2019 Suzuki Katana is based on the GSX-S1000R and is powered by the same 999 cc unit which powers the GSX-S1000R
Suzuki teased a brand new motorcycle several times already in the past before finally taking the covers off it at the INTERMOT 2018. It takes forward the legacy of the iconic Katana nameplate, which was first launched back in the year 1981. Suzuki tried not to mess with the original styling but obviously added all the new elements to make it look like a modern motorcycle.
The 2019 Suzuki Katana is based on the Suzuki’s GSX-S1000 naked street bike. This was perhaps the only motorcycle in the current Suzuki lineup which could have justified the legendary nameplate.
The new motorcycle draws its power from the 999cc, liquid-cooled, in-line-four powerplant which produces about 150 hp of peak power 10,000 rpm and 108 Nm of peak torque at 9,500 rpm. The transmission duties are handled by a 6-speed gearbox. Fortunately, the new motorcycles get plenty of rider aid, which includes a slipper clutch and three-level traction control system that can be turned off too.
The motorcycle relies on a fully-adjustable KYB 43mm dia USD fork and a link-type monoshock unit for the rear which can be adjusted for pre-load and rebound damping. The Katana shares the same twin-spar aluminium alloy frame with the GSX-S1000 which will help provide a dynamic handling capability.
The motorcycle has been fitted with Dunlop Roadsport radials rubbers measuring 120/70-17 for the front and 190/50-17 for the rear. The motorcycle uses two 310 mm front disc and single disc brakes at the rear with ABS system from Bosch.
As far as the styling is concerned Suzuki has tried to keep the original design of the older Katana intact and thus you will notice the sharp front fairing which also features a square LED headlamps. Besides that, the motorcycle also features a chiseled fuel tank and raised touring handlebars which will add enough comfort to the rider.
However; due to the radical design the motorcycle only gets a 12 Litre fuel tank. Just like the front, the rear section of the motorcycle looks equally interesting as well it gets a compact rear fender which leaves the rear profile look compact as well as neat.
As of now, the motorcycle is available with a single Metallic Mystic silver color while we do believe more colors will be offered later as well. The Suzuki Katana is expected to go on sale in the markets of Europe towards early 2019 while there is a fair chance that it might reach the Indian shores towards the end of next year or by early 2020.