First of all, let start out by saying that I have owned a 1985 Yamaha FJ600 for ten years now, (and still have it)so the comments made about the Katana from my opinion will be pretty good since it's been this long since I have driven an up to date motorcycle.
Power: Overall, this bike has more power than the average rider will ever need. This is supposed to be the "sport touring" bike for Suzuki. The bike doesn't have much below 6,000 rpm's, but after that, it turns on just fine, but I do notice some "flat spots" in the power band. You can easily pass other vehicles on the highway with just a twist of the wrist even in 6th gear. Top speed....really didnt have a chance to find out the real top speed, but I know it can easily go above 130 mph. My rating on power from a scale of 1 - 10......9
Handling: A little heavy but stable. Compared to my trusty old FJ600, the Katana handle very well. I had no problems going around turns with it at all! I even scraped the foot peg one time....thats how low you can get it and its very stable at high speeds. Rating.....9
Comfort: Ahhhh, this is another story. When I bought this motorcycle, I had to drive 215 miles to pick it up, so, I figured I will just drive it home. Well, needless to say, I wasn't very comfrtable on this bike. It's not real bad, just that after 60 miles my wrists started to hurt on this bike and the seat seemed a bit hard. Maybe the seat just needs a break in like a corbin seat...don't know. Don't take my word about the comfort though. I stand 6'0" tall and weigh 190lbs. I just found that I have to lean over a little too far for my wrists to be comfortable. If I can find some handle bar riser, it would make a world of difference. Rating....7
Reliabilty: Can't give any real answers on this yet. Didn't have it long enough yet. But, I can say this. The engine has not given me a hard time yet and starts every time...even in the cold. Half choke and she starts right up. Rating...10
Overall: This is a very nice bike. To me, the quality is great, the fairing does what it is supposed to do, the engine is quiet and smooth (minimal vibration)and it is a great bike to look at. I never had more heads turn my way when I drove it home. Rating....10
OK,I had this bike for about 3 months now, and have logged over 3,000 miles on this baby, and this is what I have to say about now!
I like it! I am going to stick to some of my original comments, but there are some things that I would like to change...
First - Comfort. I know I said it was uncomfortable before, but after giving it sometime, I find this bike to be very comfortable. I took the Katana to Myrtle Beach this May of 2000 for bike week, and rode it in one day (615 miles!) My butt didn't hurt once. My legs didn't cramp, and my wrists didn't hurt. I guess it was just a matter of time to get use to the bike, and I molded very well with it. Don't get me wrong, you do have to move around somewhat on the bike, but hey, you can't stay in one spot all the time...can you? Overall comfort rating - I give it a 9! I love it.
Power - same as before...slow out of the gate, but it will turn on later. The engine is so smooth, it just feels like its slow, but when you look at the speedo, you're going pretty darn fast in no time. Top speed I had it at - 135 mph. Don't think it will do much more. The only thing that I don't like about the engine, is that it gives off little vibrations right at cruising speed (60-65 mph), nothing to worry about though. Rating - 9
Maintenance - no breakdowns yet, Stock tires - awesome, have over 5,000 miles on the stock tires and they are still good.
Fuel Mileage - Highway - 60+ !!!!!! City - 30 +
Overall, I love this bike. It could use a little more snap in the bottom end, but then you would start to chew up rear tires. Looks wise, I never had so many people give me compliments on the bike. If I'm on the highway with it, you can guarantee the people will stare (my bike is black). This is a bike that I would highly recommend to anyone.
By the way, I am 6'0" and weigh 190 lbs for those who want to compare.
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