Island Classic 2012 Part 4 – Katana

80’s superbikes are awesome, classic styling and big HP. The Katana would have to be one of my favourite bikes from this era and the few examples that get raced each year in the Unlimited Forgotten Era category are incredible machines.

The #99 bike is ridden by Steve Martin (ex-WSBK rider and World Endurance Racing Champion) and this year took the period 5 lap record with a time of 1m38.707. To give you an idea of how that compares to some modern bikes the current Moto2 lap record is a mid 1:m34. Pretty incredible times for a production based naked bike that is approaching 30 years of age.

The #99 bike and the #19 bike ridden by Shawn Giles (3 times ASBK champion) fought it out at the front of the pack in all their races, a great battle that made for exciting racing.

The #7 bike was not quite as quick but for me it was the best looking Katana of the meeting.


  1. by Wayne Nolan on November 25, 2012  8:41 am Reply

    Hi i own the No 7 katana in the island classic 2012 part 4 artical . I would like to know if you could put me in contact with the photographer who took the photo i think its a great photo and would like to purchase it.
    Hope you can help
    Wayne Nolan

    • by Ross on November 25, 2012  5:38 pm Reply

      Hi Wayne, I took the photo and I'd be happy to sell you it to you. I sent you an email with the details.


  2. by wayne nolan on December 14, 2012  4:13 pm Reply

    Hi Ross sorry mate i just looked through our emails i didnt recieve your details could send them again please to thanks

  3. by Michael on July 31, 2013  5:05 am Reply

    Nice work!

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