Calling it a “Return of and Icon”, Suzuki took the wraps off its reincarnated Katana sportbike at INTERMOT today. The original version of this iconic machine was first introduced in 1981. It combined a liter sized inline four cylinder sportbike with a never before seen styling. The design polarized sportbike lovers the world over. Riders either loved or despised the design.
The new Katana invokes some of the original Katana’s angular styling but uses a smoother, more flowing design than its predecessor. The final production version remains remarkably similar to the 3.0 Katana concept bike introduced in 2017.
The new Katana’s mechanicals is heavily based upon the existing GSX-S1000 naked sportbike. Although the two machines look very different, they are quite similar. Power comes from the same 999cc inline four cylinder engine originally used in the 2005 Suzuki GSX-1000 K5. It generates approximately 145 HP with about 80 lb-ft of torque. The new Katana utilizes the same frame, wheels, brakes and suspension and exhaust as GSX-S1000. At a claimed wet weight of 473 pounds, the new Katana is nearly identical in weight to the GSX-S1000 it is based upon.
If you think that this is just a bodywork change to the GSX-S1000, it is not. Several new components appear on the revised Katana. It sports three mode adjustable traction control. A switch on the handlebars permits easy adjustment. LED lights grace the front and rear. The headlight is a double stack while the tail flows nicely into the rear. A new TFT instrument display gives plenty of easy to read information. The bike features KYB inverted forks and Brembo radial brake calipers. The handlebars are high for a more upright seating position, and the seat appears to be wide with enough space for a passenger. With this combination, the ride should be quite comfortable.
Suzuki has yet to announce US pricing or availability. Stay tuned for more details.