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Suzuki Katana

Suzuki Katana is a super bike available at a starting price of Rs. 13,66,893 in India. It is available in 1 variant and 2 colours. It is powered by a 999 cc BS-VI engine. It comes with both front and rear disc brakes.

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Key specs
  • Displacement999 cc
  • Transmission6 Speed Manual
  • Kerb Weight217 kg

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Katana Standard

 13,66,893Avg. Ex-showroom price Disc Brakes, Alloy Wheels

Suzuki Katana Summary

Katana key highlights

Engine Capacity 999 cc
Transmission 6 Speed Manual
Kerb Weight 217 kg
Fuel Tank Capacity 12 litres
Seat Height 825 mm
Max Power 150.19 bhp

About Katana

Suzuki Katana is a super bike available at a starting price of Rs. 13,66,893 in India. It is available in only 1 variant and 2 colours. The Suzuki Katana is powered by 999cc BS6 engine which develops a power of 150.19 bhp and a torque of 106 Nm. With both front and rear disc brakes, Suzuki Katana comes up with anti-locking braking system. This Katana bike weighs 217 kg and has a fuel tank capacity of 12 liters.

Suzuki India has launched its first litre-class motorcycle for 2022, the Katana. It’s priced at Rs 13,61,000 (ex-showroom Delhi) and is the only 1000cc offering in Suzuki India’s current lineup. Let’s see what it has to offer.

The Suzuki Katana gets a fairly sporty bodywork with its bikini fairing and overall stance like a street fighter. It gets a square LED headlight with the LED DRLs integrated into a centrally mounted horizontal bar. Overall, the design is a mix of modern and retro elements.

It draws power from a 999cc inline-four cylinder liquid-cooled motor that dishes out 149bhp and 106Nm. The engine is mated to a 6-speed gearbox. Suzuki has also offered a list of rider-aids as well. It includes riding modes, a traction control system, low rpm assist, and a ride-by-wire system as well.

Not to mention, the Katana also gets a fully digital instrument cluster too. The display houses a number of readouts like the speedometer, odometer, tripmeter(s), fuel level gauge, gear-mode and engine temperature as well.

Suzuki has suspended the Katana on USD front forks and a linked rear shock. The braking hardware consists of twin front discs and a single rear disc with dual-channel ABS. It rides on 17-inch alloys wrapped in 120/70 front and a 190/50 rear tyre.

Suzuki will offer the Katana in two colours: Metallic Mat Stellar Blue and Metallic Mystic Silver. Bookings for the bike will commence very soon across India. It rivals the Kawasaki Ninja 1000 SX and the BMW S 1000 XR.
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Suzuki Katana Expert Opinion

  • Good Things

    • 1000cc engine churns out excellent performance
    • Comfortable sitting ergonomics
    • Easy to ride in the city
  • Could be Better

    • Priced at higher side
    • Expensive to maintain
    • Limited service reach

BikeWale's Take

The Suzuki Katana is a litre-class streetfighter motorcycle that is practical, packed with performance and also gets useable features. Its overall riding dynamics along with handling capabilities makes it a fun bike. But being a CBU, it is expensive to maintain and also has limited service access. 

Suzuki Katana Review

Now the new Katana was originally launched in 2019, but recently it got a bunch of updates to meet emission norms and give it a fresher look and the updated bike was recently launched in India too. So does this new blade really cut it? Let’s find out.

Introduction

Suzuki Katana Right Front Three Quarter

Why buy it?

- Fantastic design complemented by beautiful colour options

- Grunty engine with usable performance

- Excellent everyday usability

Why avoid it?

- Instrument console not to everyone’s liking 

- Expensive for what it offers

Retro seems to be the name of the game these days as far as motorcycles are concerned, and almost every manufacturer seems to be returning in time for inspiration for their new products. With Triumph already being masters at this game, Kawasaki jumped on the bandwagon, too, with the Z900RS. Then Suzuki decided to get in on the action with a modern take on its legendary Katana. Now the new Katana was originally launched in 2019, but recently it got a bunch of updates to meet emission norms and give it a fresher look, and the updated bike was recently launched in India too. So does this new blade really cut it? Let’s find out.

The Looks

Suzuki Katana Front View

For any motorcycle to be modern-retro, it has to be the perfect amalgamation of the past and the present. The original Katana was a breakthrough motorcycle for Suzuki, offering a revolutionary design and not to mention blistering performance. And it was going to be a task to replicate the original. So has Suzuki succeeded? 

Suzuki Katana Fuel Tank

Indeed they have. While the base bike is the GSX-S1000, elements carried over from the original Katana include the rectangular headlight, the sword cut across the tank and silver bodywork which India does not get. A significant change from the original was the handlebar. While the original has clip-ons, the current-gen Katana gets a flat-ish high-mounted handlebar. Now, that low-slung headlight fairing does not blend naturally with a high-rise handlebar but give it some time, and it sinks in. At the rear, the stubby tail looks great, and Suzuki, in a bid to keep the tail section tidy, has attached the number plate to a small fender which in turn is attached to the swingarm. Heck, even the saree guard, which is an ugly eyesore on most bikes, has been designed well.

