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'04 suzuki Katana 600 Wheelie?

I need some help I'm a squid, and been trying to get this fat b**** off the ground can anyone help me u know give me some suggestions on how to pop a wheelie on old betsy, all suggestions are welcome except buying another bike cause this is my first bike the next will be lighter like a gsxer.

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clutch in second will be best for you i think ........
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What Bull says might work but be carefull. Being that you're a newbie I would suggest you stay away from wheelies...




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Put a 60 tooth sprocket on the back.

Oh, and fur. All the bikes I see doing wheelies seem to have fur on them, so it must help

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Id be wary of getting a katana up, its heavy on the ground and feels even heavier up.

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And a drop 2 in the front wouldn't hurt!

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sometimes the truth hurts and i think for you this will be one of those times. see the katana uses the old gsx engine which is air cooled and heavy as hell and the frame isnt the lightest either. basically the front end is weighed down so it will take alot to get it up and keeping it up once you get it there is going to be damn near impossible. trust me i know from experience my buddy had an 02 and i tried to get it up for him and i couldnt do it. it was all stock though so you could possibly hunt down a 74 tooth sprocket or smaller depending on how bad you want to get it up but the higher the teeth you go the more you lose on top end speed wise that is. my best advice is practice other things on the katana like high chairs and stoppies and other tricks that doesnt demand so much from an engine thats over powered by weight. the gixxer is an excellent choice. ive ridden plenty of them and ive never had any problem raising the front tire whether it be a 600 to 1000. i make it a point to wheelie any of my friends bikes if theyll let me. bad habit i guess but ive been doing it a long time and how can i refuse they want to know how to wheelie theres like i wheelie mine and the only way i can give them an honest answer is if i try it on their bike needless to say theyre beginners take advice from people whove been doing it a while theyll help you learn without killing yourself and trashing your bike thats how i got as good as i am. by the way nice bike probably one of the nicest katanas ive seen but youll definitely enjoy the gixxer more when you decide to get one. theres another suzuki out there if you looking for a good bike to do tricks on to though the sv650s or 1000s more affordable too
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If your even still around. That's a nice looking Kat. Best bet is to just keep the front down on that bike to save clutch, chain, sprockets and tire. It will do more damage that its worth.

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sometimes the truth hurts and i think for you this will be one of those times. see the katana uses the old gsx engine which is air cooled and heavy as hell and the frame isnt the lightest either. basically the front end is weighed down so it will take alot to get it up and keeping it up once you get it there is going to be damn near impossible. trust me i know from experience my buddy had an 02 and i tried to get it up for him and i couldnt do it. it was all stock though so you could possibly hunt down a 74 tooth sprocket or smaller depending on how bad you want to get it up but the higher the teeth you go the more you lose on top end speed wise that is. my best advice is practice other things on the katana like high chairs and stoppies and other tricks that doesnt demand so much from an engine thats over powered by weight. the gixxer is an excellent choice. ive ridden plenty of them and ive never had any problem raising the front tire whether it be a 600 to 1000. i make it a point to wheelie any of my friends bikes if theyll let me. bad habit i guess but ive been doing it a long time and how can i refuse they want to know how to wheelie theres like i wheelie mine and the only way i can give them an honest answer is if i try it on their bike needless to say theyre beginners take advice from people whove been doing it a while theyll help you learn without killing yourself and trashing your bike thats how i got as good as i am. by the way nice bike probably one of the nicest katanas ive seen but youll definitely enjoy the gixxer more when you decide to get one. theres another suzuki out there if you looking for a good bike to do tricks on to though the sv650s or 1000s more affordable too
That is all good advise,
If your going to do "clutch up" wheelies. I always suggest finding an incline Your less likely to flip and you dont have the sensation of having the front end so high up. But you do get the feel of the balance point. And know where your back brake is. Bailing off will get you no where.
That is a great looking Kat, Congrats on the new ride. Are you sure you want to wheelie it right away. Novice wheelies put so much wear and tear on frontends, Chains, sprockets, clutches. and more times than you think tail sections ars'es and pantjobs. My advice is practice on a freinds bike and do great ones on yours.

As far as the back sprocket goes, could one go down a tooth or two in the front? Each front tooth down is equal to 4 teeth up in the rear. Its easier to do and usually dont require the chain being shortend or lengthend.

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If your even still around. That's a nice looking Kat. Best bet is to just keep the front down on that bike to save clutch, chain, sprockets and tire. It will do more damage that its worth.
I just noticed I am giving advice to a one off poster.

Oh well Hope the tips we provide help someone else. Or Snag if he's lurking.
Who knows maybe the bike is already toasted.
I hope not.
To all who are new to riding and want to wheelie. Learn first to ride safe and smart. Once you do this the wheelie wont cross your mind so often.

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I just noticed I am giving advice to a one off poster.

Oh well Hope the tips we provide help someone else. Or Snag if he's lurking.
Who knows maybe the bike is already toasted.
I hope not.
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You got that right!!!

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only way that is commin up with with one he!! of a clutch wheelie, and ur gonna burn the clutch doing it with that heavy beast

on this subject my buddy with an 05 zx636 msged me the other day n was like hey dude i put a 74 tooth sprocket on the back. lol i was like wtf r u thinking

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I had an '88 GSXR1100J, The beautiful black and gold one. I went to the local bike shop to get new chain and sprockets, as the old ones were on the way out. I probably should've rang first, but when I got there, I was told " we've got the chain, and a standard front sprocket, but we have'nt got a standard rear. It'll take a few days to get one in, or you could just buy this aftermarket one, 2 teeth larger!

keeping the front wheel on the ground became optional after that!!

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only way that is commin up with with one he!! of a clutch wheelie, and ur gonna burn the clutch doing it with that heavy beast
dude no lie my old 2000 katana. i had to pull heavy clutch wheelies. but honest when u get that thing up its heavy'r in the air as it is on the ground. plus its hard to keep up. but throw u a huge sprocket on that beast and have fun! hehe



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lol thanks guys i figure I'll just keep it on the ground for now. I already want a gsxr but i'm still paying off my kat so my next bike will be a gsxr i think right now i'm just looking for people to ride with it sucks riding alone.
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Can I atleast burn this kat out, hold down the front brake and just let loose on the throttle right?
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Can I atleast burn this kat out, hold down the front brake and just let loose on the throttle right?
and hope it stays straight and upright.

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