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  • maniac1886
    started a topic My long running katana project (Black Betty)

    My long running katana project (Black Betty)

    My katana 600 (Black Betty)
    I bought my kat for about $1000. I haggled him down from $2000. I probably could have gone lower but frankly, this is my first bike and the money was burning a hole in my pocket. Anyway when I bought the bike it was mostly disassembled. I probably wouldn’t have even bought it, (I'm big on "I want to hear the motor run") but it was a friend of a reliable friend who told me she ran good when it was assembled.

    How I bought her



    I got the bike home and the first thing I noticed was the pin hole in the tank. Got that fixed,



    put it all together and it started!! Ran a little rough though. Took the carbs apart and cleaned them per “Carbs 101” and synced them with a manometer or whatever it’s called. Bike was running great, till the coils crapped out. Replaced the coils and I was off. Straight street fighter mode. It took me an entire summer to get the complete set of plastics from the guy. I can’t express enough how much this forum has helped me. If it wasn’t for you guys, my black Betty wouldn’t be the bike she is today. Anyway, here is a list of what I have done so far. We have come a long way but we have much farther to travel before my work is complete.
    New Battery
    Fixed holes in the tank
    Tried to get at much rust out as possible (not complete)
    New Plugs
    New Coils (used coils, I tend to be a little poor sometimes)
    Re-glued the air box boots and plugged the drain hole for better back pressure in the air box
    Painted the rusty headers (came with 4 to 1 and a yosh pipe =])
    Replaced fuel line from tank to petcock
    Cleaned Carbs
    New carb bowl screws
    Mirrors with integrated blinkers
    Replaced ALL rubber parts in the carbs
    new clutch cable
    LED blinker relay
    Jetted Carbs
    Lubed chain
    replaced intake gaskets
    eliminated all vacuum leaks
    Synced Carbs
    Lowered front end 1 inch
    Barnett high performance clutch
    oil change
    mounted plastics
    replaced clutch and brake levers
    new Windshield
    fixed gauge dash
    added a phone mount to the dash
    painted the dash ( gauge cluster)
    changed the green red and orange lights with LED lights
    added a phone charger
    replaced carb vacuum caps for syncing
    reinforced chain adjustment plates
    installed a busa shock
    painted the rims on the gauges
    painted the caliper arm
    Blue chain
    new sprockets
    new tire
    new front tire valve
    painted swing arm with plastidip
    added blue LEDS
    new seat
    made a muffler hanger (mine was just hanging)
    New tire (couldnt afford the front and it wasnt that bad so just the back, there were wires poppin out)




























    That’s what I’ve done so far. What I have left to do
    Replace stator cover (dropped her playing outside in the winter, hit black ice and she toppled at idle speed)
    I want to have the tank serviced. It’s still rusty inside.
    REAL paint job... its just rattle canned right now.
    before I paint it I want to have the gas tank stripped and sand blasted inside and repaired, while the tank is in the shop Ill sand and prep the plastics for paint and when I get it back paint all of it. (I got a painter buddy)
    2003 Yamaha R1 tail light mod
    I would like to modernize the nose. I’ve seen some crazy pictures of gsxr noses being fabbed on, I like that idea.
    Id like to powder coat everything ive painted
    I want new grips
    I want to powder coat the triple trees

    I love this bike. No it’s not a super sport, but it’s plenty fast for me and it’s comfy. Not to mention, she rides like a dream. My hard work has paid off. She always starts, and never dies. I want to thank all you here at Katriders for helping me take a box of motorcycle parts and turn it into a magnificent, well-tuned machine!!!

    The last 4 pictures are a progressive summary of the way my bike looked. Still lots of work but with a real paint job and a few more bells and whistles she will be done. Well.... then it'll probably be time to switch over to inverted forks, gsxr swingarm and a b12. Its definitely not worth the money I've put into it and im ok with that. I dont ever plan on selling it. when the time comes to get a new bike, (probably a super sport) I will definitely be keeping this one!!

  • hannamarin
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    I wish your catana project be successful! http://bigpaperwriter.com/blog/a-long-way-gone-essay proposes to you a long way gone essay!

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  • maniac1886
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    Man, I swear I put a picture of my new bike in this thread. Since the katana died, and was resurrected, and documented I suppose a nice final post on this thread should be my new bike. Shes a real beauty!



    Little bit of Right Side Rash. Will be fixing that this winter i think.