Suzuki Katana Left Rear Three Quarter

Fit and finish feel good, the plastics are great, and so are the switches and controls. Overall, Suzuki has done a great job with the design. The retro bit is spot on, and it flows cohesively with the modern part of the motorcycle.

The Package

Suzuki Katana Instrument Cluster

The 2022 Katana gets quite a few updates now. Let’s start with the instrument console first. The Katana gets an LCD panel with orange backlighting but looks white during the day for better visibility. As far as info is considered, there’s plenty too. However, while the rev counter and the speedo are easy to read, the smaller information isn’t. Also, we would have preferred a full-colour TFT for a motorcycle in this price range.

Suzuki Katana Right Front Three Quarter

On the electronics front, the Katana gets the Suzuki Intelligent Ride System suite. That includes the Suzuki Drive mode selector, namely A, B and C, traction control with five settings, bi-directional quickshifter, Ride-By-Wire throttle, low rpm assist to avoid stalling, and the Suzuki easy start assist, which helps start the bike by just touching the ignition button once and not having to hold it all the way.

Suzuki Katana Front Suspension Preload Adjuster

On the suspension front, you get a fully adjustable front fork and a monoshock adjustable for preload and rebound damping, both supplied by Kayaba. To haul the powerful Katana down quickly, braking is taken care of by twin radially mounted Brembo calipers that bite down hard on 310mm discs up front and a single disc at the rear.

Suzuki Katana Front View

But there is still no cornering ABS or launch control, which we think would make sense in a naked bruiser like the Katana. 

The Ride

Suzuki Katana Right Front Three Quarter

When it came out, the original Katana was one of the fastest production motorcycles. That mantle is now handled by the mighty Hayabusa. The Katana in its present avatar is breaking no such speed records but is there to remind you of Suzuki’s glorious past. That said, it’s no slouch. In fact, it is the most potent naked out there with 152BHP and 106Nm of torque.

Suzuki Katana Fuel Tank

But before we get to the riding bit, let’s look at the ergonomics. Swing a leg over, and the first thing you notice is the wide upright handlebar. The seat is wide, and the cushioning is just right. Seat height is on the taller side at 825mm, and the wide seat base does not help either. Even with an average height of 5 feet 9 inches, I was tip-toeing. Also, weighing in at a portly 217kg, it isn’t exactly easy to push out of a tight parking spot.

Suzuki Katana Left Side View

But once on the move, all that weight disappears quickly. The seat is slightly inclined forward, and the rear-set footpegs give it an aggressive riding stance despite the high-mounted handlebar. But when not in attack mode, it’s also quite relaxed, as I found out during my 200km highway and city stint.

Suzuki Katana Engine From Right

Now, let’s get to the riding part. Nestled between the legs is the same GSX-R1000 K5 motor, which is now in its most updated and civilised avatar. This engine does not feel as refined as a Hayabusa and is a little buzzy in nature but far from being obtrusive. What is also brilliant is heat management. Even pottering around at 40-50kmph insecond or third gear, it gets a little warm but never ends up baking one’s legs. Also, the engine is extremely tractable and goes about easily in third gear. What also helps here is the low rpm assist, which avoids stalling in case the rider is new.

Suzuki Katana Rear Tyre

Switch into A mode when you want to experience the Katana in its full glory. With wet conditions, the Dunlop Sportmax’s struggled to put all the power down with the traction control light flickering in first and second gear. The Katana pulls hard but not enough to scare you. The thrust is strong but linear. It’s exciting enough for experienced riders and not too intimidating for those progressing to a litre motorcycle either. While the performance is fantastic, what isn’t is the range. With a meagre 12-litre fuel tank, I was already out of fuel with just 140 odd km on the trip meter.

Suzuki Katana Left Front Three Quarter

Handling is impressive, too, especially considering that the Katana isn’t a light motorcycle. It feels extremely stable on the long sweeping corners, and the wide handlebars give good leverage while transitioning from side to side. Ride quality, like in all Suzukis, is just phenomenal. One does not have to think about the consequences of hitting a bad patch because the Katana takes it in with aplomb. The Katana is just as much home in the city as it is on the highways and twisties, making it an ideal everyday motorcycle.

Should you buy it?

Suzuki Katana Left Side View

The Suzuki Katana comes across as an excellent retro motorcycle for those who want to tap into its glorious heritage but at the same time want a modern and practical motorcycle. However, with an expensive Rs 13.61 lakh price tag, the Katana isn’t really good value, considering there are cheaper options in the form of the Kawasaki Ninja 1000 and other offerings from Triumph. The Katana is also limited when it comes to capabilities, considering it’s not exactly sporty or tour-friendly. But what it brings to the table is an exceptionally stunning retro design and a friendly character that will be loved and appreciated by all.

