The INTERMOT and EICMA are perhaps the two most important events in the global motorcycle calendar. In this year’s edition of the former, which concluded a few weeks back, Suzuki revived an interesting name from their past- The Katana. That’s right! the same name from the 80s and mid-00s, but 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, 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 another ‘revived name’.
The bike’s fuel tank is nearly identical to the 80’s model and Suzuki even went a step further by providing square headlight and semi-fairing. Some of the design is indeed venturous but the manufacturer will hope to cash in on its retro appeal- which we are all for.
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-S1000R- not that we are complaining.
Power comes from a liquid-cooled, in-line-four powerplant (same as on the GSX-S1000R) that can produce 150hp at 10,000rpm and 108Nm of peak torque at 9,500rpm. It is mated to a 6-speed gearbox with a slipper clutch. There’s 3-level traction control system as well.
Stay tuned for more news and updates!