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Razoreye
08-21-2007, 16:14
I got my first motorcycle the other day. I have a hankering for a GSXR like I said earlier but I shelved that about a year ago. For some reason the prices seemed to go UP in the winter (go figure?) so I've been biding my time.

Well recently I found a used 2001 Katana for a good price and took it. I took y'alls' advice (and the advice of others) and started off smaller and cheaper. I can upgrade in the future and this bike does have plenty of power.

So far, I'm loving it despite what people say about motorcycles and "crotch rockets."

Ride to live, live to ride! :thumbsup:

nsb22
08-21-2007, 16:18
Originally posted by Razoreye
I got my first motorcycle the other day. I have a hankering for a GSXR like I said earlier but I shelved that about a year ago. For some reason the prices seemed to go UP in the winter (go figure?) so I've been biding my time.

Well recently I found a used 2001 Katana for a good price and took it. I took y'alls' advice (and the advice of others) and started off smaller and cheaper. I can upgrade in the future and this bike does have plenty of power.

So far, I'm loving it despite what people say about motorcycles and "crotch rockets."

Ride to live, live to ride! :thumbsup: I'm glad you went with the Katana instead of the Gixxer.

My first sport bike is a 1992 CBR600F2, and I doubt I'll be upgrading anytime soon.

Good luck and keep the rubber on the road. Well, one tire at least.

Razoreye
08-21-2007, 16:43
Originally posted by nsb22
I'm glad you went with the Katana instead of the Gixxer.

My first sport bike is a 1992 CBR600F2, and I doubt I'll be upgrading anytime soon.

Good luck and keep the rubber on the road. Well, one tire at least. :supergrin: I plan on keeping both on the ground because I'm not a trickster. That and I don't have the balls (or stupidity?) to do such a thing. :animlol:

As far as upgrading, that's years down the road, if ever. I really do like this bike so far.

The only major repairs I'll do (or have done) shortly is a new chain and sprocket just to be safe (there's a little chain slack.)

The three regulars are oil, brakes, and tires.

whogasak47
08-21-2007, 16:44
That I will not be able to get a good night's sleep until we get to see a pic. of it. Congrats!. Good Luck and Ride Safe:thumbsup:

Razoreye
08-21-2007, 16:44
Originally posted by whogasak47
That I will not be able to get a good night's sleep until we get to see a pic. of it. Congrats!. Good Luck and Ride Safe:thumbsup: Doh! I have some. There is some small damage on the left side, just road rash on the fairings.

DaisyCutter
08-21-2007, 16:54
Be careful playing with the top of revs on those Katanas. I was hot-dogging on a Kantuna one day, missed a shift-overreved, and the engine cut-off in traffic... F-ME-coasting. It took a few minutes to restart, but I managed to get it back to the dealer without anyone knowing...

whogasak47
08-21-2007, 16:55
Were in museums ,and they would not be worth crap for riding anyway. Good Luck and Ride Safe:thumbsup:

Razoreye
08-21-2007, 16:55
<img src="http://www.razoreye.net/pictures/sz3.jpg">


There's a guy a few houses down with a red one just like this sitting on the road like this. I came back a few weeks later (after 100+ heat) and the bike was almost tipping with the kickstand sinking 2+ inches in the asphalt. Sad really.

Razoreye
08-21-2007, 16:59
Originally posted by DaisyCutter
Be careful playing with the top of revs on those Katanas. I was hot-dogging on a Kantuna one day, missed a shift-overreved, and the engine cut-off in traffic... F-ME-coasting. It took a few minutes to restart, but I managed to get it back to the dealer without anyone knowing... Interesting. Always good to know. Any explanation from the dealer?

I noticed you used "kan tuna," I'm laughing because that's the second time I've heard that today. Never heard it before. What's F-ME-coasting mean? I sometimes blank out on easy acronyms when reading them on the internet.

oldgraywolf
08-21-2007, 18:12
Originally posted by Razoreye
What's F-ME-coasting mean? I sometimes blank out on easy acronyms when reading them on the internet.

