Suzuki Unveils 2019 Katana, Sportbike and Dual-Sport models


THE 2020 MODEL year Katana, a modern take on the company’s GSX1100S Katana from 1981, is an eye-catcher, with the goal of striking an optimal balance of usable power, all-day comfort and nimble handling. Powered by the company’s race-proven long-stroke GSX-R1000 engine, performance will be focused on lo-to-mid range torque with good peak horsepower. Expected availability in late 2019.

The company also put a café racer twist on one of its more popular models with the SV650X, featuring a headlight cowl and side-panels that mimic a half-fairing, and a sporty riding position from clip-on handlebars plus a pair of new four-piston front brake calipers. Additional styling comes in a brown tuck-and-roll type bench seat and two-tone black and white body paint and blacked-out wheels. MSRP: $8,399. Estimated arrival at dealers: January 2019

The 2019 V-Strom 1000XT Adventure comes with 37-liter ADV-style aluminum panniers that quickly clip on and off their stainless steel mounts, plus an accessory bar, center stand, and heated hand grips. Available in Pearl Vigor Blue / Pearl Glacier White bodywork with blue, spoke style wheels. MSRP: $14,599. Estimated arrival at dealers: January 2019

The 2019 V-Strom 650XT Touring is new, with tubeless ADV-tires on aluminum, spokestyle wheels, and a set of removable Suzuki side cases, accessory bar, hand guards, a lower engine cowl, and a center stand. XT pricing starts at $9,999 and comes in Candy Daring Red with black anodized rims and stainless steel spokes. Estimated arrival at dealers: January 2019

Suzuki’s new 2019 GSX-S1000Z and GSXS1000FZ (faired) are based on the long-stroke 2005 GSX-R1000 powerplant. Available in Metallic Matte Black with blue accents on the bodywork and wheels rims. MSRP: $11,099/$11,599. ETA: January 2019 The quarter-liter GSX250R comes with an option for ABS equipped front and rear disc brakes for 2019 and KYB-supplied suspension. New, two color Metallic Crystal Blue/Pearl Glacier White bodywork. MSRP $4,899 with ABS.