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Old 10-05-2005, 01:41 PM   #21
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ok guys, the Katana isnt as bad as yall are making it out to be, especially for a new rider.
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Old 10-07-2005, 12:18 AM   #22
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In my opinion don't buy the Katana unless it's really really cheap. Get the gixxer. You can have the horsepower but you don't have to use it. I just traded mine in for an F4i. Katanas don't handle well when you lean them hard. Not exactly what a beginner needs when learning to do twisties. Plus nobody stocks parts for them. Performance upgrades ha! good luck nobody makes them. You can get cosmetic stuff like clear lenses but that's about it other than adding some neons or something. There's a few other cosmetic things you can get but it's not worth it. Plus you will drive it about a month and hate it because the only thing you can outrun is a ninja 250. Not exactly something to brag about. The 600 has about 83 h.p. stock with a top speed of about 150 m.p.h. on a good day with the wind pushing and a gixxer pulling you. It's tough to get it up there and it takes forever to get it up there. You can run about 120 to 130 all day long but the bike handles terribly. The widest tire you can fit on the back is a 160/60/17 which is too small of a tire to be hauling on a bike that big. And the suspension is so soft that if you are like me and weigh in at a little over 200 lbs that even with the suspension stiffened up it's still not enough. If this does help you nothing will. Good luck in your bike purchase.
150 on a good day? wtf? how come i get mine round 178-180 daily?
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Old 10-07-2005, 09:59 AM   #23
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150 on a good day? wtf? how come i get mine round 178-180 daily?
Please don't tell me you actually think you're going 178mph... You have atleast a 9% speedometer optimism error. At the VERY most you're doing 162 or so.

Why they are you doing that speed on public roads? :BangHead:

And people wonder why cops stereotype sportbikers.
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And people wonder why cops stereotype sportbikers.
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Old 10-07-2005, 10:23 AM   #25
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I owned a Katana 600 for 5 years and 25,000 miles and it was a great bike. Yes a bit heavy but none the less a good bike.. I'd still have it if it wernt for the fact the head started leaking oil and i wanted to upgrade to a big bike. IMO the GSX600F is a good starter bike.
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Old 10-07-2005, 10:30 AM   #26
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what to you know wally
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"do" i mean
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mmmmmmmm..... gixxers. almost as good as smokin on the
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Nothing at all wrong with Kat's, I really miss mine, it was a perfect every day rider, compared to the gixxer it was like laying across a sofa going down the road. Plus their is a lot to be said for a gas guage

If I was smart I'd of kept the Kat for an every day rider and got the gixxer for toying around on the weekends. It's ok though, it went to a good home.
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I owned a Katana 600 for 5 years and 25,000 miles and it was a great bike. Yes a bit heavy but none the less a good bike.. I'd still have it if it wernt for the fact the head started leaking oil and i wanted to upgrade to a big bike. IMO the GSX600F is a good starter bike.
does anybody agree?
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Old 10-09-2005, 03:37 AM   #31
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Ask AliceNChains, it was his first bike (after an MSF course)

He seems to be doing great to me.

I agree, they are fine bikes. Heck,I'd own another.

As far as a first bike, it depends on your maturity. That thing will still run 130 mph and if you've never been on a bike before first gear just might surprise you.

They key is throttle control, respect the throttle and you'll be fine. On the Kat I rode it was a fairly tame bike below 7k rpms, but above that it would wake up a bit. Quite a bit if you've never done it before.

Remember you don't have to do it all today, that would just make tomorrow boring
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As far as a first bike, it depends on your maturity. That thing will still run 130 mph and if you've never been on a bike before first gear just might surprise you.

They key is throttle control, respect the throttle and you'll be fine. On the Kat I rode it was a fairly tame bike below 7k rpms, but above that it would wake up a bit. Quite a bit if you've never done it before.
Again, maturity is only a small part of learning to ride. A newbie has no throttle control, so they can respect it, but they can still get hurt by it. They extra margin for error that a Ninja 250, 500 or GS500 can provide is HUGE when learning throttle control. There is a reason that Europe, Japan, Austrialia and a few others have tiered licensing systems... it works! :icon_bigg
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^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

I'm with you, I really do believe their is an added benifit to starting on a smaller bike and learning how to control it before moving up instead of starting from the top and just surviving.

Those bikes aren't even that bad looking any more, the new gs500 looks like a baby busa, I think it's pretty cool looking
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