Here's my shortlist of sites relevant to GS/GSX Suzukis.
Please note that I take no responsibility for the content of these websites or the quality of any services or information they may offer. Not only that, but the inclusion of these links on this website does not imply endorsement of the views expressed by the organisations or individuals responsible for these sites. These external links are provided for information purposes only. Use your own discretion and discernment. Thankyou and goodnight.
Three Sites You Shouldn't Go Past...
it all begins here, at Katana Central. The original Katana site with useful spec. pages and a good forum as well. Also, from this site you can order microfiches on CD-ROM for your Katana. I ordered mine in June 2005, and the image quality is excellent; worth every cent. With all the detailed Suzuki service supplements etc. that also come on the CD, you find out all sorts of stuff that your average after-market manual just won't tell you, such as brake and throttle cable routing. Like I said, worth every cent, and it will pay for itself in 5 minutes.
a site with some very useful information, but far-and-away the best forum for GS/GSX Suzukis on the internet. In fact, you'll find that just about every GS problem imaginable has been dealt with on the forum. Want to snuff out that clutch rattle? Bike won't start when the engine's hot? Use the 'Search' feature and trawl past forum threads to find the answers.
There are also vital information pages, especially to do with sorting out the notorious GS/GSX electrical gremlins. There is an excellent diagnostic flow chart for trouble-shooting your charging system. Also top articles on carburettor servicing and adjustment.
www.suzukicycles.org if you want to see a shining example of one man's dedication to a particular marque of motorcycle, look no further. Jarmo's ambition is to have information on EVERY model of Suzuki ever manufactured. This is a comprehensive site and an amazing resource.
Other Katana & GS-related Sites...
SUZUKI-KATANA.NET Australian "Home of the Big Kats". Great site, lots of good info, history, model details, technical tips, and yes! our very own Aussie Katana forum.
Old Skool Suzuki dedicated to the "genetic engineering of an extinct species". Conservation at its very best! Excellent amount of info. and resources here. From CAD diagrams for new engine plates to slot a GSX-R donk into your ageing Katana, to Excel spreadsheets to help you nut out gearing ratios, it's a ripper. Also, the forum bristles with lots of blokes who know lots of stuff and love their big Zooks.
You can also find great photos of *monster* burnouts, videos of Suzuki-philes pulling excellent wheelies etc., and plenty of technical information. Not the least of which is Patrick's user-friendly article on the basics of tweaking your suspension settings for best effect: once on the site, navigate to 'Seven-Eleven' and then hit the link to 'Suspension Setup for Dummies'.
Classic Bike Forum not officially linked to the famous mag, mind, 'coz the original forum went belly-up. But the old mob of classic bike nuts weren't about to be defeated, so logon here and get a good dose of Pommy insanity.
Aussie Street Bikes forum, motorcycle news, shop, etc.
KatanaClub NL Dutch Katana site, put together and run by Arnout of www.gsx1100.com fame.
Michael's 'GS Classic' site excellent German GS Suzuki site, with lots of articles, technical information, etc. What's that? You don't read German?! Don't worry, some of the site is in English; and besides, if you use a site translation service (eg. Babelfish) you'll get a fair idea of what's being said.
Katana France the premier French Katana website. Helpfully, the text is translated into English across the site. Lots of photos of other Katanas, and some nice Katana-related goodies that you can order via the site. Well worth a look!
MITICHE Suzuki GS an Italian site devoted to GS Suzukis. Lots of good stuff, and a list of links that's well worth your attention.
the KatWeb a site devoted to customised Katanas.
Yoshimura Katana if there is a puddle of saliva on your keyboard after you have been to this site... well, you were warned. And if there isn't a puddle of saliva? You may well be blind.
GSXKatana.de a German site devoted to the Suzuki Katana. The nifty thing here is that if you go to the 'Technik' section, you'll find online microfiches for your Katana. Which is pretty handy.
Katana Berlin another Katana site with a distinctly Teutonic flavour. (Just make sure to click 'Skip Intro' if you don't have broadband.)
Wikipedia 'Suzuki Katana' entry. Take a peek at the 'Discussion' tab to (i) tap into a debate about the design origins of the Katana, and (ii) get an idea of the limitations of Wikipedia! (The problem with the internet is that there have always been too many 'experts'.)
Individual Projects and Bike Nuts in General...
