The KATANA is amongst Suzukiâ€™s most iconic motorcycles, capturing the hearts of riders around the globe for over four decades. The impact of the original 1981 GSX1000S KATANA was so great, it continues to influence motorcycle design to this day.
In MY20, a new legend was born with the introduction of a modern KATANA inspired by Rodolfo Frascoliâ€™s KATANA 3.0 Concept, which stole the limelight in EICMA â€“ 2017.
For MY22, the KATANA is further honed with enhancements that improve the overall performance and riding experience.
Long-stroke 999cc engine
The engine features a long-stroke design with a 73.4mm bore and 59.0mm stroke resulting in a broad power range delivered smoothly across the entire rev range. Producing 110kW (150PS) @10,000rpm with 108Nm of torque @9,500rpm putting the power to the ground through a back-torque limiting clutch. State-of-the-art technology provides ultimate efficiency, combined with it's addictive induction noise, makes every ride, a sheer exciting one.
Three-mode traction control system
This track-bred technology provides greater confidence and reduces fatigue by delivering control over engine output that helps prevent rear wheel spin. The system operates so smoothly and naturally that it does not interfere with handling, even when the rider wishes to engage in aggressive sports riding. The rider can freely select one of three modes using the convenient handlebar switch. Mode one is for sport riding with minimal intervention; mode two offers the ideal balance for typical road conditions; and mode three delivers maximum traction control when riding in poor conditions.
SATELLITE REAR FENDER
The KATANA is the first Suzuki motorcycle to feature a small rear fender supported by the swingarm that hugs the rear tyre. Moving it, along with the rear 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.
Distinctive styling points all round. The vertically-stacked LED headlight and front position lights accent the sharp lines of the front cowling and are matched with LED turn signals and an LED tail light unit.
KATANA themed LCD instrument cluster
The full LCD brightness-adjustable instrument cluster packs a wide range of useful information into a relatively compact form factor. It is also designed to make the readouts from its multiple functions easy to recognise. The panel features a custom display with graphics exclusive to the KATANA with white lettering on a black background.
The Japanese Katana is beautiful to gaze upon and unbelievably exciting to wield. The epitome of fine craftsmanship, this famed sword combines sophisticated Japanese aesthetics and pure beauty into a sharp design. These characteristics made it the perfect motif for the Suzuki KATANA. The KATANA also symbolises well Suzuki's uncompromising commitment to craftsmanship. Suzukii's dedication to creating distinctive beauty includes paying due respect to tradition while at the same time aiming to incorporate the latest advances in styling and technology.
Compact and lightweight
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.
Brembo front calipers
Brembo radial mount monoblock front brake calipers are mated with Ø310mm floating-mount dual discs to provide powerful braking performance. Each caliper has four opposing Ø32mm pistons.
NGK Iridium - Iridium spark plugs heighten the spark strength and combustion efficiency over conventional plugs, thereby contributing to higher power, more linear throttle response, easier engine start-up, and a more stable idle.
Oil Cooler - The engine uses a liquid-cooled oil cooler as opposed to the air-cooled type as found on the GSX-R1000. Both lighter in weight and more compact size for a cleaner look.
Bosch ABS - The Antilock Brake System (ABS) control unit, produced by BOSCH, is compact and light, weighing in at just 640g. It monitors wheel speed 50 times per wheel rotation, and matches stopping power to available traction.
In-line four-cylinder, liquid-cooled, DOHC
6-Speed constant mesh with back-torque-limiting clutch
43mm KYB inverted forks with adjustable compression, rebound and spring preload
Link type, KYB shock with adjustable rebound damping and spring preload
Brembo Monobloc Radial-mount 4-piston calipers, dual 310mm floating discs with ABS