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2023 Suzuki Katana [Specs, Features, Photos]

2023 Suzuki Katana
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The 2023 Katana Is As Good As Ever

After making its triumphant return to the Suzuki Lineup in 2020, the Suzuki Katana has remained a fan favourite thanks to its throwback styling interwoven with modern tech and power. The new Katana got its first major update last year when Suzkuki updated its 999cc powerplant to meet Euro5 Guidelines. Its tech package also got an update.

Due to last year’s upgrades, the 2023 iteration won’t be seeing anything new, however, the Japanese-made Suzuki Katana is still just as loveable as it was in ‘81 and in 2020. The neo-retro street bike makes 150hp and 80lb-ft from its liquid-cooled inline-four engine. Fully adjustable inverted front forks and link-style rear suspension help to keep the ride agile but comfortable.

Despite the old-school Suzuki looks, the 2023 Katana is packed with modern technology – including a full LCD multifunction instrument display, three unique multiple drive modes, five traction control levels, an up & down quick-shifter, low RPM assist, and LED lights all around. The Katana also comes standard with  Suzuki’s Motion Track Anti-lock Brake System to help riders make the most of the Brembo disc brakes.

The 2023 Suzuki Katana can be had in either Metallic Mat Stellar Blue or Solid Iron Gray, and an optional Red Decal Set called “The Cut” can be added to either colour. The Blue colour scheme features bronze wheels, while the Gray is accented with red.

The 2023 Suzuki Katana starts at $17, 799 CAD. US pricing has not been updated as of the writing of this article.

On this page: we’ve curated specs, features, news, photos/videos, etc. so you can read up on the new 2023 Suzuki Katana in one place.

2023 Suzuki Katana

Motorcycle Overview

General Info

  • Price: $17, 999 CAD / $TBA USD
  • Key Features:
    • Bidirectional quick-shifter
    • Retro styling
    • Suzuki Intelligent Ride System (S.I.R.S.)
    • Vibration Damping Handlebars

Main Specs

  • Engine: 999cc liquid-cooled inline four-cylinder
  • Power: 150 horsepower
  • Torque: 80 lb-ft
  • Weight: 474 lbs (215kg)
  • Seat Height: 32.5 inches (825mm)

2023 Suzuki Katana

2023 Suzuki Katana Specifications

From Suzuki


Engine 999cc, Four-stroke, liquid-cooled, DOHC, in-line four
Bore x Stroke 73.4 mm x 59.0 mm (2.9 in. x 2.3 in.)
Compression Ratio 12.2:1
Fuel System Fuel injection
Starter Electric
Lubrication Wet sump


Transmission 6-speed constant mesh
Final Drive Electronic Ignition (transistorized)


Suspension Front Inverted telescopic, coil spring, oil damped
Suspension Rear Link type, coil spring, oil damped
Brakes Front Disc, twin
Brakes Rear Disc
Tires Front 120/70ZR17M/C (58W) tubeless
Tires Rear 190/50ZR17M/C (73W) tubeless
Fuel Tank Capacity 12.0 L (3.2/2.6 US/Imp gal)
Color Metallic Mat Stellar Blue (YUA) / Solid Iron Gray (YUD)


Ignition Electronic ignition (transistorized)
Spark Plug
Headlight LED
Tail Light LED


Overall Length 2,125 mm (83.7 in.)
Overall Width 830 mm (32.7 in.)
Overall Height 1,110 mm (43.7 in.)
Ground Clearance
Wheelbase 1,460 mm (57.5 in.)
Seat Height 825 mm (32.5 in.)
Curb Weight 215 kg (474.0 lbs.)


Warranty 12 Month unlimited mileage limited warranty

2023 Suzuki Katana

2023 Suzuki Katana Features


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The Japanese Katana is beautiful to gaze upon and unbelievably exciting to wield. The epitome of fine craftsmanship, this famed sword combines sophisticated Japanese aesthetics and pure beauty into a sharp design. These characteristics made it the perfect motif for the Suzuki KATANA. The KATANA also symbolizes well Suzuki’s uncompromising commitment to craftsmanship. Suzuki’s dedication to creating distinctive beauty includes paying due respect to tradition while at the same time aiming to incorporate the latest advances in styling and technology. Built to delight and polished to perfection, the Suzuki KATANA is ready to forge the path to a new era of riding excitement.