The next letter after "F" is U........

A similar statement would be "OMFG, I'm coasting!"

epsylum
08-21-2007, 18:20
Originally posted by Razoreye
Interesting. Always good to know. Any explanation from the dealer?

I noticed you used "kan tuna," I'm laughing because that's the second time I've heard that today. Never heard it before. What's F-ME-coasting mean? I sometimes blank out on easy acronyms when reading them on the internet.

I have always heard it as "Kanatuna" (can of tuna). My brother picked up a lot of nicknames for bikes while working at bike shops. The best is the one for the Honda Foreman quad. It is known as the "Honda Foreskin" :rofl:

whogasak47
08-21-2007, 21:40
Originally posted by Razoreye
<img src="http://www.razoreye.net/pictures/sz3.jpg">


There's a guy a few houses down with a red one just like this sitting on the road like this. I came back a few weeks later (after 100+ heat) and the bike was almost tipping with the kickstand sinking 2+ inches in the asphalt. Sad really.

A cheap solution to that kick stand -heat problem. Take a 12 oz can of your fav drink. finish drink,stand upright,jump on can and squush it flat. ( warning . it may take up to 6 tries to get it right.) wash with water keep it in back pocket or on bike,when parking ,put under base of stand. when it gets stuck in asphalt. make you another. bike does not fall over. Good Luck and ride Safe:thumbsup:

Nice Ride, By the Way !!!

fnfalman
08-22-2007, 00:27
Can-of-Tuna is a perjorative term for the Katana. The Katana is dated back to the 1990s. It's heavy and sluggish (relatively speaking here), but it's cheap and it's reliable old tech the way the Ninja 500 and 250 are reliable old tech.

michael t
08-22-2007, 00:41
I got a 2002 and their a nice bike. Mine been sitting since I bought the new Hayabusa :hearts: I gonna put on a new chain and new battery and sell it to a friend. He's tired of looseing to it on his 883 sporty.

Goldendog Redux
08-22-2007, 01:58
Who cares what people say about "crotch rockets" Most of the people who badmouth MC'ers are fat stupid people who have wives that won't let them get one. Out of jealousy they talk and laugh at splattered bikers and state how they are a higher evolved life form because they realize that biking can be dangerous and "would never ride on on the street"

Now for the lecture. Get some good gear! Good Leather saves your skin. Cheap gloves disintegrate on contact with asphalt. Sneakers fly off your feet. Jeans are only marginally better that a ballerina tutu.

Ride Safe,
MF

DaisyCutter
08-22-2007, 12:23
Originally posted by oldgraywolf
The next letter after "F" is U........

A similar statement would be "OMFG, I'm coasting!"

Yes, coasting down a busy steet with no real streetriding experience on a bike that wasn't mine.


The Kantuna thing was a reference from when I worked at Town & Country Motorsports as a teenager. The old Katana I rode that particular day was "sold", and I was instructed by the salesman to give it a cleaning and make sure the mirrors weeren't loose (I was a lot attendent) prior to the owner taking possession. I was freaking out when the engine cut out. I do recall thatht eoil pressure light came on. I assume I hit some sort of rev limiter or it was low on oil.


There wsa another day, when I did a little joyride on a (rare) bike called a Honda NX650 (http://members.aol.com/motoeuro/nx650.jpg). I had clewaned it for the customer really quickly so I could play a bit. After my trip down the street, I hopped a speed bump and wheelied it a ways up to the front of the dealer. A guy walks up to me and says, "Looks like it runs good". It took me a few seconds to realize that I was looking at the owner.

There was a day where I was riding a ZX12R into the service bay and my boss jumped in-front of me (to startle me). I flopped the ZX12R right on it's side. As it went down I fought it and twisted the throttle... she hit the concrete floor at full-song. I did manage to pull the clutch and get her up shortly though.

