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Suzuki offer Katana-themed Arai helmet

Suzuki Australia must have over-estimated demand for its new Katana as they are now selling the themed Arai helmet that was included with advanced orders.

All customers who ordered the new Katana online before the delivery date of 8 September 2019 also received a Katana-themed Arai QV-Pro helmet, valued at $995, with their bike delivery.

They say about 60 Katanas were sold before the first delivery of about 90.

We are not sure how many of these limited-edition Katana themed helmets are available through the Suzuki dealer network, but it seems they fell short of their demand in orders for the bike.

Click here for our full Katana review and watch and listen to the bike in action in this video.

Katana Arai helmet specsSuzuki KATANA Arai helmet

  • Price: $995
  • Based on Arai QV-Pro helmet
  • Hand crafted in Japan and inspected five times by an Arai engineer
  • PB-CLC outer shell in multiple sizes
  • Optimised Free Flow System ventilation
  • Variable Axis System visor
  • PinLock insert includedKATANA Arai helmet
  • Shield latch visor lock system
  • Antimicrobial liner material
  • Replaceable, washable interior
  • 5mm “Peel Away” ear cups, cheek pads and temple pad
  • Speaker pockets
  • Breath guard and chin curtain included
  • Emergency Release SystemSuzuki KATANA Arai helmet
  • Double D ring closure
  • ECE 22.05 approved
  • Penetration tested
  • Available sizes: small, medium and large.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

2020 Suzuki Katana is a rider’s delight

No matter what you think of the rebirth of the venerable “Katana” name and the neo/retro styling, the 2020 Suzuki Katana is a highly polished rider’s delight.

It officially went on sale in Australia on Thursday at $18,990 (ride away with 12 months’ rego), but about 50 riders had already paid a $1000 deposit, mostly ageing former Katana owners or sons/daughters of Katana owners.

Now, Suzuki Australia has to encourage young riders and new Katana converts.

However, be quick as only 4000 will be made, says Suzuki Australia marketing manager Lewis Croft.

If customers are attracted to its origami styling, they may just find a highly enjoyable bike that is as easy to ride fast through the twisties as it is to sedately filter through traffic.

That’s no mean feat for engine architecture derived from the GSX.

But Suzuki has done it with a superbly sophisticated and refined engine, transmission and MotoGP-inspired chassis.

Styling

Suzuki Katana is a rider’s delight
Silver and Glass Sparkle Black

This is the controversial aspect.

When the silver Katana was unveiled at the 2018 Intermot show in October and then the “Glass Sparkle Black” version at EICMA in November, opinions were sharply divided.

Katana devotees both loved and hated it as did those who weren’t Katana fans. Reminds me of the reception the original Katana experienced!Suzuki Katana is a rider’s delight

In the “flesh” this new Katana looks a lot better with high-quality fitment.

I prefer the silver as it looks more original and highlights the original’s lines and angles better.

There are a lot of faithful Katana lines such as the cut in the tank, the shark nose, two-toned seat, rectangular headlight and even the half-moon front fender.

But Katana devotees will find points to criticise.Suzuki Katana is a rider’s delight

To me, it seems the designers were trying too hard and made the design too complex.

But it certainly stands out and includes some neat modern features such as full LED lighting and a remote rear fender.

The biggest change is straight bars instead of clip-ons that make it much less ergonomically painful to ride than the original.

In fact, with its narrow seat and upright stance, it is extremely comfortable in the saddle, although the wide tank does splay your knees, so it could be painful for some people with hip problems.

At 825mm, the seat is much taller than the original, but I’m 183cm tall and I was able to plant both feet flat on the ground, still with a slight knee bend.

Motivation delight

The real delight of this bike is in the motivation: the engine and transmission.

Here is an interesting tech specs comparison to the original.

Suzuki Katana is a rider’s delight

But tech specs do not tell the real story of this bike’s motivation.

It’s simply so silky smooth with thick, creamy torque and a super-slick foolproof gearbox.

This combination virtually makes it like an automatic; just slip through to sixth gear by 60km/h and twist the throttle.

No need to shift gears. It will pull from 2500 revs in sixth at 60km/h to 4500 revs at 100km/h and on to dizzying revs and go-straight-to-jail speeds.

On the media launch through the border ranges of NSW and Queensland, most of the riders stopped changing gears after a while and just used fifth or sixth for everything.Suzuki Katana is a rider’s delight

Yet it delivered electrifying throttle response and rapid acceleration when you started tap-dancing on the gear shift.

It’s so smooth there is little character to the feel of the engine, but there is a lovely aural harmony of induction “woof” and exhaust growl.

