Manufacturer: Suzuki………..TOP Model: GSX750F Katana Years Made: 1989 – Present Style: Sport Standard Engine Type:
790mm / “
Weight: 465lb HP: 93 Torque: 49 Top Speed: 140mph MPG: 40 New Cost: N/A
Average Used Costs: Low $2,410 Medium $4,097 High $6,005
Katana 750: Striking an ideal balance of sport-bike excitement and sport-touring comfort.
Striking an ideal balance of sport-bike excitement and sport-touring comfort, the refinement of the Katana 750 is evident from its sophisticated look and truly appreciated on the road. Sport styling is highlighted by a full fairing that offers excellent wind protection for rider and passenger.
The long-stroke 16-valve engine that powers the Katana 750 produces strong low to mid-range power. Twin Swirl Combustion Chambers (TSCC) provides outstanding combustion efficiency and throttle response. Suzuki Advanced Cooling System (SACS), which combines air and oil cooling, allows the engine to be lighter and more compact than most liquid-cooled engines. An attractive stainless steel 4 into 1 exhaust system is tuned for strong low and midrange power.
Responsive handling and long distance comfort are the hallmark of the Katana 750. The front forks have 41mm inner tubes for maximum rigidity and steering precision while delivering a controlled ride. The link-type rear suspension is fully adjustable and provides excellent all-around sporting capability and compliance. A redesigned rear cowl gives the big Katana a sleeker look and houses a new, compact taillight. The redesigned rider’s seat completes the changes and offers a more comfortable riding position making long distance touring a breeze.
Sophisticated and competent, the Katana 750 strikes a rare balance between sport and touring. The long road ahead is waiting. The 750 Katana is ready to take you there with all the fun and performance you’ve come to expect from a Suzuki. -Suzuki
MBG Says: (Rating 10/10) The Katana 750 has always been synonymous with good value; it’s true more than ever today. Except for a power level we wish would be higher at times, a certain roughness of the engine, and a line that some find bizarre, we can find nothing wrong with the bike. The quality of its power delivery, comfort and handling are amazing considering the asking price.
MR says: 1989-1997: The 750 Katana was a hybrid of the Katana 600 and the GSXR750. The engine was lifted directly from the 1988 Gixxer, and modified for a smoother, and lower, torque curve. The chassis was based very closely on that used in the Katana 600, with a steel tube frame and very similar set-ups on the suspension and brakes. The bodywork was also very similar. Everything worked together very well. For all those looking to pump some adrenalin, without having to visit the chiropractor afterwards, the Katana 750 made a lot of sense.
Power in 1992 was 96.4bhp@10750rpm, with torque of 52ft/lb’s@9500rpm. Wet weight was544lb’s.
MR says: 1989-1998: This was the first real makeover for the Katana since it’s introduction in 1989. Suzuki decided to update the old motor, rather than slot in a newer, GSXR derived engine. Handling and comfort were much improved over previous models, but there was still significant vibration, and the rubber mounted bars gave an odd feeling. Still, the Katana was marketed at a very reasonable price, and offered a lot of bang for the buck.
Power in 1998 was 84.6bhp, with torque of 46.6ft/lb’s. Wet weight was 518lb’s.
UMG Says: Alternatives to the race replica 600’s which go almost as well for most of the time, though benefit from a suspension upgrade. Plenty about with low mileage and in nice nick but the odd one thrashed, crashed and bashed. Tough engine but finish goes off after three/four years. Rear mono-shock bearings often shagged after 20k and electrical hassles around 50k. Some have done 75k plus.
IGM Says (GSX600F, GSX750F Katanas): These are high-performance sportbikes that require a rider with self control, but they are such good all-around motorcycles that if you think you can trust yourself, you might want to consider buying one.
IGM Says: When Suzuki introduced its Katana series in 1988, they were cutting-edge sportbikes. But over the years, as sportbikes become more extreme, the Katanas seemed more like standard motorcycles. And they are good, comfortable, all-around bikes, although they may be a little intimidating for a beginner. The 750 would earn a best buy rating, except for the fact that is costs as much as the Suzuki 1200 Bandit.