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Suzuki Katana long-term test review

Published: 20 March 2019

Suzuki’s Katana was big and brash when it first broke the mould in 1980 and the re-make looks almost as avant-garde, even if it is essentially a Suzuki GSX-S1000 beneath the 80s-aping angular bodywork.

I can’t wait to see if the GSX-R1000 K5 derived engine does the legend justice or whether it’s a powerplant that was better left viewed through rose-tinted spectacles.

I’m looking forward to taking it to a few race meetings to see what reception it gets from the old guard and younger riders alike, and I don’t doubt that the odd trackday may prove too tempting to resist.

And, of course, I’d love to find an owner of an original model and go for a blast together, swapping bikes to see if Suzuki have achieved something deeper than a simple lookalike.

  • Key stats: • £11,399 • 147.5bhp • 80ftlb • 825mm seat • 215kg (kerb)
  • Rider: Andy Calton (50, 6ft, 95kg)
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