Back into the heaving traffic on the Gold Coast, this maniac machine was suddenly docile, tame and so controllable as we filtered slowly through the traffic.

Lewis describes it as both “a city bike and a show-off bike”.

It certainly is with only about 200km maximum range from the 12-litre tank.Suzuki Katana is a rider’s delight

The engine is Euro4 compliant and no doubt will be updated for Euro5 within the next couple of years. It burns lean and blows a fair bit of heart on to your right foot in heavy traffic.

There are no engine modes, but three-strange traction control that can also be switched off, all on the fly.

My only concern is the heavy cable clutch which is non-adjustable. Although, it does have a clever low-rev assist feature which adds 500 revs as you let the clutch lever out.

This prevents embarrassing and potentially dangerous stalls if you’ve filtered to the front of the traffic! It’s a delight to use in stop-start traffic.

There is also an easy-start function where you just hit the ignition and it starts on its own.Suzuki Katana is a rider’s delight

The comprehensive instrument screen is big, like a max-sized phone, but some of the letters and figures are small and difficult to read.

You can operate all functions via a handy controller on the left switchblock and they are easy to use.

Suzuki Katana is a rider’s delight
Traction and instrument controls

Town and country

In town, the Katana is light and nimble and easy to slice through traffic with its tight turning circle and wide bars.

That also makes it great for twisting roads, although you don’t need to manhandle the bike to change direction.Suzuki Katana is a rider’s delight

It feels very light and the fully adjustable suspension (except for rear compression adjustment) is firm, but fair.

I backed off half a turn on the front compression to sort out some of the bumps on the backroads and it ploughed through without any headshake.

The big 310mm dual disc brakes have plenty of bite with good feel through the controls, although the ABS was a little jerky.

Lewis says the Dunlop RoadSport 2 tyres are specially made for the bike.Suzuki Katana is a rider’s delight

They feature a tread pattern that looks like it has been cut with slashes from a katana. The tyres heat up quickly and have excellent grip even on damp roads.

The combination of capable suspension and strong brakes make it a delight to whip through the bumpy and twisting roads of the Gold Coast hinterland.

Lewis says they have a long list of accessories including carbon bits, a black and red seat, protection, heated grips, smoked windscreen and red Brembo calipers.

He says buyers so far have spent an average of $1300 on the accessories.

There are also a Katana keyring, scale model and branded clothing.

ConclusionSuzuki Katana is a rider’s delight

I’m no Katana devotee and the looks don’t really appeal to me, yet I was won over by the ease of riding this bike hard as well as slow.

There may be more appealing neo/retro bikes on the market, but this is by far the rider’s delight of the pack!

Suzuki Katana GSX-S1000SM0 tech specsSuzuki Katana is a rider’s delight

PRICE $18,990 RIDE AWAY
ENGINE IN-LINE 4 CYLINDER, LIQUID-COOLED, DOHC
TRANSMISSION 6-SPEED WITH BACK-TORQUE LIMITING CLUTCH
FRONT SUSPENSION 43MM KYB FULLY ADJUSTABLE INVERTED FORKS
REAR SUSPENSION LINK TYPE SHOCK WITH ADJUSTABLE REBOUND & SPRING PRELOAD
FRONT BRAKES BREMBO RADIAL-MOUNT MONOBLOC CALIPERS, 310MM DICS WITH ABS
REAR BRAKES NISSIN SINGLE PISTON CALIPER WITH ABS
POWER 110kW @ 10,000RPM 
TORQUE 2180NM @ 9500RPM
COLOURS METALLIC MYSTIC SILVER / GLASS SPARKLE BLACK
SEAT 825MM
LENGTH 2130MM
WIDTH 835MM
HEIGHT 1110MM
WET WEIGHT 215KG
WHEELBASE 1460MM
FUEL CAPACITY 12 LITRES

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

Suzuki announces Australian Katana price

Suzuki Australia has announced that the reincarnated Katana will arrive in September at $18,990 ride away.

That’s more than $1000 more than the similar retro-inspired Kawasaki Z900RS.

It’s a hefty price to pay for a bike that looks very little like its predecessor, but is packed with modern tech.

The Katana price includes 12 months registration and is backed by Suzuki’s 24 month, unlimited kilometre warranty.

2019 Katana deposits gp

Suzuki Australia is only taking pre-orders online with a $1000 deposit.

If you pay the deposit and change your mind after three business days, Suzuki Australia told us they would only refund $450.

The remaining $550 would take into account the “reasonable administrative costs Suzuki will incur as a result of your cancellation”.

