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Hi Im thinking about buy a 1993 Suzuki GSX600 Katana as my first bike but before I bought it i wanted to know if anyone had problems with that bike or if there was any problems with that year. I like it alot but I just want to hear from people that know more than me. Thanks
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Katana's are good bikes and under appreciated have fun. OTB will most likely comment because i believe he has had acouple in the past.

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post #4 of 17 (permalink) Old 05-09-2007, 09:36 AM
 
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Hey Am A New Rider Just Finished My Course And Was Looking To Buy A Bike...so I Have A Bit Of A Height Issue...but Should Be Fine With Extra Souls On My Boots..wat Do You Guys Recommend?

Have You Guy Herd Any Bad Feed Back About The Huysong Gt250's?...that What Im Interested In Buying...
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What Do You Guys Think Of A Huysong Gt250 For A First Time Rider?
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Katana's are good bikes and under appreciated have fun. OTB will most likely comment because i believe he has had acouple in the past.
Me? Step in and talk about Kats? Surely you jest?

The Kats are based on the air/oil cooled Gsxr motors of the late 80's early 90's. As such, they offer decent power and excellent reliability, as well as decent ergos and adaquate suspension for a newer rider. A decently maintained example will give you years and many miles of trusty service. You didn't say how many miles were on the example you were looking at, but some of the areas to look at are:

Fork seals on the older models were prone to weepage as the miles piled up. Cheap/easy fix.

Steering head bearings could get notchy on high milage examples.
Cheap easy fix.

Look for rust/corrosion on the swingarm/frame junction from rotted battery vent hose spilling acid onto the swingarm. If it's on the frame itself, walk away, as this is not easily fixable: if its just on the swingarm, a new/used one is in order.

Like most Jap bikes of the period, stators and rectafiers could be a problem.
Lotsa cheap parts availble.
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What Do You Guys Think Of A Hyosung Gt250 For A First Time Rider?
Perfect. Better styling than the Ninja 250, but parts might be harder to find. Should be able to find one for dirt cheap.
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Perfect. Better styling than the Ninja 250, but parts might be harder to find. Should be able to find one for dirt cheap.
yeah so ive heard thanks....im getting a 2007 with graffics for $4200 and a 2yr warranty...or a solid color for $3900...am just thinking cuz i ve heard little feed back on the bikes..and mostly weak feedback...
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yeah so ive heard thanks....im getting a 2007 with graffics for $4200 and a 2yr warranty...or a solid color for $3900...am just thinking cuz i ve heard little feed back on the bikes..and mostly weak feedback...
$4200 for a 250?
wow- Dealer up here told me $3900 for the '05 GT650S single color.
$4200 sounds pretty steep for any 250. Could be that I'm just used to seeing prices for used ones, though admittedly, I haven't really been looking at 250s.

They seem like decent bikes, just not a big player yet. The name is getting out there, so hopefully support and R&D will increase.
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Those prices sound really high for ANY 250, especially since i've heard many dealers are almost giving the hyo's away, to get the word out.

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Those prices sound really high for ANY 250, especially since i've heard many dealers are almost giving the hyo's away, to get the word out.
yeah i mean the thing that i liked was the two year warranty..and some places are throwing in free gas for a year so idk..i just like the actual sport look to them even though their 250's .....the guy that has um took two to a race track and they handle mean..so...prob ok for first bike
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Me? Step in and talk about Kats? Surely you jest?

The Kats are based on the air/oil cooled Gsxr motors of the late 80's early 90's. As such, they offer decent power and excellent reliability, as well as decent ergos and adaquate suspension for a newer rider. A decently maintained example will give you years and many miles of trusty service. You didn't say how many miles were on the example you were looking at, but some of the areas to look at are:

Fork seals on the older models were prone to weepage as the miles piled up. Cheap/easy fix.

Steering head bearings could get notchy on high milage examples.
Cheap easy fix.

Look for rust/corrosion on the swingarm/frame junction from rotted battery vent hose spilling acid onto the swingarm. If it's on the frame itself, walk away, as this is not easily fixable: if its just on the swingarm, a new/used one is in order.

Like most Jap bikes of the period, stators and rectafiers could be a problem.
Lotsa cheap parts availble.
Thanks for the info on the Katana. Unfortunately I did not act in time for the bike. It sold for $2100 and had 9000 miles. Just when I was calling the owner to make a deal he sold the bike already. But thanks every for the comments Im hoping to find another.
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Thanks for the info on the Katana. Unfortunately I did not act in time for the bike. It sold for $2100 and had 9000 miles. Just when I was calling the owner to make a deal he sold the bike already. But thanks every for the comments Im hoping to find another.
Sounds like an awesome deal.
Keep looking man
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katana's are great first bikes... i've got a '03 600 that i picked up last season, and i'm still not bored with it yet...

they are alot bigger/heavier then the ss types (gsxr's, cbr's, r6's) but they also offer alot more comftorable of a ride. plus that and you can usually find a used one fairly cheap.... now they are based off of the early 90's gsxr engine, so they're cauberated instead of fuel injected (which can be a lil bit of a pain in the ass on chilly mornings)... but as far as looks, performance, and all around ride ability goes.... you really cant go wrong with a kat for your first bike
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yeah so ive heard thanks....im getting a 2007 with graffics for $4200 and a 2yr warranty...or a solid color for $3900...am just thinking cuz i ve heard little feed back on the bikes..and mostly weak feedback...
Holy crap. $4200 for a 250 and an untested 250 at that. I know the Kawi is not evryone's cup of tea, but at least you are getting a proven product with a track record of decent resale when you are ready to move up. I would prob rethink the Hyo for that many bones.
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Hi Im thinking about buy a 1993 Suzuki GSX600 Katana as my first bike but before I bought it i wanted to know if anyone had problems with that bike or if there was any problems with that year. I like it alot but I just want to hear from people that know more than me. Thanks
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Sorry for the . I have heard great things about the Katana. Sorry you missed that one. Keep lookin
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