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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