All customers who order the Katana online also receive a Katana-themed Arai QV-Pro helmet, valued at $995, with their bike delivery.

Reincarnated Katana

2019 Suzuki atana deposits gp

The reincarnated Katana was unveiled at the Intermot show in October 2018 in traditional silver and black.

The next month, a second “Glass Sparkle Black” version was unveiled at the EICMA show in Milan.

Australia will get both colours.

2019 Suzuki atana deposits gp

The 2019 Katana has several styling cues from the old Katana including sharp lines, sports screen, half-fairing, stepped two-tone seat, stubby black exhaust and rectangular headlight.

Modern styling changes and features include full LED lighting, a remote rear fender and a massive catalytic convertor underneath.

The biggest change is straight bars instead of clip-ons, so it might be ergonomically less painful to ride.

2019 Suzuki atana deposits gp

Power comes from a long-stroke version of the fuel-injected 999cc inline-four engine with 110kW at 10,000rpm and 108Nm of torque at 9500rpm.

Features include a back-torque-limiting clutch, Suzuki’s three-mode Traction Control System, Fujico disc brakes with Brembo front brake calipers and ABS, and new tyres with a tubeless inner structure designed exclusively for the Katana.

Suzuki makes a point of saying the seat is comfortable, probably because the old Katana was notoriously uncomfortable. However, the seat is fairly high at 825mm.

2019 Katana deposits gp

Former two-stroke GP racer Nobuatsu Aoki who raced against Mick Doohan features in this video riding the upcoming Suzuki Katana, claiming it delivers power in a similar way.

Interestingly, Nobuatsu who finished third in the 500cc GP championship in 1997 to Mick, says the bike reminds him of his GP machines. Or at least we think so. It’s a little confusing, or may simply be lost in translation.

This is what he has to say about the power delivery:

The power at full throttle is important, but very little time is spent full power.

Much more of your time is spent just easing open the throttle from the fully closed position.I ’d rather feel the smooth pickup you’d expect from a two-stroke or GP machine.

When the engine kicks in and the chain tenses, it’s important to have a mechanism that gradually increases the load to the rear tyre.

The Katana seems to have such a system, but it hides it.Katana GP Nobuatsu Aoki

Nobuatsu is filmed riding the bike on a slippery, wet, Japanese road strewn with leaves so he comments on the traction control and ABS and says it gives “great confidence”.

For a racer who spent his career with his head down and bum up, Nobatsu says he enjoys the upright stance of the Katana which is far removed from the original.

I like the riding position built into the Katana … the positioning of the handlebars feels natural the first time out, testifying to the value of the Suzuki tradition.

A proper engine in a proper chassis. And the riding position is fantastic. I was surprised how easy to ride it is.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

2020 Suzuki Katana Review | Motorcycle Tests

2020 Suzuki Katana Review

Suzuki Katana Test by Trevor Hedge

Suzuki Chief Engineer Saturo Terada, made it clear to the assembled press contingent at the world launch, staged amongst the bamboo forests that line Arashiyama-Takao Parkway, that the new Katana is not a ‘retro’ bike.

Suzuki Katana Terada San
Suzuki Chief Engineer Saturo Terada

It is instead a thoroughly modern interpretation of what Suzuki feels a modern take on Katana should represent. That said, there are certainly plenty of nods to the heralded past of the original Katana machines. Not least of course the name, but also elsewhere throughout the design language employed, which has clearly translated from the script of the original Katana.

Suzuki Katana Action
2020 Suzuki Katana

When the design proposal was first unveiled two years ago at EICMA it caused much excitement among enthusiasts. Once the necessities for a production machine were added, such as a number plate, along with legal sized indicators and mirrors, the gloss perhaps faded a little. It started to look a little more pedestrian, something I guess that is largely unavoidable when you have to add those mandatory items to achieve road-registration.  Upon seeing the machine in the flesh for the first time at the Australian MotoGP event last year I was still not overly enthused by the styling. After spending some extended quality time with the Katana in the place of its birth, it gradually did start to win me over.

Suzuki Katana Lights
Suzuki Katana

I love the head-light. It is a bit retro but at the same time thoroughly modern. I reckon Suzuki could have even made it a bit larger, for an even more nostalgic look, but overall it is beautifully executed. The hue of the LED lighting and the way it is stacked, with a small separator in the middle, flanked by two more small LEDs, I find incredibly appealing.

Suzuki Katana Lights Cowl
2020 Suzuki Katana

Two more ‘position’ lights, situated below and to the side of the main headlight, add further distinctive appeal to the face of the Katana. The way the bodywork is layered around the head-light and then extends into the almost flat-front binnacle that hides the instruments is clever.