Arnout's GSX now here is one talented bloke. Arnout has taken a stock GSX750, put an 1100 powerplant in it (of course), and then has gone on to work a litany of engineering wonders in the comfort of his own loungeroom. Browse this site and be motivated to do things better yourself. Also online microfiches available for GSX1100 Suzukis.
landbridge.net.au pssssst, wanna buy a low kms Japanese import motorcycle?! David of Landbridge does exactly that. Latest shipment (August 2008) inludes pristine 80's BMWs, a yummy GPz1000RX, a lovely little Moto Guzzi, and the rest. And here's a photo of the latest batch leaving Japan.
if you want to talk business!
www.biker66.com Peter's excellent GSX-engined Moto Martin machine. Exotic enough as 'standard', but absolutely top-notch now that it's in the hands of a true enthusiast and capable home engineer. What a bike!!! [PS. You must have Java installed and enabled to view Peter's webpage... the sidebar menu won't appear without it.]
BikeCliff's Website BikeCliff has put together a comprehensive site for his GS850G, detailing many aspects of maintenance and repair. Manuals for many GS/GSX models are also available for download.
Rob Wilton's Katanas aka 'Katman', Rob shows us some of his tasty Katanas, and shares a lot of excellent technical tips. Top site.
Solo Suzuki Zone great site, tasty Katana, nice-looking GS(X)1100EZ, say no more.
"Hus and his Katana" Hus has saved us all a lot of trouble, and prepared a colour wiring diagram for freebie download. Print out this beauty and you'll have no more eyestrain trying to figure out which wire goes where. There's also a PDF copy of the GSX1100 Owners Manual available for download, as well as a few other goodies thankyou Hus.
Actually, as of July 2010 it seems that Hus's site has gone down... so for the time being I'll make his diagram available here. Warning, it's a hunky file about 2.6MB...
Marco's Turbo GSX1100 A great project, tasty result. And, it gives you a good idea of what you're in for if you go the turbo route. So far Marco's got it up to 200HP and rising... all in a 750 chassis 8-O
www.kz400.com Odd Ivar Bekkelund's z400 site. The z400 is perhaps the most overlooked Zed of them all. Almost 1/2 a 900, the little Zed will rattle along happily all day. There seem to be a few around, mainly languishing in wreckers yards, so if you're in search of a project bike then they're definitely worth a look. And with enthusiasts like Odd Ivar around, support is never far away; this man knows his z400s. Read a bit about the one I used to have here.
Motorcycle Repair Manual Club.com manuals for a wide range of motorcycles and related stuff, eg. Marzocchi shock absorbers, all available for free download. The drawback is that the site's a bit quirky, and when I last checked (late 2007) full of bugs. So you'll have to check it out for yourself.
MYXmanuals lots of manuals available here for a very reasonable subscription fee.
Alpha Sports comprehensive Suzuki parts catalogues and microfiches online, for just about every Suzuki from 1965 through to the present. However, use with caution: the microfiches appear to deal with Suzukis exported to the USA, which might not be exactly the same as the models we received here in Australia.
bwringer.com Brian has put together a number of handy maintenance articles, from re-covering seats through to rebuilding cam-chain tensioners.
www.factorypro.com here's a site with lots of useful tuning information. Outlines the basic theory and practice for getting your CV carbies jetted properly.
GIXXER.com psssst... wanna good run-down on how to work on GSX-R carbies? Go to this thread at www.gixxer.com and you'll get an excellent and comprehensive article by a few blokes who know their stuff. Just the ticket for helping you nut-out and renovate those GSX-R carbies you've hung off the back of your old GSX donk.
Yoshimura Japan delectable stuff indeed from the Land of the Rising Sun. You've got to hand it to this crew, they just make the most mouth-watering motorcycle bits, not to mention complete motorcycles.
Mikuni USA some great technical articles can be found here, especially with regard to carburettor tuning, trouble-shooting and setup. Yes, the site is aimed at Harleys... but don't worry, carbies are carbies and they all work the same.
Mikunioz Mikuni Australia. If you're after yummy carburettors (smoothbores, flatslides) and accessories, jets included. A wealth of information on needle and needle-jet dimensions available as well as main jets, pilot jets, and the rest.
Services We Cannot Do Without...
Bike Tyre City aka 'The Bike Doctor', where I get my tyres, chains, sprockets, brake pads, etc. Good no-nonsense service.
Suziparts Who? Let them speak for themselves: "Our company was set up to service the needs of the owners of pre 1987 Suzuki Motorcycles." Lots of genuine parts for the older Zooks.
Westfield Fasteners Westfield's online shop allows you to order stainless steel nuts, bolts, screws, hose clamps and washers in the quantities that YOU require. There's every conceivable sort of fastener on here, and they're all in stainless.
Stainless Store an Australian-based online store for a wide range of stainless steel fasteners.
Cycle Re-Cycle Part II specialising in after-market parts for vintage Japanese motorcycles.
Debben Performance lots of good performance parts here for our machines.
Z1 Enterprises vintage Japanese motorcycle parts.
Sudco Motorcycle Parts heaps of stuff here. Carburettors, clutch kits, valves, filters, jets, gaskets... the list is almost endless and the mind truly boggles.
