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post #1 of 34 Old 11-23-2019, 08:14 AM Thread Starter
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thoughts on the Katana

do you guys/girls think the Katana will sell , being that its basically a Gsx-s with different plastics ,but costing almost 3 thousand dollars more.
does it come with better part than the regular gsx.
also every dealer within a 150 mile radius of my house says they are not going to carry it but will order one for me.is it a special order bike.

my thoughts are that this model will flop due to it costing so much more that the gsx-s,andi belive they just hyping it up to sell, but in truth its just a parts bin bike . I love the look of the bike ,I was 18 years old when the first Katana came out(yea im an old man)and always loved the look ,but I cant see myself paying 14k for a bike that is the same as an 11k bike .
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It will flop for no other reasons that, in general, big 'naked' or 'standard' bikes don't sell well, and this is true for all manufacturers. .at least in the USA. . the dealers are not keen to have them languishing in their showrooms, when they would eventually be forced to drop their(not the factory) inflated prices as the bikes don't sell.

…….and about the price, the BMW S1000RR, Aprilia RSV4 1100, or Ducati V4S would run you upward of $25,000 offering perhaps 10% more performance or quality.

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Every unit of the initial order in AU and UK sold out.

It strikes a chord with some of us, I had a 750 Pop Up as a young fella. Now I have the 2020 version.

Itís simply a case of liking the unique look.




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I think it's a one year bike. Everyone who wanted one will have gotten them in the first run and will love them because it's exactly what they wanted. Then they will languish. Those cross shopping won't choose it for a lot of reasons. The looks are polarizing for sure. That 3.2 gallon tank isn't helping either.
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I bet Suzuki is going to change it up a bit , it will end up with a bigger tank . I think it will be around for a few years then I wouldn't be surprised if they come up with a whole new GSXS series, with the latest GSXR detuned motor in it.
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It's like I said in another post this bike should have looked like the rumored 1135R katana.
That bike looks awesome but I doubt suzuki will build it.
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I think it is a great looking bike but, for me, that does not justify a $3K investment over the regular GSX S1000. As mentioned above, I think there are those that will have to have it from a nostalgia point of view and then things will tail off. I hope it does well...
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The look of the Katana has kinda grown on me, but 3K more and especially the smaller tank. No thanks. It seems like the Katana could lure people into the show rooms where they discover the real value options of the S1000 and S1000F.
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The range would kill it for me, the way and places I ride. But I could live with the styling. Go Suzuki.
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Might as well just charge 3k for an aftermarket Katana bodywork kit.

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