Team Classic Suzuki unveils Katana project build based on GSX-R1000 WSB racer

Sam Hewitt
June 10, 2021

Suzuki Katana rebuild

Team Classic Suzuki has unveiled its lockdown project build; a Katana inspired by the GSX-R1000 World Superbike racer.

At the heart is a WSB 999cc four cylinder engine from an Alstare GSX-R1000, fully refreshed by Team Classic Suzuki’s Nathan Colombi. Putting out around 200bhp at the rear wheel. To keep things manageable, electronics comes as a Yoshimura EM Pro kit.

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The package is housed in an Alstare WSB frame with the same dimensions as the GSX-R1000 K8 road motorcycle. There’s a custom, over-sized swingarm and bespoke subframe from Alpha Performance Fabrications, both designed to facilitate a twin shock setup that pays homage to the original Katana. Suspension comes courtesy of Öhlins.



Dymag CH3 wheels also maintain a classic look, and are the same wheels found in Team Classic Suzuki’s XR69 replica machines. Mounted to them are Brembo discs, with calipers and pads also from the Italian firm. The rear caliper slots discreetly in between the swingarm and wheel for a cleaner look to the rear end. New aluminium rear sets were designed in-house.


Also cleaning up the rear end is slim LED tail light fitted to a seat unit that started life as a Team Classic Suzuki racing item, before being modified to fit the factory world superbike fuel tank. The nose cone is a new, old stock Katana unit, available from Suzuki’s Vintage Parts Programme, which has been widened by one inch and modified to fit. Moulds from the nose and seat unit were used to create carbon panels that add a finishing touch.





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