1991 GSXR Katana 750 Pros/Cons : GSXR.com Forum : Suzuki GSX-R Forums
 
» Insurance
» Suzuki GSX-R Prices
» Sponsors
Go Back   GSXR.com > Chat > General GSXR Chat

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 03-21-2007, 04:39 PM   #1
EvoKatana
Squid
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Posts: 4
Default 1991 GSXR Katana 750 Pros/Cons

Hey Everyone,

I'm new to the motorcycle community and am looking into my first purchase.

I'm buying a bike to beat the traffic. I hate rotting on the California freeways, and the traffic on the SR91 has become unbearable.

A co-worker of mine is selling a 1991 GSXR Katana 750. It is a low mileage bike with 14,000 miles on it. He's gone through it, replaced the sprocket, chain, put steel braided brake lines on it, rebuilt the carburetors, upgraded to a Busa spring (I think, or shock).

Could you guys and gals give me some in put on this bike. Is it a good buy as a first bike? Were there any known issues with it?

Thanks in advance!

Michael
EvoKatana is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Old 03-21-2007, 04:51 PM   #2
stupidfast43
Rider
 
stupidfast43's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Indiana
Posts: 397
Default

How much does he want for it?
__________________
Its allot more fun to ride a slow bike fast rather than a fast bike slow.
stupidfast43 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-21-2007, 05:16 PM   #3
Mister Tee
Shot Caller
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Cali
Posts: 9,057
Default

A Katana really isn't a bad choice. It's comfy for either one, or two-up riding and you can get some nice hard bags for them - handy for commuting and carrying things.

It's basically an older generation air-cooled, carbed gsxr engine in a longer frame. It doesn't have quite the handling of a full blown sport bike, but it handles much better than a lot of the commuter-cruiser alternatives, and gets better mileage.

As far as a first bike, it is a 750 class bike, and it is a bit heavy, so it may be a little bit intimidating, but it's not overpowering either. Definitely get some form of riding instruction and experience first. One of my boyz (with a "z") got one as a first bike, and it worked out well for him.
Mister Tee is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-21-2007, 05:20 PM   #4
EvoKatana
Squid
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Posts: 4
Default

He's asking $2500 to the general public, and $2200 for me.

He says he loves the ride. He picked up a 1999 VFR and really loves that. His girlfriend loves the Katana and isn't happy he's selling it.
EvoKatana is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-21-2007, 05:41 PM   #5
M_Easy
Easy duz it.
 
M_Easy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: AA Co, MD
Posts: 7,639
Default

thats not a bad price. the tuna's a great bike to start on. its forgiving, even the 750. as was mentioned, take the msf class. you can get years of service from that bike, or sell it in a year or two for exactly what you paid. great first choice.
__________________
GSXR.com Super Moderator
Email me | k6 1k Manual | Search on steroids.
K6 1000 | K1 1000
Sl_Easy does it....

If someone gets a job manufacturing Blackberry's, did they get a RIM JOB?
M_Easy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-21-2007, 05:49 PM   #6
EvoKatana
Squid
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Posts: 4
Default

Cool, thanks everyone. I'll be driving it in pretty heavy traffic. Do you think I'll have any issues with it overheating?
EvoKatana is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-21-2007, 05:55 PM   #7
M_Easy
Easy duz it.
 
M_Easy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: AA Co, MD
Posts: 7,639
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by EvoKatana View Post
Cool, thanks everyone. I'll be driving it in pretty heavy traffic. Do you think I'll have any issues with it overheating?
not if its maintained properly. you'll be fine. when was the last checkup? not just oil change, but full 'physical'?
__________________
GSXR.com Super Moderator
Email me | k6 1k Manual | Search on steroids.
K6 1000 | K1 1000
Sl_Easy does it....

If someone gets a job manufacturing Blackberry's, did they get a RIM JOB?
M_Easy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-21-2007, 06:02 PM   #8
liverquiver52
Squid
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Posts: 7
Default

I bought my 2000 katana 750 for $2500 in 2005, you can find a newer for a better price I think, great bikes to start on though, I couldn't wheelie mine if I wanted to (slightly lowered), great starter bike!
liverquiver52 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-21-2007, 06:04 PM   #9
EvoKatana
Squid
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Posts: 4
Default

I can't tell you for sure. The guy I'm buying it from has 20+ years experience with bikes and he even used to race them. I know he went all the way through the bike Christmas 2006.

He seems like a pretty honest guy, and cares about what kind of bike I'm going to purchase whether its his or not. He used to drive the same freeways I am currently taking, and I know he can sympathize with my situation. I think he lowered the price because he feels my pain.

When I ride it, what should I be looking for? I'm not very familiar with the layout of motorcycle engines. To be honest I'm not particularly skeptical about the bike, as he offered to check out any bike I'm considering buying if I need the help.
EvoKatana is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-22-2007, 07:12 AM   #10
jay06gixxer
Racer
 
jay06gixxer's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: PA
Posts: 700
Default

i sold my 90 katana750 for 900 bux, needed carb work!! decent start bike!! Was my starter
__________________
2006 GSX-R 750-Race Railz,Scorpion Carbon Exhaust,PC III,Free Fender Eliminator, Delrin Spools
jay06gixxer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-22-2007, 11:33 AM   #11
Dans01gixxer750
Racer
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Franklin, MA
Posts: 766
Default

If you pay $2200 you are paying way too much. That is a $1500 bike at most. I just picked up my 01 GSXR 750 for $2600.
Dans01gixxer750 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-22-2007, 11:58 AM   #12
mstephenson51
Rider
 
mstephenson51's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Dallas(TX's armpit)
Posts: 481
Default

I had a '98 750 for my first bike, its a good bike, you'll like it! Def take the MSF class, its fun and VERY important. You even get an ins discount for it.

Mine got pretty hot in traffic, but just keep it movin and you're fine. In CA you can lanesplit, I think, just do it safely, and dont go more than 10mph over the traffic.
__________________
'06 GIXXER 750K6 BABY!!!
BNC, Jardine GP1, Dunlop Qualifiers
mstephenson51 is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.2

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 08:32 AM.



Powered by vBulletin® Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Copyright 2007 2008 GSXR.com
Motorcycle News, Videos and Reviews
Honda Grom Forum Harley Davidson Forum Honda 600RR Kawasaki Forum Yamaha R6 Forum Yamaha FZ-09 Forum
1199 Panigale Forum Roadglide Forum Honda CBR1000 Forum Vulcan Forum Yamaha R1 Forum Yamaha R3 Forum
Ducati Monster Forum Harley Forums Honda CBR250R Forum ZX10R Forum Star Raider Forum Yamaha Viking Forum
Suzuki GSXR Forum V-Rod Forums Honda Shadow Forum Kawasaki Motorcycle Forum Star Warrior Forum KTM Duke 390 Forum
SV650 Forum BMW S1000RR Forum Honda Fury Forum Kawasaki Versys Forum Drag Racing Forum Ducati 899 Panigale Forum
Suzuki V-Strom BMW K1600 Triumph Forum Victory Forums Sportbikes BMW NineT Forum
Volusia Forum BMW F800 Forum Triumph 675 Forum MV Agusta Forum HD Street Forum Suzuki GW250 Forum
Yamaha Motorcycles Victory Gunner Forum Honda Vultus Forum HD LiveWire Forum