The Katana is faithfully inherits styling from the original, yet features updates such as a new body colour and decorative trim. The exciting new design features a sharp front end with LED light and LED position lights, a taut-looking rear end with rear fender and license plate holder extending from the swingarm, gold front forks, coordinated wheel colours and a two-tone seat.


A new design featuring a vertically stacked LED headlight with a unique rectangular shape and LED front position lights accentuates the sharp look of the KATANA’s face.


The LED rear combination lights feature sharp lines and a unique lighting pattern that heighten the advanced look of the KATANA’s styling.


With a slim profile and seat height of 825mm Katana offers a comfortable seat height for riders to plant their feet on the ground when stopped.

The black and gray two-tone seat also features a stepped design for passenger comfort, offering positive footing and a convenient hand strap.


Engineered for agility and ease of control in a variety of riding conditions, the chassis features a twin-spar aluminum alloy frame that inherits characteristics from the GSX-R1000.

The Katana features:

A comfortable upright riding position for easier control, reduced fatigue and maximum visibility
Fully adjustable, inverted front forks
Link-type rear suspension for a progressive feel and efficient reaction to changing road surface conditions
Brembo radial mount brake calipers and ABS*
6-spoke cast aluminum wheels and Dunlop Sportmax Roadsport 2 tires
Floating handlebars which reduce vibration transmitted to the riders hands for better comfort and reduced fatigue (NEW!)
*ABS is not designed to shorten braking distance. Please always ride at a safe speed for road and weather conditions and while cornering.


A full-LCD brightness-adjustable instrument cluster packs a wide range of useful information for the rider. This custom display offers white daytime illumination and a newly updated amber nighttime illumination for clear visibility any time of day.


Japanese swordsmiths devote countless hours to repeatedly forging, hammering, folding and welding raw steel to achieve the right balance needed for the blade to perform optimally. This process is absolutely critical in achieving the desired result.

Fired by the same spirit, Suzuki’s development team tested and tuned each component-time and again until they were satisfied the KATANA would deliver the optimal balance of power, comfort and control.

At the heart of the KATANA’s powerful performance is a custom long-stroke version of the legendary fuel-injected 999cm3 inline-four engine that first proved itself on the MotoGP-winning GSX-R1000.

Updates for the 2022 model year include new camshaft profiles, new valve springs, a new clutch and new exhaust system, which further increases maximum power output and achieves a better overall balance of performance.

Not only does the new updated engine feature a broader, smoother, torque curve with fewer peaks and valleys, it also achieves greater overall cumulative torque production across its operating range. This brings a more satisfying feeling of immediate response and acceleration from low speed. It also demonstrates quicker response at mid-range and higher speeds, which leads to a more exhilarating and enjoyable riding experience.


The Suzuki Clutch Assist System (SCAS) for the 2022 KATANA introduces an assist function to complement the previous generation’s slipper clutch.

The slipper clutch partially disengages when downshifting from high rpm to mitigate the effect of engine braking. By mitigating the chance of the rear tire locking up or hopping and working in harmony with the Bi-directional Quick Shift System to realize smoother deceleration, SCAS enables the rider to shift down with greater confidence and maintain better control when downshifting into corners.

The newly added assist function increases the clutch’s clamping force under acceleration and thereby allows the use of softer springs while still efficiently transferring torque to the rear wheel. This cuts the amount of effort needed to operate the clutch lever by approximately 20%, so results in a light touch that reduces left hand fatigue when stuck in traffic jams, or in other situations that require frequent clutch lever operation.


The sporty 4-2-1 exhaust system for the 2022 Katana carries over the clean, sharp looks and luxurious note of its predecessor. Beneath the surface, it was completely redesigned and tuned to help deliver maximum overall performance and reduction of emissions. As an added benefit, the exhaust note for this updated system was tuned and optimized for a pleasing exhaust sound the instant the engine is started.


