Upgraded Suzuki Katana headed for Australia in mid 2022

Suzuki has unveiled the 2022 Katana at the EICMA motorcycle show, revealing a number of updates, as well as confirming it will be offered in just one colour in Australia, Metallic Matte Stellar Blue.

Set to be priced from $21,990 ride away, the Katana is among Suzuki’s most iconic motorcycles, capturing the hearts of riders around the globe for more than four decades. The original 1981 GSX1000S Katana continues to influence design to this day.

For 2022, the high-performance 999cm3 four-stroke DOHC liquid-cooled inline-four engine underwent a thorough review, with changes including a new camshaft profile, new valve springs, a new clutch and new exhaust system increasing power output.

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At the same time, the combination helped achieve an overall better balance of performance, all while satisfying Euro5 emissions standards. The new engine produces greater torque than its predecessor at low rpm too.

The broader, smoother torque curve has fewer peaks and valleys than before, with the result a more predictable and controllable response, and consistently abundant power delivery for a more exciting riding experience.

The new Katana adopts a collection of the advanced electronic systems as well, with the Suzuki Intelligent Ride System (S.I.R.S.) loaded with drive mode selector, traction control, ride-by-wire electronic throttle, bi-directional quick shift, easy start and low RPM assist.

These enable the rider to optimise performance characteristics to best suit riding conditions and varying road surfaces, as well as their level of confidence and experience. A choice of three different modes change output characteristics.

Mode A (Active) provides the sharpest response. Mode B (Basic) reaches the same level of maximum output but features a softer response and a more linear power delivery curve. Mode C (Comfort) provides the softest throttle response and gentler torque characteristics.

Equipped with an updated version of Suzuki’s traction control system, with a wider selection of five mode settings, the finer incremental control allows for a more diverse variety of riding conditions and styles.

2022 Suzuki Katana
2022 Suzuki Katana

The ride-by-wire throttle system provides optimum settings to best match each of the ride modes, while the quick shift system allows the rider to shift up or down more quickly and easily, without the need to operate the clutch or throttle.

The compact, lightweight twin-spar aluminium chassis is engineered to provide agility, ease of control and a fun-to-ride character riders will appreciate and enjoy. It is also aimed to perform best in real world riding conditions.

New for 2022, rubber mounts have been introduced in the top bridge and handlebar brackets to reduce vibration transmitted to the rider’s hands, improving comfort and reducing fatigue.

KYB 43mm inverted gold-coloured front forks give a ride that is sporty yet plush. They feature fully adjustable damping, rebound, compression and spring preload. A single KYB rear shock features adjustable rebound damping and spring pre-load.

The rear spring colour has been changed from red to grey for 2022. Solid 310mm disc brakes are paired with Brembo radial mount Monobloc front brake callipers with four opposing Ø32mm pistons, to provide powerful braking performance.

Lightweight 6-spoke cast aluminium wheels by ENKEI, shod with Dunlop Roadsport 2 tyres, provide nimble handling. From a style perspective, the new look Katana offers a Premium Chic feel, combining matte and solid colours to achieve a sophisticated, modern look.

The vertically stacked LED headlight and front position lights accent the sharp lines of the cowling that covers the custom-designed instrument panel. The Katana uniquely boasts a small rear fender supported by the swingarm that hugs the rear tyre for a tougher look.

An LCD brightness-adjustable instrument cluster packs a wide range of useful information into a relatively compact form. Another nice touch is the replacement of the Suzuki lettering that used to feature at the bottom of the instrument cluster, with the Katana logo.

A new custom-designed ignition key that sports the Katana logo as well adds a luxurious touch that instils greater pride of ownership.

2022 Suzuki Katana
2022 Suzuki Katana

Interested customers are encouraged to build and pre-order their new 2022 Suzuki Katana by visiting suzukimotorcycles.com.au – and as an added bonus, online pre-order customers will receive a free heated grip set with their bike delivery

For further information, please contact your local Suzuki dealer.

Andrew Jenkin
Andrew Jenkin
Andrew Jenkin is the ride editor at Exhaust Notes Australia, founding editor of Two Wheel Addicts, a contributor at Bike Review and panel judge for Harley Davidson's Breakout Boss competition. Andrew has a love for anything on two wheels whether that be sports, naked or adventure bikes, with a guilty pleasure for cruisers.


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