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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 10-31-2004, 10:40 AM Thread Starter
 
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600 RF vs 600 Katana

Saw a beautiful 600 RF for sale. What's the difference between these two bikes? I know Suzuki stopped making the great 900 RF, but does the 600 Katana continue on the 600 RF?
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post #2 of 13 (permalink) Old 10-31-2004, 10:48 AM
 
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The Kat is a bit heavier overall..but one of the problems with the RF's, was that they were trying to break into an already established market that the Kat was owning, in terms of suzuki at least.



Model: Suzuki RF 600 R
Year: 1996
Category: Sport
Rating: 67.4 out of 100. Show full rating and compare with other bikes
Engine and transmission
Displacement: 599.00 ccm (36.55 cubic inches)
Engine type: In-line 4
Stroke: 4
Power: 102.80 HP (75.0 kW)) @ 11600 RPM
Valves per cylinder: 4
Gearbox: 6-speed
Transmission type
final drive: Chain
Starter: Electric
Physical measures
Dry weight: 195.0 kg (429.9 pounds)
Chassis and dimensions
Front brakes: Dual disc
Rear brakes: Single disc
Speed and acceleration
Power/weight ratio: 0.5272 HP/kg

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Suzuki Katana 600 MSRP: $6,299.00
Engine: 600cc, four-stroke, 4-cylinder, 16 valve air/oil cooled with DOHC and TSCC
Bore Stroke: 62.6 x 48.7 mm
Compression Ratio: 11.3:1
Fuel System: Mikuni BSR32
Lubrication: Wet sump
Ignition: Digital/Transistorized
Transmission: 6-speed
Final Drive: #530 chain

Suzuki Katana 600 Dimensions:
Overall Length: 2140mm (84.1 in.)
Overall Width: 755mm (29.3 in.)
Overall Height: 1195mm (47.0 in.)
Seat Height: 785mm (30.9 in.)
Ground Clearance: 120mm (4.7 in.)
Wheelbase: 1470mm (57.9 in.)
Dry Weight: 208kg (458 lbs.) 209kg (460 lbs.) CA. model

Suzuki Katana 600 Suspension:
Suspension Front: Telescopic, oil damped, 4-way adjustable rebound damping
Suspension Rear: Link-type suspension, 4-way adjustable rebound damping, 7-way adjustable preload

Suzuki Katana 600 Brakes:
Brakes Front: Dual hydraulic disc
Brakes Rear: Single hydraulic disc

Suzuki Katana 600 Tires:
Tires Front: 120/70-ZR-17
Tires Rear: 150/70 ZR17
Fuel Tank Capacity: 20 liter (5.3 gal.) 18.5 liter (4.9 gal.) CA model
Color: Yellow, Blue

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post #3 of 13 (permalink) Old 11-02-2004, 03:37 AM
 
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The RF was an attempt by Suzuki to have a more modern tech, better handling, more powerful sport tourer than the Kat... They were more expensive than the Kat, but you get what you pay for. The model name was literally a hybrid of GSX-R and GSX-F. Hense, RF. Meaning it was designed to be positioned between the R and F models. It is definitely a step up from a Katana.

The RF-900 was to go head to head against the VFR. It actually outsold the VFR its last year of production, but the model was dropped anyway...
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post #4 of 13 (permalink) Old 11-02-2004, 08:52 AM
 
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The RF900RR was my first street bike and I loved that thing. It handled great for me and had some awsome speed under her. I wish they would have never stoped making them. I'm sure if I could find one in good condition I would get another.
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post #5 of 13 (permalink) Old 11-02-2004, 08:53 AM
 
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The RF900RR was my first street bike and I loved that thing. It handled great for me and had some awsome speed under her. I wish they would have never stoped making them. I'm sure if I could find one in good condition I would get another.

if u ever sell that gsxr for an RF, u should be shot. The RF was very good bike, but I think I'd have to kick ur arse if u did that..
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if u ever sell that gsxr for an RF, u should be shot. The RF was very good bike, but I think I'd have to kick ur arse if u did that..

Never would I do that. Maybe another bike but not sell the 750 to get the RF. If I get rid of the gixxer it will be for the 1000 in the spring.
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post #7 of 13 (permalink) Old 11-02-2004, 02:30 PM
 
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A friend of mine is selling his RF...
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post #8 of 13 (permalink) Old 11-02-2004, 02:34 PM
 
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is that a custom paint job on that RF I assume, I didnt think they made that scheme from the factory? Looking pretty sweet!
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post #9 of 13 (permalink) Old 11-02-2004, 02:38 PM
 
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No, that's the stock color. Never been repainted...
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No, that's the stock color. Never been repainted...
wow didnt know that...thanks!
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post #11 of 13 (permalink) Old 11-02-2004, 03:06 PM
 
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Never would I do that. Maybe another bike but not sell the 750 to get the RF. If I get rid of the gixxer it will be for the 1000 in the spring.
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Both feeble attempts to reach the level of excellence that Yamaha has acheived.. Buy a Yamaha and 4-get about it...

"I want to be the 1 for you, want you to be the one for me..."
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post #13 of 13 (permalink) Old 11-02-2004, 03:26 PM
 
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