The rumour-mill in Japan is that Suzuki is planning a limited-edition ‘Super Katana’ that is effectively a ‘R’ version of the bike that was launched by the Japanese factory earlier this year.
What’s being said in Japan and being shown here in this illustration from top Japanese outlet YoungMachine is this: the supposed new bike will appear sharing parts from the current GSX-R1000R at the front end (high-end suspension and brakes) and GSX-R1000R electronics (so, possibly more power than the current Katana’s 149bhp) the bike will still run with the standard Katana’s GSX-R K5-derived motor and frame. The swingarm will be considerably different on the 1135R though with a heavily-braced racing item.
The riding position will be different too with clip-on handlebars that will sit lower than on the current bike and a lower front fairing to follow the sweeping line from the bridge of the petrol tank forward and down in an aggressive line. As for the small wings placed under the nose-fairing? Time will tell.
What is interesting too is that this illustration has been created with some input from Yoshimura so it’s likely that the 1135R could appear with a full Yoshi system (on the illustration the exhaust clearly has a section that’s ready for a road-going catalytic converter to be added).
What do you think to this? Is it a rumour that carries much weight or do you think that the Katana – and Suzuki – doesn’t need an update? Is an 1135R suped-up Katana just what riders who want something ultra-trick-for-the-road but don’t fancy a Ducati Panigale V4 R or a Kawasaki ZX-10RR want?