Suzuki Motor USA has introduced a restricted run of the distinctive Katana sportbike for the 2024 mannequin 12 months. The 2024 Suzuki Katana is accessible for U.S. patrons to order by way of particular order via the Suzuki supplier of their selection via Oct. 20, 2023. Availability is restricted, and reservations are accepted on a primary come, first served foundation. Together with the bike, homeowners will obtain two years of complimentary service and a collectible 24×24-inch digital lithograph replica of famend Japanese artist Makoto Endo’s Katana illustration initially featured in Cycle World journal.
Named for the legendary sword of the Samurai, the unique Suzuki Katana was unveiled on the Cologne bike present in 1980 and was formally launched in 1981. The unique brand, which remains to be used at this time, is a stylized mixture of the Japanese characters for “katana” and “edge.”
The Katana 3.0 Idea debuted on the 2017 EICMA present in Milan, Italy, and primarily based on the response, improvement started on the brand new bike, which arrived for 2020 and was constructed upon the GSX-R1000 engine and the GSX-S1000 chassis with a twin-spar, aluminum alloy body and Superbike-type braced swingarm.
We examined the 2020 mannequin at a launch in Kyoto, Japan, and our reviewer mentioned the 999cc inline-4 delivered “crisp throttle response and linear thrust.”
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The 2024 Suzuki Katana nonetheless options the liquid-cooled inline-4 with DOHC, however Suzuki says the engine now has extra peak energy than that 2020 mannequin, with robust torque within the low- to mid-range. New camshaft profiles and valve springs lower raise and valve overlap to not solely enhance emissions but in addition stability the engine’s efficiency and drivability.
The Katana has a 6-speed gearbox, throttle-by-wire, the newest model of the Suzuki Clutch Help System (SCAS), and a brand new bi-directional quickshifter. The bike additionally now has the Suzuki Clever Journey System (S.I.R.S.), which incorporates the three-mode Suzuki Drive Mode Selector – which may change between Lively, Fundamental, and Consolation modes on the fly – and the up to date, five-mode Superior Traction Management System (up from three modes on the 2020 mode), plus the Simple Begin and Low RPM Help techniques.
The Katana nonetheless has the twin-spar aluminum alloy body and the aluminum alloy swingarm from the GSX-R1000 and linked to link-type rear suspension with a single shock absorber that options spring preload, seven-position rebound damping pressure adjustment, and 5.1 inches of journey. The 43mm inverted KYB fork is totally adjustable and affords 4.7 inches of journey. For a brand new visible contact, the fork tubes are gold-anodized, matching the gold-painted TRP six-spoke light-weight solid aluminum wheels, wrapped in Dunlop Roadsport 2 radial tires (120/70ZR17 on the entrance and 190/50ZR17 on the rear). Stopping energy comes from twin 4-piston Brembo monoblock calipers biting 310mm discs up entrance and a single-piston Nissin caliper and 240mm rear disc, with customary ABS.
A wide range of Real Suzuki Equipment can be found, reminiscent of a meter visor (acts as a sport display), billet clutch and brake levers, axle-spools, gasoline tank and engine cowl protectors, clip-on tank baggage, plus a choice of Katana brand attire.
The 2024 Suzuki Katana will are available in Metallic Matte Stellar Blue bodywork beginning at $13,879. For extra data, Suzuki has arrange a 2024 Katana microsite with the total record of options.