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Suzuki Katana

The Suzuki is a sport motorcycle designed in by the southern Bavarian firm, Design at the request of Suzuki of specifically for their market. [ needed ]

The Katana name was applied to a range of sport motorcycles in North America the 2006 model year offered in Europe but without the moniker), and starting at the change of the to a line of 49 cc / 50 cc in Europe.

Design history

The Katana’s design started Suzuki hired Hans ex-chief of styling for BMW. to the company’s image. [ 1 ]

Model 2006 (Final), Designation:

The three-man Target Design consisted of Muth, Jan Fellstrom and Kasten. [ 2 ] Kasten was still Target Design as of 2003.

The ED1 featured a forward nose and a blended fuel tank a merged fuel tank-to-seat at a time when squared off tanks and flat-faced bolt-on fairings were the norm. The also incorporated favorable with a special emphasis on high-speed stability, and was repeatedly tested in Italy. The same design forms had already used early in 1979 for a MV Agusta from the same team, which never saw [ 3 ]


In late 1980 the GSX1100S Katana hit the street, it was the mass-production motorcycle in the world, [ 4 ] the new looks were matched by performance levels. So radical was the departure from previous cycles that most motorcycle magazines of the era thought the would not appeal to the masses. [ needed ] Nevertheless it was a sales and the motorcycle had a lasting impact on design. Portions of the design are still visible in many sport motorcycles, including the aspects of both the seat and the

In 1980 at Intermot. the Cologne show, came the ED-2, an (67 cu in) version based on the GS 1100. Today, the only outside Japan stands in Motorradmuseum Eggenburg 100 km northwest of Vienna. This was in 1981 with almost no to the production version, which is seen as the Katana, [ by whom? ] as the was so distinctive.

The design was so successful in its form that these components were never [ clarification needed ] apart a small wind deflector The unusual overlapping dials on the were the result of arranging the components to fit as closely together as to reduce weight and costs.

The filler was offset from the of the tank to allow for a clean seam weld. This philosophy was applied to all areas of the design, thus reducing the weight, and number of components

Factory Variants Edit

variants of the 1982 (Z model Katana 1100SZ were by Suzuki to support racing. The (circa 1981) was a 998cc of the GSX1100SZ produced in sufficient to homologate the type as production that was eligible for modification for under the then current superbike racing rules included a 1000cc capacity The GSX1000SZ had frame serial beginning with GS10X-500001

, [ 5 ] and were fitted by the factory a performance inlet camshaft 12711-49201) pared with the exhaust camshaft as the standard (part 12700-45820). [ 6 ] The 1000SZ sported round-slide VM Mikuni and were often fitted optional wire-wheels which lighter and with an 18 rear tire choices more for track. [ 7 ] Due to their limited and comparative rarity the 1000cc is a sought after machine.

The Wire-Wheeler was an even rarer and peculiarly southern hemisphere of the standard Katana 1100SZ. with the single-seat Honda which on paper looked to be the dominant machine in the upcoming production racing series indeed won the 1981 New Zealand Six Hour race against the NZ-only Suzuki homologation the GSX1100T [ 8 ] ), the New Zealand Suzuki at the time asked Suzuki for a new machine to beat the Honda.

this period Suzuki were at an all time high in New (around 42% market share) due in part to Suzuki’s race successes. In 1981 Kiwi rider Graeme Crosby had fifth in the World 500cc and successfully defended his TT Formula One The Hamamatsu factory responded to the and Suzuki produced the E27-only SXZ of the Katana 1100SZ (E27 Suzuki’s country code for New [ 9 ] The E27 SXZ was fitted with wire-wheels, powerful front brakes, round-slide oval-bore VM32SS large bore mufflers as fitted to the previous Castrol 6 special the GSX1100T), and performance (thought most likely to be profiles [ 10 ] as Pops Yoshimura was Suzuki Superbikes and TT machines for during this period). [ 11 ]

Suzuki Katana SXZ Mikuni Carb detail

Twenty of the E27 where delivered to South Suzuki Distributors (Colemans) as 20 were the minimum required to the machines as production motorcycles than racing specials the rules of the New Zealand Autocycle -then the governing body for sport in New Zealand. More of the E27 spec SXZ machines (or a specification close to the E27 SXZ) were by Suzuki and exported to South The number of South African SXZ imported is yet to be confirmed.