Wemoto yep, another one of those excellent online sites that sells just about everything. Extensive selection of parts for the Katana.
Robinsons Foundry yep, another one of those...
Eagle Screens Australia "Replacement Motorcycle Screens ~ Standard or Custom ~ Shipped Worldwide". These guys make quality screens for a wide range of motorcycles. I can testify to first class service and full attention to detail; the screen they made for my GS1000S was *perfect*!
Electrex World Do you need to replace that stator or reg/rect. unit? If you've got a GS/X Suzuki, sooner or later you will have to! Shop online at Electrex for quality items at a competitive price (and yes, that's even when you take postage costs to Australia into account).
IKON shockabsorbers 'IKON' being the new name for 'KONI'. Same good shockies, though: fully rebuildable, good range of adjustment. Just the shot for replacing your tired set of OE rear motorcycle shockies so that you don't get catapaulted over the front wheel when things get a bit spirited. And also just the shot if like me you don't have the budget for a set of yummy Ohlins units or maybe even those splendiferous Kyaba items on the Katana 'Final Edition'.
Earl's UK more brake lines, hoses, oil coolers, etc. They used to do an 'oil diversion bung' (Part no. ED19) for GSX Suzukis, but not any more (alas) even though it's really a recommended item if you want to fit an oil cooler. Why is a bung needed? Explanation here. In any case manufacturing your own bung presents no real difficulties.
Barnett clutches Has your clutch had the gong, and you need some new parts? The Suzuki OEM parts enjoy a good reputation, but there are other options which you might like to consider. Barnett clutches are a popular choice. I ended up going for a new set of Barnett friction plates on eBay, and saved myself about $150 compared to what I would have paid here in Australia. It's always worth shopping around, and all sorts of goodies can be found on the internet if you're willing to browse around a bit, eg. on eBay.
GS Zone lots of APE aftermarket engine parts such as valves, cam shafts, cam chains, lockup clutches, clutch baskets, pistons, rocker arms, carburettors, big blocks, transmission cogs and components... on and on it goes. Great site.
S&K Racing another great website for sourcing all sorts of goodies.
Vesrah clutches dunno what they're like, but I found their site and their gear may be worth a look. Also lots of other stuff available, like valves, gaskets, conrods, etc.
EBC clutch plates, brake pads, brake rotors, etc.
TNK Engineering Now lookie here! This crew have actually got remanufactured Katana instrument clusters! Of course, they don't come really cheap (work out at a bit over the AU$500 mark) but if you want 'em, you can get 'em. Which is always nice to know.
Wiseco pistons. For when the old girl is burning oil and you might as well slot in a fresh set of oversize pistons while you're at it. Wiseco also do other goodies like clutch baskets, etc.
Ian Williams Tuning if you're in Australia and you're after some different jets for your Mikuni carburettors. OK, it's a go-cart site, but jets are jets and IWT has the best prices I could find on the Australian web.
Reproduction Decals here you will find a comprehensive range of decals, striping kits, etc. available for your motorcycle including the mighty Katana, of course. They even list a decal kit for the red&white GS1000ST, but I'm afraid it's not the same as what we got here in Australia. What they've basically done is a red & white version of the blue & white GS1000SN. Maybe one day they'll get it right...
MotoGraphix specialists in motorcycle decals. Don't know what their work is like myself, but worth trying at some stage.
Badge Replicas well we don't really need anything from this competent crew for Katanas, but if you're after one of those unobtainable badges for another bike you're fixing up (eg. that 70's Kawasaki, or that Laverda RGS, etc.), then this is a good place to look.
Replico Fibreglass Motorcycle Products Busted your fairing? Can't find the sidecover you're after? Replico list the sidecovers and 'scoops' for the Katana.
Team Show & Go Australia source of a comprehensive range of accessories, also a wrecking section with some Katana parts listed. Replica Katana fairings listed.
Open Directory motorcycle links galore to be found here. Technical links, personal motorcycle sites, clubs, makes and models, etc. etc. etc.
Online Conversion Want to convert MPG to KPL? Horsepower to Kilowatts? Millimetres to McKerneys? 'Online Conversion' is your site.
Findapart the easy way to request a particular part from a whole network of wreckers at a keystroke.
Bureau of Meterology, Perth Radar in other words, Perth biking weather at the moment. And, if you follow the link to the 'looped' images, you can pick the direction and speed of the showers, and then make a quick mental calculation as to what might be a good time to scarper home from work on the ZXR, eh Warwick...
- Want the seven-day Perth weather outlook? Click here.
- Corresponding weather charts are here.
- Or perhaps a satellite's peek from space at how the cloud cover is moving over the Great Southern Land? Click here.
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