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Suzuki's new 2020 Katana
on: May 19, 2019, 07:36:17 AM
Everyone really out to recognise this:





So what do you make of this?





Is this a worthy successor and a return to form, or a tacky rehash of a legendary 80's sports bruiser into a road biased, semi monster-trailie, oddity?!
Last Edit: May 19, 2019, 07:38:47 AM by redmerle
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Re: Suzuki's new 2020 Katana
Reply #1 on: May 19, 2019, 07:47:27 AM
Suzuki's attempt to jump on the retro bandwagon. Not a good enough interpretation of the original for me. And underneath the styling the spec is already a little out of date.

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Re: Suzuki's new 2020 Katana
Reply #2 on: December 09, 2019, 08:15:10 PM
Well, it seems not to have caught the buying public’s imagination and has pretty much sunk without trace.

Quite like this though:



And this:



Both of which really look the part in real life  :028:

It gives me really mixed feeling. I don’t like manufacturers shamelessly selling anaemic reproduction antiques, but I do like it when someone comes up with something that’s a modern take on an old bike or, even better, a modern take on an old bike that never was. That might sound mad, but think Rocket 3 3019  :062:
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Re: Suzuki's new 2020 Katana
Reply #3 on: December 09, 2019, 09:16:13 PM
I was considering buying one of the new Suzuki Katanas right before I got my Tiger. I liked the look of it (it really does look much better in the flesh) but the mediocre reviews and the fact that the riding position wasn't so much different from my Street Triple, meant that once I test ridden the Tiger 1200 I didn't give it another thought even though I was offered a fantastic deal on Suzuki immediately after release (that alone told me something).

That Kwakker Z900RS is a handsome beast though and much better received by the motorcycling press than the Katana, It's just that I need more than a pretty face these days, what I'm after is upright comfort and the Tiger has that in spades.

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Re: Suzuki's new 2020 Katana
Reply #4 on: December 10, 2019, 03:26:48 AM
I would love to see all of the bike manufacturers add about 3 or 4 more inches in the seat to peg length.  I swear they are making a lot of these bikes today for people who are very flexible or 5 feet tall. 

I got on a 2019 Speed Triple and it felt like riding a crotch rocket, same with the Yamaha MT10, BMW S1000R, and so on.  KTM Super Duke though had more room, or sure felt that way.   Really tough though to beat my Tiger, especially when I have lowered  and wider foot pegs along with bar risers. 


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Re: Suzuki's new 2020 Katana
Reply #5 on: December 10, 2019, 09:09:32 AM
*Originally Posted by vsteel [+]
I would love to see all of the bike manufacturers add about 3 or 4 more inches in the seat to peg length.  I swear they are making a lot of these bikes today for people who are very flexible or 5 feet tall. 

I got on a 2019 Speed Triple and it felt like riding a crotch rocket, same with the Yamaha MT10, BMW S1000R, and so on.  KTM Super Duke though had more room, or sure felt that way.   Really tough though to beat my Tiger, especially when I have lowered  and wider foot pegs along with bar risers.

 :0461: I test rode a BMW 1250RS & it felt like it was designed for an orangutan = long arms & short legs. Salesman said most buyers get BMW's optional higher seat & adjustable pegs = so why didn't they design it for "most buyers" ??? I bought a KTM instead.

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Re: Suzuki's new 2020 Katana
Reply #6 on: December 10, 2019, 10:52:33 AM
*Originally Posted by Will Morgan [+]
:0461: I test rode a BMW 1250RS & it felt like it was designed for an orangutan = long arms & short legs. Salesman said most buyers get BMW's optional higher seat & adjustable pegs = so why didn't they design it for "most buyers" ??? I bought a KTM instead.

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Re: Suzuki's new 2020 Katana
Reply #7 on: December 10, 2019, 06:40:49 PM
Funnily enough, after having got used to riding the Tigger for a while, the Sprint 900 seemed cramped in the leg and I’d given up ever even thinking about riding the Daytona 1200 again - even though I never used to have a problem.

I’m putting it down to the same thing that afflicts old leather jackets, where they shrink when they’re stored every winter, abviously it afflicts the seat to peg distance too. Nothing to do with encroaching decrepitude at all!  :038: :008:
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