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Hey guys i posted earlier asking how to change the gears since im completely new to this,now i was just wondering how much i should expect to spend??i was looking at a 06 katana from the dealership over the website but they have no price.How much a month do you guys pay?How about a down payment?Any advice about prices is greatly appreciated!!Thanks!
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Hey guys i posted earlier asking how to change the gears since im completely new to this,now i was just wondering how much i should expect to spend??i was looking at a 06 katana from the dealership over the website but they have no price.How much a month do you guys pay?How about a down payment?Any advice about prices is greatly appreciated!!Thanks!
dude... HOLD OFF! take the MSF course first... THEN decide if your ready for a bike... they'll start you on 125cc's... or 250cc's try riding those first... getting used to the mechanics of riding a bike... before you go purchase a NEWish bike!...


I think you should look at something a couple years old... if your set on a 600 something 00 and older! even those are probably too much bike for your knowledge of motorcycles

but seriously... get into the MSF course as soon as possible
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dude... HOLD OFF! take the MSF course first... THEN decide if your ready for a bike... they'll start you on 125cc's... or 250cc's try riding those first... getting used to the mechanics of riding a bike... before you go purchase a NEWish bike!...


I think you should look at something a couple years old... if your set on a 600 something 00 and older! even those are probably too much bike for your knowledge of motorcycles

but seriously... get into the MSF course as soon as possible
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I really want to start off with something sorta powerful because ive ridden dirt bikes alot in my life and my car is a stick shift so i pretty much know to balance the clutch and throttle together to the point where to meet and slowly let off the clutch so it dont stall out so im pretty sure it wouldnt be that hard.i wasnt to sure a while ago about the gears being the same on a dirtbike and a motorcycle but there the same..down 1st half a click N 2-5 is up.
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I really want to start off with something sorta powerful because ive ridden dirt bikes alot in my life and my car is a stick shift so i pretty much know to balance the clutch and throttle together to the point where to meet and slowly let off the clutch so it dont stall out so im pretty sure it wouldnt be that hard.i wasnt to sure a while ago about the gears being the same on a dirtbike and a motorcycle but there the same..down 1st half a click N 2-5 is up.
Gears are the same, cept a streetbike usually goes up to 6...
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I really want to start off with something sorta powerful because ive ridden dirt bikes alot in my life and my car is a stick shift so i pretty much know to balance the clutch and throttle together to the point where to meet and slowly let off the clutch so it dont stall out so im pretty sure it wouldnt be that hard.i wasnt to sure a while ago about the gears being the same on a dirtbike and a motorcycle but there the same..down 1st half a click N 2-5 is up.
ok... I'm not trying to be an ass... but dude... a 92 600 will still go 0-60 in under 5sec. still go 120+ and will kick the **** out of 90% of cars on the road from stop light to stop light... TRUST ME THEY'RE "SORTA POWERFUL" and the best thing... is when you drop them... your not kicking yourself cause you just dropped a $5,000+ bike you can get a good used 600 for under 3000 if you know where to look.
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ok... I'm not trying to be an ass... but dude... a 92 600 will still go 0-60 in under 5sec. still go 120+ and will kick the **** out of 90% of cars on the road from stop light to stop light... TRUST ME THEY'RE "SORTA POWERFUL" and the best thing... is when you drop them... your not kicking yourself cause you just dropped a $5,000+ bike you can get a good used 600 for under 3000 if you know where to look.
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i ride a 2003 katana 600... i was looking at buying a brand new gixxer or rr, but it being my first sports bike and all, i decided against buying a brand new bike. a katana is a great starter bike, as its considered a sport tourer instead of a super sport ( its got enough power to get ur blood flowing, but not too much, u kno )... point is, go looking around for a used bike... u can get a used katana for around 3000, or maybe even less .... that'll save you some cash on your payments and insurance, plus it'll hurt alot less when u do drop it, compared to dropping a brand new bike... and u will drop it, everybody does atleast once.... so just think of those type of things before goin and buying a new bike...
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i ride a 2003 katana 600... i was looking at buying a brand new gixxer or rr, but it being my first sports bike and all, i decided against buying a brand new bike. a katana is a great starter bike, as its considered a sport tourer instead of a super sport ( its got enough power to get ur blood flowing, but not too much, u kno )... point is, go looking around for a used bike... u can get a used katana for around 3000, or maybe even less .... that'll save you some cash on your payments and insurance, plus it'll hurt alot less when u do drop it, compared to dropping a brand new bike... and u will drop it, everybody does atleast once.... so just think of those type of things before goin and buying a new bike...

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I really want to start off with something sorta powerful because ive ridden dirt bikes alot in my life and my car is a stick shift so i pretty much know to balance the clutch and throttle together to the point where to meet and slowly let off the clutch so it dont stall out so im pretty sure it wouldnt be that hard.i wasnt to sure a while ago about the gears being the same on a dirtbike and a motorcycle but there the same..down 1st half a click N 2-5 is up.
also, a street bike is ALOT different then a dirt bike... will riding dirtbikes set u up better then someone who has never ridden before? yes, but that doesnt mean that you can just jump on the bike, and become a moto gp racer, u kno... TAKE THE MSF COURSE!!! there is prolly nothing more important that you can do as a new rider... that and, depending on what state ur in, the msf final test prolly will count as your riding test for your endorsement, so all u'll have to do is pay ur fee after u've taken the course to have your full liscence... after the course, TAKE IT VERY SLOW... build your skill carefully, and dont learn from stupid mistakes, as many of us have( i.e. doin 120 on the free way ur first week on the bike).... just hate to see another new rider overestimate their skill, and end up roadkill...

also, not trying to throw any salt on the site, cuz it's great, but if you want to learn everything there is to know about katana's, go to katriders.com .... it's alot like this site, but all about katana's....

hope this helps.... and if nothing esle sinks in, just TAKE IT SLOW!!!
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