The Suzuki Katana rose to fame back in the '80s, entering the world of motorcycles as a seriously rapid bike built by the Japanese, and proceeded to etch a lasting memory in everyone who cared to know anything about motorcycles, and even those who didn't. In its second generation, the 2019 Suzuki Katana lives up to its reputation as a street brawler, a robot-to-robot type of bike. With most of the torque from the 1000cc set up to be delivered in the lower revs, finessing the throttle takes some getting used to.
With a light body and agility combined with an eager 1000cc motor, the Katana becomes a fun bike to ride, with quick sprints around town becoming a lively experience. This Suzuki is fun to ride and at no point does it blur the lines between pleasure and potentially crossing over to the other side to meet the creator.
The upright riding position on this streetfighter makes it agreeable to commuting every day and the standard exhaust produces a satisfying soundtrack.
The Katana’s front end design harkens back to the original and makes the bike easily recognisable. Its designers really sought out to achieve the sharpest angle with that pointed nose, but it may not be the Suzuki’s best side according to us.
This is an exciting and fun bike to ride daily, with just enough sting to keep most rides interesting. It won't be the fastest thing in the streets that's for sure, but on your own, it will feel satisfyingly quick. A three-stage traction control system will cater to those with a greater appetite for adrenaline-inducing activities such as riding on the back wheel. Aside from its trademark front end, which is a polarising topic depending on who you talk to, the remainder of its body is muscular in appearance with good proportions.
Price: R187 500