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  1. I was seriously considering selling the Katana

    I recently purchased a 2015 DL650A V-Strom. This bike is such a joy to ride, and such a different experience from my Katana (and the GS650GL before that). It runs silky smooth, is quiet, flattens out...
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    Don't beat yourself up. No rebuild story would be...

    Don't beat yourself up. No rebuild story would be complete without a few of these incidents thrown in.
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    Congrats Pete! That exhaust sounds fantastic BTW.

    Congrats Pete! That exhaust sounds fantastic BTW.
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    New addition to the family

    My motorcycle family that is. I brought home a new-to-me 2015 V-Strom 650 on Friday. I still love riding my Katana, but my aging body complains after about an hour in the saddle. I like going for...
  5. The torque spec for my 1982 Katana with aluminum...

    The torque spec for my 1982 Katana with aluminum clip-ons is 6.0-8.5 ft/lb per the service manual.
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    Well, I just got back from a ride. The usual...

    Well, I just got back from a ride. The usual voltage readings: 14.2 to start, down to 13.6 by the end. Battery fully charged upon return. The R/R was just warm to the touch.

    I’m going to leave it...
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    The + from R/R is connected to the stock harness...

    The + from R/R is connected to the stock harness terminal with 14ga. wire. The ground from the R/R is connected to my SPG, which is at one of the battery tray mounting bolts, also with 14ga wire....
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    Hi Steve, Positive is connected to starter...

    Hi Steve,

    Positive is connected to starter solenoid post. Negative grounded to a convenient spot on the frame near the steering head.
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    Agreed. I'm hoping some of the electrical experts...

    Agreed. I'm hoping some of the electrical experts will chime in.

    My SH775 is mounted in the tail piece - no room anywhere else on the Katana - so doesn't get much air flow. Could be that the R/R...
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    Thanks for the quick replies. I was under the...

    Thanks for the quick replies. I was under the impression that I should be seeing 14+ volts at all times. But this makes sense.

    Cheers!
    K
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    Slowly fading voltage while riding

    My setup: 1982 Katana 750, brand new Electrosport stator connected directly to SH775, which is grounded to the SPG and connected to the positive at the stock wiring harness location, new Yuasa AGM...
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    When I bought my Katana there were no visible oil...

    When I bought my Katana there were no visible oil leaks anywhere. I checked it over thoroughly, even looking for signs on the PO's garage floor, which was spotless. I asked the PO what he was using...
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    Not sure of the year, but the only Suzuki...

    Not sure of the year, but the only Suzuki motorcycle paint reference to "champagne" is YMP - Pale Champagne Gold Metallic. Your bike definitely looks silver from the picture, so it may have been...
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    I purchased my Gunson Colortune directly from the...

    I purchased my Gunson Colortune directly from the Morgan Carbtune website, so Morgan is probably reselling. Regardless, like Grimly said, it's the real deal.
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    Installed the mod last weekend as described above...

    Installed the mod last weekend as described above and it paid immediate dividends. Much easier starting, much less time on choke when warming up. Now I'm going to adjust the pilot screws, which were...
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    Thanks for the reply Steve. I installed this...

    Thanks for the reply Steve.

    I installed this mod on my last bike, a 1981 GS650GL, and went the harness route. On this bike I disassembled, cleaned and rebuilt the fuse box last winter. My...
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    Coil relay mod question

    Most coil relay mod instructions suggest opening up the harness and splicing into it in order to power the relay. Is there any reason why I couldn’t just remove one orange/white connector from a coil...
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    On my 82 Katana the black/yellow wire from the...

    On my 82 Katana the black/yellow wire from the igniter to the coils provides the signal. This is in the harness that connects to the tachometer. Within the harness connector there is also a...
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    Reinstalled my starter motor with a new o-ring. I...

    Reinstalled my starter motor with a new o-ring. I removed the motor last fall, but both of the mounting bolts were corroded and snapped off when I tried to remove them, making what should've been a...
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    Very nice Pete! If that doesn't motivate you to...

    Very nice Pete! If that doesn't motivate you to get it done and on the road then nothing will!

    Cheers!
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    I stand corrected. The paint on my 1982 Katana...

    I stand corrected. The paint on my 1982 Katana 750 are black, but pictures definitely show a silver finish on the GS1000S wheels.
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    The wheels are painted black on the interior...

    The wheels are painted black on the interior portion of all the spokes and wheel. The vertical surfaces (edge of wheel, face of spokes) are bare aluminum. Everything is clear coated. The are the...
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    Nicely done! It's not every day you see a 3D...

    Nicely done! It's not every day you see a 3D printed solution to a problem with an old GS.

    Cheers!
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    Beautiful bike. Not often you see one from the...

    Beautiful bike. Not often you see one from the original owner. Congrats!
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    52 next week. Riding since I was 17. My first was...

    52 next week. Riding since I was 17. My first was a 1983 Suzuki GS450L. Rode that into my early 20's and sold the bike. I didn't start riding again until 2014 when my uncle gave me his 1981 Suzuki...
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