The 2020 Suzuki Katana Will Cost You $13,499
If you’re after a new bike for 2020, very few have the history attached to it like the Suzuki Katana. The legendary superbike that carved its name back in the early 1980s will return to the U.S. for 2020, and if you want one you’ll need to stump up a pretty reasonable $13,499 MSRP.
The new Katana is not the premium superbike offering from Suzuki it once was. It’s based heavily off the sport touring Suzuki GSX-S1000F, which itself can trace its lineage back to one of Suzuki’s greatest superbike offerings in the 2005 GSX-R1000 K5.
That 1000F costs $11,299, so if you think the extra bodywork is worth the $2000 premium, then all power to you.
Suzuki’s not got a huge amount of new stuff coming for next year, and the Katana has already been on sale in Europe and Australasia for the last six months, but just having the name again on sale in the U.S. is bound to garner some much needed sales for the Big S.
The Katana still falls short of the spec sheet for a class competitor like the Yamaha MT-10, let alone Euro heavy hitters like the BMW S 1000 R, KTM 1290 Super Duke, or the forthcoming Ducati V4 Streetfighter, so if you want a superbike with no clothes, this won’t be the bike for you.
However, given the spritely performance of the GSX-R1000F, the Katana should still have enough poke to make it an enthralling ride. Suzuki is having a media event in the next couple of months (we still don’t know when), so we’ll have the good word for you on the out-and-out performance of the Kat at Cycle News soon.
The new 2020 Suzuki Katana will be available in November.
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