Join Date: Nov 2018
Location: Texas Hill Country (1hr NW of San Antonio)
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It is a GSX-S1000 with a smaller gas tank and a different look. Same engine. Same suspension. Same exhaust. Same ECU tuning. As someone said, they could just sell a "Katana Kit" for those that want to make their current GSX-S1K look like the 'new' Katana.
I'm curious to see how this bike sells in the USA. Looks are a huge part of why people are attracted to something. For someone with a nostalgic desire, getting a Katana may be irresistible. For the more 'neutral' buyer, the question would be: "What does this bike give me that the 'standard' GSX-S1K doesn't?" And the answer is - a smaller tank (3.2 gallons/12 liters), revised throttle tube cam geometry, and a different appearance. That's not worth an extra $3,000 over the 'standard' GSX-S1K, especially when THOSE bikes are already being heavily discounted, making the price difference even greater.
I'm glad to hear the Katana is doing well in other countries. It's a neat looking bike and I like it. If it had a 4.5 gallon (17 liter) tank and was priced the same as the 'standard' GSX-S1K, but with better suspension, I think they would sell a moderate amount of them in the USA. But with the smaller tank and lofty price tag, I fear it's going to flop here. I'd be happy to be wrong. More GSX-S1000 riders on either bike would be welcome.