Due Spring 2019!
The original Katana has maintained a legendary status since its launch in 1981, with a design
that remains as impactful now as it did then. It influenced the styling of the 2005 Stratosphere
concept and more recently the Katana 3.0 concept, which debuted at EICMA in 2017.
Taking styling cues from the original machine and the latest concept, the new Katana moves
the design into the modern era. The immediately recognisable rectangular headlight is updated
with stacked LED lights, as new LED running lights are adopted to accentuate the bike’s sharp
At the back LED tail lights sit in an angular seat unit, immediately eye-catching thanks to the
repositioning of the number plate hanger, which now extends from the swingarm and hugs the
rear tyre. It also houses the indicators, with the whole design further highlighting the clean
look of the tail section, atop which sits a one-piece seat that further pays homage to the
original Katana in its design. Seat height is 825mm.The positive riding position, enhanced by one-piece ‘bars, sees riders perch behind a fuel tank
and top fairing that are also immediately recognisable as Katana, boasting retro appeal but
with a modern twist. Classic red Suzuki lettering adorns the tank and mimics the original but
follows aggressive new lines, while the fairing, too, takes the ‘80s bike’s angles and
exaggerates them for a purposeful-looking front end. The bike is finished in the classic silver.
Despite drawing inspiration from an ‘80s legend, the new Katana is underpinned by thoroughly
modern engineering. The frame is the same lightweight, twin-spar aluminium frame that is
specific to the GSX-S1000 series, designed for nimble handling and superior road-holding
performance. The frame is as light as the frame used in the current GSX-R1000.
Fully-adjustable 43mm USD front forks and a rear shock adjustable for rebound damping and
spring pre-load come courtesy of KYB, and Brembo monobloc front brake calipers are shared
with the current GSX-R1000, biting 310mm floating discs. ABS is provided by Bosch.
Power comes from the famed inline four-cylinder engine that began life in another legendary
Suzuki - the GSX-R1000 K5, but heavily revised and modernised for street-based performance.
Renowned for its torque and midrange as well as top-end power, the 999cc engine uses a
long-stroke design (73.4mm x 59.0mm) for a broad spread of power across the rev range, with
peak power output 150PS at 10,000rpm, and peak torque 108Nm at 9,500rpm.
A three-mode traction control system - that can also be turned off - allows riders to exploit
the bike’s performance in various road and weather conditions. It quickly reduces engine
output when wheelspin is detected by adjusting ignition timing and air delivery. This helps
ensure smoother traction control operation and less-noticeable intervention.
Riders can quickly and easily identify their current traction control setting on a new LCD dash,
which also shows tacho, odo, trip meters, gear position, water temperature, fuel range,
average fuel consumption, instant fuel consumption, fuel gauge, clock, lap time, and battery
|Overall length||2125 mm (83.7 in)||Overall width||830 mm (32.7 in)|
|Overall height||1110 mm (43.7 in)||Wheelbase||1460 mm (57.5 in)|
|Ground clearance||140 mm (5.5 in)||Seat height||825 mm (32.5 in)|
|Kerb mass||215 kg (474 lbs)||Fuel capacity||12.0 L (2.6 UK gallons)|
|Engine capacity||999 cc||Engine||4-stroke, 4-cylinder, liquid-cooled, DOHC|
|Bore||73.4 x 59.0 (2.89 in x 2.32 in)||Compression ratio||12.2 : 1|
|Lubrication||Wet Sump||Ignition||Electronic ignition (transistorised)|
|Fuel system||Fuel Injection||Transmission||6-speed constant mesh|
|Power||110 kW @ 10,000 rpm (150 PS)||Torque||108.0 Nm @ 9,500rpm (79.66 lb. ft)ÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂ|
|Front suspension||Inverted telescopic, coil spring, oil damped||Rear suspension||Link type, coil spring, oil damped|
|Front brakes||Disc, twin||Rear brakes||Disc|
|Front tyres||120/70ZR17M/C (58W)||Rear tyres||190/50ZR17M/C (73W)|
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