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Old 11-03-2008, 08:54 PM   #21
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NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Never if I buy a new bike it would be a r6 or gixxer 600, like I said learning to ride I would cry like a baby if I dropped a 09 gixxer. I have taken msf guys thanks.
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if you are buying a katan used as a first bike i think its a great idea.

if you have not yet taken the basic rider course then go do that asap. Once you have that taken you will know a lot more about what it is like to be one a bike all day and can better judge the seating position you are more comfortable with.

as far as getting a 600....if you are set on that and wont be convinced to get a ninja 250, ninja 500 or gs 500...then look at used katanas, cbr f3's, or an early f4/f4i, or an sv650, or the ninja 650. I bet a used katana wont cost much though and it should be a lot more comfortable than any of the others.
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everyones different my man so choose wisely. a katana is a great starter bike for a big guy. im 6ft 3 in and 235 olbs. the kat weighs nothing to me and looks, no matter what kinda bike your on peeps are gonna look, theres a certain kinda stigma that comes with riding anything on 2 wheels that makes people look twice. as for resell value get you something cheap to learn on like a 250 or 500. the bike you use during your msf will help you determine if you should get something bigger or not.....plus you dont wanna be a big baby huey on a lil 250... and if your interested after you take your MSF pm me ill let you ride my katana to see if youd still like one or not....
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they finally updated the 500? i would've gotten that last year instead of my 250 but man those things were horrid
the 500 is not updated yet...they need to badly though, all they did for 09 was add the blue paint scheme. i wish they would go to fuel injection on the 500 and 250 though...but i would not be surprised to see htem phase the 500 out in favor of the 650.
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i still have my Kat... and several have 'practiced'(learned) on it... three being peeps/girls 5' tall. Have about 13k on that katana and it can still handle against gsxrs(cuz honestly most peeps you meet on the road cant ride)

A steel frame, heavier weight and less aggressive throttle all adds to a better and more forgiving ride/learning curve.

As for the looks, I get more from non-bikers asking if its a busa over my friend's gsxrs(02 and an 03.) Still has power considering, in a drag race it will be two bike lengths behind a 02 gsxr600 at 100...

Couple a more comfortable position, expecially w a passenger, good gas mileage, centerstand etc... it serves its purpose well.
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the 500 is not updated yet...they need to badly though, all they did for 09 was add the blue paint scheme. i wish they would go to fuel injection on the 500 and 250 though...but i would not be surprised to see htem phase the 500 out in favor of the 650.
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the 500 is not updated yet...they need to badly though, all they did for 09 was add the blue paint scheme. i wish they would go to fuel injection on the 500 and 250 though...but i would not be surprised to see htem phase the 500 out in favor of the 650.
old technology doesnt cost anything when it comes to R and D... so the price of the bike doesn't have to increase w the years....

they have their place in the market.
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Still thinking guys, Thanks, Big Thanks for the help. If anyone else has info keep posting!
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old technology doesnt cost anything when it comes to R and D... so the price of the bike doesn't have to increase w the years....

they have their place in the market.
yup, and its easy to NOT change the dies and stuff on the manufacturing end. Kawi is pretty good at NOT updating anything until it stops selling so well...or the dies wear out!
They took 20 years to update teh ninja 250, went 25 years without an update on the Vulcan 750 and about 20 years before they updated the Concours.

Honestly though...since they update dthe 250 they cant keep them on the show room floor! We pre sold 4 of them so far, deposits and all, while many more people came in asking.
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did you take msf?

if so, and at least have your license, come ride the Katana... you're not far from me. Keep in mind then the gsxr would have a sportier position and handling, the sv would be lighter etc...

have something to base the choice off of. as of right now the kat is at stock height; usually lowered for the shorties to ride lol
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katanas are tanks. i mean theyre heavy, bulky, suspension isnt that great. BUT theyre friggin bullet proof. they do make good starter bikes. the later model ones are heavier -and IMO, not as attractive- than the early models.

this is my wife's 93:
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i know on my wifes is has plent of power to get you up and go, but nothing like an SS. all i know of the later katanas is what people that own them have told me. some have been happy, some not so happy. we love the one we have tho.
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any new bike isn't a good choice. That being said, a used katana would be a great starter bike. A little heavy, appropriate power, and the things will run forever.
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better than some phaggy skreet ninja.
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I went and looked at one today exploring my options I am also thinking of a 2000 F4 600 but, want to get more information about katanas.
I own an F4 and it is a far more light wieght and comfortable bike. Dont waste your $ on a CanoTuna.
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^^tis true. any honda will make a GREAT starter bike.
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I'd avoid a canotuna at all costs. look for an d sv650, there are many for sale here on the board. at least when you rash it, you can still have fun with it at the track.
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