2021 Suzuki Katana : A CUT ABOVE.
Introducing the 2021 Suzuki Katana…
Forged to perfection and polished to a magnificent radiance. Engineered to provide maximum control and optimum performance. Finely crafted to take riding pleasure to a new level. The Suzuki KATANA is destined to create a new legend. From the sharp lines and highlights defining the length of its body to the rider-friendly performance of its 110kW (150PS) engine, every detail of the Suzuki KATANA speaks of distinctive beauty.
While its design cues pay due homage to the iconic GSX1100S KATANA, which stole the hearts of riders around the world in 1981, the KATANA is a thoroughly modern machine that is breathtaking to behold and inspiring to ride. It’s beautiful to gaze upon and unbelievably exciting to wield. It combines the epitome of fine craftsmanship, sophisticated Japanese aesthetics and pure beauty in a sharp design. Powerful performance optimally balanced with controllability, riding ease and comfort deliver pure delight for the soul.
No matter how you cut it the Suzuki KATANA feels just right, like a natural extension of the rider’s intention and spirit.
2021 Suzuki Katana Totalmotorcycle.com Key Features
FORGING A NEW STREET LEGEND
From the sharp lines defining the length of its body to the performance of its 150PS engine, every detail of the Suzuki KATANA speaks of distinctive beauty. While its design cues pay due homage to the 1981 iconic GSX1100S KATANA, which stole the hearts of riders around the world, the KATANA is a thoroughly modern machine that is breathtaking to behold and inspiring to ride.
HAGANE FORGED PERFECTION
At the heart of the KATANA’s powerful performance is a custom long-stroke version of the legendary fuel-injected 999cc inline-four engine that first proved itself on the GSX-R1000K5. Its broad torque output range combines with a new throttle control that delivers this power smoothly. Both the induction roar and exhaust note are tuned to heighten the visceral sense of riding pleasure, while also contributing to performance and combustion efficiency.
HEART OF KATANA
A long‑stroke design with a 73.4mm bore and a 59.0mm stroke allows the combustion chambers to be compact. It therefore allows a combination of an optimal compression ratio, a flat‑top piston shape, and a broad spread of power throughout the rev range. Advances inside the engine begin with the pistons. Suzuki used finite‑element‑analysis techniques to make the pistons light without compromising their rigidity. The benefits include broad torque and quick acceleration.
Cam profiles optimise the valve timing to achieve power characteristics that are ideally suited to city streets and twisty suburban roads. Iridium spark plugs ensure strong sparks for efficient combustion that translates into higher power, linear throttle response, easier engine start up, and stable idling.
DISTINCTIVE EXHAUST ROAR
The exhaust system has a 4‑2‑1 design with equaliser pipes between the 1‑and‑4 and 2‑and‑3 header pipes. The system fine‑tunes the exhaust pulses for strong low‑to‑mid‑range output. The exhaust chamber after the joint section fits under the engine, so the muffler is minimally sized for a clean, agile look. A catalyser in the exhaust chamber keeps emissions low enough to satisfy the strict Euro 4 regulations. The exhaust pipe incorporates a Suzuki Exhaust Tuning (SET) system. A servo‑actuated butterfly valve opens to a degree calculated from the engine speed, throttle position, and gear position. It controls exhaust pressure waves to enhance combustion at low revs.
SUZUKI CLUTCH ASSIST SYSTEM
Equipped with the Suzuki Clutch Assist System (SCAS), the clutch acts as a slipper clutch system when changing down rapidly. SCAS is an advanced clutch system supporting both sporty riding and less fatigue on long rides.
2021 Suzuki Katana Totalmotorcycle.com Features and Benefits
The Japanese Katana is beautiful to gaze upon and unbelievably exciting to wield. The epitome of fine craftsmanship, this famed sword combines sophisticated Japanese aesthetics and pure beauty into a sharp design. These characteristics made it the perfect motif for the Suzuki KATANA. The KATANA also symbolizes well Suzuki’s uncompromising commitment to craftsmanship. Suzuki’s dedication to creating distinctive beauty includes paying due respect to tradition while at the same time aiming to incorporate the latest advances in styling and technology. Built to delight and polished to perfection, the Suzuki KATANA is ready to forge the path to a new era of riding excitement.
Distinctive styling points abound. The LED headlight and LED front position lights accent the sharp lines of the cowling that covers the custom-designed instrument panel. The sleek two-tone seat is comfortable, and the seat strap provides the passenger with a good grip. The tail light features a striking lighting pattern, and the satellite rear fender extending from the swingarm complements the clean, compact and sharp look of the rear. All this is complemented by the KATANA’s upswept black muffler.
DISTINCTIVE NEW LED HEADLIGHT
A new design featuring a vertically stacked LED headlight with a unique rectangular shape and LED front position lights accentuates the sharp look of the KATANA’s face.
REAR COMBINATION LIGHTS
The new LED rear combination lights feature sharp lines and a unique lighting pattern that heighten the advanced look of the KATANA’s styling.
The KATANA’s monocoque-style bodywork has design cues from the legendary 1982 Katana and boasts a modern look that highlights the bike’s chassis and running gear. Engineered to be agile and fun to ride, the KATANA’s lightweight and compact chassis has an ergonomically comfortable and sporty riding position.
The rear portion of the seat provides good passenger accommodations with its large base, ample foam, grab strap, and height, which offers a good view over the rider’s shoulder.
INFORMATIVE FULL LCD INTRUMENTATION
The LCD multi-function instrument panel has a distinctive appearance and display format that is exclusive to the KATANA. The panel’s LED back lighting is adjustable so the rider can set the brightness of white lettering and graphics against the display’s black background.
