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Suzuki Katana - smooth delivery thanks to the Suzuki Drive Mode Selector system.

Suzuki Katana - smooth delivery thanks to the Suzuki Drive Mode Selector system.

There's even a bi-directional quickshifter

There's even a bi-directional quickshifter

Cool looks with the Suzuki Katana

Cool looks with the Suzuki Katana

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Suzuki Katana - smooth delivery thanks to the Suzuki Drive Mode Selector system.

ONE of the few things of note at the EICMA show in Milan when we visited last month was a ride event with Suzuki, where we discovered the 2022 Katana, the updated machine getting more power and an improved suite of electronics.

Based on the well proven GSX-S1000 platform, the new Katana puts out 152 ponies up at a thoroughly enjoyable 11,000rpm. It also has a broader spread of torque across the rev range when compared to the preceding model, making it more rideable in the real world.  The real world, by the way, is one where you’re not holding a Gixxer thou open at 11,000rpm on the public road.

The improvements to the 2022 Katana are thanks to a new intake and exhaust camshaft, a new set of valve springs, a new exhaust and to a new air box. All this extra power is delivered smoothly via a new ride-by-wire throttle.

Now that smooth power delivery can be further controlled thanks to the Suzuki Drive Mode Selector system. This comes with three selectable engine maps. While all three deliver the same peak power, mode A provides the sharpest, sportiest response, mode B a softer initial power delivery before unleashing everything, and mode C delivering the softest response. C is ideal in wet and slippery conditions, or if you’re afraid of one-litre sportsbike engines, but bought a bike powered by one because you wanted to look cool.

The new bike is fitted with a bi-directional quickshifter which makes short work of quick gear changes. It also enhances performance on sporty rides. Then there are no fewer than five modes of traction control to choose from to keep things in check. This can also be turned off should you fancy mono wheeling down Dublin’s Harold’s Cross for old time’s sake.

Added controllability and increased performance are also available as standard. This is thanks to a new Suzuki Clutch Assist System – basically a posh title for a slipper clutch that stops the rear wheel from locking up when downshifting in a hurry.

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There's even a bi-directional quickshifter

There's even a bi-directional quickshifter

There's even a bi-directional quickshifter

The electronics package is completed with Suzuki’s handy easy start system and low RPM assist, which raises engine speed as the clutch lever is fed out. This is designed to aid slow speed control and prevent stalling. So don’t worry if you can’t ride a bike properly, this one will hide your low-speed incompetence.

Each new Katana uses the same lightweight, twin-spar aluminium frame and GSX-R-derived swingarm. They come with a set of highly regarded and fully-adjustable KYB front forks as well as a preload and rebound damping adjustable rear shock.

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Cool looks with the Suzuki Katana

Cool looks with the Suzuki Katana

Cool looks with the Suzuki Katana

Stopping is compliments of a pair of Brembo monobloc calipers which are in turn complimented by a set of 310mm front discs. These are fitted to six-spoke, cast aluminium wheels which are dressed with Dunlop Sportmax Roadsport2 tyres, custom engineered for the Suzuki.

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If you want to go fast in 2022, or even just pretend that you’re going to, then you could do worse than call Trevor at Moto4U on 01-405 5220 or any Suzuki dealer.

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