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Suzuki brings back ‘Katana’ name for new sport bike

The brand’s latest motorcycle is powered by a 999cc, 148hp engine

Pretty cool to name a motorbike after a Japanese sword. PHOTO FROM SUZUKI

When you ask today’s motorcycle enthusiasts to name their favorite or dream Suzuki sport motorbike, they will probably unanimously say the name of the Hayabusa. And that’s a perfectly good choice. But we’d be very impressed if at least one of them mentioned “Katana,” in reference to a sporty model which Suzuki introduced in 1981. That GSX1100S bike won the hearts not only of Suzuki devotees but also of those who preferred other brands.

For young riders who dream of owning that motorcycle, perhaps a tribute model will suffice: Suzuki has brought back the Katana name for a new masterpiece that’s based on the GSX-S1000F.

The new Katana boasts LED lights and disc brakes. PHOTOS FROM SUZUKI

As this is a sport bike, the main focus is on agility, lightness and riding experience. It measures 2,125mm long, 830mm wide and 1,110mm high, with a wheelbase of 1,460mm. It also weighs a mere 215kg.

Does this remind you of a bladesmith’s handiwork? PHOTOS FROM SUZUKI

The 999cc liquid-cooled, four-stroke DOHC engine produces 148hp, and is mated to a six-speed constant-mesh transmission. Suspension consists of inverted telescopic coil springs up front and link-type coil springs at the back. Disc brakes fore and aft are tasked with bringing the tires (120/70 ZR17 in front and 190/50 ZR17 at the rear) to a full stop.

Suzuki says that this bike is designed to please the user. PHOTOS FROM SUZUKI

Those who are fond of personalizing their transport machines may install such accessories (not pictured here) as a smoked meter visor, colored seat, carbon clutch cover, carbon crankshaft case cover, and red Brembo calipers.

The exact view of all the riders you will leave behind. PHOTOS FROM SUZUKI

To be offered in Metallic Mystic Silver, the new Suzuki Katana is almost guaranteed to be a smashing success. As far as we know, no official pricing has been announced. But seeing the initial batch of photographs from the manufacturer, we don’t think whatever amount the company will ultimately decide on will be a problem.

Vernon B. Sarne

Vernon is the founder and editor-in-chief of VISOR. He has been an automotive journalist since July 1995. He became one by serendipity, walking into the office of a small publishing company and applying for a position he had no idea was for a local car magazine. God has watched over him throughout his humble journey. He writes the ‘Spoiler’ column.