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Old 03-02-2005, 12:52 PM   #1
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Hey guys this is a great site! I just bought my first bike a '01 Kat 600, and have a few questions. First is there any good "basic" books about katanas I already bought the suzuki service manual but it doesn't answer my basic questions. Secondly, how do I get the bike on the center stand? I've tried holding it down with one foot and rolling the bike back maybe I'm doing something wrong. Lastly, what are the average shift points for just normal commuter riding? This is my first bike so I will be taking it slow for quite awhile . Thanks for all your help, Ryan
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Old 03-02-2005, 01:26 PM   #2
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The True Katana book should be on shelves soon, CyberPoet is the man. Put your foot right where you had it and put your left hand on the handle bar, right hand under the fender for guideance and roll it back. Practice, it will roll back fairly easy, you shouldn't have to struggle. Yes, take it easy and slow, don't try to push the limits.
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Old 03-02-2005, 01:29 PM   #3
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Well you have come to the right place for basic Katana information.

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I don't know if the service manual is any better or worse than a Clymer Manual. Yes Cyberpoets book should be full of tasty Katana goodness.

Bike on the center stand, I find it is easier to push down on the stand with the one foot and lift up on the rear end with your right hand and steady the bike with your left on the handlebar.

Average shift points. The bike really wakes up after 6-7k but normal everyday cruzing I would saw 3-4k depending on the demands. Take it easy and keep the rubber side down.

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Here is my procedure for getting my bike on the centerstand. First lower the stand until the first leg contacts the ground. Then while applying pressure to the stand straighten up the bike untill both of the stand's feet are contacting the ground. Then keep pressing down and lift the passenger footpeg. It does not take a lot of force, just a little practice. I found it helpfult to have a friend on the other side of the bike the first time I put it on the centerstand. That way I knew that it would not drop.
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shift points are about 200 rpm below red line, thats where you wanna shift
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shift points are about 200 rpm below red line, thats where you wanna shift
sure, unless you have a passenger, but if that person is ugly the shift at redline.
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Old 03-02-2005, 05:20 PM   #7
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duff's shift points are corrupted by his porn star mind

center stand is a bit tuff till u get the hang of it. I stand to the side of the bike (clutch side), stand it straight up, (keeping the side stand down as well, just in case ) then push down on the center stand ur right foot till it touches the floor, and lift up & back by grabbing the tie bar under the rear plastic and lifting up and u push down on the center stand. She come right up for u, but its odd at first till u learn it. Also, Definately have someone else helping you till u get the hang of it, cuz if u lose ur balance and the bike starts the lean the opposite direction, you're not gonna be able to stop it from falling.

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My bike came with a V&H slip on, the center stand was gone, can you put the center stand on with a yoshimura slip on? I was thinking of trying to find a center stand to put back on the bike
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Old 03-02-2005, 06:54 PM   #9
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Thanks for the responses I'll have to try the stand tomorrow after the wife gets home, for a little insurrance. Hate to drop it before I get it out of the garage. Great to know about the shift points too, just signed up for a local ridding class, it not till the end of June though. I guess that gives me some time to practice and get some gear. Any recomondations on ridding gloves? I was wondering about some of the mechanixs wear gloves with the padded leather/kevlar on them what do you guys think? Thanks
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Old 03-02-2005, 10:05 PM   #10
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If your big enough, you can pretty much just grab the rear handle, grab the bar, and just step down on it, and it will pop up itselF!!!
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