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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 07-23-2000, 11:44 PM Thread Starter
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My buddy has an '89 Katana 600 with 35k miles that has been dropped a couple times. I'm thinking this will make a good first bike. He just replaced the fork seals, and is about to put a new clutch in it. He's gonna sell it at the end of the summer, and if I ant it, I can probably get it for about $900-$1000. Is this a decent deal? Plus, what should I look for, what are the problem areas? Will this bike be a good first bike, or should I pass?

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matt,

the price seems fair depending on how bad the damage is.

see https://www.sportbikeworld.com/forum/...ML/000081.html for more details.



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So do you think this bike will be good as a first bike for me? I haven't ever ridden before. I wanted to take the MSF course about a month agao, but all I got was a bunch of runaround. I then posted here about taking the course, but being scared of not passing, and somepeople said to get a bike and learn a little before taking the class. So, should I buy this bike, ride it around a little, then take the class? This bike isn't too powerful for me is it? I'm just wondering what I should do. Any ideas?

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matt, take the course first, it's okay to fail there. i rather wreck their bike than yours.

it shouldn't be a bad first bike, but i'd find someone to look it over. there are better first bikes, but no one wants them.

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Matt: Like cbrf2boy said,it depends on the condition,but that seems a good buy.You might consider getting the Kat,put itaside,get a smaller bike to start learning on then move up to the Kat.Take your time,don't exceed your skill or comfort level and look into the MSF course again.


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I found the GSX6F a perfect first bike.

I'm only 5'6" but found it to be easily moveable, not too intimidating and plenty fast enough to scare myself into being careful!

The weight can be a bit of a handful, but, hey, the way I look at is that even super fast toures like Hyabusas & Blackbirds are lighter, so I should be able to ride them even better!!!!

Basically, though....get a feel for it and if the glove dont fit, dont force it..move along and try another!

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I found the GSX6F a perfect first bike.

I'm only 5'6" but found it to be easily moveable, not too intimidating and plenty fast enough to scare myself into being careful!

The weight can be a bit of a handful, but, hey, the way I look at is that even super fast toures like Hyabusas & Blackbirds are lighter, so I should be able to ride them even better!!!!

Basically, though....get a feel for it and if the glove dont fit, dont force it..move along and try another!
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In regard to the weights of the bikes(dry weights per the March 2001 issue of Motorcyclist).
1. Katana600:460 lbs
2. Hayabusa: 473lbs
3. Honda CBR1100XX: 492lbs
4. 1992 Katana600: 436lbs

Up to 1997 the Katana600 should be around the above
weight of the 1992.

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katana would be nice. i rember my 1st sport bike 86 honda hurrypane 600 . my advice is whatever you buy get it checked out. you dont wanna buy a bike that will cause you more frustration especially when you are starting out for the 1st time. just like everyone said above. i would even suggest that you make friends at local bike shop and see if someone can check it out for you. i mean 1000 bucks sounds great but if you have to replace clutch, chain, sprockets, etc. its like 2500 now.
and take the rider training course its worth it.. i recently took it just to get a refresher.( I have been riding since 17yrs old and im dirty30 now) and it actually helped.

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