Fans of motorcycle racing will be happy as the first free RIDE 4 Bonus Pack 01 DLC adds a classic Suzuki Katana. Available to download across all versions, the new content includes a 1981 Racing Modified Suzuki GSX1100S Katana, along with five extra events.
It’s the four DLC release for the game, which includes both road and race motorcycles. Released on October 8th, 2020, you can already pay for DLC including the European Bikes Pack (1994 Ducati 916 and 2014 Triumph Street Triple), Japanese Bikes Pack (2009 Yamaha FZ – 1N and 2014 Suzuki GSX-R 1000), and the Valencia Pack which adds the circuit. Each pack also includes five new events (10 for the Valencia Pack).
So it’s good to see a new bike and events added for free alongside all of the paid content.
The Suzuki Katana was originally launched in 1981, and designed by the German Target Design company as a futuristic sports touring motorcycle. It was also claimed to be one of the fastest mass poduction bikes in the world when it launched, and various versions were produced to support racing efforts.
At the time, many people thought the design was too radical to catch on. Yet not only was in hugely popular, but it lasted until the 200s, and a new model was reintroduced in 2019.
The free RIDE 4 Bonus Pack 01 DLC adds a classic Suzuki Katana sporting Yoshimura and Bridgestone sponsorship. As one of the most famous names in motorcycling, the company founded by Hideo “Pops” Yoshimura has been involved in tuning and racing bikes since the mid 1970s, including winning races such as the Suzuka 8 Hours and the AMA Superbike title on Suzuki bikes and becoming the official Suzuki factory racing team as well as one of the largest aftermarket exhaust companies.
Named for the samurai sword, the half-faired GSX1100S lasted from 1981 until 1983, but spawned a range of models including a homologation special GSX1000S with Mikuni carbs, and a variety of other bikes other the years. In 1990 for the 70th anniversary of Suzuki, the company built 200 new bikes to the original 1980 specification.
The Katana had some success on the track until it was replaced by the GSX-R range in the mid 1980s. But it’s also a cool option for classic endurance racing, with examples used by teams including Team Classic Suzuki, with cleberity riders including Jamie Whitham, Steve Parrish, John Reynolds and Guy Martin.
So it’s a nice free bike to add to your garage in RIDE 4, especially as real examples are increasingly rare and expensive. You can download the RIDE 4 Bonus Pack 01 for free via Steam for the PC, the Microsoft Store for the Xbox One, and the PlayStation Store for the PS4.