Suzuki Katana Drag Bike
At the Motorcycle Supershow in January 2008, there was a Katana drag motorcycle displayed in a booth sponsored by the Classic
Katana Owners of North America bike club.  Their website is
Classic Katana Owners  The bike was the inspiration for this build.  
The original bike had just the tank, seat and rear bodywork as the cues to the Katana design.  I felt that the front fender, fairing
and side covers were as big a part of the Katana design and decided to keep them for the model.

The other thing about the actual bike was that the engine covers had been repainted and all the nuts and bolts replaced with
chrome plated ones.  In order to paint the parts easier, the valve cover on the top of the engine had to be removed from the
cylinder heads.

Base Kit(s):   Tamiya Suzuki Katana GSX1100S custom tuned (kit number 14065)     

Finished:        Jan 2016

Modifications/Additions:
- front fork brace scratchbuilt
- front forks shortened and tubes replaced with polished aluminum
- scratchbuilt handlebars from brass wire, with styrene mounting blocks
- machined tachometer housing from styrene and bezel from aluminum
- front fender was widened to accommodate the wider tire.
- headlight and turn signals filled in with styrene in front fairing
- scratchbuilt steering damper
- strengthening webs added to chain drive shaft on left side of engine
- scratchbuilt air shifter
- scratchbuilt swing arm and supports from styrene sheets and rods
- intake trumpets taken from machined units for Ferrari formula 1 aftermarket set
- frame welds simulated with gel CA glue
- scratchbuilt footpeg mounts with diagonal grooves
- Model Factory Hiro photoetch chain (one and a half sets needed to get the total length)
- wheels taken from unknown diecast, tires from parts box (probably Tamiya GP bike tire on the rear)
- axles and swing arm bolts replaced with aluminum threaded shafts and 0-80 nuts and washers
- scratchbuilt wheelie bar with wheels machined from thick plastic hanger
- all bolt heads shaved off and replaced with Meng plastic nuts and bolt heads, painted with Alclad chrome
- body paint is Tamiya gun metal, red (stripe) and gloss aluminum, clear coated and polished

Awards:
HeritageCon 10, Hamilton, ON March 2016 - 1st place Motorcycles
Kingston Modelrama, Kingston, ON, April 2016 - 2nd place Motorcycles
Toronto Model Car Show, Toronto, ON, Sept 2016 - 1st place Motorcycles, Best Detail
Ajax 36, Ajax, ON, Oct 2016 - 3rd place Motorcycles

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The bike that inspired this build






















Some construction photos
Evan Jones Motorcycle Models