The Katana range established a tradition of converting concept bikes into reality that continues to this day.
By the late seventies Suzuki’s GS1000 was being pushed in the market place by revised models form Kawasaki and Honda. Suzuki’s answer, given that the machines engine and handling were still among the best in its class was to adopt a radical styling concept. The new model incorporated a top half fairing that was integrated into the overall styling of the flowing bodywork. Mechanically the engine and transmission remained little changed from the GS1000 and were housed in a conventional tubular steel cradle frame with pivoted fork suspension. The front forks were equipped with an anti dive system.