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post #1 of 22 (permalink) Old 01-19-2003, 06:02 PM Thread Starter
 
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Thumbs down Why is a katana a squid bike?

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post #2 of 22 (permalink) Old 01-19-2003, 07:43 PM
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It's not. (Or at least I don't consider it one).

It seems Katanas get a bad rap because they are a lower end sportbike.

But the way I look at it, as long as you are on two wheels and having fun, that's all that matters.

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it's a great bike. it's just not built to be a cream of the crop sportbike. if you look at it for what it is, a cheap sport-tourer, it's an EXCELLENT bike. there may not be a better middle-weight sport-tourer made. there may not be another one made period... (if you consider the yzf600 a sport-tourer, it may be better, i don't have enough highway miles to make a pick on that)

i think it also gets a bad rap because it's viewed as a beginner's bike. a role it can fill, but not one truly excels in. there are much better beginner bikes (hell, suzuki makes a lot of them). i think the new bodywork helps to define its true mission. good wind protection and suzuki finally uses mature graphics (unlike the crap they used 10 years ago on the katana's and gsx-r's).

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post #4 of 22 (permalink) Old 01-20-2003, 09:15 AM
 
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toss a squid on a bike....viola...its a squid bike. there aren't any "squid bikes" , just squids.
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I would have to say the a Katana is the Anti-squid bike.

Seems like most squids have to have a top of the line repli-racer and have very little skills to ride with. Around here, it seems like the R6 is the weapon of choice for squids.
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I was looking on cycletrader.com and early 90 katana's looked alot like early 90 gixxers to me. I was wondering if anyone could post the differences between the two.

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Believe it also obtained that name as it went over so well by the Hollywood people, when in actual fact it is a one up from a Bandit & most of us ALSO look upon a Bandit as being a good 4 pot for a beginner, so the Katana fits in there as the easy bike to ride in the fairing group.
Mind you Bandit riders will argue on this one for the big point about a Bandit is that we have as 'skelton' four & so no plastic to worry about.
I am sure there are members on this Site & other that highly back the Bandit or the Katana & I have never had anything against them.
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I was looking on cycletrader.com and early 90 katana's looked alot like early 90 gixxers to me. I was wondering if anyone could post the differences between the two.

- James
off the top of my head, smaller bore and shorter stroke for the 600, i believe 750's are the same as an 85(6)-87 750 (just different pistons, cams and carbs). the frames are different. suspension and wheels are very different (brakes too). the bodywork is different. the clip-ons and rear-sets are reasonable (early 90's gsx-r's were pretty radical).

i guess there's a lot of differences between them....

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Katana bikes are basically an older designed air-oil cooled from the days of the GSXR bikes. Actually a fantastic powerplant (up untill '91 GSXR were air/oil cooled), but dropped into a frame, forks, brakes, fairing & such for the Katana production & I am pretty sure it has slightly smaller carbs to help the bike in a superior mid-range to the prior GSXR. They will really trott & in so many movies they would use them as an up to date sportbike so some people gave the bike the thumbs down, for that reason only.
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