Suzuki GSX 1100F Katana


Make Model.

Suzuki GSX 1100F Katana


1991 - 92


Four stroke, transverse four cylinder, DOHC, 4 valve per cylinder.


1127 cc / 68.7 cu-in
Bore x Stroke 78 x 59 mm
Cooling System Air/oil cooled
Compression Ratio 10.0:1


4 x 34mm Mikuni CV carburetors


Electronic ignition
Starting Electric

Max Power

99.1 kW / 136 hp @ 10000 rpm

Max Power Rear Tyre

97.5 kWc / 130.7 hp @ 10000 rpm

Max Torque

112 Nm / 11.4 kgf-m / 82.6 lb-ft @ 7000 rpm


5 Speed 
Final Drive Chain

Front Suspension

Telescopic, oil damped, spring preload fully adjustable

Rear Suspension

Full Floater rising-rate monoshock, 5-way preload and 4 way damping adjustable

Front Brakes

2 x 275 mm Discs ,2 piston calipers

Rear Brakes

Single 275 mm disc, 2 piston caliper

Front Tyre

120/80 V16

Rear Tyre

150/80 V16


Length 2205 mm / 86.8 in

Width 765 mm / 30.1 in.

Height Screen up: 1290 mm / 50.8 in.

Height Screen down: 1200 mm / 47.2 in.

Wheelbase 1535 mm / 60.4 in
Seat Height 795 mm / 31.3 in
Ground Clearance 130 mm / 5.1 in

Dry Weight

244 kg / 537.9 lbs
Wet Weight 256 kg / 564.3 lbs

Fuel Capacity 

21 Litres / 5.3 US gal / 4.6 Imp gal

Consumption Average

6.8 L/100 km / 14.6 km/l / 34.3 US mpg / 41.2 Imp mpg

Braking 60 km/h - 0

14.4 m / 47.2 ft

Braking 100 km/h - 0

41.8 m / 137.1 ft

Standing ¼ Mile 

10.7 sec / 205.0 km/h / 127.4 mph

Top Speed

251.3 km/h / 156.2 mph

GSX1100FJ was introduced in October 1987 as a sports tourer with 16 valve engine, five speed gearbox, 16-inch 3-spoke alloy wheels. The premier model had twin front discs with gold finished disc centres and single rear disc, all three with Gold finished calipers.

GSX1100F was a high-performance sports tourer with full touring fairing with electrically powered height adjustable wind screen and wide dual seat with twin pillion grabrails. Its powerplant came originally from the GSX-R1100, retuned to provide more low-end and mid-range power. The fine aerodynamics of the GSF1100F and the 136 hp engine gave the bike very high top speed. GSX1100F was among the fastest bikes in the world at the time, if not the fastest.

The Swedish Bike magazine measured 252 km/h top speed, the Yamaha FJ1200 with similar engine performance was much slower with ”only” 236 kph. It was the aerodynamic fairing of the GSX1100F that made the huge difference.

With a GSX-R powerplant, there is no shortage of aftermarket enhancements. But there's some differences to be noted: The GSX1100F engine inhales through 34mm Mikuni flat-slide constant-velocity carburators rather than the round-slide 34mm ('86-'88), 36mm ('89-'90), or 40mm ('91-'97) mixers on the GSX-R. The sport-tourer had 4 into 2 exhaust system instead of the GSX-R's 4 into 1. The engine has a 2 mm bigger bore compared to the GSX100R, that gives a 75 cc larger cylinder volym.

As a result of the well-behaving engine and the heavier touring friendly chassis (30 mm/1.2 inches longer wheelbase) along with slightly taller overall gearing the GSX1100F doesn't feel like a factory racer. It feels more like a well-behaved streetbike. Power flows in a steady rush from 3.000 RPM all the way to its 11.300 RPM redline which keeps shifting to a minimum.

1988 GSX1100F had suspension problems (too soft fork springs at the front) with unstability problems as a result, despite of the heavy steel double cradle frame with back bone spars (reinforced the following year). The rear fork springs were later replaced by the importers for harder ones at no cost in Sweden. The 1988 also had smaller carburetors (Mikuni BST34SS) than the later models (Mikuni BST36SS), a carb kit for an 89-94 GSX1100F will not work. Four different colors: Blue, Maroon, Blue/Grey, Silver/White.

A luggage system, designed by Krauser of Germany, was an option. The electric windshield, SPS (Suzuki Power Shield), was standard on the 1100 cc models, the GSX750F didn't have it.