Classic Motorcycle Mechanics

OUT OF THE BAG

I’ve been so looking forward to this, but to say I’m upset at the British weather is an understatement.

I’ve been lucky enough to be invited to this, the first UK ride of the new Katana and – in usual style – the weather really isn’t playing ball.

As the rain hammers down on the roof of the large marquee we’re sitting in at the Caffeine & Machine in Ettington, I’m the only one asking questions like: “Why is the tank a pitiful 12 litres?” “Why wasn’t the beauty of the original clocks carried over to this new Katana?” “Why is the pillion seat so short?”

Apparently, the design of the bike set the tank capacity at 12 litres and “the bike can do more than 100 miles before reserve”. I’m

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