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Suzuki D2-492-01-13
Photo ou archives : F-M. Dumas

Capacity : 1100
Model : GSX S Katana
Production : 1981 - 2001
Category : (R) Street Bike


GSX 1100 S - Katana – 1980

Start of a new trend


Throughout the history of the motorcycle, the stylists have attempted to create new designs, but those projects that have gone further than show exhibits have usually suffered from limited production.


Daring lines

The Suzuki "Katana," which appeared in prototype form in 1980, was one of the rare exceptions. Its daring lines were all the more remarkable because it came from Japan, where such excesses of style are in general frowned upon. But the 1980 motorcycle shows were the arena for many exceptional designs, marking the participation of some of the most famous designers in the creation of both prototypes and production models for the leading makers.


Designed by Giugiaro

Suzuki exhibited the Katana 650 and 1100, both styled by Target Design, and a futuristic touring 850 designed by Giorgetto Giugiaro. MV Agusta had also used the services of Target Design for their 750 Super Sport. Yamaha showed a prototype city bike designed by Porsche, and Honda presented a CX 500 Turbo that was the work of Michelotti. The angular lines of the Katana were praised by the press but only enjoyed limited success in the showrooms, so Suzuki lost no time in "softening" its profile. The end had been achieved - the Katana had created a new style.



Engine: 1074cc (72x66mm) transverse four cylinder

Power output: 115 hp @ 8500 rpm

Valves: twin overhead camshafts

Fuel system: quadruple carburetors

Transmission: 5-speed gearbox; chain final drive

Suspension: (front) telescopic forks; (rear) swinging arm

Brakes: ( front) twin discs; (rear) disc

Wheels: light alloy; (front) 3.25x19 in; (rear) 4.00x18 in

Weight: 512 lb

Maximum speed: 143 mph


Named for the famous sword of the Samurai warriors, the Katana cut a trendy figure.

Motorcycle encyclopedia Moto Passion, realised by François-Marie Dumas, include almost 2000 photos presented with an exhaustive history of the motorcycles exhibited.

This unique collection has been realised with the participation of many specialists. With many thanks in particular to Yves Campion, Michael Dregni, Didier Ganneau, Jean Goyard, Helmut Krackowizer, Michel Montange, Christian Rey, Bernard Salvat, Mick Woollett, etc

One can order here

  • Original cards on paper (in french)
  • High resolution scans or original documents presented and signed with my name.

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