast, helmet buffeting and wind noise at 60 mph actually increase when the shield is in its fully extended position. Not until 80 mph and faster does this air-spill become less turbulent. In the high-desert chill, we settled for earplugs and ran at a law-abiding 60 mph with the windshield full up."

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    • #3
      Why can't Suzuki make this bike any more?

      Even by todays standards it is still comprable to some modern bikes:

      5.5 gallon fuel tank
      130HP
      538 dry weight

      It just needs updated brakes and wheels. The front and side profile are not that bad but the rear tail light does need updating.
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      • #4
        The windshield was stock from '88 thru '93.
        If you're interested in how it operated, you can look at the Power Screen Parts Fiche.


        Originally posted by squiggy View Post
        Why can't Suzuki make this bike any more?
        Well, first and foremost is that you can't get that 1100 air-oil cooled engine through required pollution specs even as early as the late 90's in Europe.

        But if you mean, why can't they make this same basic bike with a more modern engine (say Bandit 1250 motor)? The answer is simply cost & number of units moved -- they didn't sell all that many of these bikes "new" because of the extremely high buy-in price compared to other choices in the category. I don't know what they were charging for them in the US at the time (I was in Germany at the end of the 80's), but there they were priced at the very top of the heap.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by The CyberPoet View Post
          But if you mean, why can't they make this same basic bike with a more modern engine (say Bandit 1250 motor)? The answer is simply cost & number of units moved -- they didn't sell all that many of these bikes "new" because of the extremely high buy-in price compared to other choices in the category. I don't know what they were charging for them in the US at the time (I was in Germany at the end of the 80's), but there they were priced at the very top of the heap.
          They could give Honda a run for their money with that 1250 motor up against the VFR crowd... if they did it right
          -Steve


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          • #6
            Originally posted by steves View Post
            They could give Honda a run for their money with that 1250 motor up against the VFR crowd... if they did it right
            Yeah, but I think Suzuki doesn't have it's head in the right place for sports-touring the way we understand it (believe it or not). If you look at their website and look up their touring offerings, you get their cruisers with bags & windshields (Boulevard models C190T & C90T, C50T). That says a lot to me...

            They have the Bandit 1250 platform (look at the Canadian & UK offerings of the same bike with full clad fairings and hard bags pre-included, although both the bags & full fairings are 3rd party); if they took that as the basis and actually built proper fairings, did a tighter integration of some custom bags and added a bit more bling (data systems with info like range-to-empty, chain oiler), they could have a real winner.

            Cheers,
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            • #7
              Originally posted by The CyberPoet View Post
              But if you mean, why can't they make this same basic bike with a more modern engine (say Bandit 1250 motor)?
              Yes that's what I meant.

              It looks like the cruiser styling is the new sport-touring. Even Kawasaki took the old Voyager name tag and slaped it on one of their cruiser barges.
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