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What Is Old Is New Again, Say Hello to the Suzuki Katana

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The wait is finally over. The Suzuki Katana is back. Breaking cover at this year’s INTERMOT show, the 2019 Suzuki Katana takes an old classic, and makes it new again.

True the to concepts we have seen in previous years, the new Katana is a stylish modern take on the iconic lines from the the 1980s. 

Essentially a Suzuki GSX-S1000F with new bodywork, the new Katana isn’t perhaps all-new, in the truest sense of the word, but the bike evokes strong emotions for those who remember its past; and for a new generation of rider, the 1980s styling fan is just now becoming a thing, making this a well-timed launch.

Thanks to its GSX-S1000F roots, we know that the Katana will make 147hp from its 999cc inline four-cylinder engine, an engine that can trace its roots all the way back to the 2005 Suzuki GSX-R1000 superbike.

Like its predecessor, the 2019 Suzuki Katana is a big bike…tipping the scales at 474 lbs when its 3.17 fuel tank is filled to the brim. 

On the electronics front, the Katana comes equipped with a slipper clutch, ABS brakes, and traction control with three levels of adjustment…again, same as the GSX-S1000F.

Meanwhile, lighting is done with an LED headlight and turn signals, while the dash is a large TFT unit.

While we know that the Suzuki Katana will be coming to the United States as an early 2020 model, we don’t have timing or pricing yet from Suzuki. We hope to have that soon…but given the budget-pricing of the GSX-S1000F, the Katana should be quite affordable.

Source: Suzuki

Jensen Beeler

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