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  • Kat Floyd
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    Damn man thats nuts!
    Got the car right though. I drive a 04 blue Neon like that also

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  • maniac1886
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    Haha yah it's a neon... It's my commuter. I work 70 miles from home... I let my insurance lap back in November. And of course, after work on my way to the insurance place in my home town I incurred a rear end collision by some asshole not paying attention.. I didn't want my car towed and me fined 50 miles from home so we opted out of making a police report.... That happened 2 months after I totalled my damn bike.... It was a rough couple of months.. Lol

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  • Kat Floyd
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    Ouch!
    Looks like that blue car got some damage also.
    Looks like either a Neon or an Avenger maybe?

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  • maniac1886
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    So as mentioned, Sold my totalled Katana to a buddy. Well he dropped by the other day to let me take a peek at the old girl since he put her all back together again. He said hes rocking the zip ties all riding season over the principality of it being a resurrected bike and to pay homage to its previous life. Either way, it was good to see it riding down the road again. even if it is all fucked up and ugly(er)











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  • maniac1886
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    Finally got my Katana patxh in the mail


    Up on my modest little patch wall (I'm still building it)

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  • 92xjunker
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    Awwwwwww, bummer dude. On the brite side, you can get a better bike...

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  • maniac1886
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    Well guys. My betty is no more. I put the rebuilt forks and triple in and the front wheel was pushed wayyyy back. The neck was bent. Soooo... today is bitter sweet. Shes sold. Everything. $500. But it went to a friend and he will be using both motors so at least ill get to see what becomes of her. He may even buy a new frame and rebuild it. Who knows. Either way, its gone. Got my eye on an 06 gsxr 750. Well see what happens. So, that brings this thread to an end. I appreciate all the knowledge and information and stories but this is mostly farewell. I dont know how much oll be on the site. Ill prolly linger for a while. I have dabbled in other forums and you guys are way cooler. Haha so... there it is. It was a good run.

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  • maniac1886
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    That's the thing. I anticipated having to cut new spacers for the tubes but they fit perfectly.

    Since I'm here, a bit of an update. I got the forks back together, but it appears my bottom triple is tweeked. So I'm going to investigate the neck a little deeper then if it seems straight, I'll source a new lower triple and new neck bearings.
    Last edited by maniac1886; 11-03-2015, 11:40 AM.

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  • Kreylyn
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    Originally posted by maniac1886 View Post
    Well, ive heard that the 750 forks are different than 600 forks. It must have been post vs pre because they are pretty much identical inside and out. Just finished the damper rod modifications over the weekend. Picked up some fork oil today. Hopefully they will be assembled by the end of the night tonight. If I can get them assembled and in, I can get my bike out of the middle of my garage and finally free up some space. Fingers crossed!
    Pre 600 vs 750 are only different by having 11mm longer upper tubes on the 750. Otherwise, identical.

    Krey

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  • maniac1886
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    Well, ive heard that the 750 forks are different than 600 forks. It must have been post vs pre because they are pretty much identical inside and out. Just finished the damper rod modifications over the weekend. Picked up some fork oil today. Hopefully they will be assembled by the end of the night tonight. If I can get them assembled and in, I can get my bike out of the middle of my garage and finally free up some space. Fingers crossed!

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  • maniac1886
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    Picked up a pre 750 front end yesterday. Wheel, rotors, axle, forks, fender, speedo with cable, a brake line, a fuel gauge and the gauge bracket, the rear fuel tank stay bracket, and a straight handlebar for $200. Black Betty will live again! It'll definitely be a street fighter now. I'm thinking about changing her name to Humpty Dumpty. Lol


    Anybody know if my racetech springs and cartridge emulators will fit these forks. I know I'll have to cut new spacers, but my main concern is will the CE's fit these damper rods as from what I read they are a lil different...
    Last edited by maniac1886; 10-14-2015, 07:47 AM.

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  • maniac1886
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    Well... Still trying to track down a front end that I can frankenstein on to the front end of this bike. Hopefully I will be able to. As time passes, I definitely have my heart set on an 04/05 Gsxr 600 or maybe even a 750. I have begun the saving process. lol But I think i might streetfight the katana and keep it for long rides. If I can afford the gsxr without selling the kat, Ill definitely keep it, and probably keep tinkering with the 750 motor for it. So this thread may not be dead yet. but its definitely taking a new direction. Ill keep you kiddies posted on the process.

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