So what does Rob do to fill the hours between gigs? As a talented mechanic with a passion for early 80s Suzukis, Rob has made a name for himself as the builder of some of the finest custom Katanas around. Why Katanas? He has at least three similar machines under his belt, with GS fans knocking on his door looking for replicas. Borrowing from its long experience in two-stroke engines, Suzuki used a built-up crankshaft, running roller bearings in the mains, and big ends for its GS range. Though expensive and time-consuming to assemble, the GS crankshaft was stronger and more durable than the plain bearing cranks of the competition.
The Suzuki Katana is a standard motorcycle sold between and and then since It was designed in — by Target Design of Germany for Suzuki. The unfaired ED1 design featured a tall, sculpted fuel tank , with both curves and straight edges that merged the tank with a concave seat flanked by angular side panels. This meant that the rider essentially sat more in the motorcycle than on it as was the norm. The shark-like faired ED2 was a more radical design which incorporated favorable aerodynamics, with a special emphasis placed on high-speed stability, and was repeatedly wind tunnel tested in Italy. The production valve Katanas of differed only slightly from the prototype; changes included a small wind deflector screen, paired mufflers, and black accent paint on the front fender and airbox covers.