Suzuki appears to be like set to return the venerable Katana mannequin to its model after registering the title, trademarking the Samurai sword image and unveiling a Katana idea.
The Katana three.zero idea is the work of Italian designer Rodolfo Frascoli.
Rodolfo designed the Moto Guzzi Griso, Norge, Breva and Stelvio, and Triumph Velocity Triple and Tiger 1050.
He additionally designed a Yamaha XJR1300 flat tracker idea known as “VR46 Mya” which was just lately introduced to MotoGP legend Valentino Rossi as a present from Rossi’s VR|46 pals.
Katana idea three.zero
Rodolfo’s idea relies on the GSX-S1000F sports activities tourer ($A17,490 experience away).
It’s powered by the championship-winning GSX-R1000 999cc in-line 4 with “road tuning with 110kW (150ps) of energy at 10,000rpm and 108Nm of torque at 9500rpm.
The bike is the right mannequin on which to base a Katana, though the fashionable twin-spar body dominates greater than the unique cradle.
For the idea, Rodolfo has mimicked the long-lasting sharp-nose fairing and blended tank/seat of the unique which was designed by Goal Design of Germany.
Nonetheless, fashionable emissions targets means it will get an enormous muffler and radiator which are inclined to muddle the clear traces of then unique which was constructed from 1979–1980.
We’re additionally undecided concerning the tail with the distant mudguard/plate holder.
Nonetheless, Rodolfo has retained the two-tone seat and entrance fender, daring capital-letter logos, colouring and total sporty stance.
Examine the above idea photographs with the unique GSX1100S.
Katana historical past
The Katana was Suzuki’s 1980s futuristic designed sportsbike and lots of riders cherished it, though it was awfully uncomfortable to experience.
Sadly, the bike was short-lived and the title was reused and abused for a scooter and a few mid-sized bikes about 15 years in the past.
The GSX1100S was the quickest mass-production bike on the planet in 1980 and was raced in lots of nationwide and worldwide occasions with blended success.
If Suzuki carry the title again, let’s hope they pay extra consideration to the unique design and its efficiency credentials.
The return of the Katana would observe Kawasaki’s current return of Z900 with the Z900RS and Z900RS Cafe Racer.