Suzuki Katana Tank
2020 Suzuki Katana

The frontal silhouette of the Katana is a clever piece of design. I can’t illuminate you as to how well that funky headlight works at night though as we never got the opportunity to put it to the test.

Suzuki Katana LineUp
2020 Suzuki Katana

The fuel tank cover, with its prominent Suzuki lettering, is a clear homage to the original Katana.

Suzuki Katana Tank
2020 Suzuki Katana

The stepped black-grey seat also has a hint of yesteryear to its shape, but has a much firmer form and padding than the bike it took those cues from. It is slim between the knees which aids ingress/egress to/from the bike and at 825 mm from terra firma, it makes getting on and off the Katana a thoughtless process.

Suzuki Katana Seat
2020 Suzuki Katana

The rider triangle positions you quite upright, but also gives a sporting rider plenty of room to move around the machine, positioning their weight where they want it for any given corner.  It left me with nothing to complain about. Pillion accommodations look not too bad, complete with an old-style seat mounted panic strap to hold on to.

Suzuki Katana Trev
2020 Suzuki Katana

As with any largely naked motorcycle, the engine also forms a highly significant part of the look. For a donk never designed to be seen without a fairing covering it, the well-proven long-stroke version of the highly successful engine from the K5-K8 generation of the GSX-R1000 not only pulls hard, but looks good doing it.

Suzuki Katana LineUp
2020 Suzuki Katana

I am a little concerned as to how easy it will be for owners to keep the engine looking good in the long term. But the smooth matt black finish on the engine does look high quality, thus hopefully my consternation will prove misplaced.

Suzuki Katana Chassis Frame Swingarm
2020 Suzuki Katana

The massive swing-arm also comes from the GSX-R1000 parts catalogue, sourced from the 2016 model. The way its sturdy bracing bends its support is almost reminiscent of the banana swing-arms of the RGV 250. Be nice if it was bigger again though, and somehow managed to hide that monstrosity of a pre-muffler and catalytic convertor that hangs in shame beneath the machine.

Suzuki Katana Cutaway
2020 Suzuki Katana

The short upswept muffler looks okay, and its end cap is actually detailed quite nicely, but if I took a Katana of my own home then that ugly expanse of steel under the bike would have to be destroyed in some sort of ceremonial burning. Perhaps I would even wear a Hakama while doing it.

Suzuki Katana Swords
Katana

A Katana sword could probably do the job too, but it would be sacrilege to touch that gleaming precision perfect slither of steel, one of the most achingly beautiful things ever constructed from metal, against that tasteless travesty that is the modern cat/pre-muffler, one of the ugliest things ever to be created from steel. The standard exhaust does sound okay though, and is stainless steel throughout so should stand the test of time, if you can stand it…

Suzuki Katana Exhaust
2020 Suzuki Katana

At the tail of the machine Suzuki have gone for a very clean look, an LED tail-light formed into an interesting shape that almost tucks under the seat. I actually quite like it, and the normally bland surfaces of the inner guard actually look to have come in for some serious attention to detail. Suzuki explained that this took some time to get right in regards to the air-flow over the bike, to ensure there were no adverse effects on stability.

Suzuki Katana Black RHR
2020 Suzuki Katana

A small hugger is mounted to the left side of the swing-arm and carries the number plate and indicators. A lot of owners will be junking that as soon as the first good under-tray kit hits the after-market, but I don’t mind it.

Suzuki Katana Rear
2020 Suzuki Katana

It is the first time Suzuki has fitted such a number plate hanger, and like so many parts of the Katana, there is some clever attention to detail employed to carry it off. The overall silhouette of the Katana is not the most handsome in motorcycling by any stretch, but there are numerous instances where you can see the design work that has gone into making the individual parts of the machine. These touches are quite endearing. 

Suzuki Katana Action
2020 Suzuki Katana

Suzuki’s latest buzzword about their brand, which they are now seeking to underline, is ‘monozukuri’, which loosely translates to craftsmanship. As much as my jaded, 20-years as a motorcycle reviewer bloodshot eyes glazed over when I first heard it mentioned, in the details of this machine that word actually fits just fine. In fact, it was seeing all the work that had obviously gone in to all these little fine details, that really started to charm the Katana in to my consciousness.

