Looking Back – Suzuki Katana 1100
1981 saw a bombshell dropped on the motorcycle market, with Suzuki releasing the radically styled Katana. While based on the 4 valve GSX models, it was a stunning departure from the normal ’80s superbike in appearance. It quickly divided the motorcycling public into lovers and haters.
Styled in Germany by designer Hans Muth, it looked like no other Japanese bike before it. Also available in a 750 variant, the 1100 featured the indestructible 1074cc four valve, twin cam, TSCC motor, cranking out around 110 hp. The frame was essentially a carry over from the original GS design, with the addition of a dubious anti dive feature on the forks, and the worlds hardest rear shock absorbers.
However, the big Kat was a hit, selling from 1981, through two model updates till 1985. The styling of the bike has ensured it has become a collectors item.
|Model||Suzuki GSX1100 Katana|
|Engine Type||4-stroke, DOHC in-line four, 4 valves per cylinder|
|Power||110.00 HP (83 kW)) @ 8500 RPM|
|Torque||71.0 ft lbs @ 6600 rpm|
|Weight||232.0 kg (dry, claimed)|
|Front Brakes||Twin Disc with anti dive forks|
|Power to Weight||0.47 hp per kg|