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Old 06-28-2009, 01:50 AM   #1
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I'm looking into getting a Suzuki Katana 600. Are those any good? It'll run, according to the person, but if anybody knows these bikes; where the oil cap is there's a crack where one of the bolts screw in at and she was told by her ex which someone told him that it has to be welded right. Given all that, and the fact that she doesn't have the titles becuz she owes but she's going to get a loan to settle to get the titles, how much would anyone pay for it being a 2005 model? I can't tell how many miles are on it becuz it's digital. It hasn't been started since '05, it has a crack behind the oil cap and it doesn't have a title...yet. So there, tell me what you guys think. And again, I'm so glad to be amongst expert riders.
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Old 06-28-2009, 01:56 AM   #2
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No no no. Sounds like a bad idea. katana is not a bad bike, but I would not pay cash for anything that doesnt have a title and needs to be "welded", as that could indicate it has been crashed and have other issues.

Hasn't been started since 05 means it will need some work, possibly major work, to get it to safe operating conditions.
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Old 06-28-2009, 02:03 AM   #3
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i wouldn't buy a brand new working katana...let alone this basket case
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specifically, if its just the cover, its not too bad, minus the gasket and cover.

Check ebay for pricing per mileage, region and year.

btw, can-a-tunas are known for not cornering, nor being a reputable bike in the sportbike world. That said, www.katriders.com and on BT021's:

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W a steal frame and forgiving suspension, engine and transmission it is a great bike to learn on and for street purposes is more then most riders need but will never admit.


Walmart battery: $70 bux, 2 yr warranty. Get an owners manual, pull off the carbs and clean, drain the gas and refill. Check out Patrick's Motorcycle's Unlimited maintenance class and the bike will be near bulletproof. As for the title, get the customer to provide the info for her loan, including the pay off. Fill out a bill of sale w a witness and get the price for payout if she's using your money with hers to finish the transaction w the loan.

Regardless of year, 2500-3k is all its likely worth.
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Old 06-28-2009, 02:55 AM   #5
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I wouldn't mess with it... specially since there's not even a title on hand. She might be giving you a good price, but after all the work that you'll put into it, it might be about the same to just buy one in good working conditions.
I learned that lesson the hard way.
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Old 06-28-2009, 09:36 AM   #6
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As far as sportbikes go, the Katana has to be the greatest disappointment. It is stone reliable bike though. You cant hardly give them away when it comes time to sell or trade.
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Old 06-28-2009, 10:51 AM   #7
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You might want to have somebody reputable check out the crack, it doesn't have to be a deal breaker but make sure there isn't any other hidden damage and that when you fix the bike it stays fixed. As for the title, since she's taking out a loan so she can pay it off and get the title I'd wait and make sure the title is free and clear when you get it.
As for Katana's, there are a few ways to look at them. They aren't "state of the art" sportbikes, they aren't the most powerfull bikes, nor are they "glamorous" bikes in sportbike crowds. However, they are inexpensive, plenty competent if the rider is, very comfortable for longer rides, have plenty of power for most riders and bulletproof. IMHO, not a bad combination of traits if your not worried about your image.
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naw, bad decision, air cooled engine heavy and you will be the of all joke
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haha, yeah, it's fun to make jokes about people with air cooled bikes!

nothing wrong w/ katanas, but like has been said before, make sure you know what you want out of the bike. if you want a bike that's cheap, reliable for long-term, and comfortable, katana sounds like a decent way to go. if you want to go pose at starbucks, i wouldn't suggest a katana.
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The Katana is a great bike for what it was designed to be. It is a sport touring bike not a supersport that is meant for the track. It is cheap, reliable, comfortable and more than competent on the streets. If you are more interested in what others think of you then stay away from the Katana. If you are new to bikes, then the katana is great for you. It is very forgiving and easy (cheap) to work on. Once you have mastered the katana in the corners then you will be more than ready to move up to super sport if that is what you are interested in.

As for the cracked cover. If it is just the cover that is cracked then I would get a new one and not worry about it. The Kats have a steel frame that is very strong, and heavy. For any kind of accident to cause frame damage there would be more than just a cracked crankcase cover. Normally what happens is people over tighten the bolts and crack the covers. Once she has the title in hand I would take the bike to a competent bike shop and have them check it out.

Depending on mileage and the condition of the rest of the bike I would think $2500 would be a good starting point on price. Katriders.com is a good resource on the Katanas. Check them out for a better price check once you know more about the bike.
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She and I was thinking around $600-$800 given what I have to do to it to get it going after getting the title. What do you think about that?
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She also told me that they depreciate fast so considering its an '05 then the value of it is low.
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Old 06-28-2009, 05:06 PM   #13
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Is a 600 the biggest Suzuki make its bikes? What is the most powerful Suzuki?
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Old 06-28-2009, 06:12 PM   #14
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No. Are you asking about the Katana? Or every bike Suzuki makes? I think there is a 750 Katana... but I'm not positive. However, Suzuki has plenty of "bigger" bikes. Gsxr, Hayabusa, and a number of cruisers. If you're new to riding, the Kat is a good place to start.

I like my 600 Katana, but I don't ride it to impress anyone. It is comfortable, and built like a tank. Both times it has been hit, the repairs where quick and inexpensive. The bike was road ready way before I was. My biggest complaint... it is heavy.
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its a detuned gixxer.
get a gixxer or zx. those are the bestest
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My biggest complaint... it is heavy.
that's b/c they dont put the lighter, alloy parts on the CANTRUNYAthat they put on gixxers
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its a detuned gixxer.
get a gixxer or zx. those are the bestest
Hubby has a GSXR 1000. I like my tuna-can. It has plenty of power for me, and it is more comfy than the gixxer for longer rides. Now, can I keep up with the gixxer... no. But I ride my own ride and am not out to keep up with anyone. Besides, hubby will wait for me . It just depends on what your looking for in a bike. At least it's not a Kawasuki! j/k
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Hubby has a GSXR 1000. I like my tuna-can. It has plenty of power for me, and it is more comfy than the gixxer for longer rides. Now, can I keep up with the gixxer... no. But I ride my own ride and am not out to keep up with anyone. Besides, hubby will wait for me . It just depends on what your looking for in a bike. At least it's not a Kawasuki! j/k
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Hubby has a GSXR 1000. I like my tuna-can. It has plenty of power for me, and it is more comfy than the gixxer for longer rides. Now, can I keep up with the gixxer... no. But I ride my own ride and am not out to keep up with anyone. Besides, hubby will wait for me . It just depends on what your looking for in a bike. At least it's not a Kawasuki! j/k
i'd wait for a hottie like you too
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No. Are you asking about the Katana? Or every bike Suzuki makes? I think there is a 750 Katana... but I'm not positive. However, Suzuki has plenty of "bigger" bikes. Gsxr, Hayabusa, and a number of cruisers. If you're new to riding, the Kat is a good place to start.

I like my 600 Katana, but I don't ride it to impress anyone. It is comfortable, and built like a tank. Both times it has been hit, the repairs where quick and inexpensive. The bike was road ready way before I was. My biggest complaint... it is heavy.
Yea you're right cuz that's what people tell me. I forgot about those other ones that you mentioned. So Katan's were known for being heavy and air cooled huh?
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