One of the earliest motorcycles I’d ever ridden, it’s a good thing I didn’t know much about riding when I hopped on the Suzuki Katana 600. My lasting memory of it was a motorcycle that was slow and heavy – a bad combination for a Suzuki with the letters “GSX” attached to its name badge. It wasn’t until hopping onto a friend’s Yamaha FZR600 that I realized how underwhelming the Suzuki really was. As a mode of transportation, the Katana was stone reliable, but as a sport-oriented motorcycle it didn’t hit the mark. To be fair, I’m talking about the bikes otherwise known as GSX600F models from the 1990s and early 2000s, not the original Hans Muth-designed Katanas. Those bikes were cool.