Photography by Kaustubh Gandhi 

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Katana Specifications & Features

Specifications

  • Power & PerformancePower & Performance

    Fuel Type Petrol

    Max Power 150.19 bhp @ 11,000 rpm

    Max Torque 106 Nm @ 9,250 rpm

    Cooling System Liquid Cooled

    Transmission 6 Speed Manual

    Transmission Type Chain Drive

    Emission Standard Emission standards indicate the output from the exhaust that is permissible in a country. BS-VI

    Displacement 999 cc

    Cylinders 4

    Bore 73.4 mm

    Stroke 59 mm

    Valves Per Cylinder --

    Compression Ratio 12.2 : 1

    Ignition Digital

    Spark Plugs --

    Gear Shifting Pattern Gear Shifting Pattern 1 Down 5 Up

    Clutch Assist and Slipper Clutch

    Fuel Delivery System Fuel Injection

    Fuel Tank Capacity 12 litres

    Reserve Fuel Capacity These are estimated figures --

    Riding Range Maximum distance a petrol bike can travel on a full fuel tank and an electric bike can travel on a full charge --

    Mileage - ARAI --

    Mileage - Owner Reported BikeWale collects mileage information from bike owners to provide you with the actual mileage that you might get. --

    Top Speed These are estimated figures --

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  • Brakes, Wheels & SuspensionBrakes, Wheels & Suspension

    Braking System CBS, IBS, SBT, UBS, HBS - Combined braking of both front and rear wheel | ABS - Anti-lock braking system which can be just for front wheel (single channel) or both wheels (dual channel) or can be switched off (switchable) | E-ABS - Electronic assisted braking system | Standard - Cable operated Dual Channel ABS

    Front Brake Type Disc

    Front Brake Size --

    Rear Tyre Size 190/50 - ZR17

    Tyre Type Tubeless

    Radial Tyres Yes

    Rear Brake Type Disc

    Rear Brake Size --

    Calliper Type --

    Wheel Type Alloy

    Front Wheel Size 17 inch

    Rear Wheel Size 17 inch

    Front Tyre Size 120/70 - ZR17

    Front Tyre Pressure (Rider) --

    Rear Tyre Pressure (Rider) --

    Front Tyre Pressure (Rider & Pillion) --

    Rear Tyre Pressure (Rider & Pillion) --

    Front Suspension Inverted telescopic, coil spring, oil damped

    Rear Suspension Link type, coil spring, oil damped

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  • Dimensions & ChassisDimensions & Chassis

    Kerb Weight 217 kg

    Overall Length 2,130 mm

    Overall Width 820 mm

    Wheelbase 1,460 mm

    Ground Clearance 140 mm

    Seat Height 825 mm

    Overall Height 1,100 mm

    Chassis Type --

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  • Manufacturer WarrantyManufacturer Warranty

    Standard Warranty (Year) --

    Standard Warranty (Kilometers) Standard Warranty (Kilometers) --

Features

Odometer Digital

DRLs (Daytime running lights) Yes

Mobile App Connectivity Yes

Low Battery IndicatorYes

Pillion BackrestNo

Pillion GrabrailYes

GPS & Navigation Yes

USB charging port --

Front storage box No

Under seat storage No

AHO (Automatic Headlight On) Yes

Speedometer Digital

Fuel Guage Yes

Tachometer Digital

Stand Alarm Yes

Stepped Seat Yes

No. of Tripmeters 2

Tripmeter Type Digital

Low Fuel Indicator Yes

Low Oil Indicator Yes

Pillion SeatYes

Pillion FootrestYes

Digital Fuel GuageYes

Start TypeElectric Start

Shift LightYes

KillswitchYes

ClockYes

Battery--

Headlight TypeLED Headlamp

Brake/Tail LightLED Taillamp

Turn SignalYes

Pass LightYes

Additional features--

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FAQs about Suzuki Katana

  • Q: What is the on-road price of Suzuki Katana in 2022?

    A: The 2022 on-road price of Suzuki Katana in Delhi is Rs. 15,20,332. This on-road price includes the ex-showroom price, RTO and insurance charges.
  • Q: Which is better Suzuki Katana or Kawasaki Ninja 1000?

    A: Suzuki Katana is priced at Rs. 13,66,893, has a 999 cc 6 Speed Manual engine, and weighs 217 kg, whereas, the price of Kawasaki Ninja 1000 is Rs. 11,86,000 with a 1043 cc 6 Speed Manualengine, and weighing 238 kg. You can compare Suzuki Katana vs Kawasaki Ninja 1000 based on their detailed specifications, features, prices and reviews.
  • Q: What are the colour options of Suzuki Katana?

    A: Suzuki Katana is available in 2 colours which are Metallic Mystic Silver and Metallic Mat Stellar Blue. You can check all the colour images of Suzuki Katana.
  • Q: What are the key specifications of Suzuki Katana?

    A: Suzuki Katana is a Super bike that weighs 217 kg, has a 999 cc BS-VI engine and a fuel capacity of 12 litres. You can check the full specifications and features.

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