Suzuki Katana Silver RHR
2020 Suzuki Katana

Just as the original Katana itself was spawned from the GS/GSX models of the early 1980s, this latest iteration is based on Suzuki’s current generation GSX-S1000.  That means modern clever engineering with a sturdy, but light, twin-spar alloy frame, suspension that works quite well, radial-mount four-piston calipers and contemporary electronic aids such as ABS and traction control.

Suzuki Katana Stripped
2020 Suzuki Katana

Braking power proved strong and progressive, but with ambient temperatures not far above zero throughout the test I did not get to judge their maximum outright stopping power. The Brembo hardware though is lifted from the current GSX-R1000 no less, thus I am sure they are more than up to the task. The ABS system is not quite current top-spec kit, its sample rate is fast enough to be unobtrusive, but it does lack lean angle data in its algorithms. You can even option red calipers if you so choose.

Suzuki Katana Brembo Red Option
2020 Suzuki Katana

Likewise the traction control system is not of the lean-angle sensitive variety, but in real world use it caused me no bother. Those freezing conditions, I actually saw snowflakes falling outside my hotel room window earlier that morning, and patches of damp asphalt, saw me exercising a little more caution than normal.

Suzuki Katana Trev
2020 Suzuki Katana

With the traction control on level three the TCS light was going ballistic on every corner exit, although I felt no real intervention or significant dulling of the power. I switched to level two which saw the warning lights settle down and just got on with the job. The system retards the ignition to reduce power when it senses tiny amounts of wheel slip, and only becomes more intrusive to the point of clear ignition cut and throttle butterfly modulation when the situation has really become quite dire.

Suzuki Katana Trev
2020 Suzuki Katana

Charging proper hard on a good day would see you run the system at level one, but I fail to see any scenario, apart from extended wheelies, that would require the system to be turned off. The lead Japanese rider from Suzuki controlled the pace of the ride in the conditions, despite me giving him the hurry up. 


Suzuki Katana Video


The attractive TPR built six-spoke cast alloy rims were shod with new Roadsport 2 Dunlop rubber. Concerned senior Dunlop techs were on hand to check on their performance in the chilling conditions. They not only constantly checked tyre temperatures, but also the hardness of the rubber with a type of instrument I had not seen before.

Suzuki Katana Site
2020 Suzuki Katana

Even after our most spirited runs, tyre temperatures never registered more than 26-degrees celsius. They had the pressures set at 36 psi in the 120/70-17 front and 42 psi in the fat 190/50-17 rear, which many people would consider quite high, but the wonders of science that produce modern road rubber mean that these days we don’t have to run lower pressures to get grip. Of course, racing straight off tyre-warmers on super sticky compounds that are only good for a dozen laps are another kettle of fish.

Suzuki Katana Silver RHF
2020 Suzuki Katana

This is a road bike on a public road, and it is a great testament to the tyres, along with the grip levels offered up by the Japanese bitumen throughout Arashiyama-Takao Parkway, that our group all remained upright in conditions sketchy enough to put the fear of god in to many motorcyclists. A rider had gone down in a previous group when experimenting with the traction control off, this was not an opportune moment to be playing silly buggers.

Suzuki Katana LineUp
2020 Suzuki Katana

The composure of the fully-adjustable KYB suspension also played its part in keeping us safe. After my first run saw the front deflect a little more than I would have liked, over some changes in surface and bumps, I did firm up the rear a little. So often it is the tail that wags the dog in these cases, and for any front end concerns, at road speeds, the rear shock is always my first port of call, and almost always is what helps to give more precise and settled steering. With a little more pre-load and damping dialled in at the rear my complaint was cured and, at the moderate for us, but probably still quite decent public road pace for most, I was a happy camper.

Suzuki Katana LineUp
2020 Suzuki Katana

The long-stroke engine from the K5-K8 has earned a well deserved place in motorcycling folklore, and for good reason. The Katana sees it in the same somewhat moderated, but still pretty bloody impressive, 150 horsepower and 108 Nm level of tune that we first sampled in the GSX-S1000. They have changed the throttle cam for the Katana to help smooth initial application, with the first part of the throttle turning at lower ramp rate, to help reduce any abruptness on pick-up from closed. However, I favour the more linear throttle roll of the GSX-S1000. That might surprise as many testers, and owners, maligned the sharpness of the GSX-S throttle, but I thought it precise and enjoyed feeling that level of accuracy at my fingertips. It proved accurate enough on the GSX-S to do countless five-gear wheel-stands, and that’s without the get-out-of-jail-free card of a rear brake due to my fused ankle, so clearly I had no issue with the GSX-S throttle.

