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It's not a Kawi.... but it's a project I'm working on.

So my buddy bought this bucket of shit and we've been doing some work to it for about the last 6 weeks. It's a decent bike but being 30 years old it needed to get some stuff taken care of.

Here are parts 1 and 2 on a video series I'm doing on it. Hope ya have some laughs and enjoy.


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You and your friend are brave men to tackle a restoration of a Kan-O-Tuna. They were always the bastard red headed step child of the sportbike crowd. The motor is based off of the previous generation Gixxer. Suzuki never really did right by them. They were horribly heavy, and a bit of a parts bin bike. If they had only invested a bit more, they might have been viable option as a less severe Gixxer line, maybe something like a 600/900 option(s) to Honda's cult-classic VFR 750F, especially the 900 version.

I'm always happy to see an 'old dog' shown a bit of luv, and given a second life. Good on you lads. You're not gonna get rich on this type of project, but I'll wager the two of you had a few laughs, learned a few things - if even not what to do - then the time spent sharing a few brews together would be well worth the effort.

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You and your friend are brave men to tackle a restoration of a Kan-O-Tuna. They were always the bastard red headed step child of the sportbike crowd. The motor is based off of the previous generation Gixxer. Suzuki never really did right by them. They were horribly heavy, and a bit of a parts bin bike. If they had only invested a bit more, they might have been viable option as a less severe Gixxer line, maybe something like a 600/900 option(s) to Honda's cult-classic VFR 750F, especially the 900 version.

I'm always happy to see an 'old dog' shown a bit of luv, and given a second life. Good on you lads. You're not gonna get rich on this type of project, but I'll wager the two of you had a few laughs, learned a few things - if even not what to do - then the time spent sharing a few brews together would be well worth the effort.

Honestly this has been more of a learning project for my friend. He's new to bikes in general and bought this thing for $550. We didn't even know if it'd run. First weekend was all about getting it fired up and running ok. He's probably put about 3000 miles on it since getting it and it's been running great until the head and cylinder gaskets decided they were done and puked oil all over the front of the engine. So we started to tear into it since it's his only mode of transportation at the moment. Hit the record button on the cameras and went to work!

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you no doubt will make more monies off of youtube hits than that bike

woohoo we are having fun now
Stupid people say stupid things on the internet, so be wary of who those people are. If you solicit advice on the internet, just keep in mind 99% of what you'll receive is not based on fact or science-and likely atleast 95% of it is based on bullshit and bravado regurgitated from some other schlub who also did not experience any of what they claim and are also full of shit. If you don't like my bluntness- too bad. I am not here to please you, so move along, your approval is not desired nor is it needed. So before opening your pie hole and adding more stupidity, perhaps sit back, listen, absorb and learn something. You know that saying, it is better to remain silent and thought a fool than to open your mouth and remove all doubt!
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you no doubt will make more monies off of youtube hits than that bike
Considering this was more of a "here's how to work on your own bike" kind of deal with a friend, that's why the videos got made When it puked oil out the front of the motor I was like "well I can't watch this kid sulk like this.... I better do something."
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Brings back memories. A 1988 Katana was the first new bike I ever purchased :-p
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Kudos to you for giving up so much of your time to help a friend...Karma is real so enjoy the blessings that will be coming your way at some point.
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Considering this was more of a "here's how to work on your own bike" kind of deal with a friend, that's why the videos got made When it puked oil out the front of the motor I was like "well I can't watch this kid sulk like this.... I better do something."

You are a good man. I mean that with as much respect as I can possibly impart over a digital medium. You gave the gift that keeps giving: you imbued confidence in your friend; you gave selflessly of your time and knowledge. I know how special that is - your friend might feel thankful now, but later when he reflects on these times together, solving a real dilemma he will feel blessed!

I remember spending time with my father & my uncles in my dad's shop - which was bigger than my current home. The myriad of things I learnt & the number of quality tools that I inherited from him, are debts I cannot repay (since they're deceased). Except to pass it on as you are doing; one day it will be his turn to pass in on, and your legacy lives on in others even if they never are aware of it. That's the real Magic that makes many motorcyclist just that n-th degree Special. We are part of a fraternal brotherhood of 'Motorcyclists.'
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You are a good man. I mean that with as much respect as I can possibly impart over a digital medium. You gave the gift that keeps giving: you imbued confidence in your friend; you gave selflessly of your time and knowledge. I know how special that is - your friend might feel thankful now, but later when he reflects on these times together, solving a real dilemma he will feel blessed!

I remember spending time with my father & my uncles in my dad's shop - which was bigger than my current home. The myriad of things I learnt & the number of quality tools that I inherited from him, are debts I cannot repay (since they're deceased). Except to pass it on as you are doing; one day it will be his turn to pass in on, and your legacy lives on in others even if they never are aware of it. That's the real Magic that makes many motorcyclist just that n-th degree Special. We are part of a fraternal brotherhood of 'Motorcyclists.'
Thanks man.... those are some of the kindest words someone has said to me on here.



Aaaannnndddd..... I'm rendering part 3 now so I'll post the video in a bit.

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Part 3!

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Enjoyed watching the videos!
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Enjoyed watching the videos!
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I'll be doing more vids however this particular bike has been sold!

My buddy sold it to a kid wanting a new bike. He had bought and paid for a 2001 SV650S we have here, but it needed parts. My friend told the kid he'd fix the bike and he could take it. After a few weeks of no parts I asked if he thought this kid would take a running Katana and he went for it. Took the Katana and we got the SV running like a champ. So the Kanatuna is gone and we're on to V-twins for my friend now lol.

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Fun vid to watch was hoping to see the finished product
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I really like your videos man. Funny, informative, and well put together. Nice work!
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Fun vid to watch was hoping to see the finished product
I'll check and see if I have the last part of the video. I started editing some but can't remember what I finished. Attached some pics though.... day we got it home. About 2 weeks after getting it home and getting it running. Then after the top end and paint. (you can see the SV we end up fixing up in the background of the first pic.)

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I really like your videos man. Funny, informative, and well put together. Nice work!
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