perfect for the non wheelie and non knee dragger crowd.
i can pull mine (05 kat 600-stock) up a good 3 feet, and slice corners better than either of my two friends 01 ZX6r, 03 ZX6r, my friends 05 R6 and ALOT of the kids that zip around here on gsxr 600's or 750's. the bike has ALOT of potential if the rider can utilize it. it does take a little more concentration, because it is so heavy, but althought it's tuned for touring, suzuki did not skimp on performance. dont sell the bike short. i was disappointed with it's "ability" as well, untill i realized it was my ability, not the bike
btw i got a 05 GSXR 600 too.
i missed a bunch of crap i wanted to cover.
it weighs a whopping 458 lbs dry, but with skill, it will wheelie. it took me 9 months to get the wheel to come up 6 inches.
second, insurance. 225/year. for an 05, thats not paid off. thats not bad.
starter bike, great starter bike. comfortable ride, and BECAUSE of the weight, you wont loop it if you accidentally pop the clutch or something, it's a good starter bike and can last you and keep you happy for some time.
my friends ninja is jetted, and has a pipe, and we run neck and neck when we go, impressive if you ask me for a kat against an R bike.
hmm i think thats it. there's like 1 or 2 more pepole on the board that i know own katanas, again, it's made more for touring, but suzuki did not cut corners on this bike (besides the fockin oil cooling which doesnt like high speed runs)