Suzuki Katana Throttle Bodies
2020 Suzuki Katana

I always find it refreshing when I get on a bike without a ride-by-wire throttle, more care is need to be taken at the right wrist, but I find that fuels a big part of the riding experience for me. I want to feel all of that horsepower when I want, and coming on at the rate I decide, not at a rate the computer dictates after deciding you are too stupid to operate a throttle effectively.

Suzuki Katana Silver RHS
2020 Suzuki Katana

It does have that low-rpm assist mechanism though to help prevent stalling. When you select first gear it raises the idle to help cater for people who really should just instead suffer the embarrassment of stalling and falling over at a stand-still.  If they are not competent enough to operate a clutch and a throttle from stand-still, they are certainly not qualified to control a 150 horsepower motorcycle that weighs in at only 215 kg wet.

Suzuki Katana Action
2020 Suzuki Katana

The 999 cc engine is a gem with tight switchback hair-pins negotiated in as high as third gear, once you have some corner speed confidence happening. It then builds into what really is still quite a storming top end that peaks at 10,000rpm, but with still plenty of useful over-rev in reserve, should you wish to save a gear change between turns.

Suzuki Katana Engine
2020 Suzuki Katana

To be honest the bike doesn’t really need more grunt, but I really wish that Suzuki had made this bike just that little more special by stretching it towards that 1074cc of the original GSX1100SZ. Cost and development time are of course the reasons why, and at least in this well-proven spec’ you can be comfortable that this engine and gearbox will probably out-last some of its owners.

Suzuki Katana Engine
2020 Suzuki Katana

There is no quick-shifter nor any electronic engine braking control. It doesn’t need them, the gearbox is faultless and the slip-assist clutch is light and effective.

The instrumentation is reminiscent of the current generation GSX-R1000, but uses a font that is a little Super-Nintendo style retro.  There is a lot going on, but it is all fairly clear and logical. The LCD tacho is naff, as they all are, but the rest of the display works well.

Suzuki Katana Dash
2020 Suzuki Katana

After the speed readout it will be the range to empty display that gains the next most attention as the new Katana only sports a 12-litre fuel-cell, 10-litres less than the original. The difference in range between the two though would not be quite as marked due to the efficiency of the modern oil-water-cooled and fuel-injected power-plant. Unless you are stretching the cable out of high-speed fourth and fifth gear corners all day, your range will still be over 200 kilometres in almost every scenario.

Suzuki Katana Action
2020 Suzuki Katana

Suzuki Australia have confirmed that the new Katana will start arriving in September this year (2019), and will retail for $18,990 Ride Away. 70 per cent of the first shipment of sixty units are already pre-sold to customers. Suzuki expect to sell 100-120 Katana, of what is expected to be a global production run of around 4000.

Suzuki Katana Silver RHS
2020 Suzuki Katana

As an added bonus, all customers who pre-order their new Katana online from the first shipment will also receive a bonus exclusive Katana themed Arai QV-Pro helmet, valued at $995.

Suzuki Katana Static
2020 Suzuki Katana

2020 Suzuki Katana Specifications
Compared to 1982 Suzuki GSX1100 SZ Katana

2020 Katana SPecs | New Versus Old
Model: GSX1100 SZ GSX-S1000SR QM0
Year: 1982 2020
Engine and transmission
Displacement: 1074 cc 999 cc
Engine type: In-line four, four-stroke In-line four, four-stroke
Power: 83kW @ 8,700 RPM 110kW @ 10,000 RPM
Torque: 96.1Nm @ 6,500 RPM 108Nm @ 9,500 RPM
Compression: 9.5 : 1 12.2 : 1
Bore x stroke: 72.0 x 66.0 mm 73.4 x 59.0 mm
Valves per cylinder: 4 4
Fuel control: Carburettor Fuel Injection
Cooling system: Air Liquid
Gearbox: 5-speed 6-speed
Transmission type: Chain Chain
Brakes and wheels
Front tyre: 3.50-19 120/70-17
Rear tyre: 4.50-17 190/50-17
Front brakes: Twin-piston calipers, dual 275 mm discs Radial mount four-piston calipers, dual 310 mm discs
Rear brakes: Single-piston caliper, 275 mm disc Single-piston caliper, 245 mm disc
Dimensions and capacities
Overall Length: 2,260 mm 2,130 mm
Overall Width: 715 mm 835 mm
Overall Height: 1,205 mm 1,110 mm
Wheelbase: 1,520 mm 1,460 mm
Ground Clearance: 175 mm 140 mm
Seat Height: 775 mm 825 mm
Wet Weight: 243 kg 215 kg
Fuel capacity: 22.0 L 12.0 L
Suzuki Katana Accessories Arai Helmet
Bonus exclusive Katana themed Arai QV-Pro helmet, valued at $995 with their bike delivery

Source: MCNews.com.au

Former GP racer rides new Suzuki Katana

Former two-stroke GP racer Nobuatsu Aoki who raced against Mick Doohan features in a video riding the upcoming Suzuki Katana, claiming it delivers power in a similar way.

