Is it INTERMOT yet? Because that is the only way that we will get Suzuki to stop teasing what is almost definitely a new Katana motorcycle. Giving us the brand’s third installment on a teaser video series (1 & 2), this time around we see the fuel tank of the machine in question.
The shape doesn’t tell us too much. It is clearly for a street bike, and it has some sporty curves to it. Though, we are obligated to say that you shouldn’t read too much into that analysis. The part at the end though, where a katana sword is being drawn, well…yeah…ok.
Expected to be built off the GSX-R1000 platform, the Katana should be a more comfortable sport bike option to the venerable superbike, with an anticipated retro flare from the 1980s, which should help differentiate the motorcycle from the Suzuki GSX-S1000(F).
As we have reported before, Suzuki trademarked the “Katana” name in various markets, including the United States, and there have been concept models of showing different attempts at a restomod Katana, including one that was on display in Suzuki’s own show booth.
Lastly, there have been links to the Suzuki Recursion concept becoming the new Katana lineup, which would feature a turbocharged twin-cylinder engine.
We still think that with Suzuki set to drop a new Hayabusa later this year, along with new version of the GSX-R600 and GSX-R750 sport bikes, a new Katana would be a bit crowded in the new bike lineup. But, we are very curious to see what can be done with this iconic sport bike name.
As we’re fond of saying, time will tell. Stay tuned to Asphalt & Rubber, we will be reporting live from INTERMOT this year, and bringing you all the new models that debut in Germany.