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Katana 600 vs. GS500F

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Yes people. I'm still browsing for my first bike. :readng: I want a good beginners bike and I've been reading on and test riding all kinds of bikes that are 600cc and less. I've ridden a cbr1000 and without a doubt I'm not ready for a full liter bike. Maybe down the line after I get more experience. I've ridden an older 90's Katana and I really liked it. I don't know much about the newer Kats and can't seem to find good sources of information on them which is why I'm turning to TWF. I know there's a model below the Katana 600, the GS500F. If anyone can give their opinions on these two models it would be greatly appreciated.
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I had a GS500 for my first bike and absolutely loved it. It wasn't "gutless" by any stretch of the word. I wish the F model was out because I hated that my bike was so naked. After I got good at riding my bike and stopped dropping it, Roach and the rest of the SpeedWerks guys put on an aftermarket bodykit and paint job and did a little work to it and got me a few more hp. That bike was a blast. I would buy another one in a heartbeat...especially now that it comes with a bodykit. :)

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