What I learned from all this it to NEVER take your whole bike to a dealer. If I can't repair something myself, I'll take the dealer the individual component. Those lot boys are rapists of customer vehicles. I was one of 'em.

ndbullet500
08-22-2007, 19:02
Originally posted by DaisyCutter


There wsa another day, when I did a little joyride on a (rare) bike called a Honda NX650 (http://members.aol.com/motoeuro/nx650.jpg). I had clewaned it for the customer really quickly so I could play a bit. After my trip down the street, I hopped a speed bump and wheelied it a ways up to the front of the dealer. A guy walks up to me and says, "Looks like it runs good". It took me a few seconds to realize that I was looking at the owner.



Bwahahaha! :laughabove: Ooops.

Hey, Razoreye, good bike pick. Is it a 750? I think a lot of people who be happier...and healthier...if they backed off cutting edge supersports for their first bikes. Hell, I still didn't get one and I've been riding, oh, 30 years. Although there was about a 17 year break in there. I always liked the Katana, one of the melted jellybean bikes.

There is a license plate frame aerostich sells that fits behind your plate and has a little sidestand plate you can just pull out when needed. Easier than carrying around a can or trying to find one when you park. Or just find concrete all the time, the spaces near parking lot islands will always do in a pinch. I've had one bike tip. The very day after I got a new color-matched Givi windscreen back from the painters. Grrrr!

Razoreye
08-22-2007, 21:00
Originally posted by fnfalman
Can-of-Tuna is a perjorative term for the Katana. The Katana is dated back to the 1990s. It's heavy and sluggish (relatively speaking here), but it's cheap and it's reliable old tech the way the Ninja 500 and 250 are reliable old tech. That's why I got it. Baby steps, I figger.

It's a 600. The bike I want is a gixxer 750 but that's way down the road I think. We'll see.

I've had a blast riding it so far. I've only put on 80 miles or so thus far. It suits my needs. :thumbsup:

As far as the kickstand thing goes, if that guy would just move his bike or put a board under it he wouldn't have that problem. Simple physics to displace the weight, right now he has 450+ lbs pretty much all centered on a square inch of soft black top. Not a good mix!

fireslayer23
08-27-2007, 13:09
Originally posted by Goldendog Redux
Who cares what people say about "crotch rockets" Most of the people who badmouth MC'ers are fat stupid people who have wives that won't let them get one. Out of jealousy they talk and laugh at splattered bikers and state how they are a higher evolved life form because they realize that biking can be dangerous and "would never ride on on the street"


Ride Safe,
MF

That's why I bought a new, black, 2007, Speed Triple Saturday. Everyone that looks at it can't figure out exactly what the hell to call it. Then I fire it up and watch them smile.

I'll get to watch them pee themselves after I pick up the titanium Arrow exhaust.

I need to go check and see if the rain has quit and the streets are dry. I put 85 miles on the Triple Saturday night for a total of 90 on the odometer. This break in stuff is killing me yet again.

Goldendog Redux
08-27-2007, 14:41
Originally posted by fireslayer23
That's why I bought a new, black, 2007, Speed Triple Saturday. Everyone that looks at it can't figure out exactly what the hell to call it. Then I fire it up and watch them smile.

I'll get to watch them pee themselves after I pick up the titanium Arrow exhaust.

I need to go check and see if the rain has quit and the streets are dry. I put 85 miles on the Triple Saturday night for a total of 90 on the odometer. This break in stuff is killing me yet again.

I have never ridden the S3. I have ridden the 1050 Tiger and sure do like the motor. If the motor on that S3 is a tight as my Bonneville out of the box then hang on to you hat when the S3 breaks in. My Bonnie is a different machine with 4k miles.

I always enjoy a tasty exhaust clip

http://s70.photobucket.com/albums/i90/jimmydean71/?action=view&current=VeloityVid.flv

Ride Safe,
MF

raxar
08-28-2007, 14:46
Originally posted by oldgraywolf
The next letter after "F" is U........

