2019 Suzuki Katana | What we know so far
The INTERMOT and EICMA are perhaps the two most important events in the global motorcycle calendar. With the former kicking off on Wednesday, there are definitely a few motorcycles to look forward to! Among the forerunners is the revival of Suzuki’s Katana- a forgotten name from the 1980s and mid-2000s, albeit in an all-new modern design.
Suzuki says that they have gone through 79 of Target Design’s (German design firm which designed the original model) drawings and build the Katana as a modern-day evolution rather than just a tag. The semblance can be easily made out from the new teaser images, that is, unless you are thinking about the post-2000 model instead of the 80s one.
|Reveal||Oct 2 | 2018 INTERMOT|
2019 Suzuki Katana pre-reveal – What to expect?
Design wise, it’s easy to peg the Katana as a production Recursion as its aero closely resemble the latter. This might be true but that’s really not all there is to the bike. The designers have closely worked with the original’s (80’s) design so that ‘Katana‘ is not just a tag. This was prooved by the bike’s first teaser, showing a fuel tank that was nearly identical to the 80’s model. Further, it also get square-ish headlight, semi-fairing and a four-cylinder engine. like the early model.
The similarities end as we move to the rear though, and the 2019 Katana becomes something of a streetfighter. There’s momoshock suspension, upswept exhaust canister and short tapering pillion that doesn’t offer nearly as much butt-room as the original. This probably has to do with the Katana sharing most of its parts, including the frame, with the GSX-S1000- not that we are complaining.
Last we checked, the GSX-S1000 could produce close to 140bhp and 74 lb⋅ft (100 N⋅m) of torque, and this could continue- if not with a slight increase.
Stay tuned for more news and updates!