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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 01-31-2005, 11:06 AM Thread Starter
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Question New to riding and looking for some advice

So my neighbor's little brother had a bike for sale, and it happened to be an 89 Suzuki Katana 600 in great condition. Except he had just messed up the transmission (due to a misshift). It wont get into first or second, and I haven't even tried to ride it yet. I got the bike for 600 w/helmet. I think it was an awesome deal, and have really wanted a bike, but don't know much about working on them. I have worked on a lot of my cars, mostly honda's, so I figure it wont be too hard to get the hang of it.

My questions specific questions are?

Does anyone have a recomendation as to where I should buy parts for my bike? (I need a transmission, or the parts to rebuild it)

What service manual have you had the best experience with? (On cars the Hanes manual sucks, so I was wondering if it was any different for bike's)

Thanks to anyone in advacne for any help you can give, it is greatly appreciated.
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 01-31-2005, 11:27 AM
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As far as manuals you should be able to get the manufacturer's at any dealer. I've heard others use the Clymer's manuals. I don't know which is better.

I'd make sure what exactly is wrong before ordering parts to rebuild a transmission. You never know, it could be something really minor and easy to repair. Get the manual before anything else.

Also, look into taking the MSF course.

Good luck, and congrats on the bike!

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I love the manufacturer's model / year specific manuals, and hate the Clymers. Clymers cover too many makes over too many years, IMO. (Especially in regard to a complicated task, like tranny work.)

Spicersh is right about making sure what the problem is. It could be something as simple as a gear selector on the inside of the tranny coming loose, or being stripped, or such.
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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old 02-02-2005, 06:18 AM
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My Clymer's is good for some things the manufacturer's wasn't, and vice versa. So, check them both out for the task at hand and buy the one that seems most specific/detailed.

I buy most of my stuff on Ebay or bike-specific forums and have yet to have any issues. Therefore, I'd recommend that route first. The dealer is a second option, but always costs more. There's always Partsfish which makes finding the parts you want easier. I also have some microfiche of the bike components which comes in handy.

As sh noted, be sure to get into a MSF course. Its the quickest way to become informed about street bikes and can typically ease the licensing process.

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