This is the maintenance schedule and associated service intervals for the Suzuki Katana 1000 made since 2019 for the 2020 model year. It’s also known as the Suzuki GSX-S1000S Katana, but it’s mostly known as the “new” Suzuki Katana.
This maintenance schedule is very similar to that for the GSX-S1000, as it’s based on the same underlying platform.
The Suzuki Katana is a naked bike with an edgy retro design. As with its GSX-S1000 stablemate, its engine is a technologically updated block from the highly acclaimed longer-stroke 2005-2006 K5 GSX-R1000. This is a retro bike for Katana but it’s also a throwback to a very futuristically designed model which wasn’t terribly well-received at the time (but which is now a classic).
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What you need to service your Suzuki Katana
Below is a list of the things you’ll need to do a service on your Suzuki Katana, aside from general standard motorcycle maintenance tools.
|Part||Suzuki Katana spec|
|Oil||Suzuki (like most motorcycle brands) requires engine oil with JASO MA spec, or at least API SF/SG or SH/SJ spec. Many oils fit this. Suzuki recommends SAE 10W-40 weight Suzuki motor oil, but I wouldn’t over-think this and use another popular high-grade oil like Motul 7100 10W-40.|
|Oil filter||Use a Hiflofiltro HF138RC, which is a drop-in high-quality replacement.|
|Air filter||Use a K&N air filter as a drop-in replacement, part number SU-9915.|
|Spark plugs||The standard spark plug is NGK CR9EIA9, an iridium plug. You need four.|
|Brake fluid/Clutch fluid||Suzuki (like most motorcycles) requires DOT 4 brake and clutch fluid.|
|Brake pads||Most people upgrade their brake pads to EBC ones for better performance (and they’re very affordable). Use EBC part codes FA447HH for the front (two pairs) and FA174HH for the rear (one pair).|
|Coolant||Suzuki only requires a coolant that’s “compatible with an aluminium radiator”. Most motorcycle coolants are, and so Valvoline Zerex G05 is a fine option. Honda coolant is excellent value for money.|
|Chain maintenance||Use either Motul chain paste or a complete Motul chain care kit for frequent chain servicing.|
|Grease||Always handy to have some lithium soap-based grease for external pivot points, like the kickstand.|
Suzuki Katana Maintenance Schedule
Below is the maintenance schedule for the 2020+ Suzuki Katana.
Maintaining your Suzuki Katana is much like maintaining any other big naked bike. You have a chain drive so you have to lubricate the chain, you have to change the oil and filter, and replace the fluids every 2-4 years.
- Observe the earlier of distance- or time-based intervals.
- I= Inspect and clean, adjust, replace or lubricate as necessary.
- R= Replace
- T= Tighten
- Coolant — If using super long-life kind (e.g. Honda Coolant), replace every four years or 48,000 km; otherwise, replace every two years or 24,000 km.
|mi x 1000||0.6||4||7.5||11||14.5|
|km x 1000||1||6||12||18||24|
|Air cleaner element (K&N SU-9915)||–||I||I||R||I|
|Exhaust pipe bolts and muffler bolts||T||–||T||–||T|
|Exhaust control valve||I||–||I||–||I|
|Spark plugs (CR9EIA9)||–||I||R||I||R|
|Evaporative emission control system||–||–||I||–||I|
|Engine oil (High-grade synthetic, Motul 300V)||R||R||R||R||R|
|Engine oil filter (HF138RC)||R||–||–||R||–|
|Throttle cable play||I||I||I||I||I|
|PAIR (air supply) system||–||–||I||–||I|
|Throttle valve synchronization||–||–||I||–||I|
|Engine coolant “Super long-life” or an alternative||–||–||–||–||R||4 years / 29 000 mi (48 000 km)|
|Clutch cable play||–||I||I||I||I|
|Drive Chain (Motul chain care kit)||I||I||I||I||I||Clean/Lube every 600 mi / 1000 km|
|Brake fluid (DOT 4 only)||–||I||I||I||I||Replace every 2 years|
|Brake hose||–||I||I||I||I||Replace every 4 years|
|Chassis bolts and nuts||T||T||T||T||T|
|Lubrication (Lithium soap-based grease)||Lubricate every 1000 km (600 miles)|
Tire size and tire pressure for the Suzuki Katana
The manual for the Suzuki Katana specifies the following tire sizes, pressures, and suggested brands (which many are quick to replace).
|Tyre||Size||Tire pressure (cold)||Brand(s) shipped with|
|Front||120/70 ZR17 58W||36 psi/250 kPa||DUNLOP D214F M|
|Rear||190/50ZR17 73W||42 psi/290 kPa||DUNLOP D214 M|
About the “new” Suzuki Katana (2020+)
Like the Suzuki GSX-S1000F on which it’s based, the Suzuki Katana is powerful sport standard bike.
The Suzuki Katana takes the raw energy of the K5-8 GSX-R1000 and makes it more comfortable, adds some safety features, puts more oomph in the mid-range rather than at the top end, and gives it a lot more retro style.
The Gixxer-based engine is a long-stroke (73.4 x 59.0mm) inline four-cylinder engine. It doesn’t rev quite as high as the old GSX-R’s motor — it has stainless steel valves rather than the K5’s titanium ones, and it has revised cam timing.
Combined with lower gearing (two additional teeth on the rear socket), there’s no question that the Katana’s engine is tuned for torque. It buzzes a bit when running at speed — at 90mph (145 km/h) in top gear, you’re doing 6,000 rpm… so uh, maybe slow down a little.
The original Katana is no slouch in power figures, either. It shares the same updated engine in 2018 as its GSX-S1000F cousin, and makes 108 Nm (80 lb-ft) @ 9,500 rpm, and 113 kW (150 hp) @ 11,300 rpm.
Even though it looks a bit like a naked bike, don’t mistake the Suzuki Katana for something like a Triumph Bonneville. The seat is somewhat minimal and the bars are a little lower than what you’d get on a naked bike.
The position on the Suzuki Katana 2020 is definitely “sporty”, more like what you’d expect of a streetfighter-style bike. There’s another cue to slow down and enjoy the torque down low — there’s no wind protection.
The suspension isn’t sportbike firm, but it’s good. The Suzuki Katana has fully adjustable inverted 43mm KYB front and rear shocks, adjustable for pre-load, rebound, and damping. You can find the limits of the suspension on the track or in very aggressive street riding, but when you’re on rough surfaces, you’ll remember that this is a street bike.
Braking is also impressive for the Katana, with dual 310mm discs and Brembo monoblock 4-piston calipers.
The Suzuki Katana has not been significantly updated since launch, with mostly colors and a few new electronic features released.
The 2022+ Suzuki Katana got a few new internals to give it a slight horsepower boost as well as helping it meet Euro 5 spec. It also gets
- SDMS (Suzuki Drive Mode Selector) with three throttle maps
- A bidirectional quickshifter standard
- An improved slipper clutch
- An updated dash with a “night” mode, and
- Suzuki’s Easy Start system (that helps prevent you from stalling the bike)
Manual for the Suzuki Katana
The above maintenance schedule comes directly from the user’s manual for the 2020 Suzuki Katana. It’s the same as for other years for the Katana.
You can download Suzuki manuals from here.