At the recent Practical Sportsbikes track day at Cadwell Park, Editor Jim Moore managed to get his hands on this superb, subtly painted 1982 Suzuki GSX1100S Katana, and gave it a good thrashing around the Lincolnshire circuit.
As well as seeing what the bike could do, he’d also been asked to rate the brand new pair of ContiRaceAttack Comp road legal race tyres that owner and friend Gary had recently bought for track days and fast summer road riding. Outright grip, as opposed to mileage, was what Gary was looking for.
In their September 2015 edition, Jim says:
“On that basis he’s chosen well. With it’s EFE motor Gary’s Katana can get up a fair head of steam on a straight, so I found myself entering Cadwell’s corners quicker than anticipated. But it’s not a problem. On track the Race Attacks are up to temp within a lap (the road version heats up quicker and holds temperature better at more sedate speeds, so is a better option for pure road riding), and I’m able to tip the Kat into even fast turns like Coppice with a lot of confidence. The same goes for the exit. I wasn’t shy with the gas and not once did the rear put up a complaint. It simply dug in and fired me and the tiger-stripe Suzuki out onto the next straight.
Stability is as important as grip – if the bike’s shaking like a wet dog you can’t get on the gas. The Contis are rock-solidly stable, even at full throttle, and part lean is required on Park Straight.
The RaceAttack Comps come in soft or medium compound; soft front and medium rear is the favoured track pairing. Their real ace card is that they offer bags of grip and feel without the need to adjust suspension set-up, unlike some other race rubber.
Gary’s so impressed with them he’d happily pay for another set for us to wear out.”