2006 Suzuki GSX600F Katana

After years of riding cruisers, I thought I would try a sportbike.  I wanted a bike that was very sporty, yet would not be completely uncomfortable.  While doing research I ran across this 2006 Suzuki GSX600F Katana.  It was a brand new leftover with only one mile on it.  I got it from Freedom PowerSports in Kennesaw, Georgia.  I thought I got an excellent deal on it.  It was under 5K out the door.  With the exception of one individual, my buying experience at Freedom PowerSports was excellent.  I would recommend them to anyone in the market for a new Suzuki, Polaris or Victory.

 

For now the bike is stock!  It wont be that way for long...

 

Brand new bike...only 1 mile!

 

 

 

After three weeks of ownership the bike is ready for its initial 600 mile service.  During this time I've gotten somewhat used to the riding position.  Although its not anywhere near as comfortable as my old 2004 Harley Davidson Ultra Classic, I'm slowly getting accustomed to it.  The bike is a blast to ride and performs very well.  Right now it will scratch my riding itch until I can get another Harley.  I've already started customizing it to "make it my own", as they say.  I will post more pics of it soon!

 

 

UPDATE:  05-28-2008

 

 

Ok, I tried.

 

 

This bike has finally been sold!.  I knew when I bought it that I wasn't a sportbike guy.  I'm a cruiser guy at heart.  As of 05-25-2008, I've put 1,136 miles on the Katana.  I tried to get used to buy I can't.  The riding position is too uncomfortable.  I've talked to folks over at KatRiders and many of them claim they can ride hundreds of miles at a time and feel great when they get off the bike.  I think they all have congenital insensitivity to pain with anhidrosis, or they are simply liars.  At any rate, after about 40 or 50 miles my neck, back, wrists and forearms are killing me.  On top of that, my wife hates the bike so it has to go.  I've done a few mods to the bike but, nothing major.  I swapped out the stock exhaust for a Yoshi RS-3, added Illumiglo Gauges, put on spiked handle bar ends and windscreen screws, and added a carbon fiber tire hugger.  I also replaced the crappy rear brake pads with new EBC HH pads and swapped out the stock rubber lines for stainless steel brake lines.  It really improved the rear braking on the bike.

 

 









Sold on June 18, 2008