Earlier this month, Suzuki unveiled a new Katana for 2019!
Following hugely positive feedback on the Katana 3.0 concept, which debuted at the EICMA International Motorcycle Show in 2017, development began to forge a new Katana which follows styling cues from the original machine and the latest concept. But the new Katana moves the design into the modern era, with contours and lines inspired by the strokes of the hand crafted Japanese Katana sword.
The new model boasts a retro feel with a modern twist. It dons one-piece handle bars and fairing that is immediately recognisable as Katana, which takes the machines original angles and exaggerates them for a purposeful looking front end. The rectangular headlight is stacked with LED lights, giving the bike a sharp face - and they also feature at the back, resulting in a clean-looking tail section as they sit in an angular seat unit. The bike will be available with a range of genuine Suzuki accessories which will include a tinted screen and coloured seat, plus carbon engine covers and coloured brake calipers.
The bike has a lightweight frame, designed for nimble handling and superior road-holding performance. It has a four-cylinder engine that began life in another note-worthly Suzuki - the GSX-R1000 K5, but has been heavily revised and modernised for street-based performance. Renowned for its torque and midrange as well as top-end power, the 999cc engine uses a long-stroke design (73.4mm x 59.0mm) for a broad spread of power across the rev range, with peak power output of 150hp at 10,000rpm, and peak torque of 108Nm at 9,500rpm.
It also has a three-mode traction control system that continuously monitors front and rear wheel speeds, throttle position, crank position and gear position sensor – reducing the engine output when wheelspin is detected by adjusting ignition timing and air delivery to ensure smoother traction control operation.
Suzuki will be displaying the new Katana for its UK debut at the Motorcycle Live Show, NEC, Birmingham in November and it is expected to arrive in UK dealerships in Spring 2019.