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Logic over impulse?

Yes, a fantastic bike for anyone! Finally, a realistic first time rider!

What are your other choices? Did you look at:
Yamaha YZF600R
Suzuki SV650S
Kawasaki ZX-6 (I think they still make it)

You've got some options. Ah, and like the guy with the post below this said, invest in some top notch gear that you will ALWAYS wear on every single ride (even if it's just down the street).
 

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I agree. This'd be a great starter bike! And it, IMHO, has some really great looks to it.

Try not to skimp on the gear too. The minimums I'd suggest are helmet, gloves, over-ankle boots (and they don't have to be specifically for motorcycling) and some kind of jacket. Check out newenough's website for some really reasonable prices and great service.
 

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I have a 2003 YZF 600R with 1800 miles that I am looking to cut loose. I am going to upgrade next year when the weather breaks. Let me know if you are interested. $5800.
 

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i am also a noob and i was looking to buy a katana...but i am on a budget and the most i would spend just on the bike would be
4000 max if push comes to shove
 

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well the reason why i asked is because i found a pretty new katana (2003) for under 3000 and i felt like it was good deal, considering the bike is in perfect condition and never been dropped or anything. What i originally wanted was the 600r, but this deal just seems too good to be true
 

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Katanas are great first bikes. I started with a Katana 750 that I bought off of a co-worker. I totally loved that bike. I put 35,000 miles on that sucker the first 2 years I owned it. I completely mistreated and under maintain it, but it kept going. Crashed it a couple of times. If its your first bike, you will absolutely fall head over heels in love with it.

On that 600, double check the title. Make sure there is no crash or engine damage to it. Buy it and ride the snot out of it.
 

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For under 3k huh... It is still a can o' tuna...
There are alot of good bikes out there that you would be good to begin with, but thats one your guaranteed to want to get rid of. Having said that, its your money your waving goodbye to when you do decide to sell and the resale isn't very good. I would tell you to look for a used YZF 750 or 600, both good bikes. Depending on your expeirience the 750 might be more than you want. Honda's F3,4 would be good too. I would definately take into consideration the demand out look for the first bike b/c you know you aren't going to keep it forever.

p.s. Especially if its a can o' tuna
 

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BikesRToyz said:
For under 3k huh... It is still a can o' tuna...
There are alot of good bikes out there that you would be good to begin with, but thats one your guaranteed to want to get rid of. Having said that, its your money your waving goodbye to when you do decide to sell and the resale isn't very good. I would tell you to look for a used YZF 750 or 600, both good bikes. Depending on your expeirience the 750 might be more than you want. Honda's F3,4 would be good too. I would definately take into consideration the demand out look for the first bike b/c you know you aren't going to keep it forever.

p.s. Especially if its a can o' tuna
Doesn't that theory go both ways? If it's unpopular, and won't sell at a high price, won't it, by logic, be cheap to buy? And I would suspect b/c of its unpopularity, it would be cheaper to insure. For a newb, these all seem like pluses, not minuses.

Just looking for a fuller :2cents:
 

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Doesn't that theory go both ways? If it's unpopular, and won't sell at a high price, won't it, by logic, be cheap to buy? And I would suspect b/c of its unpopularity, it would be cheaper to insure. For a newb, these all seem like pluses, not minuses.
Thats my story and Im stikin' to it...
Of coarse the insurance is lower. Insurance doesn't pay out for suicide. Someday the owner will realize he's ridin' a can o' tuna and he can't get rid of it because no one wants it, get depressed and bam. End of story.
Seriously though. Insurance doesn't care about poularity, all they want to know is CC size and year. 03 Katana and 03 R6, your still looking at about the same ins. rate. Depending on location and company, there are always exceptions somewhere.
 

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Cool, thanks for the insight.

I would've assumed (apparently incorrectly) that popularity would be a large factor since crashing and theft are the two most likely things to happen to a bike (from an insurance viewpoint), and the latter is strongly tied to its popularity.
 

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Im not saying popularity can't be related to theft, but at the same time from ins. view point the most costly concern is the crash, far more likely and also related to size and type of bike. As I also said it depends on location. Majoritively the US is still rural, and being in a rural area theft isn't a big concern. Like I also said there are always exceptions. If I lived in Atlanta, theft would have raised my premiums.
 

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Well, POS is very subjective. I'd bet a large number of members on this site would say mine's a POS, but I love it for what it does.

That's partially why buying bikes on the 'Nets a little hard to do. You can't really feel the "chemistry" unless you've seen/sat on one locally.

In fact, if we went a step further, perhaps BikesRToyz would recommend some noob bikes that he doesn't consider POSs. Every individual's different, so you gotta go with what you like.
 
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