Go Back   Motorcycle Forum > Manufacturer Forums > Suzuki

Thread Tools
Old 08-02-2010, 03:41 PM   #1
Registered Member
Join Date: Aug 2010
Posts: 2
Default potentially buying a 1990 katana 600. need advice.

I am looking at a katana 600 tomorrow. Its a 1990 and has 11k miles. I was wondering if i should be sceptical about buying a bike that is that old to begin with and what issues there may have with it? like common problems or just things i should be wiery about just from age. I need a reliable bike thats not going to cause me alot of problems.

Any feedback would be great. thanks. and asap too cause im going tomorrow night to look and wana make an offer if its going to be worth it.
akread is offline   Reply With Quote

Sponsored Links Remove Advertisements
Motorcycle Forum
Old 08-02-2010, 06:07 PM   #2
Founding Member
trenttheuncatchable's Avatar
Join Date: Jun 2007
Posts: 901

Where are you located, and what's the price of the bike? Is it stock, or does it have mods, and what are they? Is this your first bike? Have you taken the MSF BRC (or its equivalent)? Questions, questions.
trenttheuncatchable is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-02-2010, 09:33 PM   #3
Registered Member
Join Date: Aug 2010
Posts: 2

nj, its stock, this is my first road bike, ive had alot of experience on quads and dirtbikes though. and my dad has a bike i have rode around a little. and no haven't taken the course.
akread is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-03-2010, 08:47 AM   #4
Founding Member
The_AirHawk's Avatar
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Leanin' Tower O' P-P-P-P-POWAAAAAAAAA!!!!
Posts: 11,491

Sounds like you've got a pretty-good start. You should still take the BRC; it's not a "wussy" thing - it's a "OMG I didn't realize that, it might save my Life" thing.

So far as the bike - the engines are essentially Rocks - you can't damage 'em with a hammer, so long as the oil-changes have been kept up. IIRC the transmissions have a typical 2nd-gear-popout issue if they've been abused (you'll know as soon as you ride it). If it jumps out on the 1-2 upshift, walk away. Transmission repairs can easily triple the amount you put-into the bike.

Otherwise, look for any other typical problems - chain wear, tires, forks and shock leaking oil, brake-pad wear (and brake function!), being a sportbike you should check the headstock-bearings for looseness and action, and inspect the welds around it for cracks (all signs of excessive wheelies and abuse). Cracks in the welds? Walk away. "Rough" bearing action? If you think you can replace 'em, talk him down.

Look at and feel the oil after your test-ride, these are air/oil-cooled bikes, so condition of the oil is extremely important. Look carefully inside the oil-filler with a strong flashlight, and at the sightglass (if its got one - mem'ry here) for crud and sludge buildup. Signs point to two oil-changes since '90? Walk away.

Title: if it's not clean and valid (and essentially "in hand" of the seller), walk away.

KBB sez value is $910 to $1425, in "Good to Excellent" condition. You be the judge.
Parfois, on fait pas semblant
Sometimes, it's not pretend
Oderint Dum Metuant
Let them hate so long as they fear
политики предпочитают безоружных крестьян
Politicians Prefer Unarmed Peasants
Nothing to see here, Citizen. Move along now...

Last edited by The_AirHawk : 08-03-2010 at 08:57 AM.
The_AirHawk is offline   Reply With Quote

Thread Tools

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

vB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off