Looking Back – Suzuki Katana 1100

katana1100 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
Capacity 1074cc
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
Gearbox 5-speed
Weight 232.0 kg (dry, claimed)
Seat Height 770mm
Front Brakes Twin Disc with anti dive forks
Rear Brakes Disc
Power to Weight 0.47 hp per kg













1983 Katana 1100

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