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EICMA 2021: Suzuki Katana Gets More Power and Updated Electronics for 2022

The big news from Suzuki at EICMA 2021 was that the Katana would be receiving some minor updates for next year. 

For starters, there’s an increase in peak power from 147hp to 150hp. This has come about thanks to a new intake and exhaust camshaft, valve springs, and a revised airbox and exhaust. Suzuki has also added a new slipper clutch, ride-by-wire throttle, and a bidirectional quick-shifter. 

Updates have also been made to the three modes on offer with the Suzuki Drive Mode Selector system. There is no difference in output power across all three modes; however, the way power is delivered changes, and the manufacturer has refined this system for 2022. The five-level traction control system has also been tweaked. 

The other updates are minor in comparison; Autocar India reports that the handlebar now sits on rubber mounts — which should reduce vibrations — and an updated LCD instrumentation cluster has been added. 

The rest of the bike remains unchanged. It continues to use the same twin-spar aluminum frame, fully adjustable KYB front forks, and a rear shock with preload and rebound adjustability. The Brembo calipers and discs have been carried over as well. 

Overall, the 2022 Suzuki Katana is not drastically different from its predecessor, but the changes make it a better motorcycle. Pricing information is still unavailable, but the manufacturer has mentioned that the bike will go on sale in Europe in Spring 2022.

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