A similar statement would be "OMFG, I'm coasting!"

that pretty much describes the reaction when it happens. one day rideing my nighthawk home from work with a dead battery (like an idiot I left the ignition on "on" when I pulled the key out) I stalled it out at a busy intersection, while making a left turn on a slight up-hill angle. luckily I was able to go straight and pop-start it before becomeing a puddle on the pavement and a stain on somebody's bumper

Razoreye
08-28-2007, 15:24
I left my bike parked on pavement for 4 hours and found it leaning an inch further to the side. :alex:

I'm looking into getting a piece of wood or try the can method above. The next day and same heat parked in the same area, no sinkage. I don't understand but I don't want to take chances. :supergrin:

Razoreye
08-28-2007, 15:28
Another thing, I call it white lining here and am not sure what y'all call it, but is it legal in KY? Does anyone know where to look in the KRS so I can confirm. (Going down the middle white dash lines or on the white shoulder line when traffic is at a standstill.)

I did it today because I sat and barely moved in ten minutes when another rider came up beside me. He wasn't sure so we moved to the head of the line where another rider was. He didn't know but we already did it so we just kept going.

I have no problems doing it, it's not scary or anything. I just want to know about the legality.

Beyond the excessive heat on me, is there any danger to a hot bike since it is air cooled? I shouldn't think so but figure I'll ask.

Razoreye
08-28-2007, 15:33
One other thing, anyone ever had a "Yard Shark" attack them? I just had one today and thought "WTF" as I went by. It was kinda humerous if it weren't dangerous.

fireslayer23
08-28-2007, 15:41
Originally posted by Goldendog Redux
I have never ridden the S3. I have ridden the 1050 Tiger and sure do like the motor. If the motor on that S3 is a tight as my Bonneville out of the box then hang on to you hat when the S3 breaks in. My Bonnie is a different machine with 4k miles.

I always enjoy a tasty exhaust clip

http://s70.photobucket.com/albums/i90/jimmydean71/?action=view&current=VeloityVid.flv

Ride Safe,
MF

My motor is really tight right now, but I'm helping that along. I'm doing the proper break in, but I rode another 165 miles today which puts me at 268 on the odometer.

I'm going to try and hit about 200 miles tomorrow, I love being salaried plus overtime, so I can take the bike in Saturday for its first service.

DaisyCutter
08-29-2007, 11:47
Originally posted by Razoreye
One other thing, anyone ever had a "Yard Shark" attack them? I just had one today and thought "WTF" as I went by. It was kinda humerous if it weren't dangerous.

You mean a dog, right? If so, then yes. I once pasted a mutt on my old CR125 and another time I clipped one on my old ZRX. Neither critter looked the worse for wear, and both ran off. I used to try to deflect them away from the front wheel with my feet.


Since then I've learned that your odds of crashing are less if you stabilize and lean into an object, versus unsettling your ride trying to aviod the object. So I simply treat a dog like a speed bump. It's safer for the dog too, since you're less likely to fall on him (that's my story anyway). Indian reservations are notorious for stray dogs.


If you squeeze your knees into the bike, pull back on the bars a bit, elevate your butt slightly off the seat, and then roll on the gas a little, you can make it over a wide variety of debris. Freaking out, steering, and trying to grab brake costs a lot of stability.

freakshow10mm
08-29-2007, 12:10
Great looking bike.

Another trick for the hot asphault is to keep a hockey puck in your tank bag. A chunk of 2x4 works too.

raxar
08-29-2007, 14:52
Originally posted by Razoreye
One other thing, anyone ever had a "Yard Shark" attack them? I just had one today and thought "WTF" as I went by. It was kinda humerous if it weren't dangerous.

once while riding my scoot out in farm country around midnight I had one come after my bike, scared the hell out of me since it was pitch black out and the dog came out of nowhere.

for some reason most dogs want to come after cycles, your best bet is to slow down as you go past them, then speed up if they give chase


as for "white lineing" (commonly called lane spliting) I can't tell you if it's legal in your state or not, just be careful riding on the lines, as you can slip on the paint