Hello everyone, welcome to my page about the Suzuki Katana 815 I'm customizing. This Katana I'm building really is not pre or post, the generations really have no effect on this. It's a pre 98 600 body style and frame, but that's about as far as the generational influence goes. A lot of parts are pre 98, a lot of parts are 98+, some aren't even GSXF Katana parts.
Let me start from the beginning. My name is Chris Frank, I live in Aurora, IL, about 40 miles west of Chicago. I got hurt really badly in a motorcycle accident on May 22, 2005. Most of the long time members of KatRiders.com remember this, but I'll go over it for those of you that don't. That was the same day I got engaged to be married. I proposed to my wife to be during the 7th inning stretch at a Cubs game. I left my wallet on the train coming back from Chicago, and a good man found it and called me. I hopped on my 2005 GSXR 750 and went back into the city to get it. I met up with one of my friends, and had a good time in the city. I was coming back around midnight, and I hit a guard rail on I-88. I don't know why, I don't remember anything from the accident. So, I was in a coma for 10 days, and at a rehabilitation center until Aug. 5, 2005. I have a traumatic brain injury with lots of right side weakness, which is not good because I'm right handed. I also got my right foot amputated at the ankle. I have bad balance so I can't walk without a walker (see update below). I did have a helmet and full gear on, I had everything but boots on, I never wore boots, I guess I should have. If I didn't have a helmet on the doctors said I would have died instantly. I can't write, so I print everything I need to mark, i.e. parts, on a label and stick the label on a tag, then I mark every part with that tag. I used to be a Suzuki dealership tech so I know all the ins and outs of motorcycles. Needless to say, I can't work so 24 hours a day goes in to this Katana, and every cent of my disability checks go to this Katana. This is not some sort of side project of mine, I eat, sleep, and breath this bike. I'm glad I had this Katana, because it's a great starting point, no one has really done any of the things I'm doing.
I bought this bike wrecked on Jan. 6, 2004. I always planned to rebuild it. I then found KatRiders.com, so I was going to do a few thing to it, then I got hurt, and this bike became what I really wanted to do. I was married and my wife didn't want me to spend a lot of money. Then after 6 months of marriage, she decided it wasn't working out, go figure, I don't trust anything that bleeds for 7 days and doesn't die (except Casey Elizabeth). So, now I'm back with my parents, and every cent I get goes to this bike. This Katana really is my whole life, this bike is all I have.
UPDATE: As of 5/15/09 I can walk with no assistance at all. Don't get me wrong, I don't walk well. I haven't taken a step in 4 fucking years, this is HUGE! My balance is no where near good, but it's good enough to walk and it's getting better everyday. So this DREAM bike you're reading about, yeah, it's gonna be mine.