Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Here We Go Again

It's no secret that I love Suzuki's first incarnation of the Katana. This design is one of those that seems to have no middle ground, you either love or hate them. I did a post a while back on a Katana built by a fellow from the U.K. named Steve Adams. That bike was a real labor of love. Steve took a basket case and transformed it into one of the most heart stopping bikes I have ever seen. The best part was, he built this bike in his garage to his vision of what his Kat should be.

AC Sanctuary takes a bit of a different approach, they have a shop that hot rods all types of super bikes from the seventies and eighties. Where as Steve built his bike for himself, Sanctuary builds their customs for sale. Not that there's anything wrong with that. Anyone with eyes can plainly see that the people at AC Sanctuary are no less passionate about the specials they build. No expense is spared when they create their road going master pieces. One would be hard pressed to ride something so beautiful. As much as I would love to ride this bike, I would want to park it in my living room and stare at it's sexy lines for hours on end.

This particular AC Sanctuary piece is called the RCM-189 Final Edition. They feel they took this bike as far as they could, hence the moniker. They lavished bits and pieces from about every high end parts producers in the book. Forks from Ohlins, OZ wheels wrapped in Pirrelli Diablo Rosso's. Sunstar discs squeezed by Brembo two pot calipers. A one off Nitro Racing exhaust and can. While a Earls 9 inch 13 stage oil cooler keeps that hot mill from cooking it's self. And a frame reinforced in all the right places to insure this object of desire can handle anything it's proud owner may throw it's way.

It's nice to know that there are companies like AC Sanctuary preserving these bikes and turning on a whole new generation on to these bikes, not just old farts like myself.


red said...

Man that's sharp. The first generation looks better than all the others.

Chiller tek said...

I guess the Katanna was the start of the newer generation of bikes. Not my cup of tea but still one of the famous bike of its time.

Gymi Kroeter said...

Hey Red,

I'm with ya, I don't care for the bloated under powered latter versions. I can't tell you why, but I just love this design.

It did introduce modern sport bike ergos. Bike design is pretty subjective. If we all liked the same things, the world would be a boring place indeed.

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