Suzuki is bringing back the Katana modeled after the 1981 original.
The 2020 model will be available in 2019, with the timing, and price, yet to be determined.
Back in the 1970s, Suzuki earned a reputation for being boring in the styling department. So the factory decided it would try something different. It hired a German designer, Hans Muth, who had worked at BMW, to come up with a design. The result was the 1981 Katana.
Besides the futuristic design, the bike, which was essentially the company’s GS1000, got rear-set foot pegs, clip-on handlebars and some tweaking of the engine. The 998cc, air-cooled, inline-four, double-overhead-cam, 16-valve engine produced a claimed 108 horsepower at 8,500 rpm. Dry weight: 511 pounds.
“The original Katana 1100, introduced in 1981, combined in-line four cylinder big-bore sport bike performance with never-seen before styling that set a new benchmark in motorcycle aesthetics,” Suzuki says. “Now paying tribute to that original breathtaking look, the new Katana combines modern, state of the art performance with a retro, yet completely contemporary stance that harkens back to the original. Fans of the first model, as well as younger riders, will be drawn to this new Katana.”
The new Katana is powered by a fuel-injected 999cc inline-four engine that the company says offers excellent low- to-mid range torque with good peak horsepower. The bike also features a torque-limiting clutch, Suzuki’s three-mode Traction Control System and new tires with a tubeless inner structure designed exclusively for the Katana.
FUJICO disc brakes with 310mm floating rotors, Brembo front brake calipers and an Antilock Brake System provide stopping power.
The chassis includes a twin-spar aluminum frame, braced superbike-style swingarm and KYB-supplied suspension. The Metallic Mystic Silver paint with KATANA lettering and logos mirror the original 1981 model.
The sleek two-tone seat is comfortable, and the seat strap provides the passenger with a secure grip. The tail light features a striking lighting pattern, while the satellite rear fender extending from the swingarm complements the clean, compact look in the rear, punctuated by the Katana’s upswept black muffler.
For more information, go www.suzukicycles.com/katana.