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Old 05-29-2018, 07:42 PM   #1
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Default 93 Katana 750 - considering purchase


First time poster, great website!
I am looking for any advice anyone here can offer.

I am looking to purchase a 90s Katana, and found one for sale not too far from me.
The bike has 90,000 Km (56k miles).
The owner said the engine has about 9000 Km after a top-end rebuild. I can't know if he did a good job, but he does give the impression he knows what he is doing. (And he has a nice shop!)

I was able to take a look at it:
It idles about 1200 rpm - is this normal?
It idles a touch rough, but it wasn't run very long.
I was not able to test ride it but the engine sounds smooth if I give it throttle.
There are some scratches of course, but nothing major. It will need new tires soon, but other than that, nothing is leaking, no smoke from the exhaust. Battery and voltage seem okay.
I checked everything I could short of a test ride and it doesn't seem to have any outstanding issues.

I know any used bike purchase entails some risk, but is picking up a 90,000 Km Katana asking for trouble? Can I expect it to last? (And feel free to throw out how much you would pay.)
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Old 05-29-2018, 09:05 PM   #2
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Hey,im no professional but ill answer to the best of my knowledge and experience i believe idle is supposed to be between 1100-1300 roughly.the katana motors are known to go well over 100k kms with proper care and maintenance..and riding style lol,the idle could get a little smoother as it warms up but it could be something simple like plugs or perhaps run a little bit of berrymans through the carbs as it probably hasnt had a good run since before winter.Scratches are definitely normal for a 20+year old machine,the unfortunate thing is without a test ride you wont be able to tell how the transmission is working,switching gears etc. plus the way the bike revs under idle and under load can be 2 different things i found that out last month trying to refurbish my kat 600 .I don't know what the guy is asking for it but i'd say somewhere between 1100-1400,1500 personally if i got it for 11 i would go for it anyways someone with more knowledge will probably chime in hope i could help !
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Old 05-30-2018, 05:34 AM   #3
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^^ Ditto to the above advice
Mine was @ 100klm when I got it and it had had some head work too but don't know what they did. I bought it from a mate for $1000 and was a bit rough looking, was going to say 1200 seems a bit high mine ticks over quite nicely @800-1000 only set it to 1200 when I sync the carbs. A little bit of TLC may be in the order there for the carbs if it's a bit rough which would be normal for this mileage and age.

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Old 05-30-2018, 11:54 AM   #4
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These bikes have oil cooling and the gas in the carbs needs to be burned off 'til fresh gas fills the bowls, so that means they need a long warm up time before the oil reaches optimum temp. On a warm day that means 5+ minutes.
If the seller respects your riding skills, he should allow a test ride.
Best 'o luck!
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Old 05-31-2018, 03:30 PM   #5
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Thanks for the replies. I don't think I can feel good about buying something with that much mileage, so I think I am going to pass on this one.
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Old 06-01-2018, 07:37 PM   #6
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I racked up 130k miles (not km) on my 600 before a car didn't look before changing lanes and wrecked it.
These are stout engines. If you can do a test drive and the transmission feels good, you should at least think about it.
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Old 06-03-2018, 09:39 AM   #7
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Default 45,000-plus

My 89 750 Kat has just over 45,000 miles, runs great and the engine has never been apart. Got it free from two kids who dropped it and did not know how to work on bikes. The engine runs as a Kat should. It is rugh looking, ut mechanically it is very nice. pre Kat engines routinely run beyond 100,000 miles, if the are not beat on and the oil is changed.
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Old 06-06-2018, 11:55 PM   #8
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The bike did sound pretty good, but I just couldn't feel good about it, or that I don't know if this guy really knew what he was doing when he worked on the valves/carbs.

I ended up traveling 500 Km (310 miles), doing some paperwork and riding this 500 Km back:

1996. Only 11,134 Km on the odometer when I got it. Six hours of riding and the last stretch of the ride, after the sun went down, the temperature fell to 9 degrees C. It was worth it.

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Old 06-07-2018, 06:01 AM   #9
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Looks very good, intact!
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Old 06-07-2018, 09:13 AM   #10
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Nice buy! Very clean looking pre-Kat. They had some crazy colours in the 90's! I love it!
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