Australia received its own E24 (Australian market) SXZ were also fitted wire-wheels, the same Mikuni and exhausts as the New Zealand machines but the machines were fitted standard unmodified SZ engines. [ 12 ] The were raced with success in Australia in 1981, but changes for the 1982 Australian 6-Hour production race saw scrambling to find 1000cc In New Zealand the wire wheeled won the 1982 NZ Castrol Six Hour and numerous club and National

The bikes were rendered for racing by the release of the ‘race Suzuki GSX-R1100. There plans for an MY1983 Katana to be produced but this never into production. There is evidence that one pre-production was produced for the then New Zealand Colemans Suzuki, and that unit carried the same modifications as the E27 spec SXZ machine.

The number of SXZ machines built all markets is currently undetermined, all the Katana 1100 ‘Specials’ had numbers that begin GS110X-10 [ 13 ] whereas standard had chassis numbers in the GS110X-50000 [ 14 ]

Other Models Edit

also produced 550 cc (40 cu in) and 750 cc (46 cu in) of the Katana. The 650 had a shaft drive, the 1984-1986 SE/SF/SG 750 is distinguished by a pop-up headlight. The air cooled GSX of which the Katana was a member, way to the equally revolutionary oil-cooled series in 1985.

The Katana was rekindled, primarily in the North market, for the revised GSX-F from the end of the 1980s through to However, in Europe and other the GSX600F, GSX750F and GSX1100F are to be the direct replacement for the GSX550E, and GSX1100E sports tourers. The range comprised five models split into two eras: the 1988–1997 GSX600F and the 1988–1993 GSX1100F, followed by the GSX600F and GSX750F, both of were heavily restyled for the model year.

Disparaging of the original Target Design are known to refer to the GSX-F as ‘Teapots’ due to the profile of the faired-in [ citation needed ] These models were offered in but without the Katana name; the name was absent in Europe 1986 until the 1999 of a 49cc/50cc line of Suzuki

The original design ethos at the 2005 Tokyo Motor when Suzuki rolled out a bike called the Suzuki . [ 15 ] which heavily incorporated facets of the original ED1/ED2 although tied in a new transversely-mounted 6-cylinder engine. [ 16 ] Suzuki has confirmed in August 2007 the Stratosphere will enter [ dated info ]. [ 17 ]

A model in 1984 was the Katana 750SE a pop-up headlight, still an air-oil cooled engine. were very popular when their performance was out done by other competitors at the

Features used by the design for the original Katana can be seen in motorcycles of the 1980s through the from the XN85 Turbo to subtle markings on the RG250 two The fact that modern motorcycles generally have and seats that visually into a sloping-at-the-rear fuel is directly traceable to the original ED1/ED2 design series.


^ Landon Hall 2006). 1982 Suzuki Katana. Motorcycle Classics . 2009-08-17.   Check date in: |date= (help ) ^ Boehm, (1 December 2012).

Thirty of the (Original) Suzuki Katana. Magazine . Source Interlink Retrieved 12 October 2013.

how bikes are traditionally developed Japanese companies, the Katana was Manfred Becker, Suzuki marketing manager, commissioned the in 1979 from newly Target Design, which was run by Styling Chief Hans Becker had instructions from Japan to look into new, exciting and bolder what the company had done far, and he tapped Target for the

Once employed, Muth two previous BMW colleagues, Georg and Jan Fellstrom.   ^ [ verification needed ] Design ^ Suzuki GSX1100S — The Early Models. Cycles. Retrieved 2013-05-30.   ^ Suzuki GSX1000SZ Parts 2nd Edition, Jun 1982, Suzuki Co. Ltd. ^ FIG.10 (C-2) Cam — Valve, ‘Suzuki Parts Catalogue’, 2nd Edition, Jun Suzuki Motor Co.

Ltd. And 13 (C-3) Cam Shaft — (Model Z), ‘Suzuki GSX1100S(Z/D) Catalogue’, 3rd Edition, Oct, Suzuki Motor Co.

Ltd ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ‘Suzuki (E27) Parts Catalogue, 1st Published in Sep. 1981: Motor Co. Ltd ^ P.1, Suzuki (E24) Parts Catalogue’, 2nd Jun.

1982: Suzuki Co. Ltd (99000-94706) ^ ^ P. 6, ‘Suzuki 1100, 1150 Fours Workshop Manual, Haynes Group (1980) ISBN 1 574 X ^ ^ [ verification needed ] Tokyo Motorcycle Show Releases ^ Bike (UK) (print edition), April page 17

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