The remake of the ‘80s icon will arrive in Australia in the third quarter with pricing yet to be announced. However, Suzuki Australia is currently taking $1000 deposits for the limited-edition model.

GP racer rides Katana

Interestingly, Nobuatsu who finished third in the 500cc GP championship in 1997 to Mick, says the bike reminds him of his GP machines. Or at least we think so. It’s a little confusing, or may simply be lost in translation.

This is what he has to say about the power delivery:

The power at full throttle is important, but very little time is spent full power.

Much more of your time is spent just easing open the throttle from the fully closed position.I ’d rather feel the smooth pickup you’d expect from a two-stroke or GP machine.

When the engine kicks in and the chain tenses, it’s important to have a mechanism that gradually increases the load to the rear tyre.

The Katana seems to have such a system, but it hides it.Katana GP Nobuatsu Aoki

Nobuatsu is filmed riding the bike on a slippery, wet, Japanese road strewn with leaves so he comments on the traction control and ABS and says it gives “great confidence”.

For a racer who spent his career with his head down and bum up, Nobatsu says he enjoys the upright stance of the Katana which is far removed from the original.

I like the riding position built into the Katana … the positioning of the handlebars feels natural the first time out, testifying to the value of the Suzuki tradition.

A proper engine in a proper chassis. And the riding position is fantastic. I was surprised how easy to ride it is.

Reincarnated Katana

The reincarnated Katana was unveiled at the Intermot show in October 2018 in traditional silver and black.2019 Katana deposits gp

The next month, a second “Glass Sparkle Black” version was unveiled at the EICMA show in Milan.2019 Suzuki atana deposits gp

Online deposits

Suzuki Australia spokesman Matt Reilly says they are only taking orders for the bike online, “offering customers a premium buying experience along the way in the lead up to arrival in the third quarter of next year”.

“Australian pricing is not yet 100% confirmed and difficult to accurately forecast given the timeframe to the Katana’s Q3 2019 arrival,” he says.

“However, we have been advising customers that we are working very hard to secure the bike for under $20K ride away with 12 months’ registration.”

Deposits cost $1000 and if you change your mind after three business days, Suzuki Australia will only refund $450.

The remaining $550 takes into account the “reasonable administrative costs Suzuki will incur as a result of your cancellation”.2019 Suzuki atana deposits gp

The first 50 customers to order a Katana also receive a Katana-themed Arai QV-Pro helmet, valued at $995, with their bike delivery.

Online customers can nominate their preferred authorised Suzuki motorcycle dealer for delivery as well as arrange finance and insurance quotes and trade-in valuations.

Printed brochures are also available at Suzuki dealers.

If you can’t complete the online order, you can do it at the dealership.2019 Suzuki atana deposits gp

Matt says online ordering was launched at the Australian MotoGP in October.

“We have had a fantastic response to the online ordering system, receiving a greater number of orders than we originally expected within the first week of it being live,” he says.

“To say customers are excited about this new bike is a massive understatement.”

Suzuki Katana2019 Suzuki atana deposits gp

The 2019 Katana has several styling cues from the old Katana including sharp lines, sports screen, half-fairing, stepped two-tone seat, stubby black exhaust and rectangular headlight.

Modern styling changes and features include full LED lighting, a remote rear fender and a massive catalytic convertor underneath.

2019 Suzuki atana deposits gp

The biggest change is straight bars instead of clip-ons, so it might be ergonomically less painful to ride.

Power comes from a long-stroke version of the fuel-injected 999cc inline-four engine from the GSX-R1000 with 110kW at 10,000rpm and 108Nm of torque at 9500rpm.

That’s significantly tuned down from the GSX-R1000 which has 150kW at 13200rpm and 117.6Nm at 10,800rpm. It’s porkier too at 215kg compared with 202kg.

2019 Katana deposits gp

Features include a back-torque-limiting clutch, Suzuki’s three-mode Traction Control System, Fujico disc brakes with Brembo front brake calipers and ABS, and new tyres with a tubeless inner structure designed exclusively for the Katana.

Suzuki makes a point of saying the seat is comfortable, probably because the old Katana was notoriously uncomfortable. However, the seat is fairly high at 825mm.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

Deposits being taken on 2019 Suzuki Katana

Deposits of $1000 on the 2019 Suzuki Katana are now being taken for the bike which will be available in “limited numbers” and in two colour choices.

