FIRST PUBLISHED OCTOBER 2018
SUZUKI has unveiled a new Katana set for public release late next year — and it looks downright awful.
Just like Kawasaki’s truly ugly Z900RS, the 2019 Suzuki Katana fails to capture either the spirit or the look of the much-loved original and instead takes a pretty bland modern model and drapes it with some styling cues from history to create a forgettable piece of machinery.
The Katana name deserved either a hyper-performance version of the GSX-R1000R or a thoroughly retro-styled bike with twin shocks, right-side-up forks, and a finned engine on show.
Instead, we got this:
Here’s what Suzuki has to say about the bike …
- New model: Katana (GSX-S1000S)
- Styling design inspired by iconic 1981 GSX1100S Katana
- 999cm3 long-stroke, inline four cylinder engine
- Maximum output 110kW (150PS) @ 10,000rpm
- Maximum torque 108NM @ 9,500rpm
- Brembo radial mount brake calipers, dual 310mm discs
- Lightweight BOSCH Anitlock Brake System weighing only 640g
- Dunlop Sportmax Roadsport 2 tyres with exclusive inner structure
- Distinctive LED headlight, position lights, indicators, taillight and brake light
- Satellite rear fender design extends from the swingarm
- 43mm KYB fully adjustable inverted front forks
- Full LCD brightness adjustable multifunction instrument cluster
- Low RPM Assist
- Suzuki Easy Start System (one touch engine starting)
- Aus Availability: Q3, 2019 –Final specs and pricing TBC
On October 2nd, 2018 at the International Motorcycle Show (Intermot) Cologne, Suzuki Motor Corporation unveiled the 2020 Katana.
Forged to perfection and polished to a magnificent radiance with sharp lines and design cues paying homage to the iconic 1981 GSX1100S Katana, the new Katana is destined to create a new legend.
The Katana symbolises Suzuki’s uncompromising commitment to craftsmanship and dedication to creating distinctive beauty including paying due respect to tradition while at the same time aiming to incorporate the latest advances in styling and technology.
At the heart of the Katana’s powerful performance is a long-stroke 999cm3 inline-four cylinder engine producing 110kW (150PS) power at 10,000rpm with 108Nm of torque at 9,500rpm. Both the induction roar and exhaust note are tuned to heighten the visceral senses, whilst also contributing to performance and combustion efficiency.
Power is transferred to the tarmac through a back-torque-limiting clutch, Suzuki’s three-mode traction control system and new Dunlop Sportmax Roadsport 2 tyres featuring an inner structure designed exclusively for the new Katana.
The compact, lightweight twin-spar aluminium chassis is engineered to provide agility, ease of control and a fun-to-ride character riders will enjoy. It is also aimed to perform best in real world riding conditions on public roads, in city traffic, on the highway, or on rural and twisty roads.
43mm KYB inverted front forks give a ride that is sporty yet plush. They feature fully adjustable damping, rebound, compression and spring preload. A single KYB rear shock features adjustable rebound damping and spring pre-load.
310mm Fujico disc brakes are paired with Brembo radial mount Monobloc front brake calipers featuring four opposing Ø32mm pistons to provide powerful braking performance. The BOSCH Antilock Brake System (ABS) control unit is extremely compact and light weighing only 640g.
Distinctive styling points abound. The LED headlight and LED front position lights accent the sharp lines of the cowling that covers the custom-designed instrument panel.
A black and grey two-tone seat features a stepped design that maintains the sleek profile of the Katana while ensuring a comfortable riding position and positive footing for the rider. Passenger comfort is also a priority, with the seat strap design ensuring secure grip.
The Katana introduces a small rear fender supported by the swingarm that hugs the rear tyre. Moving it, along with the rear LED indicators and license plate holder, to this position eliminates parts extending from under the seat to give the tail section cleaner lines and a tougher, lighter new look.
The 2020 Suzuki Katana is expected to arrive in Australia during the third quarter of 2019 with final specifications and pricing being announced closer to launch.