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Old 03-26-2012, 11:24 PM   #21
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ya shes a little daunting at first... a bit heavy. But once you trust it and get into the lean...she actually handles pretty good imo

front shox arent so hot tho
damn straightttttttttt.... front shocks succcckkkkkk.... i even went to a shop and asked if i needed them redone... nope.. "thats just how they are on those bikes.. but for $300 we can"... no i didn't let them finish that sentence
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Old 03-27-2012, 07:36 AM   #22
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damn straightttttttttt.... front shocks succcckkkkkk.... i even went to a shop and asked if i needed them redone... nope.. "thats just how they are on those bikes.. but for $300 we can"... no i didn't let them finish that sentence
If you're even CONSIDERING having your shocks done, ask T-mod to do them. You won't find anyone near as good as him.
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Old 04-23-2012, 08:04 PM   #23
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My current katana was my first bike, and I didn't think it was heavy at all... until the first time I dropped it. I was just lucky that it was at 0mph from coming to a rapid halt after skidding. Through spilled fuel. To avoid a jackass that cut me off FLYING around the pumps in a sheetz parking lot. I stopped on an angled surface where the lot almost meets the road, and the handlebars were cranked to the right. I felt the bike start to go and my left leg was too far out; I couldnt get my knee under it. I felt like Cleveland from Family Guy in the bathtub. "No no NO NO NOOOOOO!"

It could have been much, much worse. As soon as I realized my knee wasn't under the tank I got it out of the way as well. I was nervous for the first 1000 miles when I was doing under 25 mph. I thought all of my actions through 5-6 seconds ahead of time. That's a great idea until something urgent happens between when you plan your action and when you can actually do it. I still am more cautious in gas stations than any other place on the road, lol.

Personally I think a 600 kat is a decent starter bike for some one who is going to respect the bike, understand just how much it weighs, and takes their time. I learned on a Buell Blast and to this day wish I had that thing to actually ride for the first year. I am actually still looking at getting one, they're awesome little bikes! PLUS you get to own a piece of Buell history. And confuse people with the inside of your fuel tank.
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Old 04-26-2012, 12:35 PM   #24
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Okay i am new to this. im just finishing up high school and am looking to buy a toy, i have never tried riding a motorcycle but i have rode many different things like manual atv's jet skis,snowmobiles and i drive a manual car so the manual aspect of riding a bike would not be hard for me to learn and i pick up pretty quickly how to ride many different things. But so to my point, i have a uncle who is willing to sell me his 94 katana 600 and i am just wondering how easy or hard it would be to learn to ride on a bike like this, and if anyone would recommend getting it, or looking for something different. By the way i am 5'11 and 168 lbs if that changes anything
Awesome to hear I just bought one myself!!! I love it and am still working on it haha. Can't wait until its finished.

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Hello friends,

It was my first, good bike had no problems out of it at all. Everyone told me to get a smaller bike to learn on, but I'm glad I went with my gut and got the Katana 600. Rode a few other bikes. And I will say that the Katana is smooth and has a little more power than most 600.

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Old 04-27-2012, 04:09 PM   #25
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I didn't ride much before I got the Kat, and generally speaking it's a very civil and easy bike to learn on - about the only thing that really makes it dangerous to a beginner is going past about 7k and the fact that it's HEAVY.

I think the Kat's heaviness may have a lot to do with why I've dropped it when I have.
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Old 04-27-2012, 04:38 PM   #26
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Kats arent much more dangerous above 7k than they are below.
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Old 04-27-2012, 04:47 PM   #27
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Kats arent much more dangerous above 7k than they are below.
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but personaly I dont see a point in a 1000 you can get the same power from a properly tuned 600 with less weight and better handeling.
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Old 04-27-2012, 06:12 PM   #28
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Kats arent much more dangerous above 7k than they are below.
i think he means the ridiculously week power band (above 7K), but i agree, not all that dangerous, less your in some wildly slick pavement or gravel. every bike has a power band that you have to "watch out for" just some are weaker than other (aka our bikes )
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Old 04-27-2012, 06:21 PM   #29
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Kats arent much more dangerous above 7k than they are below.
you're really gonna go there when we're talking about a new rider's experience on one? I never said they were dangerous, I said it's a good idea to stay out of it for a while.

Power has always been adequate for my needs. :

The last thing a new rider needs is an R1, and the kat's relatively moderate-for-its-class power level is reasonable to cope with but the sharp increase in RPM above 7 is a little tricky for a new rider to get used to.
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