Motorcycle design has been my job for many decades now, and I still remember the moment the Katana appeared in some magazine in the USA. It was a prototype from Suzuki in Germany, something that looked more impossible than real. Definitely unique, different proportions – a rider was seated inside the bike, more like a racing bike than a standard bike, almost clip-ons, the two-step seat, lots of details that still today scream. Way ahead of everybody else. Even the Japanese needed to move forward. The significance of the Katana is also that it represents the first time a Japanese manufacturer went to an outside supplier to have input in a production bike – or better said, that an outsider was able to put in production a proposal that seemed just a show prototype.