Within the collection of the Suzuki Intelligent Ride Systems, Suzuki introduces a number of new features and enhancements to Katana’s electronics.

SIRS enables the rider to optimize performance characteristics to match their level of confidence and experience and to best suit specific riding conditions and varying road surfaces. The respective systems that comprise S.I.R.S. assist the rider by helping make the bike more controllable, more predictable, and less tiring to operate, whether out for a sporty run or enjoying a ride on city streets. This benefits the rider by instilling greater confidence and allowing them to concentrate on enjoying the riding experience.

Katana has the following SIRS features:

Suzuki Drive Mode Selector (SDMS) – NEW!
Suzuki Traction Control System (STCS) – UPDATE!
Ride-by-wire Electronic Throttle – NEW!
Bi-directional Quick Shift – NEW!
Easy Start
Low RPM Assist update


SDMS is designed to offer a choice between three different modes that change output characteristics—especially when turning the throttle grip between a slightly open position to when it reaches the top of the mid-speed range under acceleration —to match riding conditions or preferences. The settings for each mode were custom-tuned and thoroughly tested to build in the flexibility to better adapt to changing weather, road and riding conditions and optimize performance to make the overall riding experience more enjoyable.


STCS is updated from the 3 mode (+ OFF) version of the previous generation to now offer a wider selection of 5 mode settings (+ OFF). The finer incremental control over settings allows the new 5-mode traction control system to better fit a more diverse variety of riding conditions and styles.

This in turn instills greater confidence in the rider, regardless of experience, while reducing stress and fatigue.

The higher number the mode, the faster the control takes effect and the more proactive the system is in limiting wheel spin. The system continuously monitors front and rear wheel speed, engine RPM (as calculated using data from the crank position sensor), throttle position and gear position. It is designed to immediately limit power and help prevent slipping when an imminent loss of traction is detected by controlling the throttle opening, ignition timing, and fuel injection rate.


The newly-introduced electronic throttle control system makes it possible to introduce the variety of new electronic control systems that instill greater confidence in the rider and make the riding experience even more fun.

Settings allow the rider to more finely control the relationship between throttle action and engine power output, realizing the best match between expectations and the actual power the engine delivers when operating the throttle.

It also allows individual settings to be tuned to best match each of the advanced electronic control systems. The overall result is throttle action that responds faithfully to the rider’s intention, whether riding on the street or heading out to enjoy a sporty run. The new ride-by-wire throttle system is simpler, lighter and more compact than the mechanical system it replaces, delivering natural response and linear control similar to that of conventional throttle operation.


The 2022 KATANA adopts Suzuki’s Bi-directional Quick Shift System as standard equipment. This distinctive feature enhances the riding experience by enabling the rider to shift up or down smoothly without operating the clutch lever. And because the ECM is programmed with control schemes optimized for both high and low rpms, shift changes remain smooth throughout the engine’s range.

The rider immediately feels the benefits of avoided mis-shifts and reduced clutch lever operating fatigue. When activated by the rider, the system automatically interrupts power delivery when accelerating just long enough to produce smoother, almost uninterrupted acceleration when the rider shifts up. When decelerating, the system automatically increases rpm to match engine speed to the next-lower gear ratio. The result of this hands-free automatic blipping function combines seamlessly with engine braking to realize highly satisfying downshifts. The Bi-directional Quick Shift System combines with the SDMS power output mode settings to enable the rider to more freely prioritize sports or stability characteristics to match their style or the riding conditions of the moment.

It also provides greater riding fun with a more linear shift feel when changing gears.


This system enables the rider to start the engine with one quick press of the starter button. There is no need to pull in the clutch lever when the transmission is in neutral, and the starter motor automatically disengages the instant the engine fires up. As a function used every time the engine is started, the system’s simplified operation makes riding all the more fun.


This updated system employs TI-ISC (Throttle-body Integrated Idle Speed Control) to seamlessly boost engine speed when releasing the clutch lever to launch from a standing start or riding at low speeds, thereby suppressing engine stalls and helping ensure better control and operation in stop-and-go traffic. It works in harmony with the Suzuki Clutch Assist System (SCAS) to make pulling away form a standing start even smoother and easier.

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