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And I know I'll probably be chastised :lol: for this but I gotta ask...

Since you all know I'm looking into a getting a bike before the end of the summer is out, I've been considering two bikes: a Kawasaki bike from the Ninja series AND The Suzuki Katana... Is there anything better about either bike or would I have to go do a compare and contrast type of thing when I go out to the shops to check the bikes out?
 

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remember that suki and kawi are in cahoots together (cousins) so either bike will be a good choice-i would compare the specs,features,and RIDE them both!-word has it that suki will
be changing their whole lineup of bikes in the next few years with the partnership of kawasaki now.i just looked at a new marauder the other day and it did resemble the mean streak in alot of ways :lol: - good luck with your investigation :lol: keep us posted!

ride safe!
 

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100 pounds difference and fuel injection versus carbs...the Suzuki is cheaper, heavier, has carbs...check the data on line...but probably the most important factors are really your comfort and insurance...you could even check out the shops and chat with the mechanics about what seems to be any weaknesses in their armor... This is all assuming that the 599 Suzuki Katana 600 is compared to the more inexpensive NINJA ZX-6R (636cc), than it's smaller more expensive little brother the NINJA ZX-6RR (599cc).
 

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Well you aren't exactly comparing oranges with oranges.

Ninja series bikes would be better compared to GSX-R series from Suzuki. Whereas the Katana which is a great bike in it's own right would actually be closer to the Kawa ZZR-600.


For a new rider the 500 Ninja would be an excellent choice, anything bigger would be overkill for a beginner. No way I would recommend anything over 60 hp for a newbie.

The 500 Ninja=60hp and the 600=118hp. The ZZR 600 is 100 hp and the Katana 600 is 80hp and the 750 Kat has 92hp.

However if you want/need something bigger both the Katanas or the ZZR will have more forgiving traits and more easily doseable controls than either the bigger Ninja's ( 600+) and GSX-R's.
 

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KAWASAKI vrs. SUZUKI

boB, said it right, better than I did...it took me three readings cause I thought I was reading into it...and I was...another thing to consider, maybe not the Suzuki is air/oil cooled, Kawasaki is air/water and has an oil cooler, too. They are apples and oranges, and boB,Bob set the numbers straight and even the models are closer compared using the ZZR600 to the Katana 600...the only thing that I thought that need ed to be added was that the was also water cooling on the Kawasaki...the numbers speak for themselves on HP...Put it all on paper then look at the numbers and the differences in the machines and then go for a ride on the finalists...
 

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ok I see now... I had planned to start out on a the 250 (to learn on) and to buy probably a 500 depending on how i felt about the 250 learning experience..but i had been looking at the bikes on both websites and got a little excited :lol: :oops: thanks for the advice everyone!
 

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Learn on cheaply

IF you really look around and find the shop that provides the Kawasaki Motorcycles for the MSF course, just make an "un-official" visit to see what they are doing on the course, you will see advertising on their vehicles and may very well even see what is going on at the course, it's no secret. Then yo could go in and buy a bike with about 750-800 miles for/at their cost...at least that is what they do here in Shawnee Mission, Kansas. Ride it till you can do EVERYTHING, in both left and right hand patterns...when you have done that not only will you have spent valuable inexpensive time and hardly any money for insurance, maintenance, and all but you have TIME under your belt and confidence that just doesn't come to some people without actually putting miles and different conditions under them (literally on the tires under them). Fogging up your helmet, finding the right riding gear...Rain, fog, cold, WIND, wet streets, highways, cars passing with and against you...big trucks and trailers, going through underpasses and getting a wind blast, finding sand, oil, transmission fluid, antifreeze on the roads, dogs, cats, critters, even tires and tools on the road...stuff that you don't worry about for the most part in a car of truck...Still this experience is all cheaper on a small bike...I think that sometimes this is overlooked. When you decide adn get a ride under you...get on the What I learned today TOPIC and chat away!!! BOB/BOB is right!
 

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BOB

BOB A bovine as in Oxen or Cow ( and everyone knows that a Cow is really a KAW or in Kawasaki...OF Bikes An acronym BOB means (nothing less than "KAWASAKI") Just like Robert could be the real name for BOB.

The smart man makes things easy and simple. so bob could be bob anyway that you spell it just like pop.

Then again so simple that even backwards it's still BOB. Bigman Of Bikes, Bob Of Bikes, Big Old Boy, Boss Of Bikes, Big On Bikes, Biped of Bikes, Perhaps even...Boss Of Beartooth. I'm sure that there are thousands of acronyms...some fit... just, BOB. The smart guy that is kind of shy (?) sharing his expertise?
 

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UNCLE BOB said it straight!

Just like Uncle Bob said about the cruisers...even a NINJA 500R has the KICK to lick! The cruisers like to add stuff, the NINJA's like to stripp off the weight and do some serious Kicking!
 

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ljangell said:
BOB A bovine as in Oxen or Cow ( and everyone knows that a Cow is really a KAW or in Kawasaki...OF Bikes An acronym BOB means (nothing less than "KAWASAKI") Just like Robert could be the real name for BOB.

The smart man makes things easy and simple. so bob could be bob anyway that you spell it just like pop.

Then again so simple that even backwards it's still BOB. Bigman Of Bikes, Bob Of Bikes, Big Old Boy, Boss Of Bikes, Big On Bikes, Biped of Bikes, Perhaps even...Boss Of Beartooth. I'm sure that there are thousands of acronyms...some fit... just, BOB. The smart guy that is kind of shy (?) sharing his expertise?
Bob's head hurts !
 

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I'm sure they do !

Great deals, give them a call and ask for whatever you're looking for.

They pay for the site, this way no pop ups for Viagra.

BTW, Uncle Bob does not work for Beartooth, heck I don't even know where they're located. Have never talked to to owners except for an email or two. I moderate for the fun of it, no money or services involved. Although should they offer me a new bike I wouldn't want to insult them by refusing.LOL
 

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BEARTOOTH KAWASAKI

Red Lodge, Montana...I figured BOB was doing them a service...but I had no idea that it was free! I submit, Beartooth should give you those discounts and do the shipping for free! You're doing a great JOB.
 
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