The reincarnated Katana was unveiled last month at the Intermot show in Cologne in traditional silver and black.2019 Katana deposits

This week a second “Glass Sparkle Black” version was unveiled at the EICMA show in Milan.2019 Suzuki atana deposits

Online deposits

Suzuki Australia spokesman Matt Reilly says they will only take orders for the bike online, “offering customers a premium buying experience along the way in the lead up to arrival in the third quarter of next year”.

“Australian pricing is not yet 100% confirmed and difficult to accurately forecast given the timeframe to the Katana’s Q3 2019 arrival,” he says.

“However, we have been advising customers that we are working very hard to secure the bike for under $20K ride away with 12 months’ registration.”

Deposits will cost $1000 and if you change your mind after three business days, Suzuki Australia will only refund $450.

The remaining $550 takes into account the “reasonable administrative costs Suzuki will incur as a result of your cancellation”.2019 Suzuki atana deposits

The first 50 customers to order a Katana will also receive a Katana-themed Arai QV-Pro helmet, valued at $995, with their bike delivery.

Online customers can nominate their preferred authorised Suzuki motorcycle dealer for delivery as well as arrange finance and insurance quotes and trade-in valuations.

Printed brochures are also available at Suzuki dealers.

If you can’t complete the online order, you can do it at the dealership.2019 Suzuki atana deposits

Matt says online ordering was launched at the Australian MotoGP.

“We have had a fantastic response to the online ordering system, receiving a greater number of orders than we originally expected within the first week of it being live,” he says.

“To say customers are excited about this new bike is a massive understatement.”

Suzuki Katana2019 Suzuki atana deposits

The 2019 Katana has several styling cues from the old Katana including sharp lines, sports screen, half-fairing, stepped two-tone seat, stubby black exhaust and rectangular headlight.

Modern styling changes and features include full LED lighting, a remote rear fender and a massive catalytic convertor underneath.

2019 Suzuki atana deposits

The biggest change is straight bars instead of clip-ons, so it might be ergonomically less painful to ride.

Power comes from a long-stroke version of the fuel-injected 999cc inline-four engine from the GSX-R1000 with 110kW at 10,000rpm and 108Nm of torque at 9500rpm.

That’s significantly tuned down from the GSX-R1000 which has 150kW at 13200rpm and 117.6Nm at 10,800rpm. It’s porkier too at 215kg compared with 202kg.

2019 Katana deposits

Features include a back-torque-limiting clutch, Suzuki’s three-mode Traction Control System, Fujico disc brakes with Brembo front brake calipers and ABS, and new tyres with a tubeless inner structure designed exclusively for the Katana.

Suzuki makes a point of saying the seat is comfortable, probably because the old Katana was notoriously uncomfortable. However, the seat is fairly high at 825mm.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com
https://motorbikewriter.com/deposits-suzuki-katana/

Suzuki Australia taking Katana orders exclusively on-line

Suzuki Katana Black RHF
Suzuki Katana

Suzuki Motorcycles Australia has announced an on-line only purchasing method for its new Suzuki Katana.

Suzuki Katana Duo
Suzuki Katana will come in black or grey

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.

Suzuki Katana Duo
Suzuki Katana will come in black or grey

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.

Suzuki Katana Action Black
Suzuki Katana

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. 

Suzuki Katana Tank
Suzuki Katana

Lewis Croft, Suzuki Australia

“This is an exciting initiative that ensures a unique and premium experience for new Katana customers.

Suzuki Katana Cutaway
Suzuki Katana

“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.

Suzuki Katana Top
Suzuki Katana

“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.

Suzuki Katana Accessories
Suzuki Katana (with accessories)

“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.


Suzuki Katana Lights
Suzuki Katana
Ordering Link https://store.suzukimotorcycles.com.au/katana/

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.

Suzuki Katana RHSR
Suzuki Katana

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.

Suzuki Katana Engine
Suzuki Katana

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.

Suzuki Katana Tail
Suzuki 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.

Suzuki Katana Frame
Suzuki Katana

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.

Suzuki Katana Radiator
Suzuki Katana

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.

Suzuki Katana Black RHS
Suzuki Katana

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.

Suzuki Katana Dash
Suzuki Katana

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.

Suzuki Katana Seat
Suzuki Katana

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.

Suzuki Katana Rear
Suzuki Katana

Suzuki Katana

  • 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
Suzuki Katana Action
Suzuki Katana