Manufactured from 1990 until 2006, the Katana served as a first ride for many motorcycling and sport bike enthusiasts. From its inception, the Katana GSX featured exhilarating potential for raw speed, as well as signature Suzuki handling. The 2005 Suzuki Katana models were offered as the 600F and 750F, and both represent a perfect meld of sport cycle. The 2005 Suzuki Katana offered more comfort than a GP-inspired sport bike, with a little more racing influence than is usually offered to most sport touring models. Well-represented in the sport class, this versatile ride is capable of customization.
The power plant of the 2005 Katana remains true to the Suzuki sport bike tradition. A 600cc, liquid cooled, inline four cylinder, boasting sixteen valves and electronic fuel injection, delivers a throttle response that is typically reserved for sport bikes, and high-end sports cars. The engine symmetry is near perfect. It turns runs smoothly in all RPM ranges, and offers surprising power at any range. Blast away from slow moving traffic or from a standstill, and this bike will achieve the legal speed limit and beyond with a few clicks of the gear lever. Working rapidly through the six speed transmission may become a daily task for the more adventurous riders. The 2005 Suzuki Katana 600F's top speed is listed at 138 mph—more than enough for any rider to catch a thrill, and potentially attract a few law enforcement officers in the process.
Handling and maneuverability on the 2005 Suzuki Katana are best described as precise. The front and rear suspensions are adjustable to rider preference, and the dual hydraulic disc brakes in the front make for impressively smooth stopping power. They are accompanied by a single hydraulic disc brake on the rear.
The full body fairing of the Suzuki Katana wraps around the front of the bike, allowing only a peek at the front fork. The front windscreen serves the excellent aerodynamic and practical function of keeping bugs, grit, and grime out of the operator's face. The smooth lines and joints, from fairing to tank, make the 2005 Suzuki Katana one of the best-looking entry-level sport bikes available to riders. The two-up seat offers comfort and ample space for both an operator, and a passenger. This feature is most worth considering for potential owners who may desire to hit the open road for weekend jaunts.
The ride of the 2005 Suzuki Katana 600F and 750F are similar, and both bikes serve as excellent entry-level motorcycles to the rider desiring something in the sport class. The performance will be thoroughly enjoyed, as will the overall efficiency. The Katana 600F averages 40 mpg.