Here in the UK the GSX1100SZ Katana was available only for a matter of a couple of years 1980 to 82, while in countries such as Japan the 1100 soldiered on for a couple more years, then in 1990/91 Suzuki did produce a further 400 to celebrate their 70th anniversary, thats how high esteem they held the “Big Kat” that it was chosen to represent Suzuki M/cs in this way and that was that. Nope! In 94 when Suzuki finished production of the smaller engine variants, they reintroduced the 1100 Kat, at the time it was also their most powerful production bike for their domestic market, it stayed in their model line upo until 2001 when finall and for the last time, production of the Big Kat finished. This bike is one of these late production bikes, produced in 1998 and shipped to the UK in 2000. It had the one importer trade owner through to 2003 when it was sold to its only private keeper since. She has looked after this bike beautifully, always dry storing it in the winter time and up keeping all its maintenance, backed up by its folder of invoices, hand written service history and old MOTs along with all its old V5 log books as each new style replaced them. With still only 27796 on the clock (17375 miles) it is in lovely condition through out, just some minor wear on the very back of the tank which cannot be helped due to the high position of the tank, you cannot help leaning on it when riding, easy to cover with a tank protector but not for us to do so as it looks like we are hiding something and again some slight wear marks on the frame where boots rub that have been touched in, you have to look hard to see them and really not noticeable unless pointed out. The bike originally was supplied with a Motad exhaust system, this has been replaced by a very expensive titanium 4 into 1 that looks and sounds very nice, otherwise its pretty well standard. All in all a rare chance to own a bit of Japanese bike history, one that if you like their quirkiness or not, every one wants to talk to you about where ever you go.