Suzuki Motor USA has announced a limited run of the distinctive Katana sportbike for the 2024 model year. The 2024 Suzuki Katana is available for U.S. buyers to reserve via special order through the Suzuki dealer of their choice through Oct. 20, 2023. Availability is limited, and reservations are accepted on a first come, first served basis. Along with the bike, owners will receive two years of complimentary service and a collectible 24×24-inch digital lithograph reproduction of renowned Japanese artist Makoto Endo’s Katana illustration originally featured in Cycle World magazine.
Named for the legendary sword of the Samurai, the original Suzuki Katana was unveiled at the Cologne motorcycle show in 1980 and was officially launched in 1981. The original logo, which is still used today, is a stylized combination of the Japanese characters for “katana” and “edge.”
The Katana 3.0 Concept debuted at the 2017 EICMA show in Milan, Italy, and based on the response, development began on the new bike, which arrived for 2020 and was built upon the GSX-R1000 engine and the GSX-S1000 chassis with a twin-spar, aluminum alloy frame and Superbike-type braced swingarm.
We tested the 2020 model at a launch in Kyoto, Japan, and our reviewer said the 999cc inline-Four delivered “crisp throttle response and linear thrust.”
The 2024 Suzuki Katana still features the liquid-cooled inline-Four with DOHC, but Suzuki says the engine now has more peak power than that 2020 model, with strong torque in the low- to mid-range. New camshaft profiles and valve springs decrease lift and valve overlap to not only improve emissions but also balance the engine’s performance and drivability.
The Katana has a 6-speed gearbox, throttle-by-wire, the latest version of the Suzuki Clutch Assist System (SCAS), and a new bi-directional quickshifter. The bike also now has the Suzuki Intelligent Ride System (S.I.R.S.), which includes the three-mode Suzuki Drive Mode Selector – which can switch between Active, Basic, and Comfort modes on the fly – and the updated, five-mode Advanced Traction Control System (up from three modes on the 2020 mode), plus the Easy Start and Low RPM Assist systems.
The Katana still has the twin-spar aluminum alloy frame and the aluminum alloy swingarm from the GSX-R1000 and connected to link-type rear suspension with a single shock absorber that features spring preload, seven-position rebound damping force adjustment, and 5.1 inches of travel. The 43mm inverted KYB fork is fully adjustable and offers 4.7 inches of travel. For a new visual touch, the fork tubes are gold-anodized, matching the gold-painted TRP six-spoke lightweight cast aluminum wheels, wrapped in Dunlop Roadsport 2 radial tires (120/70ZR17 at the front and 190/50ZR17 at the rear). Stopping power comes from dual 4-piston Brembo monoblock calipers biting 310mm discs up front and a single-piston Nissin caliper and 240mm rear disc, with standard ABS.
A variety of Genuine Suzuki Accessories are available, such as a meter visor (acts as a sport screen), billet clutch and brake levers, axle-spools, fuel tank and engine cover protectors, clip-on tank bags, plus a selection of Katana logo apparel.
The 2024 Suzuki Katana will come in Metallic Matte Stellar Blue bodywork starting at $13,879. For more information, Suzuki has set up a 2024 Katana microsite with the full list of features.
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