Japanese swordsmiths devote countless hours to repeatedly forging, hammering, folding and welding raw steel to achieve the right balance needed for the blade to perform optimally. This process is absolutely critical in achieving the desired result.
Fired by the same spirit, Suzuki’s development team tested and tuned each component time and again until they were satisfied the KATANA would deliver the optimal balance of power, comfort and control.
At the heart of the KATANA’s powerful performance is a custom long-stroke version of the legendary fuel-injected 999cm3 inline-four engine that first proved itself on the 2005–2008 GSX-R1000. Its broad torque output range combines with a new throttle control that delivers this power smoothly. Both the induction roar and exhaust note are tuned to heighten the visceral sense of riding pleasure, while also contributing to performance and combustion efficiency.
TRACTION CONTROL SYSTEM
Suzuki’s Advanced Traction Control System* helps the KATANA rider control the throttle with more confidence in various riding conditions. As a result, the rider can enjoy riding with less anxiety. There are four traction control modes (1, 2, 3, and OFF) that can be easily adjusted when stopped or on the fly via a handlebar-mounted control. The difference between the modes is their sensitivity to road conditions.
- Mode 1is the lowest sensitivity level – most suitable for skilled riders or in conditions that have good road surface grip (sport riding on good, smooth roads).
- Mode 2is a moderate sensitivity level – suitable for most riders or in conditions that have varied road surface grip (city riding, regular road conditions).
- Mode 3is the highest sensitivity level – suitable for road conditions where the grip may be limited (wet or cold surfaces).
- OFFdisengages all traction control features. The rider is fully responsible for the engine’s output to the rear wheel.
HIGHER PEAK POWER
The digital ignition fires iridium-type spark plugs for high spark strength and combustion efficiency that results in higher peak power, more linear throttle response, easier engine start-up, and a stable idle. These quality components also last longer than conventional spark plugs.
The blacked-out, stainless steel 4-2-1 exhaust system helps the engine deliver a strong low- to mid-range punch with an exciting rush to redline. The header portion of the KATANA’s exhaust includes equalizer pipes between the two outer and the two inner head pipes to fine-tune the exhaust pressure wave that results in stronger engine power. Located in the mid-pipe, the Suzuki Exhaust Tuning (SET) valve controls flow into the catalyzer and exhaust chamber to balance performance and emissions control. The exhaust chamber location aids in mass centralization for excellent chassis balance
The KATANA’s race-proven six-speed close-ratio transmission features vertically staggered shafts to reduce overall engine length. This permits the use of a GSX-R-style twin-spar frame.
Similar to the components in a GSX-R1000R, the KATANA’s SCAS-style clutch increases plate pressure under acceleration, yet acts as a slipper clutch to smooth the engine response during engine braking and corner entry. This large-diameter, wet multi-plate clutch uses a precise cable-activated release, providing the rider with superb friction-point feel.
2021 Suzuki Katana – Totalmotorcycle.com USA Specifications/Technical Details
US MSRP Price: $ USD
Canada MSRP Price: $14699 CDN
Europe/UK MSRP Price: £10499 GBP (On The Road inc 20% Vat)
2021 Suzuki Katana – Totalmotorcycle.com Canada Specifications/Technical Details
Type 4-stroke, liquid-cooled, DOHC, inline-four
Bore x Stroke 73.4 mm x 59.0mm (2.9 in x 2.3 in)
Compression Ratio 12.2 : 1
Fuel System Fuel Injection
Traction Control 3 Mode + Off
Transmission 6-speed constant mesh
Final Drive Electronic Ignition (transistorized)
Length 2130 mm (83.9 in)
Width 835 mm (32.9 in)
Height 1,110 mm (43.7 in)
Wheelbase 1460 mm (57.5 in)
Seat Height 825 mm (32.5 in)
Curb Mass 215 kg (474 lb)
Suspension Front Inverted telescopic, coil spring, oil damped
Suspension Rear Link type, coil spring, oil damped
Brakes Front Brembo, disc brake, twin rotor
Brakes Rear Disc brake, single rotor
Tires Front 120/70ZR17M/C (58W) tubeless
Tires Rear 190/50ZR17M/C (73W) tubeless
Fuel Tank 12.0 L
12 Month unlimited mileage limited warranty
2021 Suzuki Katana – Totalmotorcycle.com European Specifications/Technical Details
DIMENSIONS AND WEIGHTS
Overall length 2130 mm (83.9 in) Overall width 835 mm (32.9 in)
Overall height 1110 mm (43.7 in) Wheelbase 1460 mm (57.5 in)
Ground clearance 140 mm (5.5 in) Seat height 825 mm (32.5 in)
Kerb mass 215 kg (474 lbs) Fuel capacity 12.0 L (2.6 UK gallons)
Engine capacity 999 cc Engine 4-stroke, 4-cylinder, liquid-cooled, DOHC
Bore 73.4 x 59.0 (2.89 in x 2.32 in) Compression ratio 12.2 : 1
Lubrication Wet Sump Ignition Electronic ignition (transistorised)
Fuel system Fuel Injection Transmission 6-speed constant mesh
Drive chain Starter Electric
MPG* 53.30 CO2 122g/km
Power 110 kW @ 10,000 rpm (150 PS) Torque 108.0 Nm @ 9,500rpm (79.66 lb. ft)†
Front suspension Inverted telescopic, coil spring, oil damped Rear suspension Link type, coil spring, oil damped
Front brakes Disc, twin Rear brakes Disc
Front tyres 120/70ZR17M/C (58W) Rear tyres 190/50ZR17M/C (73W)
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