Question about katana's

Discussion in 'OT Driven' started by Accordinly Done, Jun 26, 2002.

  1. Accordinly Done

    Accordinly Done OT Supporter

    Mar 13, 2002
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    Are they good beginner bikes. Does anyone have any expireance with them.
  2. Prelude Ed

    Prelude Ed Guest

    i'm a beginner and i have a 98 Katana.... got it with 1432 miles for $4k. Only problem is a slightly bent rightside handlebar... :mad: I did not notice when purchasing..... I intend on selling it by May of next year and getting GSXR6/R6
  3. Hpower281

    Hpower281 Guest

    friend of mine bought a 99. He had me ride it before he bought it to make sure it was mechanically sound. I didn't like it at all. Very bulky, turning the bike requires too much work and feels unnatural, and power doesn't impress. No offense Ed....but I wouldn't recommend a Katana as a first bike (or 2nd or 3rd, lol). The older (like 94) Katanas (before they switched to that bulky fairing look) seem more user friendly than the new ones.
  4. Short Bus

    Short Bus Beep beep!

    Apr 17, 2001
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    GS500E is a great beginners bike, easy to handle, and feels fast to somebody who hasn't been on a sport bike. No fairing means nothing to fix when you drop it. Buy one for cheap, learn how to ride, and trade up for a 600 sport bike a few months later.

    I'd never ride a Katana, I don't like them.

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