Suzuki Motorcycles Australia has announced an on-line only purchasing method for its new Suzuki Katana.
With high demand and limited supply, Suzuki will take orders exclusively online, offering customers a premium buying experience along the way in the lead up to arrival in the third quarter of 2019.
As an added bonus and gesture of Suzuki’s appreciation for customer commitment and patience, the first 50 Katana pre-ordered online will also receive a bonus exclusive Katana themed Arai QV-Pro helmet, valued at $995 with their bike delivery.
As for price, Suzuki have not let that completely out of the bag as yet but tell us that they are hoping to keep the final price under 20k ride away. For now a $1000 deposit is required to secure your new Katana.
Lewis Croft, Suzuki Australia
“This is an exciting initiative that ensures a unique and premium experience for new Katana customers.
“The Katana is a very special model for Suzuki, it’s not just another model in an already crowded market. Availability will be limited, therefore we will be taking orders on behalf of our dealer network to ensure we can supply genuine customer orders.
“Our online approach allows customers to secure their Katana whilst also nominating their preferred authorised Suzuki motorcycle dealer for delivery, they also have the ability to arrange finance and insurance quotes and also trade-in valuations if required, prior to arrival.
“Customers wanting a printed brochure can still access them from their Suzuki dealership. Any customers unable to complete the online order themselves can simply visit a dealership, who will be able to guide them through the online ordering process onsite at the dealership” concluded Croft.
New Suzuki Katana
The new Suzuki Katana pays homage to the iconic 1981 GSX1100S Katana, the new Katana is destined to create a new legend.
At the heart of the Katana’s powerful performance is a long-stroke 999cm3 inline-four cylinder engine producing 110kW (148 hp) power at 10,000rpm with 108 Nm of torque at 9,500rpm. Both the induction roar and exhaust note are tuned to heighten the visceral senses.
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 a carcass 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 32 mm 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.
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.
- 148 hp engine derived from K5-K8 GSX-R1000
- Bore x Stroke 73.4 x 59 mm
- Compression Ratio 12.2 : 1
- 148 hp at 10,000 rpm
- 108 Nm at 9,500 rpm
- Liquid fed oil cooler
- Advanced engine control management
- 44 mm throttle bodies with SDTV
- Fully adjustable 43 mm KYB inverted front forks
- Radial 4-piston Brembo calipers, 310 mm discs
- 3-mode traction control system
- Back-torque limiting clutch
- Bosch Antilock Braking System (ABS)
- Comfortable upright riding position
- Informative full-LCD instrumentation
- 825 mm seat height
- Twin-spar alloy frame
- Swingarm from 2016 GSX-R1000
- Wheelbase 1460 mm
- Rake 25-degrees
- Trail 100 mm
- Weight 215 kg (wet)
- Fuel capacity 12 Litres
- Available – Third quarter of 2019 in Australia
- Price – TBC