They need to reassign the Katana name to something that deverves it, namely the inline six. Anything less is a waste of a great name that was severly dragged through the mud with those silly jelly-bean bikes.
"The Katana line has had a legendary history of performance, innovation, and revolutionary styling that has propelled it into a class all its own."
I must have been asleep during that illustrious moment in motorcycing history. To call those ugly things 'legendary' takes more balls than the National League. I wonder why the 'legend' that never was is ending?
Did you see the new UK/ Euro only 1200 Bandit.? I don't know why they kept the Katana around and got rid of the Bandito Grande` for the US. The second generation Bandits (like mine f'rinstance) were durn good bikes, looked better than these plastic eggs and ran better too. Plus you could build them stronger than a small block Chev. The perfect do it all motorcycle. Of course we don't get them or the GSX1400's. We get "booleevards"......
You would think that Suzuki would just keep their old GSX-Rs around like Yamaha with the R6S and YZF-600R and just label them as Katanas. It'd make parts availability for their sport bikes and give a 'real' alternative sportbike and not something more along the lines of a slow sport tourer/standard.
Similar to Kawasaki's zzr600 idea.. Yamaha R6S, Honda F4i, etc.