With Suzuki’s new Katana unveiled in early October at Intermot, the UK debut of the hotly-anticipated reimagination of an 80s’ icon means the Japanese brand is again bringing one of the biggest attractions to this year’s Motorcycle Live.
The 2019 Katana – designed by famed Italian designer Rodolfo Frascoli – takes styling cues from the original machine but moves the legend into the modern era with its contours and lines inspired by the strokes of the hand-crafted Japanese sword from which the name comes. A display of original Katanas will serve to highlight the 2019 model’s inspiration. However, the new bike is underpinned by thoroughly modern engineering, using the proven GSX-S1000 platform as a base on which to build from.
The Katana joins Suzuki’s on-road model range for 2019, the full lineup of which will be on display at Motorcycle Live, including the updated GSX-R1000 and GSX-R1000R, which sees a quickshifter and auto-blipper fitted as standard to the GSX-R1000 while the R variant gets an adjustable swingarm pivot and braided hoses. The ever-popular SV650 will also be on display, which too gets an update for 2019 to improve stopping power, the twin-piston front brake calipers replaced by new four-piston items.
The full adventure lineup will feature, along with the streetbike and scooter ranges, while the GSX-R125 and GSX-S125 will represent Suzuki’s 125 lineup. The all-new RM-Z250 will make its UK debut, and be displayed alongside the RM-Z450 and KingQuad 750 ATV.
A mainstay of Suzuki’s presence at Motorcycle Live is the firm’s Vintage Parts Programme display and feature build, which will again return for this year, while the café will also return, offering teas, coffees, and refreshments for visitors. Suzuki’s British Superbike team riders, including the re-signed Bradley Ray, will also be visiting over the course of the event, as well as enduro legend David Knight and Team GB athlete and freestyle BMX star Declan Brooks.
Returning for 2019 is Suzuki’s popular ‘lean-down’ bike, which allows visitors to experience the lean angles achieved by its top-level racers in British Superbikes and MotoGP. Bradley Ray’s race-winning Buildbase Suzuki GSX-R1000R will also be displayed alongside Alex Rins’ MotoGP GSX-RR.
A range of models from Suzuki’s 2019 range can also be taken for early test rides in the Motorcycle Live test ride zone, situated in Hall 3, while those new to two wheels can learn the ropes on the GSX-S125 and GSX-R125 in the Get On area in Hall 4.