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Old 05-18-2006, 12:37 PM   #1
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i noticed the katana's are like 600 lbs, where is all this weight coming from???? what is making it 150-200 lbs heavier than your normal rocket??? just curious thanks in advance guys.
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Old 05-18-2006, 12:42 PM   #2
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kats are only 490 pounds give or take a few my f4i was 426 most new r modles are 385 or less
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Old 05-18-2006, 12:46 PM   #3
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Everytime I read something about the Kat's weight, it seems to get heavier. I bet by the end of the year people will think the Kat dry weight is over 800 lbs. FYI, a 98+ Katana's dry weight is 458 lbs for the 600cc and 465lbs for the 750cc.

If you drop the centrestand (which all SS bikes lack) you'll decrease the weight by 12 lbs. At 446 lbs for the 600cc and 453lbs for the 750cc, the Katana is not really that bad.
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Old 05-18-2006, 12:50 PM   #4
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i noticed the katana's are like 600 lbs, where is all this weight coming from???? what is making it 150-200 lbs heavier than your normal rocket??? just curious thanks in advance guys.
Size of the bike, and the material used. The Katana is bigger than your typical 600cc bikes. Although I haven't seen other bikes engines up-close, I think the Kat engine is huge.
The material used in constructing the frame, wheels, and engine is very important. Steal, aluminum, alloy, Magnesium, and Titinium are used in cars and bikes. Each metal type has different weight value.
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Old 05-18-2006, 01:06 PM   #5
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Like johnE said, the engine is huge. also our frame are steel where alot of the other sportbikes have moved to lightweight alluminum or magnesium alloys.
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Old 05-18-2006, 01:33 PM   #6
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400 and change is all that it weighs? Oh man I cant wait to tell my co-worker how much of a wimp he is for exaggerating the weight when he had to pick it up off the ground after trying to be Evil Knievel
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Old 05-18-2006, 01:34 PM   #7
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The manual says my '02 600 weighs 458 lbs. (dry). I've removed the center stand, luggage tie downs, and put on an aftermarket exhaust so I'd say my bike is probably closer to 425 lbs. dry. I don't find the bike heavy at all, but sometimes I wish it were a little more nimble feeling. That could very well be all in my head though
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all that weight is the steel that cages the beast inside the engine....
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(A) Frame material (steel) rather than aluminum.
(B) Frame design (double over-under with cross-bracing & lower engine cradle).
(C) Frame length (substancially longer wheelbase).
(D) Fuel tank size & capacity.
(E) Full sized fairings out of a thicker plastic. Full instrument surround.
(F) Larger alternator (generates positive charge even at idle rather than only above 4k RPM).
(G) Engine components out of heavier materials & with heavier designs (valves, valve springs, cams, con-rods, cranks, flywheel, etc).
(H) Dual large headlights.
(I) Extras that don't appear on the bikes you're comparing it too (more plastic under the seat for storage, more seating surface, separate fuel gauge, separate clock, centerstand).

Wet weight for the 98+ Kats in stock form has been weighed in at 508 - 520 lbs (depending on model, market) from reliable sources, sans any extras under the seat.

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Old 05-18-2006, 05:23 PM   #10
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for sure it weighs under 500. my 1100 is a big heavy bike, and weighs in at 525.
the DMV screwed up on my registration though. It says it weighs 330 kilos. that is 726lbs for you folks who haven't caught up with the rest of the world that uses the metric system.
can you imagine 726lbs????
I keep meaning to have that fixed, but screw it. not like it costs me more to plate it or anything cuz it is heavier.
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