AC Sanctuary reinvents the Suzuki GSX1000S Katana as a retro racer

Along with the chassis and engine, the team designed all-new bodywork. The hybrid paint and carbon transfer finish highlights the sharp angles of the RCM-500 Katana. Suzuki may have revamped the Katana with more power and new colors in 2022, but the AC Sanctuary GSX1000S proves that outgrowing an original isn't easy.

Suzuki reintroduced the Katana to its lineup in 2019. The revival however was more than a design exercise. Suzuki took advantage of the GSX-R1000 K5's trusty 999cc inline-four, borrowed the 2016 GSX-R1000's swingarm, and repeated the GSX-S1000F dimensions.

 While the mighty package delivers more performance than most underpinnings on the market, the Suzuki loyalist still has a soft spot for the original GSX1000S Katana.

One such fan is also a client of AC Sanctuary in Japan. The Tokyo-based custom shop is known for its detail-oriented construction, and with the GSX 1000S Katana on the lift, the team offers a sharp-edged rendition of the '80s icon.

Along with the chassis and engine, the team designed all-new bodywork. The hybrid paint and carbon transfer finish highlights the sharp angles of the RCM-500 Katana. Suzuki may have revamped the Katana with more power and new colors in 2022, but the AC Sanctuary GSX1000S proves that outgrowing an original isn't easy. Suzuki reintroduced the Katana to its lineup in 2019. The revival however was more than a design exercise. Suzuki took advantage of the GSX-R1000 K5's trusty 999cc inline-four, borrowed the 2016 GSX-R1000's swingarm, and repeated the GSX-S1000F dimensions.   While the mighty package delivers more performance than most underpinnings on the market, the Suzuki loyalist still has a soft spot for the original GSX1000S Katana.  One such fan is also a client of AC Sanctuary in Japan. The Tokyo-based custom shop is known for its detail-oriented construction, and with the GSX 1000S Katana on the lift, the team offers a sharp-edged rendition of the '80s icon.    To update the Katana to modern handling standards, builders strengthened critical areas of the frame for greater rigidity. AC Sanctuary then retrofitted the chassis with an Ohlins front end and dual remote reservoir shocks. The rear suspenders mount to a modified swingarm pivot for added agility, but the Oz Racing Gas RS-A forged aluminum wheels reduce unsprung weight for faster side-to-side transitions.  Of course, the GSX1000S isn't quite as fast by modern standards as the Katana, so the team rebuilt the 40-year-old inline-four to RCM spec. The newly machined velocity stack, carburetors, and a full titanium exhaust system also help the engine produce more power.    With more grunts on the business end, the brakes also needed an update, so AC Sanctuary installed Brembo GP4RX calipers at the front. Paired with a Brembo RCS master cylinder and Sunstar Disc, the new braking system delivers modern-day performance and responsiveness.  Along with the chassis and engine, the team designed all-new bodywork. The hybrid paint and carbon transfer finish highlights the sharp angles of the RCM-500 Katana. Suzuki may have revamped the Katana with more power and new colors in 2022, but the AC Sanctuary GSX1000S proves that outgrowing an original isn't easy.

To update the Katana to modern handling standards, builders strengthened critical areas of the frame for greater rigidity. AC Sanctuary then retrofitted the chassis with an Ohlins front end and dual remote reservoir shocks. The rear suspenders mount to a modified swingarm pivot for added agility, but the Oz Racing Gas RS-A forged aluminum wheels reduce unsprung weight for faster side-to-side transitions.

Of course, the GSX1000S isn't quite as fast by modern standards as the Katana, so the team rebuilt the 40-year-old inline-four to RCM spec. The newly machined velocity stack, carburetors, and a full titanium exhaust system also help the engine produce more power.

Along with the chassis and engine, the team designed all-new bodywork. The hybrid paint and carbon transfer finish highlights the sharp angles of the RCM-500 Katana. Suzuki may have revamped the Katana with more power and new colors in 2022, but the AC Sanctuary GSX1000S proves that outgrowing an original isn't easy. Suzuki reintroduced the Katana to its lineup in 2019. The revival however was more than a design exercise. Suzuki took advantage of the GSX-R1000 K5's trusty 999cc inline-four, borrowed the 2016 GSX-R1000's swingarm, and repeated the GSX-S1000F dimensions.   While the mighty package delivers more performance than most underpinnings on the market, the Suzuki loyalist still has a soft spot for the original GSX1000S Katana.  One such fan is also a client of AC Sanctuary in Japan. The Tokyo-based custom shop is known for its detail-oriented construction, and with the GSX 1000S Katana on the lift, the team offers a sharp-edged rendition of the '80s icon.    To update the Katana to modern handling standards, builders strengthened critical areas of the frame for greater rigidity. AC Sanctuary then retrofitted the chassis with an Ohlins front end and dual remote reservoir shocks. The rear suspenders mount to a modified swingarm pivot for added agility, but the Oz Racing Gas RS-A forged aluminum wheels reduce unsprung weight for faster side-to-side transitions.  Of course, the GSX1000S isn't quite as fast by modern standards as the Katana, so the team rebuilt the 40-year-old inline-four to RCM spec. The newly machined velocity stack, carburetors, and a full titanium exhaust system also help the engine produce more power.    With more grunts on the business end, the brakes also needed an update, so AC Sanctuary installed Brembo GP4RX calipers at the front. Paired with a Brembo RCS master cylinder and Sunstar Disc, the new braking system delivers modern-day performance and responsiveness.  Along with the chassis and engine, the team designed all-new bodywork. The hybrid paint and carbon transfer finish highlights the sharp angles of the RCM-500 Katana. Suzuki may have revamped the Katana with more power and new colors in 2022, but the AC Sanctuary GSX1000S proves that outgrowing an original isn't easy.

With more grunts on the business end, the brakes also needed an update, so AC Sanctuary installed Brembo GP4RX calipers at the front. Paired with a Brembo RCS master cylinder and Sunstar Disc, the new braking system delivers modern-day performance and responsiveness.

Along with the chassis and engine, the team designed all-new bodywork. The hybrid paint and carbon transfer finish highlights the sharp angles of the RCM-500 Katana. Suzuki may have revamped the Katana with more power and new colors in 2022, but the AC Sanctuary GSX1000S proves that outgrowing an original isn't easy.


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